Most UTV winches you find on the market today will get the job done. But when it comes to longevity, consistency, and durability, not all Polaris RZR winches are created equal. But regardless of the Polaris RZR winch you decide to go with -- be it a KFI winch, a Viper winch, a Superwinch, a Warn winch, or a Badlands winch -- make sure you’re always packing some good recovery gear. Polaris RZR winch accessories like tow straps, snatch blocks, D shackles, and soft shackles are must-haves whenever and where ever you go riding.
Polaris RZR Winch Lines: Steel or Synthetic?
While the verdict is still out regarding the best kind of UTV winch line, synthetic winch ropes are generally regarded as the best option to choose. Not only are synthetic rope lines both strong and lightweight, but they won’t fray or kink like steel cable lines, stabbing you when you’re trying to handle them without gloves. Plus, synthetic rope is a lot safer than steel wire. If a synthetic rope winch line breaks, it won’t snap back like cable winch lines tend to do, which can bust windshields, damage headlights, and cause serious injury to you and others in the vicinity. One caveat to synthetic winch lines, however, is that the typical 1/4“ rope that 90% of riders use is not as strong as cable, so we suggest using 5/16” lines. If your 5/16” synthetic winch line is wrapped in the right direction on the drum and isn’t hitting a hard surface at any point along the pull line, you’ll be golden. You can also add a heat guard to the first few wraps of your rope to prevent scorched lines, and it’s not a bad idea to use a winch cover to protect both the winch and the winch line from water, mud, and UV light while it's not in use. If a synthetic winch line gets wet, it can become brittle over time. But even taking this into consideration, buying a new $25 line every few years is far better than replacing a $500 glass windshield that took the brunt of a snapped winch cable. But enough talk about Polaris RZR winch lines, let’s dig into the top 3 Polaris RZR winches on the market.
Top 3 Best UTV Winches For The Polaris RZR
Many people are under the impression that a Polaris RZR winch is just like every other standard winch. And although it might be true that when the letters “UTV” are included in the title, the prices are substantially higher, getting a winch specifically made for UTVs makes mounting way less of a chore and increases the ease of operation. So which Polaris RZR winch is the best? Well, that would depend on who you ask. We’ve heard of riders who have burned up every brand of UTV winch except the Badlands, which they have been running hard for over five years without any problems. Yet, other riders are of the opinion that Badlands are junk. Many RZR owners say that Warn is a great brand to choose, while others are staunch advocates for the Viper 4,000 pound winch -- stating that they have taken it under water, caked it in mud, and abused it in countless other ways… but it always comes out the other side working like new. Despite all the opinionated arguments and hearsay out there, some winches are indeed better than others. So here are our choices for the top 3 Polaris RZR winches based on empirical rather than anecdotal evidence.
Depending on the weight of your rig, the 2,500lb, 3,500lb, or 4,500lb winch models by Warn are sure to handle whatever you can throw at them. Whether you’re pulling yourself out of a mud pit or winching your buddy with a Bobcat up a steep hill, Warn winches have the power to get things done, and the reliability to do it over and over again. With a variety of editions and models to choose from, Warn has the right winch for every occasion and every need.
For those who are looking for a sturdy Polaris RZR winch that won’t break the bank, SuperATV's 5,000 Lb wireless winch is a great option. It is compact and lightweight, perfect for the casual rider who doesn’t need an extreme winch, but wants something for those just-in-case moments. And a word of advice for those in the market for cheap winches, look into the price of winch mounts. After all, what good is a winch if you can’t mount it onto the front or rear of your RZR?
Well known for their great UTV and powersports accessories, KFI Products is a company that makes Polaris RZR accessories like hitch receivers, snow plow kits, wire extensions, and much more. And like their other products, KFI winches don’t fall short either. Their Assault Series 5,000lb Winch is particularly impressive, receiving nothing but rave reviews from riders across the geographic spectrum. The winch's dual control units make it easy to use, and its sheer power can handle any situation thrown at it without the need for pulleys and snatch blocks. If you do any mud or creek riding, you have to not only factor in the weight of your RZR, but also the added weight of the mud and water. For riders that won’t bother with anything under 4,500 lbs, this is the perfect Polaris RZR winch with the power and resilience to stand the tests of time!