gunrunner--you have the warn xt30? That's the winch I'm looking at and comparing everything else to. I really wanted to put a bigger winch on mine, but the warn bumper says not to put larger than a 3k on it. In your opinion, has the xt30 been enough winch get you out of sticky situations? (with the rzr, not your wife.....I don't think they make a winch big enough to keep me out of sticky situations with my wife.....)
Yes it has, not only me but a bunch of my friends have them. I bought this off ebay, brand new xt30 extreme full syn rope with a real wireless remote for less than 400.00 it out pulls the gorilla 4000 i had by a big margin. It has been in many mud and water holes and always works, as it is truly waterproof, i had it on my 2010 before putting it on my 2011. Warn makes real good winches IMO, the rating is true not like the china stuff that is rated up to 4500 and wont pull as hard as mine. If it burned out today, i would order another just like it. Something else that helps is a bigger battery, any winch if needed will draw alot of power, they all will work better with a bigger than the little stock rzr battery.
Yes, Warn makes great winches. Although, I've never had any troubles until the (2) XT30 (installed on our (2) Grizzly700). Granted I'll explain some problems as you should be aware of them...
1) If YOU do the install, be sure to remove the 'shipping bolt' from below the cable. Your winch will still run (for a while) but if you leave this in, EVENTUALLY it will fail. It will cause troubles with your freespool and switching to 'engage'... GIANT PITA. Sure it's my own fault, but warn doesn't show WHAT this shipping bolt looks like or where it's located. Just has one line in the install directions "Remove Shipping Bolt".
2) If you live in an area where you get snow/ice, etc. Don't go with the synthetic cable, go with the RT30 (or swap you cables). Synthetic cables, though easy on the hands, get frozen and bind up easier. Another PITA with probably any winch.
3) Warn's XT30 seems to 'freespool pull' REALLY hard (I weigh around 185, 5'-9'), I have to lean forward with all my wieght to get it out. Just seems geared really low to acheive the 3000# rating. Another big help is cutting the cable strap that covers the first 24" or so. That gets tangled up easy.
Majority of the time, with the wireless remote, I can just lean foward and press the 'out' button, so the freespool isn't a huge deal.
In other words, the wireless remote is a MUST with this winch.
All in all, the warn gives you a great warranty and has proven itself to our family after buying 12-15 of them for multiple machines through the years.