12k. Had the 9k on my Van for 21 years.. Never ever let me down. Just replaced it with a 12k that uses Nylon instead of Steel !.. Love it. BTW I sold my old one to the Guys at Ujoint
Winch Capacity, Part 1:
Hopefully by now, off road and 4x4 enthusiasts have all but eliminated the rookie misconception that the necessary winch capacity is directly proportional to a vehicle’s weight. But in case there is still any confusion regarding this matter, let’s put it bluntly. Plain and simple, your winch capacity should be 1.5 times your gross vehicle weight
. In other words, take your vehicle’s weight, multiply it by 1.5, and that resulting number should be your minimum winch capacity. For instance, a vehicle that weighs 5,000 lbs would require a winch with a minimum capacity of 7,500 lbs. Winch Capacity, Part 2:
When shopping for an electric winch, it’s easy to get confused by all the ratings, specs, and other technical information; in particular, winch capacity. Fact is, even if an electric winch is rated 10,000 lbs, it won’t always pull at 10,000 lbs. The way the ratings systems works is that each winch is given a designated capacity based upon its pulling strength with one layer of winch cable. In other words, an electric winch has the most pulling power when 1-2 complete layers of winch cable are wound around the winch drum due to a lower gear ratio. As a winch continues to wrap more layers of cable around the drum the pulling power decreases. This ties into our next point …"