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WARN VR12-S 12,000 lb. Winch w/ Synthetic Rope

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    Video Review & Installation

    Ryan: This WARN VR12-S 12,000-pound Winch is for those of you that have a 1987 all the way up through the most current model year Wrangler that are looking for an incredibly well-built winch that has a ton of pulling capacity. This is going to be a pretty easy two out of three wrenches for the installation. There's a little bit of wiring to do, but it's very, very simple to get these attached up to your battery, even if you don't have a lot of experience with automotive wiring. And we are going to show you how to get this installed in just a second.So when you're winch shopping, there are a couple of big decisions to make, and one is going to be the pulling capacity of your winch. The rule of thumb is that you want about one and a half times the loaded trail rate of your vehicle. So if you have a big, heavy 4-door, lots of armor on it, maybe you like to get your 37s buried up to the axle in mud, you want something like this that has 12,000 pounds of pulling capacity. If you have a light 2-door, you do some light wheeling, maybe you're on the rocks more where you just need a little bit of a nudge to get out of a situation where you're high-centered, you can probably get away with a lower pulling capacity, which is going to be a little bit less expensive and also a little bit lighter weight.The other big decision that you have to make when purchasing a winch is what kind of cable you want. So this is an S, the S-line from WARN, which does have a synthetic line on it, and there are a couple of big benefits, in my opinion, to having a synthetic line. The synthetic line, while it still stretches like a steel cable does, it doesn't store that energy. So if a line were to break under tension, it's not gonna fly through the air, which can cause damage to your vehicle or, worse, injury to a person. It's just gonna fall harmlessly to the ground. That's a big benefit. The other is that it's a lot lighter weight, so as you're dragging it up a muddy hill to hook onto another vehicle or a tree, it's a lot easier to drag this line. It's also not going to kink like steel will.Now, the only down side to synthetic, if you wanna call it that, is it requires a little bit more maintenance and to be replaced a little bit more often. Now, if we're being honest, the newer synthetic lines, they hold up really, really well. Some of the older ones, they had a little bit more issue with UV rays breaking them down. These ones are going to be pretty stout. They're not gonna be as abrasion-resistant as a steel cable will. But whether you have steel or synthetic, you wanna make sure you're inspecting your line regularly and making sure that it's in good shape, so no matter what you're going to have that. And, again, I do see some benefits to synthetic over steel.Now WARN is known for building an incredibly high-quality winch, and they have a lot of levels of winches. Some of their highest levels have spots where you can tap in for lighting. You have wireless remotes, you have air compressors built into your winches, all of those additional features. And then their least expensive ones, they're a little bit more bare bones, a little bit simpler. And this one is gonna be kinda middle-of-the-road. This is going to have what's known as an "integrated solenoid pack." So the solenoid pack is really integrated into the winch here. It's a very smooth design. It's not like you have a pack that you need to bolt on somewhere and then wire up, all that comes just as you see it, out of the box, mounted, everything wired with just two leads that you need to hook up to your battery. So that is going to be a benefit to this. This is going to have a wired remote to it. This solenoid pack itself is completely waterproof, which is really nice if you're gonna be going in some deep water, some deep mud, even just driving around on a regular basis on the road where there's a lot of spray when it's raining, knowing that your electronics aren't going to be susceptible to any sort of damage from the water is a really nice feature.Now, otherwise, this is just a really well-built winch. Like I said, WARN is known for building some really high-quality stuff that just isn't going to let you down when you're in a pinch. You can certainly save some money, go with some other brands, but the quality and the longevity are just not gonna be there like with a WARN winch. So if you're looking for a high pulling capacity winch, you don't want a ton of bells and whistles, but you want something that's pretty middle-of-the-road, a nice winch, looks good, is gonna work, is gonna hold up, is gonna be there when you need it, this is going to be an excellent choice for you. This one's gonna come in at right around $925. That is going to be an expensive winch, but when you're talking about a 12,000-pound winch, a lot of them are going to be toward that upper end of the price range just because of the pulling capacity. This one's gonna be even higher on that price range because it is a premium brand. You are going to get what you pay for when you're talking about a winch. So do I think it's worth the additional cost? Yes, I do. In some of those worst-case scenarios where you can actually put yourself in a dangerous situation if your winch were to break, you need to make sure that it's going to work for you and be there for you, and this is going to be that.So like I said before, pretty easy two out of three wrenches for this installation. Let me show you how to do it.Man: Tools used for this installation: a 1/4-inch drive with a 10-millimeter socket for our battery, pair of needle nose pliers, 3/8ths ratchet with various extensions, a universal swivel socket, 14-millimeter socket. This is a 10-millimeter Allen key socket. If you don't have an Allen key socket, you can use a regular Allen key. 19-millimeter wrench, a really sharp knife, some tape, a pair of gloves for our wire winch. Impact is optional.All right, so the first step to installing any winch is to install our fairlead. Now, we are gonna be using the black hardware that came with the kit. It does have a 10-millimeter Allen key head with a 19-millimeter nut on the back side. So I'm just going to start this hardware by hand and then tighten it down with my impact and wrench on the back side. Again, I got a 19-millimeter wrench. I'm just gonna use the box side and then my impact.All right, so there is one step that I highly recommend you perform before installing the winch to your bumper. You are going to have four nuts that you need to install onto the feet of this winch. Now, there are four little cutouts on those corners. We're just going to put the nuts into the little cutout there, and then we're going to add some tape to the back side of it to prevent those nuts from slipping out while we maneuver the winch onto the bumper. So let's get some tape on this and then install it onto our bumper.All right, so with the tape on the feet of the winch, we are going to lower it in position over our bolt holes. And then I'm just going to sling the wiring off to the side here. We'll worry about that in a minute, but now we're gonna get underneath and try to thread those bolts into the feet of this winch.Now we are underneath the Jeep, and we are going to add the 14-millimeter hardware to our winch plate and thread these through the feet of our winch. Now, it is a little tight. And depending on which bumper you have, it can be easy, or it can be tough like this application. Just take your time and make sure you get all four in. So I'm just going to start this bolt and get the other ones started as well. All right, so I have an extension with a universal swivel and my 14-millimeter socket, and I am just going to hit these with my impact a little and make sure they're nice and tight. All right. Make sure you do this to all four.All right, so now we're gonna wire up our winch. What we're gonna do first is pop our hood, get this out of the way, and then there are multiple ways you can run your wires. You can run them behind the grille on the inside of your headlight, or what I like to do is run it on the outside just in-between your marker light here and your headlight. So I'm gonna take one wire at a time and fish it up in-between our headlight and this front body panel here.Once you have your positive and negative cables run up into your engine compartment, what we're gonna do is do a little cable management and make sure that these wires aren't touching anything that's moving or anything that's extremely hot. Because we don't want these melting or touching anything that they're not supposed to. So I'm gonna run this back behind this bracket and the battery tray here. I'm going to make sure that I can receive it on the other end. And now let's get our negative cable run right next to this evap line here.All right, so once you're finished up with wiring, our next step is to pull our cable through our fairlead. And to accomplish that, we are going to switch the winch to our Freespool mode, grab our eye, and just pull it through. You just wanna get enough slack so we can put our hook and attach it to our D-ring shackle here. All right, once you have your cable through your fairlead, our next step is to attach our hook to the eye of our rope. Now I'm just going to put our pin through and take our cotter pin here, slip it through. And then, with a pair of needle nose pliers pry back on one of these tabs to lock it in place.So one of last steps is to make sure that your winch is working properly. Now, I have the controller here in my hand, just gonna lift up on this cover here to expose my terminal, plug in my remote, and just make it a little tight, just like that. Now I can unplug it, put my cover back on, and store this remote in a cool, dry place inside the cab of your Jeep.So that's gonna wrap up my install of the WARN VR12-S, and for all things Wrangler, keep it here at

