Originally Posted by johendley
A winch is my next must have. Anyone on here use this winch? 10k is more than enough for my JK.
I just acquired and installed the Viper 13K and haven't trail tested yet. The assembly was super easy - it comes already wired so just mount controller, drop winch onto plate, and run supply and ground.
But 10k is NOT more than enough winch for a JK. As the winches rated capacity goes up - the amps drawn to pull actual vehicle weight goes down. With an 8K winching 4000 lbs will pull over 300 amps. With a 10K winching same 4000 lbs draws about 275 - with 13K it draws about 190. Thats load directly on the battery/alternator. More load will always equate to more total cost of operation as the cables etc will be effected and require repair more frequently. I did install an 8K first (budget dictated) and as such the cost of cabling to handle the high draw, the control solenoid (I refuse to maintain an unfused 0 guage hot lead on the impact zone of front bumper - thats just asking for a fire after a minor fender bender - so I use a 600 amp solenoid to control the winch main power) etc ended up costing the same as the 13K did. But now my wiring is so underloaded I should be worry free for the next five years!
And also to consider - that max weight rating is for ONE WRAP of the wire. Next wrap the rating goes down. So if you have a 100 foot wire on an 8000 lb winch - you only are at rate with two wraps on a 4250 lb vehicle. So to winch from 25 feet (Approx 4 wraps left on winch) - you are overloaded (and amp draw goes up accordingly) unless you pull all 100 feet off and use a snatch block - which halves the winch speed and requires extra effort then to respool (which should be done anyway - but at least when properly rated you can use multiple times in one day then respool at trail end maintenance rather than respool before every use)!
I recommend 10K for a two door and 12K or better for a four based on my understanding of the principals and experiences.