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Sometime I want to get a winch (damn theys expensive). Whats a good size for the average 6K pound truck? Id want something to get me out even if Im framed. Ive been stuck once by myself and hated it. 4 hours and 2 truck later I got out. Not fun times.
 

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On my 90 obs I'm using a 12K w/ a snatch block. My opinion is u can never have enough pulling power, rather have to much than not enough. They are expensive, so might as well get one that is almost guaranteed to get u out of anything.:imo
 

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IIRC, general recommendations would be 1 1/2 times your gvwr. However, keep in mind that a winch operates efficiently at 70% - 80% or its rating. In this case, a 12k winch would be more than enough to get you out of trouble.

If I'm wrong, someone will chime in.
 

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doin 1 1/2 time your gvrw is great if your going to pull your self up a hill not if you get stuck. you have to remeber wat your stuck it is goin to increase the weight of your truck. i would go 2 times the gvrw and use a 12k at least for a 1500 at min.
 

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id probably go with a 12k...but on the other hand i had a 9.5ti on my 03 z71 and pulled me out of everything i ever got stuck in. but now its on my jeep and it pulls that light thing through anything. got a 16.5ti on my dually and it is more than enough for it.
 

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The biggest one you can afford, because you might be pulling out somebody heavier then you. Bare minimum? 9,500lbs WITH a snatch block.
 
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Generally speaking, most recommend no less than 9k for a fullsize truck. I've never had a problem getting out with my 9.5ti.
 

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I'm running a 9k...have yet to have to pull myself/anyone with it. I got it for free, so I have no complaints about it, however, from what I've read you're better off going with a 10-12k. Look into Tmaxx. They are a Great company and are relatively affordable as well.
 

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the harbor frieght winch is also a rebaged warn with some slightly different parts on the instead made from plastic instead of metal, however you can buy the warn parts and they are direct replacement. you can get em for under 400 too. i think thats for a 10K. there is a big review thread of it at pirate4x4. some guy bought one and beat it til it stopped and it took quiet a bit to bust it
 

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the harbor frieght winch is also a rebaged warn with some slightly different parts on the instead made from plastic instead of metal, however you can buy the warn parts and they are direct replacement. you can get em for under 400 too. i think thats for a 10K. there is a big review thread of it at pirate4x4. some guy bought one and beat it til it stopped and it took quiet a bit to bust it
interesting..
 

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I had a 6k pound warn winch on my Jeep Rubicon and I pulled out an OBS z71 stuck to the frame. No one could pull him out so I hooked the winch to the stuck truck and had a landcruiser connected to the back of the rubicon so the jeep wouldn't slide forward. Worked well and I was surprised I didn't break the winch lol. A 12k winch would be perfect but if you have the money why not go for a 16k from warn?
 

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Sometime I want to get a winch (damn theys expensive). Whats a good size for the average 6K pound truck? Id want something to get me out even if Im framed. Ive been stuck once by myself and hated it. 4 hours and 2 truck later I got out. Not fun times.
What about bare minimum size?

General rule of thumb when considering winch size is to get one capable of a single line pull rating of 1.5 times your vehicle weight, 2 times would be ideal. Then you can always use a pulley to effectively double the pull rating if you really get into some deep shit.

edit: I spel gud
 

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I had a 10.5 Hydraulic Mile marker up front, and worked great. On the slow side, but it never failed. Pulled me out of the Mississippi river one night when I was on 39.5 TSLs to the frame in river sand with it snatched back to me. I traded that winch for a chevy 60 and now have a 12,500 electric up front to cut down on all the hydro lines with my assist, and the speed of it is much nicer. I have a Warn 8k in the rear of my truck, but it has not been put to serious use yet. I do carry 2 snatch blocks with me at all times.
 
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