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I just want it to be able to get me out of difficult situations and be able to pull someone out of a situation as well.

This last weekend My cousin and I went to http://www.redrivermotorcycletrails.com/ and ended up getting stuck in some quick sand on the Red River. His razor 1000 was sinking by the minute until we had someone help us with a winch. AND the winch that the guy was using could not pull him out. We had to get 6 people to lift while the winch was pulling.



OF COURSE THE KODIAK JUST BEASTED THROUGH THE QUICK SAND AND DIDNT GET STUCK :)

This is what I ended up buying this winch:

 

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Your quad only wieghts 700ish pounds. A 2500 or 3000 pound winch will help you self recover almost all of the time. The issue is trying to make a pull with your quad on something that wieghts more than you do. You get dragged towards the heavier object by your winch. Weather its a 2500 or 5000 lb winch. You need a tree strap or piece of cable anchoring you to make that heavy pull.
 

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Yup, to the hitch! I carry a metal tree strap for dragging logs, a nylon tree strap for anchoring and 50 ft of old synthetic winch cable.
those things are even useful for those that have to put up with winter, i usually leave one in my truck as well. Ended up pulling out some friends, family and random people.
 

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LOL..thats very true!! I have used a warn 2500 lb winch for the last 4 years and its saved my bacon a lot! Don't have a need for anything bigger. My wife has a 3000 lb super winch on her Kodiak 450. We once had to use both quads to pull someone from the mud. But it was a quad that was buried too deep (without a winch). Don't know if I would be rescuing a side by side using a quad. Physics don't make sense. Not unless they had a winch too that just needed the extra boost.
 

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My Kodiak came was already done up at the dealer with a winch and plow. They used the Warn / Yamaha Provantage 2500. They said it's what Yamaha recommended. It was a Warn, and they didn't try to rip me off, so I was good with it.
 

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I own a 550 grizzly with a warn factory Yamaha winch never had a problem with it in now 5 yrs 3 years of plowing in there pulled a crew cab f-150 out of a drift of snow unloaded wheeler got it behind a tree and started to pull managed to get it out and the rest of the way to our shack can't go wrong with a warn winch you get what you pay for
 

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can't go wrong with a warn winch you get what you pay for
That's really only true if you buy a provantage vs a vantage. Provantage has steel gears where the vantage doesn't. Regardless, a certain dollar premium is paid when buying warn just for the name alone.
 

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So is there a winch that is just as durable pound for pound as the Provantage?
Just asking in case my 2500 Vantage ever dies.

The superwinch Terra series has steel gears as well and costs less than the provantage. I searched the crap out of it before settling on the Terra. I am going to mount another on the rear.
 

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I have a 2500# winch on my Kodiak and have used it to get out off deep snow a couple times and it worked fine.
 

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When buying a winch you want one that is over twice the vehicles weight, so in most cases a 2500lb winch will be more than enough for a 4 wheeler.

The place that these small winches are lacking in is spool capacity. 50' of line is not enough line to get out to a stable anchor point in a lot of situations and in a lot of cases neither is 100' of line. The one time that I really needed a winch the closest tree to anchor to was over 200' away. I ended up wrapping the winch line over the top of my ATV to anchor it to some rocks behind and off to the side of me. And even then it wasn't going to guarantee that I was going to be able to pull myself out.

It was after that time that I started to carry close to 300' of flat nylon mule tape that is rated at 2400lbs. That much of it takes up very little space and is quite handy to have. I have found a lot of uses for it while out on the trail and when I figure that I have started to cut into it's length too much I just replace it.

But then I got it free from where I worked but even to buy it outright it isn't that expensive.
 
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