Warn VR12 Winch 96820 Specs
|Rated capacity||12000 lbs. @ 3.6 ft/min|
|Max GVWR||8000 lbs.|
|Power||5 HP 12V Electric|
|Line||80' 3/8" Steel|
|Size||21.8" X 6.3" X 9.8"|
|Attributes||Electric Not Waterproof Wired Steel|
|Price||@4 Wheel Parts @Amazon|
Last updated: Aug 28, 2019
Warn VR12 Winch 96820 Max Weight Capacity ↑TOP
Maximum Vehicle Weight
You need a winch with a capacity of at least: 6750 Pounds
With your GVWR of 4500 pounds this winch is strong enough for your vehicle. This winch's capacity is times your GVWR.
Manufacturers recommend a winch capacity 1.5-2 times your GVWR.
Winch Pulling Power vs. Cable Layers
In our chart, you can see that this winch, like all winches, is more powerful with fewer wraps of cable on the drum.
More spooled out winch line = More pulling power!
⚠ Safety issue! The first layer should always have at least 5 wraps of cable on the winch drum when the winch is under load.
Warn VR12 Winch 96820 Pulling Power per Cable Layer
Warn VR12 Winch 96820 Winch Lines ↑TOP
In the next chart, we look at when different winch line configurations will break when you use the Warn VR12 Winch 96820.
Stock winch line: 80' 3/8" diameter Steel
Winch lines break because they get overloaded.
Synthetic winch lines have higher breaking strengths than steel for a given diameter.
Some wheelers switch their winch line - some go up a size in synthetic (i.e. 5/16" to 3/8") to get more strength. Others will go down a size (i.e. 3/8" to 5/16") to get extra length while choosing a synthetic winch rope that has at least as much strength as the factory steel cable.
Winch Line Breaking Strength vs. Your GVWR
Warn VR12 Winch 96820 Power ↑TOP
|Gear system||3 Stage Planetary|
|Clutch||Sliding Ring Gear|
|Brake||Automatic Direct Drive Cone|
|Fastest linespeed||28.4 ft/min pulling 0 lbs.|
|Slowest linespeed||3.6 ft/min pulling 12000 lbs.|
We recommend electric winches for most fourwheelers.
Electric winches will work without the engine running, which may be necessary in certain situations like a rollover or with a water-flooded engine.
Winch Load vs. Motor Amperage and Line Speed
|0 lbs.||28.4 feet/minute||65 A|
|2000 lbs.||12.6 feet/minute||144 A|
|4000 lbs.||9.5 feet/minute||215 A|
|6000 lbs.||7.5 feet/minute||281 A|
|8000 lbs.||5.8 feet/minute||349 A|
|10000 lbs.||4.4 feet/minute||415 A|
|12000 lbs.||3.6 feet/minute||457 A|
Warn VR12 Winch 96820 Control ↑TOP
|Wired remote lead length||12'|
|Can add wireless remote?||✔|
Winches come with a wired remote, a wireless remote, or both.
Wireless remotes work at a further distance than wired remotes, and have no cables that get snagged. You do need to make sure that the batteries have a charge.
|Control pack type||Contactor|
|Control pack pin count||5|
Your winch remote actually controls a control pack that uses either solenoids or contactors.
Solenoids are older technology, so you find them on older and budget winches.
Contactor packs are newer technology and are found on newer winches.
Warn VR12 Winch 96820 Dimensions ↑TOP
Read more about how winch line and fairleads affect the weight of your winch.
|Fairlead type||Steel hawse|
|Fairlead mount distance||10"|
You can use an aluminum hawse fairlead ONLY with synthetic winch rope. Steel winch cable will destroy an aluminum hawse.
You can use a steel roller fairlead with steel winch cable or synthetic winch rope.
However, note that every winch rope manufacturer DOES recommend that you switch to an aluminum hawse. This is likely because used steel roller fairleads often have gouges and burrs that can damage a synthetic winch rope.
Warn VR12 Winch 96820 Details ↑TOP
|Bracing||One-Piece Tie Plate|
- Waterproof Albright contactor pack
In the Box
- ✔ Winch
- ✔ Winch hook
- ✔ Mounting hardware
- ✔ Battery cables
- ✔ Steel hawse fairlead
- ✔ Wired remote
Limited Lifetime Warranty for Mechanical Components, Limited Seven year warranty for Electrical Components
Warn VR12 Winch 96820 Installation ↑TOP
|Mounting hardware||4 - 3/8"-16 x 1.25" long bolts, 4 - 3/8"-16 nuts|
|Mounting hardware torque||35 lb-ft|