Warn 9.5 XP Winch Review

Written by Tim Esterdahl | Comment Now »

Known as the serious off-roaders winch of choice, the Warn 9.5 XP winch is one tough piece of equipment. It is a superb combination of durability and performance in any condition. If you plan on taking your off-roading to the next level, a Warn 9.5 XP winch is a must have accessory.

Warn 9.5 XP Winch

The Warn 9.5 XP winch is serious winch for off-roaders.

Warn has been building winches since 1948 and through this time they have developed a great understanding of the winch market. The Warn 9.5 XP winch is the culmination of all this experience.

Product Features

The Warn 9.5 XP winch has a high output parallel Series Wound motor that is among the strongest and most durable motor around. It also has the strong and durable 3-stage planetary gear train and a continuous duty control pack. All of these parts are able to handle all the long pulls you might encounter. These features combined with a full-face contact drum seals, motor and end housing gaskets give it water resistance. Combining a water resist motor that has a powder coat finish to resist corrosion, Warn has developed a solid winch. It has a super-fast line speed along with a long duty cycle, meaning it doesn’t have to take a break like other winches due during long pulls.

It also includes:

  • Pull rating (lb): 9,500
  • Remote: 12-ft hand-held remote switch
  • Drive gear: 3-stage planetary
  • Gear reduction: 156:1
  • Motor (hp): 6.0
  • Cable diameter (in): 5⁄16
  • Cable length (ft): 100
  • Shipping weight (lb): 87
  • Battery cables (AWG): 2
  • No-load line speed (ft/min): 38

Performance
All off-roaders know that at some point you are going to get “stuck.” It really isn’t a matter of if rather a matter of when. The question then is how does the Warn 9.5 XP get you from being “stuck” to back climbing over rocks and driving along the trail? Simply put, most reviewers found it is the ultimate winch to get you freed and on your way.

The Warn winch also has the best power-to-weight ratio on the market and it is easy to install and use. As a made in the U.S. product, service repairs are handled quickly as well as Warn has an extensive network of authorized dealers and parts availability.  This strong, durable, water-resistant winch also comes with a life-time warranty.

The “XP” in the name refers to what Warn describes as “Extreme Performance.” It is the winch that can literally pull you out of just about any situation. However, this performance comes with a large price tag. It is often priced as twice as much as other competitor’s products. The Warn 9.5 XP retails for $1,484.99.

The reality is this winch is really for off-roaders who encounter extreme conditions that they need to winch out of. If you are this type of serious off-roader, there is only one choice when it comes to winches – Warn 9.5 XP.

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