    Product Information

    Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


    • Rated for 12,000 Pounds of Pull Force
    • Motor Voltage Rating of 12 Volts
    • Three-Stage Planetary Gear and a 216:1 Gear Ratio
    • Synthetic Winch Line, 90 Feet in Length
    • Wired Remote With 12-Foot Lead
    • Black Powder-Coated Finish
    • Water-Resistant Convertible Control Pack
    • Winch Dimensions are 21.80-Inch Length x 9.79-Inch Height
    • Mounting Bolt Pattern of 10 x 4.50 Inches
    • Weighs 68.12 Pounds
    • Limited Lifetime & 7-Year Limited Warranty
    • Fits All Jeep Wrangler Models


    Dependable Off-Road Winching. Ensure a safe and enjoyable off-road drive when you equip your Wrangler with the WARN VR12-S 12,000-Pound Winch with Synthetic Rope. This recovery winch comes with 12,000 pounds of pulling force, ensuring there’s no ditch, slippery incline, or deep mud you and your Jeep can’t crawl out of.

    Robust, Economical 12,000-Pound Winch. The WARN VR12-S 12,000-Pound Winch packs in a lot of features without breaking the bank, including an improved series-wound engine. This engine runs a 3-stage planetary gear train with a 216:1 gear ratio for efficient power delivery. The included synthetic winch rope is constructed from tough polyethylene, offering superior strength minus the weight. Total safety is provided by its automatic cone brake that will hold the winch’s full-rated load without the danger of slippage. Lastly, this winch is controlled by a wired handheld remote featuring 12 feet of lead cable, enabling you to activate the component from a convenient location.

    Versatile Convertible Control Pack. The control pack on the WARN VR12-S 12,000-Pound Winch with Synthetic Rope can be removed from the rest of the winch and relocated. This versatile design is ideal for mounting on bumpers with tight winch-mounting spaces. This feature also offers you the option of giving your Jeep a sleeker-looking front end. Please note that relocating this control pack will require a relocating kit.

    Direct, Bolt-On Install Procedure. The WARN VR12-S 12,000-Pound Winch with Synthetic Rope bolts-on directly on your winch-ready front bumper using a mounting bolt pattern of 10 x 4.50 inches. Installing this assembly requires just standard hand tools. Additionally, all mounting hardware is included for convenience.

    Includes a Limited Lifetime Mechanical & 7-Year Limited Electronics Warranty Backing. The WARN VR12-S 12,000-Pound Winch with Synthetic Rope includes a limited lifetime warranty backing covering its mechanical components, and a 7-year limited warranty covering its electronics. Please visit the manufacturer’s website for more details.

    Application. The WARN VR12-S 12,000-Pound Winch with Synthetic Rope fits all Jeep Wrangler models.

    Line Pull Speeds

    • 0 Pounds - 28.40 Feet/Minute
    • 2,000 Pounds - 12.60 Feet/Minute
    • 4,000 Pounds - 9.50 Feet/Minute
    • 6,000 Pounds - 7.50 Feet/Minute
    • 8,000 Pounds - 5.80 Feet/Minute
    • 10,000 Pounds - 4.40 Feet/Minute
    • 12,000 Pounds - 3.60 Feet/Minute


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    Installation & What's in the Box

    Installation Info

    What's in the Box

    • (1) Winch Assembly, 12,000 Pounds
    • (1) Synthetic Rope, 90-Feet in Length
    • (1) Line Hook
    • (1) Hawse Fairlead
    • (1) Wired Remote, 12-Feet in Length
    • (1) Line Flag, Red
    • Mounting Hardware

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      Reviews of WARN Accessories products have an average rating of 4.9 out of 5

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