Warn Zeon 12 Winch 89120 Specs

Rated capacity 12000 lbs. @ 3.3 ft/min
Max GVWR 8000 lbs.
Power 12V Electric
Model number 89120
Weight 103 lb
Line 80' 3/8" Steel
Size 24.25" X 7.15" X 10.52"
Attributes Electric IP68 Wired Steel
Price @4 Wheel Parts @Amazon

Last updated: Sep 10, 2019

Warn Zeon 12 Winch 89120 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.

If you need more pulling power, use a winch anchor that's further away or use a snatch block.

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 Zeon 12 Winch 89120 Pulling Power per Cable Layer


Warn Zeon 12 Winch 89120 Pulling Power per Cable Layer
Cable Layers Pounds
1 12000 lbs.
2 9894 lbs.
3 8117 lbs.
4 7324 lbs.

Warn Zeon 12 Winch 89120 Winch Lines ↑TOP

In the next chart, we look at when different winch line configurations will break when you use the Warn Zeon 12 Winch 89120.

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.


  • If you're really stuck, help your winch motor and winch line by either digging/moving dirt or repositioning your rig with a Hi-Lift Jack.
  • A double winch line using a snatch block is much safer (though slower) than a single winch line.
  • Use a winch line damper.

Winch Line Breaking Strength vs. Your GVWR

Warn Zeon 12 Winch 89120 Power ↑TOP

Power Type Electric
Motor Voltage 12V
Gear Ratio 216:1
Gear system 3 Stage Planetary
Clutch Rotating Ring Gear
Brake Mechanical Cone
Fastest linespeed 28.1 ft/min pulling 0 lbs.
Slowest linespeed 3.3 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


Warn Zeon 12 Winch 89120 Line Speed and Amp Draw Under Load
Load Linespeed Amp draw
0 lbs. 28.1 feet/minute 66 A
2000 lbs. 14.2 feet/minute 141 A
4000 lbs. 9.3 feet/minute 209 A
6000 lbs. 7.8 feet/minute 272 A
8000 lbs. 6.4 feet/minute 335 A
10000 lbs. 4.3 feet/minute 401 A
12000 lbs. 3.3 feet/minute 469 A

Warn Zeon 12 Winch 89120 Control ↑TOP


Wired remote?
Wired remote lead length 12'
Wireless remote?
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

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 Zeon 12 Winch 89120 Dimensions ↑TOP


Length 24.25"
Depth 7.15"
Height 10.52"
Weight 103 lb

Read more about how winch line and fairleads affect the weight of your winch.


Fairlead type Steel roller
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.


Mounting pattern 4.5" x 10"
Foot orientation Foot down or foot forward
Motor clockable?
Gearbox clockable?

Read more about foot-forward vs. foot-down winch mounting.

Read more about winch clocking.

Warn Zeon 12 Winch 89120 Details ↑TOP


Waterproof rating IP68
Finish Black Powdercoat
Bracing Tie Plate
Assembled in USA
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  • Full metal armored contactor pack and gear/motor housing

In the Box

  • Winch
  • Winch hook
  • Mounting hardware
  • Battery cables
  • Steel roller fairlead
  • Wired remote


Limited Lifetime Warranty for Mechanical Components, Limited Seven year warranty for Electrical Components

Warn Zeon 12 Winch 89120 Installation ↑TOP


Mounting hardware 4 - M10-1.5 x 35mm long bolts, 4 - M10 nuts
Mounting hardware torque 35 lb-ft