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Old February 18th, 2013, 08:42 PM
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Viking Off Road Winches

Hey,

I talked to a friend last week and he couldn't say enough good things about his Viking GS-9 winch. I had no idea those guys built their own winches? I have a few of their rigging straps and stuff and it's all great kit but I hadn't heard anything about a winch.

So, anyone heard of it? Is it any good? I was basically sold on another Warn 9000XP but I thought I'd ask... After all they are in Burbank and I'm always up to support the locals if it makes sense.

http://www.vikingoffroad.com/viking-winch-gs-9/
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Old February 19th, 2013, 12:25 AM
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Not to knock Thor or the rest of the guys at Viking, I love their products and in fact have their winchlines and fairleads on both the Tdi and the LR3, but I would be really skeptical that they have the time and talent to produce their own winch.

The sticker on the side clearly says "Made in Taiwan".
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Old February 19th, 2013, 12:45 AM
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You could probably shoot an email over to Scott Brady or the OJ guys as that's their G-wagen it's mounted on. See how they like it. It's definitely made in Taiwan, rope and fairlead made in the USA.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 01:27 PM
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FWIW, I have been looking into this winch very seriously. I've been deciding between the new zeon, and this one. I have spoken to a couple of people who are 'infinitely familiar' with winches, and all are very interested in this winch as well. None have issue with the 'made in Taiwan' part. If anybody comes up with more info, I'd be very excited to hear about it. Glad the thread was started, as I have serious mental reservations about starting my own threads. ;-)
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Old February 19th, 2013, 01:42 PM
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I think its safe to say that Viking didn't buy all the machinery and tooling to actually manufacture their own winches. It's probably just a rebadged Brand - X winch with maybe a couple custom parts. It probably wouldn't be too hard to compare pictures and specs and find out the brand name equivalent.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 02:01 PM
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We had a ICON Bronco in the shop last week with a Viking winch on it,although I did not operate the winch it looked pretty nifty,me likey.
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Looking cool doesn't get you out of that next mess. At $950 a pop, I'd rather go for a name brand like Warn or Superwinch.
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I like viking winch line and fairleads and think its a good move for them from a buisness standpoint to capitalize on there nich market with offering a winch.

I agree about buying a name brand, I only run warn allways have and allways will. As little as most of us use our winches most any winch you buy will do the job and most are concerned about how it looks over how it performs. I run the ugliest winch made the 8274 it has pulled me around the RFC and OBC and I will allways have an upright on my D90.

I am curious how it performs against other winches in its class.
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looks like a Superwinch to me. Dont Viking make the synthetic lines for Super winch?
I cant say enough about the Viking product line or what a great company to deal with.
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I wonder how well they are made, and how their internals compare to a SW, MM or Warn - my guess is sooner or later they will be thrown in to some Jeep challenge dead pull and we will find out.
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I've always been a Warn man too, and have been leary about any other foreign (oriental) manufactured winch. But....I need to put a winch on my son's Wrangler, and I have a 9500HS with a clapped out motor. From what I've researched, the cheap replacement motors for Warns won't fit my HS (is that true?), and a replacement motor from Warn will cost as much as a new foreign winch. Can't decide which way to go. I should just stick a cheap winch on the Jeep and put the HS up for a rainy day (ie, another Rover).

Thoughts? Sorry to semi-hijack the thread.
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the old sayings always hold true.... YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
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Last time I checked a Warn M8000 was is under 600.00.
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