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Choosing the Right Winch for Your Vehicle with 4 Wheel Parts
Haul your vehicle out of almost any situation with the right winch.
One of the worst things that can happen when you’re off-roading is getting stuck somewhere, whether it’s a snow bed, a muddy ditch, or some other hazard. Of course if you have a winch, then you’re completely prepared to get your vehicle out of almost any situation. But which type of winch should you choose? Our experts at 4 Wheel Parts are here to help you determine what weight capacity your winch should have, and whether a integrated or non-integrated winch is best for your vehicle.
How heavy a winch do I need for my vehicle?
General rule of thumb is that your winch should be for 1 ½ times the weight of the vehicle. The reason of this is that your vehicle weight will most likely be compounded by the media in which you’re stuck (mud, snow, rock, etc.). Also, there’s a good chance you’ll be pulling on an incline, not on a flat surface, adding even more pressure for the winch to bear. So if you have a 6,000lb Jeep, you’ll probably want to go with a 9,000lb winch. The general weight selection for winches is: 8,000, 9,000, 12,000, 15,000, and 16,500.
Styles of Winches:
- Non-integrated Winches
- Come with a separate solenoid box, which is the “brain,” or what controls your winch. Can mount the solenoid box on top of the winch, alongside the winch, or remote mount it anywhere you want on the vehicle.
- Better if you have space constraints.
- All the components are in one package.
- Water resistant; fairly sealed against weather.
- Plug-n-play: take it out of the box, bolt it on your bumper, hook up two power wires, and you’re ready to start winching.