What Size Winch Do I Need For My Vehicle?

What Size Winch Do I Need For My Vehicle?

If you’ve decided you’re going to run a winch on your vehicle, the next thing you need to work out is if that winch will be powerful enough to recover your vehicle. Check out our short blog and calculate which size winch you need for your vehicle!

You don’t want to spend your hard-earned on a winch that’s going to leave you stranded in a bog hole anyway!

The heavier the vehicle, the more powerful winch you’ll need.

Here’s how to calculate what size winch you need for your vehicle

For example, the max GVM for a Ford Ranger is 3350kg (basically, the most your car can legally weigh in total, with accessories and passengers included).

The industry standard to work out what winch you want for safe and effective recovery is to multiply the total vehicle weight by 1.5.
3,350 x 1.5 = 5,025 Then convert that number to LBS. To do this, multiply the mass value by 2.205.

5,025 x 2.205 = 11,078
Based on those figures, a 10,000 LBS winch won’t be sufficient to safely recover a fully loaded Ford Ranger.
If you’ve done your maths and are ready to choose your winch take a look at the Ironman 4×4 Monster Winch Range.

This is where choosing the right bar also comes in

Unlike some bars on the market, the Ironman 4×4 Deluxe bull bar to suit the Next Gen Ranger is compatible with winches rated up to 12,000 LBS.