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Ramsey 9500UT Electric Winch

By Michael Cohn

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Ramsey 9500UT Electric Winch
Our synthetic rope was waiting in the wings to replace the steel cable that comes with the 9500UT
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We got plenty of time to play with the 9500UT at Hot Springs, but we all know that the real testing is done on our rigs, when we least expect to do it. Ramsey shot us out a unit to put on our Project RUBICOHN TJ just in time for our big Moab trip .

The 9500UT comes equipped with 105 ft. of 5/16" galvanized aircraft cable with a spring-loaded hook. Since we were already running a Patriot 9500 with synthetic rope on our Jeep, we pulled the 100 ft. of 3/8" Technora rope off the old winch and put it on the new one. Synthetic line can be a lot safer than steel cable in that if it frays, it will not cut your hands, but more importantly, if it does snap under a load it will drop nearly straight to the ground, whereas a steel cable can become a deadly weapon. At this time, the 9500UT is not sold with synthetic line but you can order one separately and load it onto the winch easily.

In addition, the 9500UT comes with a very beefy roller fairlead. Since we are using the synthetic line, we left the roller off and put on a Viking Offroad Delrin (plastic) Hawse fairlead, which is much more friendly to synthetic ropes.

Installation of most winches is quite simple on a Jeep. You'll either need a vehicle-specific winch mount or, in our case, a front bumper with an integrated winch mount. Our Shrockworks Rock Hammer bumper allows the winch to be mounted easily and keeps the winch sitting low. This lets more air get to the grille for better airflow to the radiator, vs. stacking a separate winch mount on top and having the winch sit higher. The Shrockworks bumper fits very tightly to the frame of the Jeep. Because of this, the bumper must be removed in order to gain access to two of the winch mounting bolts underneath. Not all bumpers will require this step.

Ramsey 9500UT Electric Winch
Our trusty and sun-worn Patriot was ready to be removed
Ramsey 9500UT Electric Winch
Our Shrockworks bumper had to come off for the swap.

With the bumper removed, mounting the winch is easy. Simply bolt the winch to the bumper or winch mount with four bolts and nuts, then mount the fairlead with two bolts and nuts.

Ramsey 9500UT Electric Winch
The 9500UT mounted and ready to go on the Jeep
Ramsey 9500UT Electric Winch
The 9500UT mounted and ready to go on the Jeep

With the winch fastened to our bumper, we bolted the assembly back on the Jeep. We then routed the two electrical leads directly to the top terminals of our Optima yellow top battery. When doing this, be sure to keep the wires out of harm's way by wire-tying them in place and keeping them far from the fan and anything hot.

Ramsey 9500UT Electric Winch
Our bumper/winch assembly bolted back on.
Ramsey 9500UT Electric Winch
Once we were finished, we loaded up the synthetic line.

We use the yellow top because it is a deep-cycle battery. This is recommended for winch use, as a 9500UT will draw 260 amps on a 4,000 lb. pull. Even revving the engine during a pull, the battery will still drain down. This can kill an ordinary battery but a deep cycle is designed to allow for full discharging and recharging.

Ramsey 9500UT Electric Winch
All finished and ready for Moab!

That's pretty much it for the installation, other than the wireless setup, which we mentioned earlier, can be seen here. We have our antenna sitting right on the front bumper of this Jeep so it gets the best reception possible.

Once you have everything tightened up and good to go, be sure to pull the line all the way out and wind it back on under tension. See the owner's manual for details on this.

The Ramsey got a workout once we got to Moab - mostly on our trek through Pritchett Canyon. Our Jeeps were all very well setup, but we still ended up winching on a few spots. If you've ever done Pritchett you can probably guess where. So many 'wheelers winch on this trail that even the few bypasses are nasty. Some spots are equipped with metal winch anchors at the top for extra safety since the obstacles can be very dangerous.

