I wanna chip in here a little. I got my first winch, that hand crank job on that 1953 CJ-3B, my third Jeep. It was a 500 pound cap., believe it or not, Warn Winch, so long ago.........That photo is 1968.
Since then, 43 years later, I learned long ago, get the biggest, baddest, nastiest winch you can get and the biggest cable and blocks. And hell, do not get just one, get two.
Ok, here is the rule for the serious Jeeper: The one on the front is for everyone else
and work and hoisting yourself up and over something or out of something. However, seldom, and I mean almost never
, do you ever want to pull yourself deeper
into a jam.
So, get the biggest and baddest and put them on both ends. Do it. Do it ASAP. The one on the back is for YOU!!!!! And it saves the day and ends being stuck, forever...........trust me.
Too, you will use that rear one, 10x over anything you put on the front. Really!
And because I am such a phuck up, they both get used ALOT!!!!! But that rear one is used all the time and in so many places and instances I have lost count. They are 12,000 lb. MileMarker winches and they WORK! The 1/2" cable helps too along with the 3, 60,000 lbs. rated snatch blocks.
You will need a huge alternator to run them and lots of battery power. I have 2, 1000 amp, CAT batteries (from Caterpillar tractor). And a 260 AMP alternator. And the wiring is 2/0 copper welding cable, mentioned elsewhere. You need huge power, huge storage (batteries) and you will need to line your frame/w matching bumpers, with at least 1" steel plate (called fish plating).
Any questions, go a fire department and ask if you can study their fire trucks wiring and just copy that.
Just a thought. Winches are important. Very important.
Hope that is helpful.