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    Overland Journal Winch Test

    Overland Journal has just completed our most involved and by far most expensive test yet. With over 400 man hours of time over several weeks, we are very proud of the result.


    There have been many winch tests conducted in North American publications, but our test is the most comprehensive and most controlled ever conducted (that we can find). For example, all winches were tested on a single vehicle (which is very time consuming), with tightly controlled variables for temperature, battery, alternator and load. Other tests have been conducted using many different vehicles, with different charging systems, weights, tires, lifts, etc. Ours is the only test we can find that used a calibrated 25,000 lb. strain gauge to test each winch to its rated capacity. One winch barely made the rating, and another's case cracked trying.

    Winches Tested:

    Mile Marker V10 MOSFET
    Ramsey UT9500
    Superwinch Husky 10
    Warn Endurance 12
    Warn 8274-50

    This issue goes to print in about a week, and will arrive to subscribers mid-to-late February. Anyone who subscribes before February 6th will receive this issue.

    Here is a teaser video: It was fun to put together :Wow1:

    A preview of the most comprehensive winch test ever conducted in North America

    Also available on [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QQqz0vF0KQ"]Youtube[/ame]

    Scott Brady
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    I just ordered a subscription; look forward to it.

    Been borrowing a fellow NCLR club members' copy; time to get my own, and my own oil amd grease marks on the pages!
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    Quote Originally Posted by expeditionswest View Post

    Mile Marker V10 MOSFET
    Ramsey UT9500
    Superwinch Husky 10
    Warn Endurance 12
    Warn 8274-50
    Nice list of winches especially the Husky 10; I have a Husky 8 on my Defender; by the way, looking into entry level winch for my 1990 RRC; any opinion on the entry level Superwinch LP8500: http://www.superwinch.com/LP8500_8_500_lbs.html

    Thanks!
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    Any guesses on the winner?

    Im thinking the 8274.

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    Hummm....

    Will find out when I get my copy.

    Probably overall winner and sub-cat high scorers!

    My guess Husy 10 for pulling power!
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    i was reading the RN newsletter...the Husky has the worm drive huh? Better for "braking" ability....according to Bill Burke....
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    Would have been nice to see the new Ramsey worm drives tested. The RE series were fantastic winches and I haven't seen any reviews of their new DC-300 worm drive winch.
    In any case I look forward to seeing how my venerable 8274 model fared.

    I have an old Off-Roader, or some such, from the 70's that did their winch tests in a test bed, tested until stall or cable break (or some other failure), whichever came first.
    Tom
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    Question Wince Article Results?

    Winch Article Results? (Sorry for the typo right out of the gate) Newbie here and first time poster. I own a 99.5 Disco II that i am slowly transforming from daily driver to weekend off-roader. I just ordered a front bumper/brush guard and skid plate from Bottorf Fabrication and am shopping winches presently. Lots of choices, but my budget has me attracted to the Mile Marker, Gorilla and Superwinch and away from the pricier Warn and Ramsey brands. I'd love to find and read a copy of the winch review Overland Journal performed. I am not yet a subscriber. Is it posted somewhere or can someone share the article with me? I'd also welcome any other thoughts/comments from you, my fellow forum members. Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by dugkim; 02-03-2009 at 07:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dugkim View Post
    Bottorf Fabrication
    Bleh! I hope their bumper is better than their web site.
    Tom
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    95 D90 300tdi R380
    97 D1 ZF

    Four wheel drive allows you to get stuck
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    Enthusiasts...

    I acknowledge that the website could be better; but afterall, they are steel fabricators. Pick up the phone and call Nate Bottorf...I think you'll find he knows Land Rovers inside and out, owns and off roads his own Discovery and performs much work for the dealers in the upper PA area. He's been a wealth of information and impressive in his responsiveness and customer service- which is more than I can say for most companies these days. I am confident that the bumper will be everything that I expect and I already believe it's one heck of a value too. I'll report back with photos of the install and finished product.

    Now, before this thread gets hijacked...winches....

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