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post #1 of 24 Old 05-15-2009, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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What size winch should I put on my Wrangler?

I purchased my first jeep ('93 Wrangler) this winter and I would like to add a winch. What size winch should I look at?

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post #2 of 24 Old 05-15-2009, 06:42 AM
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Anything from 8 to 10 thousand pounds should be just fine.

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post #3 of 24 Old 05-15-2009, 11:04 AM
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I think the rule is 1.5x the weight of your vehicle. or possibly 2.5x. either way you go the more pulling power it has, the longer it will most likely last since it'll do alot less work.
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post #4 of 24 Old 05-15-2009, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guy!

It looks like I'm looking for at least a 8K winch (2.5x of vehicle weight). Any other brand besides Warn I should look at to purchase?
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Milemarker and smittybilt have them for cheap. Id only use them if you plan on using hte winch once or twice a year as theyre not as reliable as warns in my opinion. I'd go with a Warn for quality though, theyre amazing.
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Well, it looks like a Warn it will have to be....I'll probably get stuck 2-3 times a trip!
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post #7 of 24 Old 05-15-2009, 06:04 PM
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Also look at superwinch the make some nice winches too, very comparable to Warn, I am partial to Warn though, I have there ATV winches and love them. Warn has great customer service too.

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warn and ramsey are top of the line. and you defiantly get what you pay for. superwinch and milemarker are good quality for the price. also don't forget about a snatch block. they can double ur line load if needed.
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post #9 of 24 Old 05-18-2009, 04:28 PM
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One thing not many realize is that the bigger the winch capacity, the less amperes the winch will require from the Jeep's electrical system at the same load. For example, a 9,000 lb. capacity Warn XD9000 winch requires 135 fewer amperes from the battery to retrieve a 6,000 lb. load than a Warn M6000 6,000 lb. capacity winch does when retrieving the same 6,000 lb. load.

For example: when pulling 6,000 lbs, the Warn M6000 requires 465 amps while the Warn XD9000 only requires 330 amps to pull the same load.

So when choosing winches, it is generally better to go to a slightly heavier capacity winch whenever possible.

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One thing not many realize is that the bigger the winch capacity, the less amperes the winch will require from the Jeep's electrical system at the same load. For example, a 9,000 lb. capacity Warn XD9000 winch requires 135 fewer amperes from the battery to retrieve a 6,000 lb. load than a Warn M6000 6,000 lb. capacity winch does when retrieving the same 6,000 lb. load.

For example: when pulling 6,000 lbs, the Warn M6000 requires 465 amps while the Warn XD9000 only requires 330 amps to pull the same load.

So when choosing winches, it is generally better to go to a slightly heavier capacity winch whenever possible.
Never thought of it that way, very insightful!
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Another thing to think about is the bigger you build you jeep, the worse it will stuck. I have a Warn 9500 on my jeep and it has always pulled me out with out a problem. Sunday I pulled out a tractor stuck in mud. It dragged my jeep forward about 3 feet before we got it out. I had the cable on a pulley and rigged striaght back to the jeep and I barely got it out. It was stuck in the mud to the axle and had a plow barried under the mud. The tractor weighed less than the jeep. The hardest pull ever was a stuck Suzuki Samari. I guess my point is do not rely the 1.5X the weight formula, even though a vehicle is light it can get very stuck increasing the amount you need to pull.

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One thing not many realize is that the bigger the winch capacity, the less amperes the winch will require from the Jeep's electrical system at the same load. For example, a 9,000 lb. capacity Warn XD9000 winch requires 135 fewer amperes from the battery to retrieve a 6,000 lb. load than a Warn M6000 6,000 lb. capacity winch does when retrieving the same 6,000 lb. load.

For example: when pulling 6,000 lbs, the Warn M6000 requires 465 amps while the Warn XD9000 only requires 330 amps to pull the same load.

So when choosing winches, it is generally better to go to a slightly heavier capacity winch whenever possible.
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warn and ramsey are top of the line. and you defiantly get what you pay for. superwinch and milemarker are good quality for the price. also don't forget about a snatch block. they can double ur line load if needed.
Have you ever used a milemarker? I've been doing some research on them and it seems the MM electrics are pretty much junk but there hydraulic winches are very dependable except that the line speed is a little slower...

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Jerry makes a good point on the advantage of larger winches using less amps. In addition to that, it is possible and even likely that you will use your winch for more than just tugging yourself out. I have pulled more full size pickups than I ever have pulled myself. I only have a 8000 lb. winch and I sure wish I had a larger one sometimes. So if funds allow, get the largest winch that is practical.
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Jerry makes a good point on the advantage of larger winches using less amps. In addition to that, it is possible and even likely that you will use your winch for more than just tugging yourself out. I have pulled more full size pickups than I ever have pulled myself. I only have a 8000 lb. winch and I sure wish I had a larger one sometimes. So if funds allow, get the largest winch that is practical.
It's kind of the equivalent of slapping a V-8 in a Wrangler. Although it's a bigger motor and has two more cylinders, the V-8 doesn't have to work as hard as the I6 so they don't suck as much gas.

Obviously this is talking about a mild modern day V-8. a 454 out of a 70's truck isn't going to improve your mileage
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