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I am looking to put winches on my maverick. My friends all have 4500lb Viper winches. I was looking at the new Viper Elite models. What size winch (lbs) do i really need for the front and rear? is 4500 overkill? Should I put a smaller one on the front, and a larger in the rear? any input is helpful

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I got a 5000lb, as far as winches and overkill goes I'd rather have way more winch then I need vs not having enough when you need it.
 

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4500 is with the rope all the way out. Get a couple layers and you are down to 2250lb. Add more layets and it keeps going down . So 4500 is minimal in my book. I run 5000 lb viper elite on maverick and 8000 lb on ranger 900.

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I agree bigger the better. I had 4500 viper elite not be strong enough to pull out my old rhino a few times. More is better !!!
 

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Front only
 

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I would get as big as one that you can afford and as big as one that will fit in the mount area. With that said I have a Super winch 3500 terra and it has been fabulous. When I think I need more power I just double the line with a snatch block and all is well. On a side note I am not a fan of nylon rope for winch line. Give me good old cable any day.
 

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I've broke 2 viper poly winch lines. I'm not a fan either but the poly is easy on the hands and easy on getting hurt unlike cable. I've seen to many cables break and fly in my day. I will stick with the poly.
 

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On the 5000 lb viper elite, what mount do I use with the BRP front bumper? Where do I get the mount and winch? How much?
 

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Never mind. Found it on Ebay.
 

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I got the 4000 viper and mount on my brute from moto alliance best winch i have ever had
 

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Viper elite 5k widespool on the front of mine. The GF did break one rope on me, but she just didn't know not to hook the cable to itself. lesson learned, but when it did break, it fell on the ground like it is supposed to. I'll take the safety of the synthetic cable any day. The Viper elite have the wireless remote that is a very handy feature!
 

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10-4 murph safety any day over the killer steel cable.
 
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