Winches are an incredible off-roading tool, allowing you to pull your Jeep out of problematic situations and clear massive obstructions that have blocked the path. This guide will help you understand what a winch is and how to install a winch on a Jeep Wrangler.
Table of Contents
- What is a Winch Used for on a Jeep?
- How to Install a Winch on a Jeep Wrangler
- Selecting the Right Winch for Your Jeep Wrangler
What is a Winch Used for on a Jeep?
A winch is primarily used to pull heavy objects. Winches are often mounted on the front or back of vehicles and are used to pull vehicles out of ditches, move large objects, or help in rescues. In the case of a Jeep, a winch can be handy for getting unstuck from rugged terrain. By attaching a rope or cable to an object and then using the winch to pull it, the jeep can get moving again. Winches can also help recover vehicles that have gone off the road. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s best to stay calm and use a winch to get yourself back on track.
How to Install a Winch on a Jeep Wrangler
You will need to purchase a winch that is compatible with your Jeep. There are many different brands and models of winches available, so do your research and pick the best one for your needs. Once you have chosen a winch, make sure you have all the parts and tools you will need for installation.
Installing a winch on a Jeep Wrangler can be tricky at first, but once you get it down it’ll be a cinch to do it again. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll have your Jeep ready to take on whatever you throw at it!
Step 1: The first step is finding the ideal mountaing location on your bumper and drilling some holes. Some aftermarket bumpers come with pre-drilled winch mounting holes. However, If you’re using an OEM bumper or an aftermarket bumper without pre-drilled winch holes, you’ll need to drill your own.
Step 2: After you’ve finished drilling the holes in the bumper, you’ll need to place your winch onto your bumper. Ensure that the winch is resting on top of the holes and and thread the bolts into the bumper and winch. Make sure the winch alignment is perfect, as it may shift during usage if the installation isn’t even. Tigethen the bolds.
Step 3: Disengage the winch clutch and pull out 3-5 inches of wire in order to make room for your ferret’s installation. Then attach the ferret by tighetning the washer using a 3/4″ wrench.
Step 4: Now comes the wiring portion. Some manufacturers have varying instruction, so you should following their speciifc instructions when wiring your winch.
Now, you’re all set to roll.
Selecting the Right Winch for Your Jeep Wrangler
With dozens of options on the market, selecting the right winch for your Jeep can be a daunting task. In order to assist the decision-making process, we’ve put together an in-depth guide of the best Winches for Jeep Wranglers. Feel free to take a peek if you need help picking the right winch for you. (TLDR: We recommend the WARN M8000 Winch)
A Jeep winch is a handy tool to have in your arsenal and it could save you if you find yourself in bind. So the next time you hit the trails, be sure to bring your winch along for the ride. You never know when you might need it!