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Leaving now to go pick up a 2017 Rancher Base model. Manual shift. Buying from a Honda dealer. 6200 out the door. That was the lowest I could find within 150 miles of me.

Anything I should look at or for? I going to ask about a winch. Looked online last night. Prices 90-150 or so. This is a top priority. A hitch is a priority as well. Going to ask dealer about both.

Dealer will give 15% on all accessories today. Any must haves?

Will be used around 8500 feet at our mining claims. Any suggestions on extra stuff? Rocky and lots of deadfall from previous fires.

Would like to put on nicer tires but can wait to do that. Would have been nice to just have the dealer do it right away. Any suggestions?

That is all I can think of now. Thanks for looking.
 

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I prefer Warn mainly because the lock unlock or engagement “switch” is on the end of the winch where you can get to it when everything is muddy.
Superwinch has a knob on top of the winch you can’t even see it so you’re supposed to take your glove off and root around a muddy fender so you can disengage the cable to reel it out
 

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I have a kfi 2500 and a warn 2000, the warn out preforms the kfi hands down
 
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the BEST of anything is a hard way to ask a question, as everyone will say THERE"S is the better because of "X": reason
the name of the game in winches IMO< is BUY a brand name that has a proven track record of making reliable winches
WARN, SUPERWINCH< IMO are the top two and well, the WARN is the most costly of them
if budget doesn't matter buy a warn, if it does, buy a super winch
many other winches are out there and many have had excellent luck with them
ALL MFG"S today have CHEAP lines of products and then BETTER lines of products
buy cheap get cheap, or you sure increase the odds of having a failure when you NEED it to work

I personally do NOT suggest buying a CHEAP off brand ANYTHING electrical, be it a winch or a CDI or??
they all seem very hit and miss

be honest with yourself, HOW often will the winch be used and WHERE and HOW
if you plow a lot QUALITY is a bigger issue than if you ONLY get stuck once or never?
if you rude deep MUD and expect to be using winch often, again BUY quality!

and general rule of thumb is you want a winch rated top pull 1-1/2 times the weight of your atv and YOU on it
and honestly I would be more willing to buy a winch at double rating of MY atv and me on it, over the general rule, (1.5 times)
As IF you again DEEP mud ride or any extreme winching, I Know know one when stuck that wished they had a smaller pulling winch!

next best INFO I can p[ass on here to you, is BUY a winch KIT, and LEARN proper winching, there is more to winching than just sticking a hook onto something and pulling it out
winching can be DEADLY if you don't know what your doing, and NO joke here, Cables can hold a LOT of energy, and seen a few BAD accidents over the yrs, fingers can and do come off and worse!
 

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I have a kfi 2500 and a warn 2000, the warn out preforms the kfi hands down
I have a KFI 3500 Stealth... just wonder how the Warn out performs the KFI for you???
I was using my kfi for a month of snow plowing, and it died, they replaced it because it was new, but I've been using the same warn winch here on my king quad for the past 3 years without a problem

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I have a kfi 2500 and a warn 2000, the warn out preforms the kfi hands down
I have a KFI 3500 Stealth... just wonder how the Warn out performs the KFI for you???
I was using my kfi for a month of snow plowing, and it died, they replaced it because it was new, but I've been using the same warn winch here on my king quad for the past 3 years without a problem

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I can understand that... I've been selling the KFIs for several years.. and never had very many issues... I've also seen brand new warns mess up since many brands install them from the factory.. Unfortunately these are mechanical devices... and things do fail. At least KFI did take care of you. I used to firmly believe that Warn was the best winch on the market... but I don't think they are as good as they once were.
 

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I have a KFI 3500 Stealth... just wonder how the Warn out performs the KFI for you???
I was using my kfi for a month of snow plowing, and it died, they replaced it because it was new, but I've been using the same warn winch here on my king quad for the past 3 years without a problem

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I can understand that... I've been selling the KFIs for several years.. and never had very many issues... I've also seen brand new warns mess up since many brands install them from the factory.. Unfortunately these are mechanical devices... and things do fail. At least KFI did take care of you. I used to firmly believe that Warn was the best winch on the market... but I don't think they are as good as they once were.
I think I just got a bad winch out of the box, it didn't sound right from thhe start, it sounded like it was under load when winching out and it wouldn't winch in all the time, but the replacement is doing alright, used it 4 times today to tug another quad out of the snow...

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I prefer Warn mainly because the lock unlock or engagement “switch” is on the end of the winch where you can get to it when everything is muddy.
Superwinch has a knob on top of the winch you can’t even see it so you’re supposed to take your glove off and root around a muddy fender so you can disengage the cable to reel it out
My Superwinch has the engagement switch in the exact location as the Warn ATV winches.
 

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Warn is the best, but you pay for it.
Superwinch is a great budget winch.

There are lots of others that are decent. Cheap too.

