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I am looking to go to a heavier and new winch for my sportsman 500HO ,,I looked at the warn 4500s for 700+ and the promax for around 400+. Obviously the warn is a much better winch ,but is it worth the extra $300 ? and what is the best weight ? my winch is a 2000lb and still trying to figure out which would be right 2500,3000,3500,4000,,,,do I need that extra winch power? I know it would be nice to havre a winch that is capable for anything but would going to 4000lb and up be overkill?
 

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I have a 3500 pound warn rt on my 850 xp and its great. Got it for a steal off ebay to.

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I am looking to go to a heavier and new winch for my sportsman 500HO ,,I looked at the warn 4500s for 700+ and the promax for around 400+. Obviously the warn is a much better winch ,but is it worth the extra $300 ? and what is the best weight ? my winch is a 2000lb and still trying to figure out which would be right 2500,3000,3500,4000,,,,do I need that extra winch power? I know it would be nice to havre a winch that is capable for anything but would going to 4000lb and up be overkill?
If you do a lot of mudding and ride in very heavy mud, a 4000 might be just what you need, but just for emergency situations that don't involve a lot of mud, 4000 might be a little much. I have a 3500lb on mine and doubt I will ever need everything it could do
 

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If you go over 3500lb look for a synthetic line kit. Much safer and lighter weight is something to look foward to

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I picked up a Warn Vantage 3500 lbs winch and mount for my 13 sportsman 500 and I love it. Works great summer and winter. No issues at all. Got winch kit and warn mount for $355.00 tax in.
 

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I don't think you need more than a 2500-3000. I have pulled a razor out with my 2500. I don't think I would go smaller though. Remember you are buying a winch to get YOU unstuck, not to lift small building. I have a 2500 on my 500x2 and my 550 x2. Never been in anything they did not get me out of. Obviously if the next size up was similar money, I would go bigger...but I think a 4500 is too much winch for a 500.

I did try to pull a full size ATV out with the 1500 lb winch on my 300 and it couldn't do it (straight line pull, no snatch block).

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plus if you carry (and use) a snatch block, you double your line pull
 

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Be sure to check the overall measurements of the winch and compare to your mounting location.
 

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Thanks Guy's ,I'm thinking the 3500lb Promax is the direction I will be going ,the same in Warn is almost double the money

I just checked Royals pricing and the Warn is 628.00 for the 3500 synthetic rope and the Promax is 259.00 for the 3500 synthetic ,guess I will have to find out whether I made a smart choice or not.
 

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My 2500 Warn has been enough for my needs. But I don't have the mud bogs like a lot of you guys ride. Mostly it gets used for lifting the snowplow or pulling a buddy out who got stuck in the snow. I think I've only used the snatch block a time or two.
 
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