Warn VR Series Winches for Trucks / Jeeps
An Entry Level Winch with the Warn Reputation to Back it Up Plus plenty of Grit
Always wanted a winch, but didn’t want to break the bank? Want something affordable but are afraid of getting some knock off that won’t last a month? Dig that Warn badge, their style, know they stand behind their product and have a great reputation to boot? You may not have realized it, but you’re looking for the Warn VR Series Winches. These babies are affordable but durable as hell and built to last. And don’t even get me started on their winching capabilities.
Bullet Point Breakdown of the Warn VR Series Winches
No time to read this whole article? Just want the quick and dirty dets? “Too long; didn’t read” you’re fav acronym? Don’t worry. We hear ya. Here’s our Midwest Aftermarket Bullet Point Breakdown of the Warn VR Winches:
- One of the Best Names in Winches
- Available in 3 different weight ratings: 8,000, 10,000, and 12,000 lbs. pulling capacities
- Synthetic rope and Steel available for all models
- Affordable yet rugged and from a name you can trust
- All models equipped with a black hawse fairlead
- Length of rope various per model: from 80’ to 94’
- Convertible control pack allows for two separate mounting configurations
- A Cone brake that is best-in-class, rated to the winch’s full load capacity
- Waterproofed and sealed Albright contactor has top of the line reliability and performance
- 1 Piece Tie Plate provides added strength over traditional Tie Bars
- That Warn Look: Black Tactical Style looks great on your Truck or Jeep
- Backed by Warn’s Industry Leading Warranty
- Limited Lifetime Warranty for all Mechanical Components
- 7 Year Warranty on Electrical Components
- Equipped with an Easy-Grip Clutch Lever
- Put through a 204 hour salt water spray to test for Corrosion Resistance
The VR Line
A Standard Duty that is Hard to Beat
When you’re shopping for winches, any old knock off just isn’t gonna do. You need a name you can trust. And when most of us in the industry think of the best winches out there, only one name comes to mind: Warn.
It’s hard to find a winch like the VR with all the trimmings and all the options backed by a lifetime limited warranty. Tack on that IP68 Rating and extensive sea sale spray testing, and you’ve got a winch that’s hard to beat. And any Warn Winch is already going to be ahead of the curve. It’s just hard to believe that this is their entry level winch since it is not just water resistant, but water proof, at the same time. Let’s get into what all these terms mean and start by breaking down the various different weight ratings and which you might need.
Comparing the VR Lines
There are three different weight ratings for the VR Winches:
The number after the VR just represents the weight rating capacity times 1,000. In other words, the VR8 is rated at 8,000 lbs. The 12 at 12,000. And the 10 for some strange reason is rated for 10,000 lbs. Go figure.
But what do those numbers really mean?
Great question. Most winch manufacturers, including WARN, recommend that you pickup a winch rated at 1.5 times your GVWR. Alright, so now I have to learn another acronym? Don’t worry. We’ll explain.
What’s is a GVWR?
The GVWR is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or the maximum operating weight of a vehicle as determined by the manufacturer. This amount includes the vehicle, engine, body, fuel, any accessories, plus the drive and any passengers, as well as any cargo that you could be hauling.
So winch manufacturers and off-road enthusiasts alike like to use this number as a general amount for what you’ll need to get that vehicle pulled out if say you’re stuck in some mud on the side of the road.
So you could consider your GVWR as the maximum weight your vehicle should ever be. So it would make sense that you would want a winch that could handle more than that weight, right? Sure, but do you really need 1.5 times your max weight?
Well, the truth is you won’t need that much if you’re only ever going to be towed or using the winch to pull something of similar weight to your vehicle on a flat concrete or asphalt surface. But Warn and other manufacturers want you to make sure you have a big enough Winch to handle whatever you throw at it.
So whether than just having a winch powerful enough to move your vehicle in optimal conditions (conditions when, by the way, you probably wouldn’t need a winch), you should prepare for the worst.
Now in some cases, you might just need some help. But when in doubt, if you’re planning on going off-road, aim for the higher weight rated capacity every time. You might think that your 5,700 lb GVWR Jeep Wrangler doesn’t need a 12,000 lb capacity winch. But let me throw some numbers at you (for the full guide, see the previous page--our Winch Guide under the Winches category).
