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9500lbs or 12000lbs winch?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BlitzK5, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. BlitzK5

    BlitzK5 1/2 ton status

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    I know there’s no such thing as overkill for a winch but is a 12000 winch to much for a K5. Will a 9500 lbs winch be more then enough? Will I just be wasting my money going for the 12000#? Obviously 12000lbs is a much better insurance policy but is it practical.
     
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    good rule with them is 2 times the actual weight of the ride.

    ex: truck weight is 6000 lbs = 1200k winch

    ex k5 weight 5500 lbs = 11k winch

    but this is all on what you do with it. if severe mud or rocks get big one. if just for vary limited use and more flat towing out then 9k probly o.k. just keep a eye on it.
     
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    89GMCSuburban 1/2 ton status

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    Crap, then I need a 15,000 lb. winch...

    I've heard 1.5 times the truck's GVWR.
     
  4. blazinzuk

    blazinzuk Buzzbox voodoo Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Yes you do :D :haha:
    I would say 12000 although if you are stuck in the mud the problem is usually the stuck truck just drags the winch truck. So at least in the mud try to carry three or more tow straps and shackles and such to use for anchor trucks
     
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    walla2k5 1/2 ton status

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    Warning!!! Make sure you're winch mount is strong enough to handle a 12,000# pull...I "had" a Warn (crap) bumper,that ended up in the mud hole just in front of me...I didn't move.:doah:
     
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    and if you use a snatch block doesn't that dpuble the efective pulling power of yer winch?

    I also agree on twice the winch for the truck poundage. :waytogo:
     
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    89GMCSuburban 1/2 ton status

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    Seen that before. A Jeep got stuck and another Jeep was trying to winch him out. Started pulling the winched jeep into it with him. Charged them $20 to use the burb as an anchor. :haha: :D
     
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    I've been there before. After getting stuck in this hole:
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    It took my buddy in his TJ, his Warn 9.5ti, and another Jeep as an anchor to pull me out. At first it was just him and all he was doing was pulling him toward me. :doah:

    [​IMG]

    For a full size, I'd get the biggest winch you can afford. I have at least a 12,000 pounder in my sights for my 6000lb Burb.
     
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    Ditto, I was thinking about getting the Milemarker Hydraulic. Get an AGR super pump and slap it on there.
     
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    oK thanks everyone, 12K it is, as long as it will fit of course
     
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    what if

    you drown out the truck and it wont start back...then you have no power steering oump to work the hydraulic...that only thing that bothers me about the mile marker hyd winch
     

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