Okay, so we know you need a winch but how do you pick one. There are a lot of things to consider starting with the load capacity of the winch motor. It’s not as easy as just using your curb weight and getting a motor that can pull over that amount. The angle of the pull, rocks or trees obstructing the rescue route, terrain grade even how much gear you have on board can quickly add up to need significantly more pull than your gross weight.
Winch cable/rope is another consideration. Synthetic rope does not store kinetic energy which means if it snaps, or the anchor point fails, it is less likely to snap back causing injury or damage. Rope is lighter, easier to handle and does not require gloves to safely handle. However, rope can be damaged by UV rays and is subject to fraying. Steel cables are far stronger but are much more dangerous should they snap. Even though most are galvanized, they are also susceptible to rust and corrosion.
There’s more to think about. Ease of installation, battery drain, length of cable and more. To help you out we have listed a few of the best Jeep winches to compare: