Winch weight ratings seem to be on the rise, but there’s really no need to run a 12,000-pound winch on the front of a 4,000-pound Jeep. In the real world, a winch rated to pull between 1.5-to-2 times your Jeep’s total weight is sufficient. For most Jeeps an 8,000-to-9,500-pound winch is plenty. If you’re doing repeated long-slog winches or operating in wet mud and jungle-type terrain, then you probably need a premium winch. However, if you’re winch needs are only for the occasional stuck, a less-expensive unit such as Warn’s new VR value-series line of winches will probably fill your needs.