An aftermarket planetary winch has come along that finally piques my interest... the Warn Series 12 Deep Fording Winch. Numero Uno consideration - waterproof, real seals on the drum. Second, overbuilt. As far as I can tell, it is the same winch that Warn currently sells for the H1 Hummers. Downsides...While the 4.5 HP motor and contactor are 24V, it shouldn't be a problem to swap in some HD Curtis Albright 12V contactors and a nice 12V 6hp XP motor. The mounting pattern is also smaller at 8.5"W vs. the standard 10". When it arrives I'll be sure to break it all down for some tweaking and take some pics to post. This one will be fun....
Costs so far.
Winch NIB ebay deal $1200 delivered
6 HP XP motor $300 - $350
C/A Contactors $100 - $200
Sell 24V motor and contactor for ??