When you'll be using your truck for pulling, you need to have the right winch. Unfortunately, many truck owners lack the understanding required to choose the proper one and end up with an underpowered winch that can't get the job done. Before you buy, take some time to read through these winch selection tips so that you can get the one that actually fits your needs.
Know The Minimum Winch Capacity
Before you can choose the right winch, you'll need to make sure you know the minimum winch capacity you'll need. To determine this, think about the kinds of things you'll be pulling with your winch. You'll want to think about the maximum weight of things you'll pull. The best way to determine that is to think about the heaviest vehicle in the group that you ride with. Take the gross vehicle weight of the heaviest vehicle and multiply it by one and a half. Round the final result up to the nearest winch capacity rating to determine your minimum winch capacity.
You multiply the weight by one and a half because you need to account for the added weight of pulling that vehicle up an incline, out of a ditch, and against other types of resistance. Those obstacles add to the weight, so the multiplier helps account for that. Once you round up, you can choose a winch of that rating or higher. It's never bad to have more capacity than you need, provided your truck can support the weight of the winch.
Consider Your Bumper Mount
You'll need a winch bumper to properly mount the winch to your truck. Make sure that you choose a bumper that's strong enough to support the winch and has the right mounting brackets so that it will be secure on your truck. The last thing you want is to have the bumper ripped off the truck the first time you try to winch someone out of a tough spot. Ask about reinforced bumper mounting brackets if you're concerned about stability and strength.
Adjust Your Suspension If Needed
When you add a winch to the front of your truck, that puts quite a bit of weight toward the front end. This can result in your truck sitting nose low, which means the front end of the truck is weighed down and sits lower than the rest of the suspension. You'll want to compensate for that when you have the winch installed.
You can upgrade the coil springs in the front of the truck to add a bit of height or to minimize sag. Another option is to put spacers in the springs to push the suspension up a bit. You shouldn't need a lot, but your truck accessories retailer can help you determine how much weight you'll have to adjust for. Contact a company, like Brad's Trailer Supply, for more help.