Which winch for JL Wrangler

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Depending on how much it rubs, I may use a1/8 or 1/4 plate as a spacer to raise it a touch or use a dremel on the switch.
Yeah that will work! If I would have thought of the spacer I would have bought it! But I love the XRC Gen 3



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Yeah that will work! If I would have thought of the spacer I would have bought it! But I love the XRC Gen 3
On HF site it looks like someone figured out a side exit for the power wire too! (Maybe a forum member). I'm waiting to see if HF does anything special for Black Friday. Already have mounting plate. Will post up my install and test when completed.

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On HF site it looks like someone figured out a side exit for the power wire too! (Maybe a forum member). I'm waiting to see if HF does anything special for Black Friday. Already have mounting plate. Will post up my install and test when completed.

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That’s great!!! Looking forward to seeing it if and when you get it! I looked at it at Harbor Freight and it’s nice!!!
 

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That’s great!!! Looking forward to seeing it if and when you get it! I looked at it at Harbor Freight and it’s nice!!!
You know, the more I thought about it, the Smittybilt Gen 3 will probably be the better choice for the warranty piece of mind alone. So I started Black Friday searching for a good deal on the Gen 3 and this happened.....
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Couldn't pass on a deal like this! Oh well, I will still look for a good Cyber Monday deal on a Gen 3 if one is to be had and sell this to a friend or put it on one of our 2500's. At least I FINALLY pulled the trigger on something.
 

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You know, the more I thought about it, the Smittybilt Gen 3 will probably be the better choice for the warranty piece of mind alone. So I started Black Friday searching for a good deal on the Gen 3 and this happened.....
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Couldn't pass on a deal like this! Oh well, I will still look for a good Cyber Monday deal on a Gen 3 if one is to be had and sell this to a friend or put it on one of our 2500's. At least I FINALLY pulled the trigger on something.
Yeah I don’t blame you, that’s a great deal! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Gen 2 do you should be good to go!
 

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This is what we are adding to our JLUR:

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Hi Patrick, did you end up installing that Warn Zeon 10-S to your Rubicon? I’m getting ready to have the Zeon 12-S installed on my 2019 Rubicon with the factory steel bumpers and wondering if everything went smooth for you and if you are happy with the winch. Thanks!
 

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Warn Zeon 10s with JCR plate. Couldn't be happier.

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Hi Paul,

When you say JCR plate, is that the winch mounting bracket or just the black piece of metal at the front of the bumper behind the fairlead?
 

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I just ordered a WARN ZEON 10-S and the WARN Rubicon OE steel bumpers plate.

Why a WARN ZEON when it was 2x-3x the price of the Quadratec and Smittybuilt winches? Honestly, because it’s made in the USA. The older I get and the more I travel (40 countries so far), the more I realize how important it is to maintain manufacturing in North America.

That, and “WARN ZEON” sounds like “Warren Zevon”, so that’s cool.
 
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Whats the life expectancy of a winch? Say you use it on 2-3 wheeling trips a year. Do the elements destroy them or need to worry about anything like moisture or winter conditions? Planning on getting what I want and going with the Warn Zeon. I'm assuming it will last 5-10 years, so I want to do it right. But this is my first winch.
 

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If you buy a quality winch and take care of it, it will last for many years.

I had a 1st gen Warn Zeon 8K that was on my old wheeler for 5-6 years and abused hard. We pulled the bumper and winch when I sold the rig and stuffed it under the workbench for a few years. Last year a buddy needed a winch, we pulled that Zeon back out, brushed off the mud, cleaned up the contacts and it still ran great.

Running a 10K Zeon on my current Jeep, it gets used a couple dozen times during the year and I have no doubt it will continue to do so for many years to come.
 

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I've got a Warn Zeon 10-S Platinum on my Jeep. It fit fine in the factory bumper, I used the Maximum-3 mount and had to grind some on it but ultimately my winch is snug and thats what matters haha.
 

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I've got a Warn Zeon 10-S Platinum on my Jeep. It fit fine in the factory bumper, I used the Maximum-3 mount and had to grind some on it but ultimately my winch is snug and thats what matters haha.
Would you recommend the Maximus 3 mount? I know you probably can't compare to the warn. But according to specs, the Maximus 3 mount weighs half of what the warn is. Not sure if that is good or bad thing. I'd love to keep weight down.
 

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Whats the life expectancy of a winch? Say you use it on 2-3 wheeling trips a year. Do the elements destroy them or need to worry about anything like moisture or winter conditions? Planning on getting what I want and going with the Warn Zeon. I'm assuming it will last 5-10 years, so I want to do it right. But this is my first winch.
I think the most likely thing to deteriorate from the elements is the synthetic rope (if you go synthetic). That's what I worry about most on my Zeon 10s. Especially since I can't find a cover that fits.

I would totally recommend the Maximus-3 for the 10s. If you get the newer revision (which is most likely), you won't have to do any grinding, cutting, or bending.
 

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Would you recommend the Maximus 3 mount? I know you probably can't compare to the warn. But according to specs, the Maximus 3 mount weighs half of what the warn is. Not sure if that is good or bad thing. I'd love to keep weight down.
Yes, I would generally recommend the Maximums-3. I bought it from them in Nov of 2019, and had to grind on it, so i'm not certain all the issues have been remedied. I also am NOT impressed with their 'coating' that they call powder coat. VERY weak coating. I did also get their filler plates, and again the coating was questionable.

I think the most likely thing to deteriorate from the elements is the synthetic rope (if you go synthetic). That's what I worry about most on my Zeon 10s. Especially since I can't find a cover that fits.

I would totally recommend the Maximus-3 for the 10s. If you get the newer revision (which is most likely), you won't have to do any grinding, cutting, or bending.
I read about that and thought it was corrected too but I can assure you I had to grind a bit on the plate for it to fit haha.
 

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Yes, I would generally recommend the Maximums-3. I bought it from them in Nov of 2019, and had to grind on it, so i'm not certain all the issues have been remedied. I also am NOT impressed with their 'coating' that they call powder coat. VERY weak coating. I did also get their filler plates, and again the coating was questionable.


I read about that and thought it was corrected too but I can assure you I had to grind a bit on the plate for it to fit haha.
Strange. I bought and installed mine in August 2019 and it fit perfectly.
 

                           
























































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