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Old 03-18-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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What size winch?

I have a 2006 TJ and while I'm NOT a major off-roader or a rock crawler or anything, I do spend a good amount of time on back-roads and out in the country because I shoot a lot at ranges located there. Occasionally these can get pretty hairy with rains, etc.
I'd like to get a winch just for "self-recovery"; just in case. I look through the lists of products available and I see tons of options, but I have no idea what I should be looking at. I don't expect to be doing anything real heavy; just maybe getting a little extra "oomph" when I'm stuck in the mud.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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I have a 2006 TJ and while I'm NOT a major off-roader or a rock crawler or anything, I do spend a good amount of time on back-roads and out in the country because I shoot a lot at ranges located there. Occasionally these can get pretty hairy with rains, etc.
I'd like to get a winch just for "self-recovery"; just in case. I look through the lists of products available and I see tons of options, but I have no idea what I should be looking at. I don't expect to be doing anything real heavy; just maybe getting a little extra "oomph" when I'm stuck in the mud.
Thoughts?
Your MINIMUM winch size should be able to pull 1.5x the weight of your vehicle. That's if you're gonna use it for very light duty. Pulling yourself (or someone else) out of deep mud, up an incline, etc, may require a larger size.

Not sure about TJ's, but for JK's, the lowest size I'd recommend would be an 8000-lb winch.

There are a bunch of things you need to consider before buying a winch. One is line speed, or how fast the winch can let out or take up cable. Winches with faster line speeds are generally more expensive.

Another factor is the type of motor a winch has. Permanent magnet motors generally have a lower battery draw, overheat easier, and are best for lighter-duty winches. Series wound motors are more heavy duty, and usually more expensive.

Buying a winch with synthetic cable will save weight. It's also safer than cable, since it's not as dangerous as wire cable if it snaps and whiplashes back at you. Any winch you look at should come with a remote, so you can stand off to the side (much safer) while operating it. You should also use a damper on the line (coat, blanket, etc) to keep it from whipping back if it breaks, regardless of whether you have synthetic or wire cable.

Most winches stand up pretty well to the elements...you shouldn't need a waterproof version unless you regularly ford streams with the thing.

Here are some links to winch info, and a couple of winch reviews:

Winch Tech - The Guide to choosing a Winch

Winch Reviews - JeepReviews.com.

Massive Multi-Winch Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine

Synthetic rope vs. Steel cable
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8000lb is a proper choice for a TJ. 6000 would probably do OK, but there are very few choices in this size and they are priced, for all practical purposes, the same as the more common 8000lb models.

If possible, please buy American and not Chinese. This means Warn, Superwinch (X9, S9000), and various Ramsey models, even though they cost a hair more. It keeps your neighbors (literally or figuratively, depending on where you live) employed. Warn's M8000 can be had for $539 with free shipping if you shop around online, and is as good as you're gonna get in an 8000lb self recovery winch.
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I have an 8k smittybilt and its never let me down
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:00 PM   #6
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How about a YJ? What lb rating would ya'll suggest for that (in a similar situation/need)?

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Old 03-20-2012, 07:23 PM   #7
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All I have ever had are 8,000 lb winches but have had a wide variety, mostly all Warn's. Warn has the VR series that is mostly US as I understand and quite competitive. When you do get one, be sure to factor in at least one snatch block and best to have 2. I would opt for a 6,000 lb with 2 snatch blocks over any 8,000 lb with no snatch block.

Mounting is another issue. The YJ I am familiar with you can just mount the flat plate on top of the frame/bumper and put a couple washers underneath the back to level out.

When connecting the power lead to the battery best to put in a disconnect switch so you can keep it disconnected most of the time. Otherwise a worn cable can readily start an engine compartment fire.

Depending on location, you might find a used one at a 4x4 shop or such. local paper advertising, craigslist, etc.

Or someone foolish like me. Last trip to Minnesota to collect the last of stuff to move to New Mexico I gave away a perfectly good Ramsey 8,000 lb winch. But I still have 2 M8000's so didn't have any use for it then.
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How about a YJ? What lb rating would ya'll suggest for that (in a similar situation/need)?

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Same answer......8,000#
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I always thought it was the weight of jeep x 2.
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I always thought it was the weight of jeep x 2.
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I've got a smittybuilt xrc wench and it works pretty well. Relatively cheap.

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