What is the best winch for a Jeep Wrangler XJ?

I just bought an old Jeep Wrangler XJ and I am excited to start adding some off-roading gear to it. The first piece I want to install is a winch, but I don’t know which one to buy. What is the best winch for a Jeep Wrangler XJ?

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Talullah Blanco · Answered on Jan 06, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Congrats on your new-used Wrangler XJ! The Jeep Wrangler Sport XJ has a towing capacity that’ll haul whatever you need for off-roading. The best winch for a Jeep Wrangler XJ will depend on what you’re looking for and how much you want to spend.
Winches can cost anywhere between $100 and over $2,000 for a high-end winch with extra features. But if you’re looking for a good quality winch to meet your basic needs, expect to spend between $600 and $800.
Your Wrangler XJ’s recommended minimum line-pull rating will also determine the best winch choice for your vehicle Jeep. To find the recommended minimum line-pull rating for your XJ, multiply your vehicle’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) by 1.5.
Even with this information in your back pocket, narrowing down the best winch options can be hard. That’s why we’ve listed some popular winches for the Jeep Wrangler XJ here:
Hopefully, this helps you narrow down which winch is the best option for your Jeep Wrangler XJ!
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