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How Do I Choose The Winch Size for UTV?

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A winch can be essential to your ride. Even the best quality UTV can get stuck and a winch can help you out at that time. There are many winch sizes on the market, so how to choose the winch size for UTV? We are willing to give you an ultimate guide to choosing the right winch sizes.

The Importance of the best UTV winch

Image it, you're riding through the forest but you get stuck in a muddy place, and you don't know what to do. But if you have a winch at hand, your UTV can easily be free of the muck and sand after a short time.

Electric winches come in different power capacities ranging from 1,500 to 15,000 pounds. If you put an electric winch with a large capacity on your ATV, it is unnecessary; if you put a small winch on your UTV, it can cause a big safety problem. So, electric winch of different power ranges should be used on the right vehicles.

How to choose the right winch size for UTV?

Weight of UTV

The first thing you should consider is the GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight). The gross vehicle weight means the weight of the empty vehicle and accessories. You can find GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) on the tag of your machine.

Usually, a 2-seat UTV weighs more than 1,200 pounds, a utility UTV can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. As a general rule, you can multiply your UTV weight by 1.5 or 2 to get the right weight size for your UTV.

ATV Winch Size and UTV Winch Size:



Suggested Winch(lbs)

Under 300cc






More than 450cc




Greater than 700

More than 4000

For example, if the GVW of your UTV is 1500 pounds, you should go for a winch size that ranges from 2250 to 3000 pounds.

But remember, this rule cannot be applied to all applications. If you often get stuck, you should choose a winch with a power range more than the average.

Ride Condition

In addition to the weight of UTV, you should also take the ride condition into consideration. The winch can be different according to the type of your riding. If you often get stuck in the muddy spot, you may need a strong winch. But if you only need an electric winch to help your UTV free of snow, a small-sized winch is enough for you.

Choose your Rope

In general, winch rope can be divided into two types: wire rope and synthetic rope.

Wire Rope

Wire rope is usually made of galvanized steel, so it can be resistant to wear heat and corrosion. But when you use the wire rope, you'd better wear a pair of robust gloves or it may hurt you.

Synthetic Rope

Synthetic rope is generally lightweight polymer material. Compared to wire rope, synthetic rope is easier to have sharp and rough edges.

Wire rope and synthetic rope can be durable if they are handled correctly and you can choose one according to your needs.

Chima Winch

Speaking of the Chima winch, it has a wide range of electric winches for ATV, UTV, 4x4, off-road, jeep, and truck. The power ranges from 1,500 lbs to 20,000 lbs. And there are the most suitable winch sizes for UTV, you can choose according to your needs.

Small Electric Winch 12V

2000 lb UTV Winch

2000 lb UTV Winch is a small electric winch for UTV and ATV.

  • Motor: 0.75kw, 1.0hp, 12V

  • Wire rope: 5/32"×50'

  • Gearing: Differential planetary

2000 lb UTV Winch

Medium Electric Winch

3000 lb UTV Winch

3000 lb UTV winch is ideal for small UTVs. It is also a great power range for AVT.

  • Motor: 0.9kw, 1.2hp, 12V

  • Wire rope: 7/36"×30'

  • Gearing: Differential planetary

3500 lb UTV Winch

If you want a UTV winch for heavy-duty applications, you can choose a 3500 lb UTV winch.

  • Motor: 1.2hp, 12V

  • Wire rope: 5.5mm×13.75m

  • Control: Handlebar-mounted Mini-rocker switch

4000 lb UTV Winch

For most UTVs and side-by-side, a 4000 lb UTV winch can be the perfect option.

  • Motor: 1.3hp, 12V

  • Wire rope: 6.0mm×12.2m

  • Control: Handlebar-mounted Mini-rocker switch

4000 lb UTV Winch

Heavy Duty Winches for Sale

6000 lb UTV winch

If you want a larger size, a 6000 lb UTV winch is a big one. It is designed for big side-by-side and extreme environments.

  • Motor: Motor: 4.0kw, 5.5hp, Series Wound

  • Control: Remote switch

6000 lb. UTV winch

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