I want a winch. Man winches are expensive, and I will hardly ever use it........... So anyway, The consensus seems to be that if your winch is for emergency use when you are alone then you should get a winch rated for 2x your vehicle weight. I weighed my truck loaded for a trip at 6,120lbs, so I guess I need a 12,000lb winch. That limits it to the Warn12,000. However, I have also read that the 8274 winches have a ridiculous amount of guts, in some cases well past that of the 12,000 winches. Since they are the same price what do you feel is the best option? I don't care how it mounts (front mount vs. base mount) The 8274 blocks more of the radiator but I would get to do cool mods to my ARB to fit it. The 12,000 is a bit more streamlined but the 8274 is kinda cool in a retro sort of way. So do I need a 12,000lb winch? (little voice kicks in ".....you know you want it....") Is the 8274 really stronger than the planetary in-line winches? What is the best synthetic rope? Does anybody sell the winch with a synthetic rope/fairlead combo rather than the wire/roller one? Wife wants the puter now, thanks for any info, Kevin R.