What's the lowest pound winch you'd put on a stock Wrangler for recovery?
My Jeep is primarily a street vehicle (daily driver), but I do like to take it off road now and then and I like to have provisions for getting un-stuck. My 8,000 pound winch just died which means I'm in the market for a new one. I'm thinking I should go with a better name this time though, probably Warn, but I'm not sure I can spare the money for a Warn 8,000 pounder.
I've heard the general rule is to get a winch rated for twice the poundage as the weight of the vehicle. I think my Jeep is in the neighborhood of mid-3,000 pounds, so, that probably means that I could get away with a 6,000 pound winch if that's the case.
Recently though I've talked to a guy who has a stock Jeep similar to mine. I saw he had a tiny winch on the front of it, so I asked him about it. He said it's a 2,500 pound winch and that it's un-stuck plenty of trucks with no problem. He claims the guys with 8,000 pound winches are "over-winching", that they're completely unnecessary for recovery, and that if a 2,500 pound winch can't un-stick something then something bigger is going to break something.
So who's right? What size winch should I be looking at?