Smittybilt XRC Winch
Technical article by
Greg Banfield, Editor Motoman's Madness

Please note:  Technical Data provided by Smittybilt
400 W Artesia Blvd. Compton CA 90220
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Me and a good friend of mine (Johnny) worked with a company called Outdoor Logic to procure a new bumper for his Toyota 4Runner... we did an extensive write up on the install (here).  The next step was to procure and install a Smittybuilt XRC10 winch. He found a vendor in Apache Jct, AZ that was including synthetic rope if you purchased it from him. Johnny came over and I helped him wrap the line and then off to the desert to try and get someone stuck so he could winch them out.......
His winch came with a cool billet hawse fairlead for the synthetic rope
We hooked the eyelet to the drum (pain in the a$$) no room and gave it a couple of manual wraps
Yup he dropped the bundle....
Next we used manual power to hold tension on the rope to wind the first row.
Next we hooked the line to the back of Tim's Prerunner for an anchor. We set Johnny's e-brake to medium tension.
We couldn't help it.... having some fun!
Our little helper in the truck (Jordan)

The only view of the spool

Being a new winch and not sure about heating it up we took frequent breaks until we were within a couple feet of Tim's truck.
All done and looking spiffy!
Now it was time for a desert run and get someone stuck! ;D  We told Tim to go play in this river bottom in his 2wd Toyota Prerunner until he got stuck! OMG we laughed so hard when it only took him 3 feet off the road to get stuck! Video of him getting stuck!
We all know how we felt the first time we reeled out our first winch cable! ;D
After finding a safe winch point on the front of the Prerunner, Johnny dead a dead pull to see how the winch would work.... it worked flawlessly!!!
We went and played for about an hour till the sun went down... My batteries went dead in my camera...but I managed to snap one more right at dusk! (Bronco content) ;D
I love these little impromptu trips. The desert is in great shape right now. Love the scenery, the laughter and comradery of the guys! I am sure Johnny will get many years out of this winch!

Smittybilt XRC 10 Winch

THE XRC 10 IS THE NEXT GENERATION IN WINCH FEATURES AND TECHNOLOGY. The all new 10,000 lb winch has a state of the art 5.5 HP Series Wound Motor that offers unmatched durability, overheat recovery, and a 3 Stage planetary gear system with a 218:1 gear ratio to deliver you the power to get you and your buddies out of any situation. All of our winches come complete with the roller fairlead, remote control, hook, and solenoid box. When winching is a part of your everyday wheeling experience, then look to the all new XRC 10 by Smittybilt to be there when you need it most.

Revolutionary planetary gear system boasts an 10,000 lb. line rating and 218:1 gear ratio
5.5 hp, 12-volt, Series Wound Motor
23/64" x 94' galvanized aircraft cable with replaceable hook included
Intuitive design ensures a simple, hassle-free installation
A heavy duty winching system with great features at an incredible overall value
Drum size: Diameter/Length: 2.5" (64 mm) x 8.8" (224 mm)
Mounting bolt pattern: 10" x 4.5" (4 bolts, 3/8") (254 mm x 114.3 mm)
Overall Dimension (LxWxH): 21.15" x 6.3" x 8.6" (537 mm x 160 mm x 218 mm)
Total shipping weight: 94 lbs (42.5 kgs)
Includes Wired Remote Control, Roller Fairlead, and Hook
**Roller Fairlead Does Not Mount To Winch**
All Smittybilt Winches meet SAE-J706 standard ratings for winches

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