Imagine taking your first off-road adventure to test a new 4×4 ride, but the possibility of getting stuck does not cross your mind. If the unexpected happens, you will need a winch to save the day. Power winches are indispensable tools for vehicle recovery, and you should make a point of owning one. The is a vast selection of these devices in the market. Knowing which one to choose for your 4×4 is not always easy. But with these three tips, you should be well on your way to finding the right winch for your 4WD truck.
Sufficient Weight Capacity
Even the most efficient winch fails when overloaded. So, you must carefully consider your vehicle’s weight to make sure the load is smaller than the winch capacity. You don’t want to put unnecessary stress on the winch. Also, put into account the weight you’ll be loading at the front. The impact of the bull bar combined with the winch can be too much for the suspension to bear. A regular bull bar is around 60kg, and the winch is about 30kg. Overloading your vehicle can mess up its structural integrity, putting your driving experience in jeopardy.
Unless you upgrade the suspension, do not push beyond the weight limit. Before getting a winch, make sure the front-end weight can support it. Remember that the winch rope adds to the front-end weight, which can significantly affect the front suspension and handling of the machine.
Synthetic Rope vs. Steel Cable
You can choose either wire or synthetic rope for your 4×4 winch. Thanks to its heavy-duty nature, a wire rope can be pulled over trail hazards and big boulders without a problem. Be sure to maintain it well to prevent rust. On the flip side, steel cable tends to develop burrs, so you must wear robust gloves when winching. Plus, it could pose a hazard if it fails due to the massive energy it retains in the process.
On the other hand, synthetic rope is lighter and retains less potential energy than its steel wire counterpart. While it is easier to handle during vehicle recovery, it demands more maintenance than the steel cable. You must clean a synthetic rope after working in muddy conditions or dirt trails. Otherwise, it rots from the inside, creating weak points that could potentially fail during operation.
It is good to fasten the winch hook in a shackle for safety purposes, whether running synthetic or wire rope. In case the hook splits, it will hit the ground rather than the vehicle. Alternatively, you can add more weight to the line using a heavy jacket, recovery kit bag, or damper to keep the line low in case of failure.
Versatility in Mounting Technique
You can mount your winch in different ways, from hidden, multi-mount, to bumper mount. Most winches are flexible, coming with various brackets to facilitate all kinds of mounting. When buying a 4×4 winch, find out if it includes the necessary perks for installation. Most winches are designed for standard mounting on the bull bar and come with bolts and brackets.
If you are not sure if the winch is compatible with the bull bar, check the specifications against the bar. Most importantly, examine the pattern on the mounting bolt. The pattern is basically where bolt holes go when the winch is in place. Also, see to it that the bar has enough space.
While you may not use a power winch often, it shall be a lifesaver the day you’ll need it. You will appreciate a handy piece of equipment for incredible support in recovering a stuck 4×4. For all inquiries about winches, get in touch with Super Power Winch via phone or email. We’ll be glad to help you pick the most appropriate tool for every winching situation.