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Warn recently updated its winch VR Line to more resemble the Warn Zeon winch line. This update replaces the older VR series that was popular in the 1990s and 2000s. Now, the VR features an almost identical black housing to the Zeon. Available in the same weight ratings, you may wonder, why the premium price for the Zeon? Warn is a dependable brand. Both the Zeon and the VR are reliable winches. But with the premium price, you get a few extra bells and whistles. Scroll down for our assessment and recommendation. For a complete list of changes, see the comparison chart, HERE!
Warn Zeon vs Warn VR
Both winches are very good options. Warn offers several different models, but for this article, we'll compare the Warn Zeon 10S with the VR10S. As you may already know, the "S" on the end stands for synthetic winch line, but rest assured if you're a fan of steel cable, it's offered as well. To start off, we've got a Warn Zeon 10S below. Both models have a black powder coat, but the top-of-the-line Zeon features satin black powdercoat, which gives the Zeon a more refined appearance. Furthermore, the Zeon will operate more quietly than the VR model, due to the planetary gear train and series-wound motor. These are just a few differences. Read on for a complete list.
Baseline and Top-of-the-Line:
Below, we've got the new Warn VR10S. As you can see from these images, they look similar. But there are a few key differences.
The Winch Drum: Zeon features a 3.15" diameter Zinc-Alloy drum, while the VR model only sports a 2.6" diameter, constructed of welded steel. The benefit of the larger drum and construction material is that the Zeon will dissipate heat faster, in addition to reducing the amount of wear-and-tear on your winch line.
Motor and Gear Train Armor: The Zeon features motor and geartrain armor, protecting the winch from damage on the trail. The VR series does not.
Control Pack Material: The control pack contains the electrical system for the winch, so it's very important that it remains protected. The VR series features a plastic cover, while the Zeon is again, full-metal.
Waterproof Remote: The Zeon features a waterproof remote with a rocker switch instead of the traditional toggle switch remote of the VR.
Line Speed: Zeon offers a 26% faster no-load line speed and more than twice the full-load line speed of the VR.
Efficiency: The Zeon is more efficient in regards to energy draw than the VR, and rated twice as high on corrosion resistance tests.
Weatherproof and Waterproof: The VR is dust and weather resistant with a waterproof electrical contactor; however, the entire Zeon winch is rated as IP68 waterproof for submersible operation. This means that you can safely operate the Zeon under water!
Gears and Performance: The Zeon also features stronger gears and a high performance motor than the VR.
Final Choice: Zeon
While the VR winch is still a good option, Zeon wins hands down. If you take your Jeep offroad, you need some top notch recovery gear, and the Zeon is just that. There's a reason that all of our RubiTrux shop builds feature the Warn Zeon Winch. If you choose Zeon, it'll outperform and outlast other winch options any day of the week. Unsure which model is right for you? Just give us a call and we'll help you pick the right Warn Zeon winch for your build. Learn about more Warn Protection and Recovery Gear. Call RubiTrux for all your recovery needs.
Stay safe out there!