Viper ULTIMATE LOWLINE ELECTRIC WINCH Viper
Machined in our UK factory from solid billet high grade aluminium. Designed and engineered to meet the most demanding conditions worldwide.
Build Lead Time: 3 Weeks
The viper winch
speeds and power
The Viper is the ultimate choice when it comes to the best competition single motor low line electric winch for your vehicle. The RED Winch engineers have designed and developed this high performance twin motor electric winch for the 4x4 competition and motorsport markets.
RED winches has been supplying winches to the MOD, commercial sectors, motorsport, 4x4 and challenge events for many years and has built an excellent reputation for quality and reliability through our highly engineered innovative products.
All products at RED winches have been through an extensive design and testing program before going on sale.
The winch body is CNC machined from high grade heat treated aerospace aluminium from solid billets. We only use the best machine tools and machining processes to ensure stress in the material is kept to a minimum and strength to its maximum. With its air free spool and air brake system the Viper offers control and reliability previously unavailable on a winch to the off-road and motorsport sectors.
Note: Please select from the options / configuration how you would like your winch to be built.
When you order your Viper it will come with the following:
Viper winch with anodised RED CNC machined body and air brake system
As with all our winches, the Viper winch does not come with a rope, this has to be purchased separately.
THE RED WINCH AIR BRAKE SYSTEM
Spring pressure applies a steel disc to the brake material when the winch is not in use.
The brakes work in a way that they only come off or release when a voltage is applied to the motor solenoid signal terminals. When a signal is sent to the winch to operate either forward or reverse that same signal is used to energise the air solenoid that feeds the brake system.
An air solenoids is fitted in-between the motors at the top of the winch. This is fed by an air supply from your truck or remote compressor. Min 5bar (70 PSI) required.
When you winch in or out you energise the signal terminals on the motor Albright solenoids this also energises the air brake solenoid valve. This then allows air to go into a specially designed chamber inside the air brake unit that releases the brake disc instantly.
When you remove your winching finger from the controls the air solenoid dumps the air and the springs apply the brake disc onto the brake pads. We can vary the number of springs in the brake to suit the weight of the vehicle if necessary but so far this has not be needed. More springs equals larger braking force but more abrupt stopping which can cause snatching which we do not recommend for the sake of your rope life.
One nice feature is when you are lowering out you can switch your isolator off to the winch (no power to the motors) and just flick the winch out button on your dash. This still activates the air solenoid and releases the brake and your vehicle only pulls out rope off the drum for the amount of drop your vehicle needs or moves. This means compared to normal winching you do not get overrun or excess rope coming off the drum and out the back of your truck causing snatching and jerking as the vehicle takes up the slack rope that has been spooled out.
PULLING CAPACITY / SETUP
Line pulling power with electrics is in a world of its own as you probably know…and depends heavily on the quality of your electrical setup as described in the electrical section.
As a guide, for the standard Viper winch you will need this as your electrical setup:
The Viper can give you speeds of 24m/min for the standard 12v model, and 38m/min with the Viper ‘Overdrive’ gearset giving you a choice so you have the power and speed when you need it.
The drive train and planetary gearbox has been specifically designed for strength, power and ease of service. All gears are manufactured from 655-M13 nickel chromium molybdenum steel and case hardened to give maximum strength (1100 N/mm²) and excellent durability. Straight cut gears provide strength where its most needed.
The end cover is sealed via an O-ring and groove, ensuring a watertight seal. Once the cover is removed access to all gears is possible and only takes 5mins to service / inspect all gears and re-assemble. The gearbox runs in grease not oil making it much easier to service in the field.
(1) Check winch as per the safety instructions
The winch can release and winch in rope very fast, this is much faster than a normal single motor winch, so please operate with caution when first using the winch.
The Viper can give you speeds of 24m/min (79ft/min) for the standard 12v model, and 38m/min (125ft/min) with the Viper ‘Overdrive’ gearset giving you a choice so you have the power and speed when you need it.
You can also overvolt the winch motor (24v onto 12v Motors), its a very common practice in competition use. We ask you consider this option with caution, as the motor is working much harder than normal and needs to be looked after more than if it was being used in normal operation. The winch must not be operated for long periods (5secs or more) when not under load.
As standard, the winch is capable of pulling a minimum of 4,000kg with 12v and the standard gearset.
It is a compact package, and the Viper winch can easily get you out of trouble quickly and with minimum effort time and time again.
