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If you all get tired of me I will disappear:(. Wondering what size the pioneer 2 will need. I am thinking 4000 will do but the 4500 would be better. I like the synthetic rope option. Remote control, is that option just a luxury? Warn verses superwinch verses viper will be for another day.
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im gunna go with 5000 pound badland winch from harbor frieght. pay the extra $35 for the no questions ask warranty. there winches are just as good as the more expensive winches. i know some stuff from harbor frieght is junk but these are good. if you use your winch alot they take a beating and once you get close to your warranty being up you take it in a get a brand new one. i have run the 3000 pound winch on my foreman for a couple years now and its held up good and pulls hard.
 

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im gunna go with 5000 pound badland winch from harbor frieght. pay the extra $35 for the no questions ask warranty. there winches are just as good as the more expensive winches. i know some stuff from harbor frieght is junk but these are good. if you use your winch alot they take a beating and once you get close to your warranty being up you take it in a get a brand new one. i have run the 3000 pound winch on my foreman for a couple years now and its held up good and pulls hard.
For that price you can get a Superwinch Terra 45 and not NEED a warranty!

But as for the OP's questions-

I would go minimum of 4000lb. Keep in mind winch ratings are at BEST, and with a near empty drum. That being said, I have used my Terra 45 (4500lb) quite a few times so far, both pulling the Honda out of snow, and over downed trees, and also pulled vehicles up hills and through ditches in wooded trails. I do plan to build a snatch block (rope sheath for $5.99, cnc cut brackets and a pin!) to carry this spring when the mud gets bad, as I could see it possibly being needed with a bad stuck/ retrieval of a larger stuck vehicle.

I bought the winch with wire rope due to cost, and damaged it the first use (inexperience with winch). I replaced with synthetic, its far, far better in every way. I actually just picked the wire off the shop floor a few days ago trying to clean up, and cut my finger trying to roll it up, even cautiously!

The Terra 45 comes with a wired remote, which comes in handy on occasion, but not exactly necessary. Perhaps more important if you wheel alone?
 

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Here is what I have found. If I look around more I may find better pricing.
Trying to compare apples to apples here. Am I close. I don't think I could make a mistake in any of these.


Kfi stealth 4500 SR -- 319.95
Warn 4500 pro vantage SR -- 595.00
Warn 4000 Vantage SR -- 399.00
Super winch 4500 SR -- 349.97
Companion ?

Kfi mount. -- 44.90
Wireless remote control -- 89.00
Fairlead roller -- 57.92

These prices all came from eBay. Anyone know the difference in the pro vantage and the vantage winches from warn. Warn doesn't appear to make the vantage larger than the 4000. Decisions, decisions. This gets more fun all the time. Maybe I should put them all in hat and draw the lucky winner. You all are great in taking the time to help me. Thanks, Barry
 

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Don't forget to check prices on Amazon.

If you pay for the Amazon prime you get free smart phone apps, free movies like netflix and to boot free 2day shipping on a LOT of things.

So in just one order you could cancel out the shipping saving/prime cost and have all the other stuff free for a year.
 

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Superwinch Terra 45's are $279 from a local farm store. I picked one up from Amazon for $219 shipped(!)

This was the wire rope version, but did have roller fairlead. 50ft of KFI synthetic is $50 locally.
 

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Well, I ordered the superwinch tera45 today from amazon. From what I can tell it is a descent winch. 215.58 and free shipping from amazon. I could't see how I could go but so wrong. Reviews were mostly positive. I guess the worst thing will be the install time if it is not up to snuf. Thanks to all with your help.
 

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And the KFI winch mount. Hope it all fits together without to much trouble. Never had a winch. Will be interesting to see what all I find to do with it besides pulling myself and others out of trouble. Barry
 

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And the KFI winch mount. Hope it all fits together without to much trouble. Never had a winch. Will be interesting to see what all I find to do with it besides pulling myself and others out of trouble. Barry
Barry, Tend to the cable when winding to save some headaches. First time I used mine I did a long pull from inside the cab and bundled the cable up on one side of spool, fraying it. That's when I switch to synthetic and am more cautious when winding!
 
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