My truck in it's current state weighs in at 4900lbs. It'll prolly be 5500lbs+ when finished. It seems that the general consensus is to get a winch thats rated for atleast 1.5x the weight of the truck. So using 5500lbs as the weight, I need an 8250lb winch. I know that a 9500lb winch would be great, a 12k would be better. But I've always read so much about the Warn 8274 8k winch. I think I remember someone saying something like "get a 9.5k winch....Unless you get an 8274." What makes the 8274 so special? I see them quite a bit on Ebay for great prices. Some need rebuilding, that makes them even cheaper. I'm not scared of rebuilding one, and BillaVista did a tech article on rebuiding the 8274 on Pirate. I could prolly get an old "fixer upper" 8274, rebuild it, and have enough money left to get some synthetic winch rope. But I don't want to do this if the 8274 won't be sufficient for my truck. So again, what makes the 8274 so special vs say....a 9.5ti Thermometric? And why the hell does a new 8274 cost the same as a new M12000? I know the line speed is faster....but 8k lbs for the same price as 12k?