how much winch is needed? i just got a 93 wrangler that will be a work in progress. i am not use to off roading so how much winch is needed ? i dont for see myself doing any rock climbing in south carolina.
my TJ weights about 5000 lbs (loaded). that means i need a 10.000 lbs winch that does 10000 lbs in all situations.
a 9000 lbs winch only does about 4000 lbs on the upper layer.
a 12000 lbs winch does about 6500 lbs on the upper layer. thatīs still not enough.
A 12,000# winch is ridiculous overkill for a jeep. The added weight alone is a ton.
The Warn 9.5ti or any of the 9.5 series is plenty strong enough for a jeep. I have seen 3 Ramsey Winches self implode on the trail. We were stationed at a winch point when we were guides at Camp Jeep. The Warn kept going all day long. Ramsey, Black Mountain, SuperWinch, Milemarker are a waste of money.
In my opinion, if you want a winch to last forever, buy a Warn. Their customer service alone is unbeatable. I have rebuilt 4 winches, (cleaning them after disassembly), and Warn has faxed wiring diagrams, serial numbers, and anything else we needed. Warn is truly the best winch company out there.
i know that warn makes the best electrical winches on the planet. but they are very expensive. and for me my 300$ china winch is good enough.
itīs slower than a warn, louder than a warn and the overheat protection comes on only after 20 minutes. but it pulls me out of the mud and thatīs all what i want.
my winch must not be the fastest on the world, i donīt drive competitions. i only need a reliable winch, and itīs reliable. covered with mud or inside some water, it always worked.
if i have enough money in the future i will buy a warn M8274-50.
EDIT: a 8k winch weights about 82 lbs and a 12k winch weights only 4 lbs more. that shouldnīt be a problem. (i have the weights from the milemarker website. they have many technical details on their site.