I hadn't heard that before. That's interesting - I'll have to look into that. Personally, I purchased a winch from the X2O series (an upgrade from the base smittybilt XRC's I suppose). But, if the XRC's are the same as the badlands, that's pretty wild. I'll have to look closely at one next time I'm in Harbor Freight. I do have some level of increased comfort knowing I bought it from a actual 4x4 store with good customer service, 'no questions asked' replacement, and I've already got good customer service directly from smittybilt when I emailed them with an installation question. There's some value to that 'infrastructure' of support, but it's up to the individual to assess that value.
Originally Posted by Black_ZJ
2011 Ram 2500 Diesel Crew Cab 4x4, stock...for now
1976 Ford Bronco Sport, 3.5" Suspension Lift, 1" Body Lift, 302 V8, 4 Speed NP435, NP205 Transfer Case