Wired winch remote recommendations


Expedition Leader
I never liked the winch remote that came with our Ramsey REP8000, and now that the contacts are getting flaky, I have an excuse to replace it. Any recommendations? I have a distrust of wireless controllers so I would like to stick to wired.


I had a Ramsey 9000 on my 72 Bronco, worst winch I ever owned. I understand they make great commercial winches for the wrecker industry, but I don't think their consumer grade stuff is built to the same standard.

I messed around with the cheaper Smittybuilt stuff a decade or so ago due to the price and everyone raving about their warranty, well when I have to constantly use the warranty to have a crap winch replaced then I don't think it's worth it. I am sure they have improved since then, but they'll never get my money again. I've had decent luck with SuperWinch products, but I have always had great performance out of all of my Warn winches and that's why they continue to get my money. Warn would be my recommendation. Lot's of interest and hype in recent years with the ComeUp brand as well, but I have no experience there.


Expedition Leader
I think I understand your question.

I've been eyeing solid state contactors to replace my solenoid pack, which still works but I know is just waiting to give me issues. They are old components. I don't have anything I can suggest as an option, though.

I don't like the cost but the Warn solid state pack looks interesting to me because they built it to be similar to the way electromechanical solenoids packs work, which is it always requires a double switch to energize the motor so the risk of a runaway winch is lowered since no single solenoid can fail unsafely.

The chance of this with a solid state contactor is of course small but I still like the idea of it. Otherwise you can get generic contactors that are probably 1/4 the cost of the Warn, so I'm still struggling to decide if it's worth it.


Expedition Leader
Thanks for the info. The winch itself has given good service for 15 years both for me and for the PO who installed it - he is also a friend. The solenoid pack died after multiple water crossings in Afton Canyon on the Mojave Road during a wet New Year's trip a couple of years ago. I replaced it with an Albright unit. What I am looking for now is the unit which you hold in your hand with switch that runs the winch. I see lots of designs, some with push buttons for in and out, some with a 3 position momentary toggle switch. The brand does not matter as much as the ease of use.


Expedition Leader
If it's just the remote itself you could just build or repurpose something. It's just switches in a box with a cable, it's not rocket surgery. Do any of them look interesting? The one Warn supplied with my winch has worked, it's the 3-position thumb toggle. I like that better than push buttons since it's more tactile and works well with even thick gloves.

You can hard wire a switch into your cab, actually 2. The first to power the second on-off-on switch. You can still plug in the remote for use outside vehicle.

The two red switches on the left side of panel handle the winch work, closest to driver

That is a nice panel! Did you make that?

That does seem like a nice option.
Yes. I have the cad drawing for it. It can be sized quick to add or subtract switches/safety hoops if anyone needs it. I can post it up optimized for plasma cutting in dxf or dwg format.

Humm, dxf is or dwg are not allowed file types for attachments. PM me and I can send them direct if you like. Does anyone know of a place we on EP that we can exchange cad files?? I have thousands of Jeep and offroad related files to share.

Here is a full pic of the dash. the black insert is specific to flat dashed Jeeps in the retro era. I have that drawing yoo.


I like the hardwired option myself but still carry the plug in wired unit too.
Just like WSS shows, one switch for winch power and one that is momentary/off/momentary to control in/out. Makes using the winch when in a sticky situation a lot easier/quicker when you don't have to dig out the remote and hand it off to a buddy to plug in and then make sure the wire doesn't get caught on something.

Why not just buy the Ramsey remote that is made for your winch?