Let’s assume, for argument's sake, that your Jeep is empty when you’re trying to pull it say out of the mud. While it’s GVWR is a great estimate for your vehicle when fully loaded, let’s assume you’ve got nothing that didn’t come off the lot with your Jeep when you bought it. You probably have upgraded some parts, so keep this in mind when you’re running your own numbers.
So if we remove the maximum payload from your GVWR, we could gesitmate that your Jeep is around 4,300 pounds when heavy, at least. So the minimum amount of winching power you should need to move that bad boy is that number plus friction and any other resistance issues you might run into.
Borrowing heavily from Billavista here (see his link on the other page), if you’re on a solid flat surface, like a road or driveway, you’ll need an extra 10% of force to get that Jeep rolling. In other words, 110% of it’s Loaded (or actual) Weight. So that’d be roughly 4,730 lbs of force.
But that’s on concrete or asphalt. And how often are you really going to be using your winch in those situations. BillaVista says if you’re on a softer surface like grass or even gravel, you’ll need closer to 33% extra force or 133% of your loaded weight. That’d bring us to 5,720 lbs. So we’re back to roughly the Jeep’s GVWR there already. And again that’s not for going uphill or pulling you out of mud. That’s on a flat grass like surface and just getting you moving.
Now let’s look at a real world situation. Let’s say you’re going up a 30 degree slope. We’ll have to up our estimate now to account for that. That’ll add another 150% of your loaded weight on top of that first number. So suddenly we’re at 7,870 pounds! Holy hell! That’s nearly 1.5 times your GVWR already.
What if we’re stuck in the mud? Billa says if you’re stuck up to the depth of the sidewall of your tires (on a Jeep) you’ll need to add 100% of the LW. That’d bring us to about 12,000 lbs right there. If you’re stuck up to the hubs, you’ll need to add 200% of your LW, up to 14k. And if you’re really in there good, up to the frame, you’ll need to go up by 300%, to about 18k.
Now you can see why Warn and other manufacturers recommend you aim for at least 1.5 times your GVWR. While your vehicle might not weigh that much on a flat surface, when you’re heading up an incline or stuck in the mud, you’ll need to move more than just your vehicle’s loaded weight. You’ll have to deal with the mud trying to suck you back in and the incline of getting out of the hole you’re in.
If anything, we’d actually recommend that you aim for 2x your GVWR just in case. And if you’re a serious off-road adventurer, you should really consider grabbing a snatch block for when you or your buddy gets really stuck down in the mud and mire.
And please remember that those hypothetical numbers I was just throwing at you are all for Jeep Wranglers. If you’re rocking a Ram 1500, Ford F-150, or Chevy Silverado / GMC Sierra 1500, your GVWR may well be closer to 7,000 to start with.
My point is don’t take the recommendation with a grain of salt. Take it to heart and then some. In fact, in my humble opinion, most of us, whether you’re a F-150 owner or a Jeep JK or JL owner, should at least be looking at that VR12 and also possibly a snatch block just in case. The next time you get stuck and can’t get out of the mire, you’ll be cursing the fact you didn’t get it.
A Quick Note on Rope
For the VR Line, you’ll have two options for your rope. And let me just quickly say that in my humble opinion (see the full Winch article, by all means) you should stick with the synthetic. I know it costs a little bit more, but let me give you three points real fast that might help you justify the added expense:
Synthetic Ropes are stronger,
Synthetic Ropes last longer and are easier to maintain in general.
If a Synthetic Rope breaks, you probably aren’t calling the ambulance.
I fear that a lot of people don’t understand the potential danger you are in when you’re trying to winch yourself or someone else out of mud. If you don’t understand, just YouTube it. All ropes can break. It is just a matter of time, really. But when a steel rope breaks, it will ricochet back at you with a crazy amount of force (see all those numbers above). And you don’t want your body or anyone else’s or your vehicle to be in the way of that rope when it does. A steel rope is very heavy, and hence very dangerous when this happens.
A synthetic rope is much more lightweight, and when it breaks it will most likely just fall to the ground. Even if it does shoot back some, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything other than maybe a bruise. Synthetic ropes are safer, they last longer, and they are way less likely to break unexpectedly. Trust me. And be safe out there on the trail, ya’ll.
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