Anyone tried a ramsey winch lately? They used to be a big name, haven’t heard of anyone buying one of their ATV winches for years though.


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Got it

Picked it up. Added a receiver hitch. Held off on winch. 512 to add it. Had one on the old used rancher I had and never used it. Might add it later but could get by without it.
 

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I prefer Warn mainly because the lock unlock or engagement “switch” is on the end of the winch where you can get to it when everything is muddy.
Superwinch has a knob on top of the winch you can’t even see it so you’re supposed to take your glove off and root around a muddy fender so you can disengage the cable to reel it out
My Superwinch has the engagement switch in the exact location as the Warn ATV winches.
Oh man I got it wrong I have a KFI winch KFI mount on a trx300 yeah I don’t like that toggle switch. It actually touches the bottom of the fender
 

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Picked it up. Added a receiver hitch. Held off on winch. 512 to add it. Had one on the old used rancher I had and never used it. Might add it later but could get by without it.
Yeah... not sure why Honda doesn't have the hitches built in from the factory... all the other brands do for the most part... But not real hard to add one.

And for the winch.. I highly recommend he KFI Stealth 3500... it's only a few $ more than the 2500.. and comes w/ the handlebar rocker switch and the corded remote (2500 only comes w/ the handlebar rocker switch) so you don't have to be sitting on the ATV to operate the winch... Also it comes w/ the synthetic cable and the little rubber hook bumper. I just ordered another one for my Foreman 450 project... I was going to go w/ a Superwinch this time.. but my Vendor rep hooked me up really good on the KFI...

I did the install on the Rancher... and it wasn't too bad... having never installed a winch myself and new to the Hondas in general... took me a few hours... I took my time and ran all the wiring along the factory harness and it all looks pretty factory. Random wires running everywhere is a big pet peeve of mine!!! Prolly comes from my days of being an Electrician's helper after I got out of the Navy... and dealing w/ rat nest electrical panels vs. the nice clean organized work that I was taught to do...
 

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Warn is the best, but you pay for it.
Superwinch is a great budget winch.

There are lots of others that are decent. Cheap too.

Anyone tried a ramsey winch lately? They used to be a big name, haven’t heard of anyone buying one of their ATV winches for years though.
I have a Ramsey winch from 2003 that I use to pull my wheelchair into my vehicle. Has good line speed and power. But man is that sucker LOUD. Sounds like it has spur gears inside. My Viper Max I have in another vehicle is so much quieter.

I recently checked Northern Tool to see if they still sell Ramsey winches, and sure enough they still sell the same one and it looks IDENTICAL to mine from 2003. Even the wireless receiver box. And they're still overpriced. Usually going over a decade without any changes and having highest prices doesn't bode well for a company; no wonder they're not popular anymore.

https://m.northerntool.com/products/shop~tools~product_200316007_200316007?adv=false
 

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Warn is the best, but you pay for it.

Superwinch is a great budget winch.



There are lots of others that are decent. Cheap too.



Anyone tried a ramsey winch lately? They used to be a big name, haven’t heard of anyone buying one of their ATV winches for years though.


I have a Ramsey winch from 2003 that I use to pull my wheelchair into my vehicle. Has good line speed and power. But man is that sucker LOUD. Sounds like it has spur gears inside. My Viper Max I have in another vehicle is so much quieter.



I recently checked Northern Tool to see if they still sell Ramsey winches, and sure enough they still sell the same one and it looks IDENTICAL to mine from 2003. Even the wireless receiver box. And they're still overpriced. Usually going over a decade without any changes and having highest prices doesn't bode well for a company; no wonder they're not popular anymore.



https://m.northerntool.com/products/shop~tools~product_200316007_200316007?adv=false


Lol yeah they sure haven’t changed much. I seen on their site recently they offer synthetic cable now. I don’t mind noise as long as they are reliable.


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Picked it up. Added a receiver hitch. Held off on winch. 512 to add it. Had one on the old used rancher I had and never used it. Might add it later but could get by without it.
Yeah... not sure why Honda doesn't have the hitches built in from the factory... all the other brands do for the most part... But not real hard to add one.
They probably leave them off to benefit the dealerships. They can add the aftermarket parts to make extra cash. When I bought my Rancher, they offered to add a KFI 2500 for about $500. I declined, bought the Terra 35 and mounted it myself for much less.
 

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I was gonna get the terra 35 ... then thought about the lt3000 at Tractor Supply for $120... but I ended up with another KFI Stealth 3500 w/ mount for less than the Lt3000 + synth cable... and would still need the mount!!!
 

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Superwinch has a knob on top of the winch you can’t even see it so you’re supposed to take your glove off and root around a muddy fender so you can disengage the cable to reel it out ....
My Superwinch Terra 3500 doesn't have 'a knob on the top' as you suggest .... :wacko:
It has the large rotational switch on the end. Can be switched with heavy mitts on.
 
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