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Hey guys,

I'm putting a winch on my new Tacoma and while I've narrowed it down to two models (through a great deal of research) I'm having a hard time deciding between the two. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Warn 9.5ti Portable
Pros - less amp draw, faster line speed, extra 500 lbs pull
Cons - 8 lbs heavier (remember I have to lug this thing around)

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Warn XD9000i Portable
Pros / Cons - opposite of above

Regardless of which I go with I won't be putting a roller fairlead on it and will switch to synthetic rope as soon as wire is worn in order to lighten the load as much as possible. I know that another suggestion will be to simply put the winch on before I try something stupid but there will undoubtedly be those times where I find myself slogging through 2' of slop trying to get this thing hooked up.

So what do you think? Do you think that 8 lbs on top of 100 are really going to make that big a difference or that the pros "outweigh" this con.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Hey guys,

I'm putting a winch on my new Tacoma and while I've narrowed it down to two models (through a great deal of research) I'm having a hard time deciding between the two. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Warn 9.5ti Portable
Pros - less amp draw, faster line speed, extra 500 lbs pull
Cons - 8 lbs heavier (remember I have to lug this thing around)

or

Warn XD9000i Portable
Pros / Cons - opposite of above

Regardless of which I go with I won't be putting a roller fairlead on it and will switch to synthetic rope as soon as wire is worn in order to lighten the load as much as possible. I know that another suggestion will be to simply put the winch on before I try something stupid but there will undoubtedly be those times where I find myself slogging through 2' of slop trying to get this thing hooked up.

So what do you think? Do you think that 8 lbs on top of 100 are really going to make that big a difference or that the pros "outweigh" this con.

Thanks in advance.

I have the 9000i on my 91 toyota...It's a great winch and has not let me down. I f i had to buy a new one i would get the 9500...more power and faster no load... Couple pounds is not going to make much difference(your going synthetic anyway). Dont know if that was any help. You should use the roller fairlead with the cable, until you go with the rope. I just switched to rope myself and after 6 years with my winch the cable was still in good shape....So depending on how you use it the cable will give you years of life
 

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Unless you abuse it, your wire rope will not wear out. If you replace it with the synthetic winch line, your wire rope will serve as an extension for longer pulls. If you convert the wire rope yourself, you'll need to get a thimble and properly swage the sleeve(s) for it. The strength of your rope will depend on the quality of the swage, so be careful.
 
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