I'm starting to consider adding a winch, but am not too sure what size to get. I mainly drive fire roads that aren't too difficult... 1-2. What is the minimum size I should be looking at for my YJ?
'89 YJ 2.5L
30x9.5x15 (no lift yet)
ive heard the figure of 2x vehicle weight but i could be wrong....all i know is my friend bought a 4500 lb and couldnt get out of the mudhole i think a min of 6k if its stock and larger as the vehicle is larger. Just my take on it..i dont have one but am savin up for an 8k.
97 TJ w/ Hardtop/AC/5-speed/I-6/ aftermarket stereo/ 2" spacer/1"BL/ 32x11.50 BFG AT's.
....that sounds expensive..
I was asking one of these guys at a 4x4 shop about a 9500...he said it would be overkill for my semi-stocker...he told me that the 8000 would be just fine...I wheel in the Canadian Rockies...bogs galore for everyone!
A tree saver is a must too...both for winching yourself and to hook your back end to a tree when you are winching someone else who may be a little heavier(rig-wise or bogged in good). Another good thing is to practice BEFORE you get on the trail so you know how your winch works, how to hook up, and so the misc noises don't catch you off guard. Learn proper maintenance and make sure you either weld your winch on to your bumper, or have some other way to lock it on...it WILL be "borrowed" if you don't. HTH
EDIT: speeling, eh.
EDIT: speeling, eh.
take the vehicle weight times 1.5...You have to account for the resistance of mud or large rocks and steep hills...I would personally do a 9000lb'er...You can get an electric if you want short and quick pulls, or a hydraulic for long uphill or wet and muddy pulls. Personally I was looking thru a MileMarker catalog today and I think I am going to go that route.
I've got a Warn 8000 up front that has always had enough guts for whatever I've asked it to pull. I just got a Warn 6000 and put it on a receiver mount for the rear and I can swap it to different vehicles if I want to. The line speed on the 6000 is 26 feet per minute which kicks the crap out of my 8000. I really do like the faster line speed of the 6000. If you're looking at a new winch, you might want to consider line speed as a deciding factor in your final choice.
89' YJ - 4.2 - NV4500 - NP231w/sye - 1" Body Lift - 2 1/2" Rancho Suspension Lift - 31" Firestone MTR - AR Outlaw II - Tomken Bumpers F & R - Warn 8000 front - Warn 6000 rec. mount rear - FlowFit Seats - Tom Woods Rear & Custom 2" front driveshafts
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