THE AIR FREE-SPOOL
A piston in the end of the drive shaft moves a large clutch plate in and out.
The electrical power of this winch can be supplied by either our top end ultimate winch motor, the OX motor. Or it can be supplied with our standard Lynx winch motors.
This copper busbar assembly we use supplies an excellent quality connection to the motors.
The high power Albright solenoid packs are used to switch direction of the motors and to also provide a feed to the air solenoid for the brake system.
Power, speed and stamina of the winch is very much variable due to how your vehicle is setup and the quality of the components used in your electrical system and alternator supplying the winch.
The control voltage selection on the motor solenoid / Albright is for the voltage that will be used / applied to the 3 spade terminals on the Albright motor solenoid.
We test with x2 Odyssey PC1750 batteries, 12V supply and power and negative connections made with 70mm² cable.
DRUM & CAPACITY
The drive onto the drum is mechanically provided by a solid steel hardened clutch plate. This is a very tough hardened plate that engages via spring pressure and disengages using an air supply (Air Freespool). The clutch plate is driven from the gearbox by a solid steel central shaft. The drive system has been built for strength and durability. When not engaged the ‘free-spool’ of the Viper drum is only between two roller bearings so it extremely free moving allowing the co-driver to run freely with the rope.
The winch is supplied with a “Plasma Lock” to hold the synthetic rope onto the drum. It’s a proven method and very reliable. It is a nice simple solution to ensure you always have the minimum amount of line wraps on your winch drum. Its robust, cheap and easy to keep spares just in case…..
Winch: 26kg (Without Rope)
The Viper has been designed with both competition use and servicing in mind. A mounting block is provided to interface between the winch and the mounting frame. This reduces the risk of stripping the threads in the winch casing. The free-spool assembly is held in place with machine screws for ease of service. The brake assembly is held on with x4 socket head bolts, allowing full access to the brake pads for service. Brake pads can be changed in 15 minutes.
We are confident to stand behind our products in competition use. All RED Winches are backed with a 2-year mechanical warranty. This covers all mechanical parts.
Machined in our UK factory from solid billet high grade aluminium.
Designed and engineered to meet the most demanding conditions worldwide.
SAFETY - IMPORTANT
This winch is part of a range of winches produced by RED Winches Ltd that are designed for high speed and high power. This winch will pull rope onto its drum quickly and with power. If operated without care and attention this winch could easily damage fingers, hands and in some cases eyesight.
The winch is powered by DC voltage, in most cases 12v, but also 24v systems can be used to power the winch. The current draw on this DC voltage can be high so care and attention must be taken when operating the winch that the electrical power to the motors is not exposed to the operator.
The winch should only be operated by a person who has been authorised to do so or has been trained and responsible to operate it safely.
THIS WINCH IS ONLY SUITABLE FOR WINCHING SITUATIONS / APPLICATIONS / USE
Ensure all fasteners and connections are adequately connected or secured before using the winch
Maintain the equipment in good condition (use an authorised servicing agent if required)
Replace or repair damaged parts.
Use genuine parts only. Unauthorised parts may be dangerous and will invalidate any warranty.
Use a qualified person to lubricate if required and maintain the equipment.
Before use, ensure all parts are clean and free of contamination / dirt.
DO NOT use solvent cleaners to clean this winch
Use the equipment in a suitable work or operational area, keep winching controls clean and tidy and free from contaminating materials, and ensure that there is adequate lighting while setting and operating the winch.
Keep the winch and winch rope clean for best and safest performance.
The maximum line load is 4000kg.
DO NOT exceed this rated capacity.
When operating remove any ill-fitting clothing. Remove ties, watches, rings and other loose jewellery, and contain long hair.
Maintain correct balance and footing, do not over reach. Ensure the floor / ground is not slippery and wear appropriate footwear.
Before using the winch check that there are no overhead or surrounding obstructions.
The speed during operation must be kept steady and constant.
DO NOT generate sudden movements or shock loads.
DO NOT use the winch for a task it is not designed to perform.
DO NOT use the equipment if damaged.
DO NOT exceed the rated capacity of the equipment.
DO NOT use the equipment when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or intoxicating medication.
DO NOT allow untrained persons to use the equipment unsupervised
DO NOT attempt to transport a load outside JLR designated safe load / unload areas.
DO NOT make any modifications to the equipment
DO NOT operate the winch and handle the synthetic rope without approved
winching gloves and appropriate PSE
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