• Steven E. Overmyer

Choosing the Right Winch for Off-roading

How to choose the right winch for off-roading

So you've read everything about the Crossbar Ranch Off-road park and you're ready to get on the trails. But first, you need to find the right winch so that you can get yourself out of those sticky situations on the trail. We've written an all-encompassing guide for choosing the write winch for the job.

If You're Off-roading with a Truck or SUV

If you've got a truck or SUV (Like a Jeep Wrangler or Ford F-150), it's super simple. First you need to find the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of your vehicle. This typically can be found in the doorsill of the driver door, in the owner's manual, or in this handy list.

Once you've found the GVWR, multiply it by 1.5 to get the maximum capacity. For example, if your Jeep Wrangler weighs 4,000lbs, then multiply it by 1.5 to get 6000lbs. This is the weight of wench you should get for that vehicle.

If You're Off-roading with an ATV or UTV

If you've got an ATV or UTV, choosing the right winch is a bit different. If your ATV or UTV is less than 300cc, then most experts recommend getting a 1500lb winch. If your ATV or UTV is larger than 300cc, going with a 2500lb winch is the best route. If you've got a large side-by-side, it's recommended that you go with a 4000lb winch to compensate for the large size and difficult pulling angles.

When you get your winch, you'll be faced with the choice between synthetic rope or wire. This is incredibly important to get right, so we highly urge you to read our blog about choosing between the two. Click here to read that blog post.

Haven't purchased an ATV or UTV yet? We have a huge catalog of accessories for your off-road vehicle, as well as a massive inventory of pre-owned ATVsnew ATVsused UTV's and new UTV's.

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