One spot that did not have an anchor was The Rock Pile. Aptly named because just about everyone ends up stacking rocks (and leaving them for the next guy), this obstacle had all of us winching. Sure, we all gave it that good ol' college try, but in the end, good sense prevailed and we pulled cable.

Ramsey 9500UT Electric Winch
Our Ramsey gets put to the test in Pritchett Canyon

In my case, my good friend David had the honors of running up the hill with the line and wrapping it around a rock the size of a Honda Element. Before I could even hit the IN button on my remote, someone headed for my Jeep to engage the clutch. Back off! I've got a semi-automatic clutch! With a quick press, the line engaged and up I went over the Rock Pile. No drama. Just the whir of the motor and me helping a little with my hand throttle to keep the wheels turning and the battery charged.

So if it sounds like we love the Ramsey 9500UT you're absolutely right. Once again, Ramsey has proven that they are rock solid where it counts - on the trails. We absolutely love the semi-automatic clutch and the winches work as promised and never complain that we're using them too hard.

If it's time for a winch, absolutely be sure to have the Ramsey Patriot 9500UT on your short list.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Rated line pull (single line) 9,500 lbs. (4,309 kgs)
Gear reduction ratio 138:1 (12V)
Motor Series wound - 5.5 hp (12V) DC
Overall dimensions (LxWxH) 22.66" x 6.12" x 9.94" (576 mm x 156 mm x 252 mm)
Drum size Diameter 2.5" (63 mm) Length 9" (228 mm)
Weight 93 lbs. (42 kgs)
Cable supplied 105 ft. (31.8 m) of 5/16" (8 mm) galvanized aircraft cable with replaceable clevis hook
Mounting bolt pattern 10.00± .015 IN X 4.50± .015 IN (254.0 x 114.3 mm) 

Line Speed & Amp Draw - First Layer
Line 
lbs.
NO 
2,000
4,000
6,000
8,000
9,500
Pull
kgs
LOAD
900
1,810
2,720
3,620
4,309

Line
fpm
35.4
16.7
12.7
10.6
9.0
7.8
Speed
mpm
10.7
5.1
3.8
3.2
2.7
2.3

Motor Current
amps 12V
97
180
260
335
395
430


 
 
 
 
 
Line Pull & Cable Capacity
Layer of Cable 
1
2
4
5

Rated Line
lbs.
9,500
7,780
6,600
5,725
5,050
Pull per Layer
kgs
4,309
3,528
2,993
2,596
2,290

Cable Capacity
ft 
15
35
60 
90 
105 
per Layer  
10
18 
27 
36 
 

Patriot 9500 R 12V with 12 ft. wire pendant
Part# 109153
Patriot 9500 R 12V with wireless remote-US Patent Number: 6,995,682 B1
Part# 109154
Patriot 9500 R 24V with 12 ft. wire pendant
Part# 109171

Note: Fairlead does not attach directly to winch.

 

 

 

RESOURCES

Ramsey Winch
1600 N. Garnett Rd.
Tulsa, OK 74116
(918) 438-2760
www.ramsey.com

Superlift ORV Park
2100 Mill Creek Rd.
Hot Springs, AR 71901
(501) 625-3600
www.orvpark.com
Shrockworks
14015 Barrington Fairway
Houston, TX 77069
(877) 474-7625

www.shrockworks.com

4x4ROCKSHOP
230 Oxmoor Circle, Suite 1111
Homewood, AL 35209
(205) 942-9999

www.4x4rockshop.com

Viking Offroad
(360) 366-4949
www.vikingoffroad.com
FabFours
190 Sawyer Dr.
Durango, CO 81303

(866) 469-9056
www.fabfours.com

 

Michael Cohn

Michael Cohn is the Editor and founder of ROCKCRAWLER.com. If he could have mounted a winch on his pedal car, he would have, though it would have been just a wee bit heavy up front there.

Contact Michael at comments@rockcrawler.com