Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WARN M8000 8000-lb Winch review

WARN M8000 8000-lb Winch review

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review date 10/3/2012

The good: The 4.8hp high-speed motor provides fast line speed and strong pulls, and the 8000lb capacity means worry-free winching for your Jeep.
The bad: The 12 foot lead cord on the wired remote could be a little longer.
The bottom line: With its 8000-lb capacity, the WARN M8000  Winch has enough pull to get you out of the stickiest off-road situations. Its low-profile design and separate control box allows for a variety of mounting options, making it a perfect fit for your Jeep.

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The WARN brand has been around since 1948, and they have been making Jeep parts right from the start.  They have a strong reputation with the off-roading community for reliability, and you often here the phrase "it's a WARN" from owners when others ask how they like their winch. The WARN brand name is just that solid.
And speaking of solid, the WARN M8000's pull capacity beats out a lot of the cheaper competitors at this price point. It can quickly haul a fallen tree of the trail, or get your buddy out of that mudpit you warned him that his H2 just couldn't handle.

The WARN M8000 uses a 3-stage planetary gear-train for stable and smooth winching. I don't need to tell you about the excess wear and tear that is put on the entire winch system if the pull isn't nice and smooth.  And the automatic direct drive cone brake gives you much more control than you will find in cheaper winches.

The 100 feet of 5/16 inch wire rope should be enough length to get you out of any sticky situation, and the 4.8hp motor more than does the job when it comes to pulling your Jeep.

The control box is actually a separate piece, which gives you a variety of mounting options.  And the 12 foot wired rubber remote feels nice and sturdy, although there might be times when you wish that it was more like 25 feet long.  That is where a wireless control system can come in handy (not included, but recommended).


Video's speak louder than words, so check out this installation video to see how easy it is to install on your Jeep:

What's in the Box

Warn Industries 26502 M8000 self-recovery winch, roller fairlead, 1-100' length of 5/16 wire rope, heavy duty clevis hook with rope thimble, 1-12' rubber handheld remote, hook strap, users manual.

Jeeper's Verdict

The WARN M8000 is a little more expensive than the average lower-end winching systems.  However for the peace of mind, I think it's totally worth a little extra.  It often pays for itself in the first use.  And the last thing you want to worry about when you are out tearing up the trails is whether or not your winch will be able to pull you out of trouble.  It will. Trust me.  It's a WARN.

Recommended Accessories

Snatch Block, Recovery Strap, Wireless Control System, Hawse Fairlead.

Snatch Block: A snatch block is a simple, but handy piece of equipment that greatly improves the functionality of your winch If you have a winch or plan on getting one, putting a sturdy snatch block in your gearbox is a no-brainer. Not only will it increase your winch’s pulling power, but it will also give you more options in self-recovery situations.

Recovery Snap: Ideal for towing vehicles, pulling equipment, and moving debris.

Wireless Winch Control: Installs easily, and allows you to operate your winch from up to 50 feet away, which can make solo-winching much easier.

Hawse Fairlead: Guides wire rope to and from wire drum, and keep it tangle and fray-free. Provides a clean and easy way to store your winch hook when not in use.


Winch model: M8000
Part number: 26502 (wire rope, 12V)
Part Number: 88502 (wire rope, 12V, CE, International sales only)
Part Number: 265032 (wire rope, 24V)
Rated line pull: 8,000 lbs., (3630 kgs.) single-line
Motor: Series Wound, 12V 4.8 hp, 24V 2.1 hp,
Electrical controls: Contactor
Remote Control: Remote switch, 12' (3.7m) lead
Geartrain: 3-Stage Planetary
Gear ratio: 216:1
Clutch (freespooling): Sliding ring gear
Brake: Automatic direct drive cone
Drum diameter/Length: 2.5"/9.0" (6.4cm/23cm)
Weight: 74 lbs. (34 kgs)
Rope: Steel -- 100', 5/16" diam.
Fairlead: Roller
Recommended Battery: 650 CCA minimum for winching
Battery leads: 2 gauge, 72" (1.83m)
Finish: Argent gray powder coat

Line Pull
Line Speed
Pull by layer
042(12.8)80 amps1/8000(3629)
2000(910)16(4.88)200 amps2/7280(3302)
4000(1810)11.9(3.63)285 amps3/6670(3026)
6000(2720)9.79(2.98)350 amps4/6230(2826)
8000(3630)8.01(2.44)435 amps

Line Pull
Line Speed
Pull by layer
027.3 (8.32)46 amps1/8000 (3629)
2000 (910)17.1 (5.21)99 amps2/7460 (3384)
4000 (1810)12.6 (3.84)145 amps3/6980 (3166)
6000 (2720)10.3 (3.14)190 amps4/6620 (3003)
8000 (3630)8.8 (2.68)235 amps
Above performance specs are based on first layer of drum

Winch Dimensions: 21.04" L. x 6.3" D. x 7.6" H.
(534mm L. x 160m D. x 193mm H.)
Mounting Bolt Pattern: 10.0" x 4.5" (254mm x 114.3mm)

Do you own a WARN M8000 Winch? Let us know what you think! Post in the comments.

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