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Warn Endurance 12.0 Electric Winch

Posted in How To on February 1, 2009
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Photographers: Courtesy of Warn Industries

A winch is a great insurance policy for those who travel solo. So it is a great relief to many adventurers that Warn Industries has introduced a revolutionary new winch, which solves one of the biggest drawbacks to electric winches-the potential for overheating a motor on long, hard pulls.

Warn, knowing that there was a need for an extreme-duty winch, has developed the Endurance 12.0 as a new mid-frame model with the longest duty cycle on the market and the fastest line speed in its class (up to 39.5 feet per minute) with one major feature setting it apart from anything else on the market: forced-air cooling.

Utilizing a remotely mounted electric fan (suggested mounting is underhood), the Endurance 12.0 has the ability to use forced air to cool the motor if the electronics detect a possible overheating situation. The fan draws in cooler air from the engine compartment, delivering it via a hose to the motor housing, which then discharges it from an outlet port in the housing, keeping temperatures within the motor's operating parameters.

The Endurance 12.0 is rated at 12,000 pounds of pulling capacity and comes with 80 feet of 3/8-inch wire rope. It is also sealed to keep the elements on the outside, while stainless steel hardware and a new, more durable glossy black powdercoat finish fights off corrosion.

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Other high-end features that give the Endurance its impressive stamina and durability include a heavy-duty contactor and a high-speed three-stage planetary geartrain. The Endurance 12.0 also comes with a limited lifetime warranty and with Warn's new controller that has a different shape for easy connection to the winch in low-light situations.

We had Off Road Evolution install the Endurance 12.0 on Project 'Con Artist and found it to be as easy to do as a normal winch. The only change was in finding a suitable remote mounting location for the underhood fan and routing of the hose. Otherwise, the electrical connections are all plug-and-play.

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