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It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a lightweight Can-am Defender 2,500 lb winch, a heavy-duty Can-am Defender 4,500 lb winch, or something in the middle like the Can-am Defender 3,500 lb winch, when it comes to UTV winches and aftermarket winch accessories, we here at Everything Can-Am Offroad have it all. If you’re looking for the cheapest winch options imaginable, we’d suggest framing your winch-buying decisions based on the long-term horizon, focusing less on short-term money savings and more on long-term value. Sure you can get cheap 5,000 lb UTV winches from places like Harbor Freight, but price in the cost of a Can-am Defender winch mount — if you don’t have a winch-comparable bumper — and other factors such as stress and labor, and the total value of a cheap winch might be on par with that of a more expensive option. Add to this the durability, longevity, and actual performance / pulling power of a higher quality winch and the juxtaposition is clear, running a better winch that costs a bit more is actually cheaper than a less expensive winch in the long run.
Among the many great Can-am Defender winches such as the 4,500 lb Terra Superwinch and the powerful winch lineup offered by the UTV firm Badlands, Viper winches are up there when it comes to quality Can-am Defender winches. Be it their Elite winch or their Midnight series winches, Viper has been in the winch game since 2004, with an average warranty rate of less than 3% — two percentage points below the industry average. Their Viper Elite series of winches are IP67 rated with military grade raw materials, use US-made Amsteel-Blue rope, and come with a wireless remote for easy usage. But Viper isn’t the only UTV company that makes a badass winch. Side-by-side parts manufacturers like KFI and SuperATV are also vying for that top position in the hearts and minds of consumers. Whatever winch you choose, however, be sure to wire it correctly. Many riders wire the Can-am Defender winches to the bus bar under the dash. However the bus bar is typically for accessories and low-amp relays, not a winch. You should really tie your winch into the factory BRP wiring harness that goes directly to the UTV’s battery. There’s a power block under the dash with a switchable hot, batter hot, and batter ground where many Can-am owners like to mount the winch relay — on the side of the front box next to the passenger light so it’s not under the hood. So what are you waiting for, get yourself a strong and reliable UTV winch from Everything Can-Am Offroad and you’ll never be stuck… for long… again!