Choosing a Winch:
Having a winch on your Jeep can save you a lot of headaches during the recovery process. I've gotten in situations where recovery of my Jeep would have been nearly impossible without a winch (and very dangerous). To figure out what size winch you need, use this general rule of thumb, Gross vehicle weight (located on the tag of your door, GVWR) x 1.5. Most short wheelbase Jeeps will need about an 8000 pound winch. Your common choices will be electric or hydraulic. Electric runs off the battery, this can be useful as you can operate your winch with the vehicle off, not for long though. Hydraulic runs off your Jeeps power steering system, they won't overheat like an electric winch and they are strong, but your Jeep must be running to use it.
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