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    Recon 10500 Winch

    Bought it via eBay from Tuff Stuff Winch and Off Road for $399 with free shipping. Check his auctions because his prices vary from $399 -$475 for this same winch, some with free shipping, some without.

    Anyway, the winch arrived well packed and pre-spooled and included the failread and keychain remote. The battery leads are pre-terminated so hopefully they are the right length. I will let you know after I install it.
    I know this is a cheap winch but it appears to be pretty good quality and comes with a three year warranty. No real reviews of it out there so I figured for the money, I would give it a shot. Time will tell if it was a worthy gamble.

    I'll try to update this after I get it mounted and then again after a couple
    of uses with my impression. Bear in mind this is my first winch so I have little to base my opinion on.
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    Considering it has a wireless remote and synthetic line, I'd say you did real good!!

    Even if it's slow, it's better than not having a winch! Good luck with it!


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    Looks nice, but when using it, be careful not to let the line build up on either side. (can happen with a non straght line pull) the bolts I circled will wreak havoc on the winch line.
    I should add, I learned this the hardway with my Champion 7500.


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    ^^^^^ Wonder if you could turn those around the other way?

    Nice buy too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Green View Post
    ^^^^^ Wonder if you could turn those around the other way?

    Nice buy too!
    I bet ya could. They appear to be just an allen head bolt and lock nut.

    The allen head bolt would do less damage than the threads, if the rope hit it.


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    I wandered the same thing and will plan to try that tomorrow. I ran into another issue that I am having to think through also. It is going into an ARB bumper and teh front of it is VERY close to teh top lip of the bumper. I am trying to push it as far back as th emounting holes allow but it is still pretty close. Since I am not familiar with synthetic line one of you may be able help me. The prespool on it seems pretty loose and as you can see in the in the pictures, fills the spool to the max. When I re-spool under load, can I expect it to get smaller, as in the line packing in tighter or is that a characteristic of synthetic line? If the spool will not get smaller, then I will have to take the winch out of the bumper and try to grind 3/16 or so off the lip of the bumper and then try to smooth off the edges. Without grinding, I have about an 1/8 to 3/16 clearance in front of the winch face.
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    Hey Rob, the line should get 'smaller' if it's loose on the drum now.

    From my (limited) winch experience, the wire/rope will not stick out farther than the drum/winch body. (when spooled correctly)

    So you should be good, if the winch fits in the bumper, you shouldn't have any problems.

    I would not make the mount holes bigger/longer in order to set the winch back farther. You can imagine the force on the winch under load.

    I would try it and see. If it doesn't work, then I'd look into trimming the bumper.


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    Thanks HillBillE,
    I never considered altering the mounting holes, but they are a little oblong inside the bumper from the factory so I was going to try keep it as far back as they allow. Based upon what you said, I'll tighten it down and giver her a try after I run the power leads. Any firther actions will be based upon what I observe.

    So far I like the winch, it mounted easy enough and only weighed about 50lbs or so.
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    Got the winch installed today. Everything works but it is a tight fit in the ARB bumper as shown below.

    The winch included everything excpet the bolt to attach the hook to the line. For now I have it connected to the D-ring until I get the right bolt. Because of the tight fit, I may have to modify the light mount to allow better access to the clutch lever.

    Other than that it spools out nicely and both the wired and wireless controllers worked well. Still need to re-spool under load, but ran out of time today.

    I still plan on flipping those two bolts but I do not have the correct size allen key.
    Did learn a valuable lesson for everyone else: Mount your fairlead before you mount the winch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diamond b View Post
    ....Did learn a valuable lesson for everyone else: Mount your fairlead before you mount the winch.

    Ummm, yeah, I should have mentioned that

    You're not the first one to unbolt the winch to install the fairlead!
    I did that to both of my winches!

    Most winches, the 'clutch knob' sits up on the top. That one is rolled to the front. ARB probably designed the bumper around the 'on top' style.

    You should be able to disassemble and rotate it up, but then it would be in the way of the controller hook up.



    Looks good in there!!


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