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tikashooter
27th March 2014, 10:15 PM
Hello,

I'm considering purchasing a VRS 12500 lb winch for my GU 11 Patrol fitted with a factory steel bull bar. Any body have thoughts, comments or advice?
Cheers

liftlid
28th March 2014, 07:40 AM
I don't know that winch so can't comment on its quality but some things to consider are:
Line speed of big winches is usually very slow, and despite what you will be told line speed does matter.
Spare parts are harder to get for any winch that's not a known brand.
I have 2 warn high mounts that are 30 years old and can still get parts.
Quality can be lower on a cheap winch, to me it's important that my winch works when my truck is hanging on the side of a hill with my family inside.
Not trying to bag the winch you mentioned just make sure you ask anybody who says xxxx cheap winch is great " how many times have you used it" "how long have you had it""what track/hill did you use it on" in other words what experience do they have to make the judgement you don't want a bumper orniment.

04OFF
28th March 2014, 08:01 AM
Agree with Litlid, however other questions i would like to ask.....

What do you do most with your car (touring, mud basher etc) how much is the VRS winch, and is it rope or cable ?

liftlid
28th March 2014, 08:34 AM
Agree with Litlid, however other questions i would like to ask.....

What do you do most with your car (touring, mud basher etc) how much is the VRS winch, and is it rope or cable ?

Good questions to consider
I would also throw out there this to consider
If you don't use the winch very often it would be better to have a more expensive winch as there would be more chance of it working after a long period of inactivity, better seals etc

happygu
28th March 2014, 08:36 AM
Tika,

The other thing to consider, is that the Factory Nissan Steel Bar was limited in the size winch which would fit in the hole.

A Warn9000 was the maximum size that would fit back when I was given the 'Free' Bar with my GUII, so I offloaded it, and put on the ARB Bar.

There is a whole host of new winches on the market now, but I would take some measurements to make sure that it all fits first....

Mic

tikashooter
28th March 2014, 12:43 PM
G'day 04OFF,

At the moment I am mostly touring around in the high country.
The VRS 12500 lb winch has rope and I've been quoted around $ 1000 mark.

tikashooter
28th March 2014, 12:57 PM
thanks for the advice.
cheers

liftlid
28th March 2014, 03:24 PM
G'day 04OFF,

At the moment I am mostly touring around in the high country.
The VRS 12500 lb winch has rope and I've been quoted around $ 1000 mark.

A grand is a lot for what is effectively a no name winch what's a. 9000 warn worth?

Pokey
28th March 2014, 03:46 PM
$980 for warn 9000. Supercheap has the ridge ryder 12500 in their catalog at half price atm. Think it was about $480 ish

liftlid
28th March 2014, 04:23 PM
$980 for warn 9000. Supercheap has the ridge ryder 12500 in their catalog at half price atm. Think it was about $480 ish

Then you would take the warn

the evil twin
28th March 2014, 10:14 PM
$980 for warn 9000.

That is a gob smackingly good deal for Warn XD9000... who or where has them at that price?

Pokey
30th March 2014, 08:32 PM
I bought a couple of grands worth at Autobarn and asked for a price on the warn. That's the price he gave me.

the evil twin
30th March 2014, 09:35 PM
I bought a couple of grands worth at Autobarn and asked for a price on the warn. That's the price he gave me.

Fair enough, doubt a walk up would get anything like that tho.

tikashooter
31st March 2014, 02:05 PM
Thanks for your thoughts and advice I will now be looking at warn winches for sure.
Cheers
Tika

tikashooter
29th April 2014, 08:34 PM
hello,
Just to let you know I went with the Warn 9000. I fitted it myself with no real issues.