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This page is for our 12v version of the Explorer 2 with the STANDARD gearbox fitted, where the winch motor voltage and the winch in and winch out signal voltage from your vehicle are all 12v dc.

The Explorer2 is an excellent choice when it comes to the best electric winch for your on-road, Expedition, weekend trip or full spec off-road vehicle.

RED Winches has designed and developed this winch for serious use and it is just as happy on a road-going vehicle as it is on a fully equipped and prepared 4×4 / recovery truck.

All products at RED winches have been through an extensive design and testing program. With many of them having military testing behind them also. We do all this before going on sale so you can use all our winches with confidence, knowing they will not let you down.

This Explorer 2 like all our engineered winches has the famous RED Winch air brake system, meaning the winch stops instantly when you take your finger off the winch button.

The winch is controlled from a CNC machined black control box, that can be mounted on the winch or remotely in your engine bay or under your seat if you so wish. Remote mounting gives the winch a low profile appearance which is ideal for some winch bumpers or discrete mount options.


This page is for our 12v version of our Explorer 2 where the motor power voltage and the winch in and winch out signal voltage are both 12v dc.

To handle the power this winch can deliver in all its options, the winch body is fully CNC machined from high-grade heat-treated aluminium and from solid aluminium billets. No castings or injection mouldings are used. Protecting your investment in this winch from cracked housings or mountings.
We only use the best machine tools and machining processes on modern machines to ensure tolerances and stress in the parts is kept to a minimum and strength to its maximum.


The 12v Explorer 2 winch on this page is fitted with the Standard Gearbox which will give you the following performance when winching from 1st layer on the winch drum:


Rated Pull: 4500kg (10,000 lbs)

Gearbox ratio:   185:1

Average line speed over 30m (100ft):  14 M/Min


The drum is steel in construction, precision machined to run true and smoothly within its drum bearings. The drum runs between two drum seals (one each end), making the winch watertight and allowing the end-user to operate the winch underwater. The drum bearings are behind the drum seals and are free-running ball bearings, and filled with waterproof grease as an added second barrier from water ingress.

The drum can accept the following lengths and sizes of rope:


The Std drum can hold 36m of 10mm plasma or synthetic rope.

The Std drum can hold 30m of 11mm plasma or synthetic rope.

The Std drum can hold 25m of 12mm plasma or synthetic rope.


The XL drum can hold 60m of 10mm plasma or synthetic rope.

The XL drum can hold 48m of 11mm plasma or synthetic rope.

The XL drum can hold 36m of 12mm plasma or synthetic rope.


Attaching the rope to the drum is done using a plasma lock.

Which comes free with every winch purchased.

Please see link below:


Spring pressure applies a steel disc to the brake material when the winch is not in use.
This applies the brake and stops the winch from spooling out, this is a fail-safe system.

If you have a loss of power or air, the winch will stop and hold the weight of your vehicle.

When you winch in or out you engage your motor solenoid, this same signal also energises the air solenoid valve for the brake. This then allows air to go into a specially designed chamber that releases the brake instantly. When you remove your winching finger from the controls the air solenoid dumps the air and the springs apply the brake disc back onto the brake pads.

One nice feature we strongly recommend is when you are lowering out you can switch your power isolator off to the winch (no power to the motors) and just use the winch out button/rocker switch. This still will activate the air solenoid (using signal voltage) and releases the brake and your vehicle and only pulls out rope for the amount of drop your vehicle needs or moves. This means compared to normal winching you do not get overrun or excess rope causing hard snatching and jerking as the vehicle takes up the slack rope that has been spooled out. The air brakes also have a gradual on and off action to them. The brake can be adjusted for the weight of your vehicle or how you like your brake to operate, by adding or removing springs.

We would expect a set of brake pads to last at least 24 months under regular use due to the material they are made from. Brake pad sets and all spare parts can be ordered if needed.


Winch mounted or remotely mounted control box

Anodised finish.

RED Winch air brake system

Ox motor – The ultimate winch motor

Air solenoid for automatic brake operation

Albright heavy-duty motor control solenoid

Efficient, low resistance copper bus bar system

Aluminium fairlead – Much better for your synthetic rope

As with all our winches, the Explorer2 winch does not come with a rope, this has to be purchased separately.


Explorer 2 – Standard, Adventure, Titan Gearbox Options

Std Drum length

Winch Nett Weight: 37kg, Gross Weight: 43kg

XL Drum Length

Nett Weight: 38kg, Gross Weight: 44kg

Box Size: 710mm x 310mm x 420mm

Box Size: 28” x 12.5” x 16.5”


We are confident to stand behind our products.

All RED Winches are backed with a 2-year mechanical warranty. This covers all mechanical parts.

Wearing parts, bearings, brake pads, etc are excluded, as are electrical components, motors and solenoid packs


Delivery varies between 2 days and 3 weeks 

For any question, please contact OffRoad Projects.

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