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post #1 of 15 Old March 23rd, 2019, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone install the Harbour Freight 5000 lb Badlands Winch on the 900 trail, if so your thoughts about the winch and which mounting plate did you use
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post #2 of 15 Old March 23rd, 2019, 10:38 PM
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Re: Badlands Winch

Badlands have been around a bit and a lot of guys run them. So must be decent. Nearly all winches come from Ningbo, China and there are some good factories and some really crappy ones. And so many factories copy one another.

For example, even as a true powersports' company that controls our designs, we have a nearly identical VIPER winch at 4500lbs but with synthetic cable for $10 less: https://www.amazon.com/VIPER-Midnigh...gateway&sr=8-1

Or our 6000lb VIPER ELITE winch that is IP67 rated with military grade materials and USA-made rope is a bit more but the only winch of this size that fits into a RZR. It has the Amazon Choice badge: https://www.amazon.com/VIPER-Elite-6...r=8-1-fkmrnull


Just some other options and we are a full powersports' company and not a reseller. But like I said, even though I don't know anything about them, Badlands have been around awhile.

We have mount plates for all RZR's except for the new 2019 turbo -- we are about six weeks out on that. So if I can help in any way on that, let me know.

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Re: Badlands Winch

I’ve got a 3500 on my 1000 and it has a lot of connection issues but it works most the time. It’s also 4 years old


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Good winch, I agree with the above statement, most winches are made by the same people with different labels. Had a 2500 and used a 3500 with no issues.
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I have the 5000 on my trail. It fits and works very well. I want all the power I can get when I need it!
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Good winch, I agree with the above statement, most winches are made by the same people with different labels. Had a 2500 and used a 3500 with no issues.

Yep. I can't believe Polaris gets away with charging what they do but they are able to finance their $700 winches into the point of purchase. There are a few main differences in factories that can account for price differences.....

BIG BOX RETAIL WINCHES
......some use recycled raw materials and thinner gauge wiring for their winches. Seals might not be of high quality. Chinese rope is not nearly as nice as European rope or USA-made AMSTEEL BLUE.....these are typically the low-cost winches on the market made for multiple companies that do not own any tooling or designs and these winches are available through large retail stores like Harbor Freight, Cabela's, etc. A lot of these winches can work great. But they may not last as long, burn up, or fail in the elements....and these winches often don't have any tech support. But if you have enough money, you can go on Alibaba and order a bunch of winches and call them Jerry's Specials or whatever you like....

POWERSPORTS WINCHES
.....other companies (like us, WARN, Superwinch) are true powersports' companies, have our own designs, have a full tech team, longer warranties, and vet higher grade factories. In our case, nearly all our VIPER winches are made in TS16949 factories with military grade raw materials. That allows us to get true IP67 waterproof ratings with marine grade seals. Instead of cutting costs on quality of materials, we've chosen to avoid distribution mark-ups in these large retail chains because we want to make sure a reputation for VIPER quality lasts. WARN has done a GREAT job of that over the years and we modeled our company after theirs in a lot of ways.



Anyway, that's a bit of "insider" info on winches. Main difference is a mass factory winch with entry level materials, private labels, and made for big box retail versus actual powersports' companies that do this stuff for a living.


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I’ve got a superwinch and it has been great, but if my budget wouldn’t allow it I would not hesitate on a harbor frieght. My superwinch was around 220 for a 3500lbs.
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Re: Badlands Winch

I have the Badlands 2500 on my other 3 rides, a mid-size Ranger, Sportsman and Bruin. All 3 work great, and I would have used a 3rd on the RZR, but it already had a Polaris on it from the dealer. It works great as well
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Thanks everyone for the reply's now its decision time love the Warn Winch but way to pricey for me...
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Re: Badlands Winch

Got a BL3500 on my 900xp mounted on a KFI mount. Used it one time to assist another rzr stuck in sand. Worked fine. Not sure if it can handle regular use in harsh conditions though.

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I know warn or super are pricey but you bought the best SXS: Polaris, . . NOT Odes, Hisun or Trailmaster.

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I know warn or super are pricey but you bought the best SXS: Polaris, . . NOT Odes, Hisun or Trailmaster.
How true that is
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Motoalliance , good company & people to deal with.
They have a killer deal on a 5000# winch , $150. off!

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I've had two Motoalliance winches and each has been great. Not a problem. My buddy I ride with is on his second...maybe third Badlands.

My general rule with Harbor Freight is I shop there for a project that I don't mind tossing the tool out afterwards. I'd say that definitely applies to my RZR...so I don't shop there for UTV parts.
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I finished installingy 3500# Badlands winch tonight and it is working but there is a small white wire it comes out of the butt end of the remote along with the green and red one, and I have no idea where to connect it? does anyone know where I should be connecting this? it is very difficult to see on the directions where the white wire is connected to?
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