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ComeUp DV-18 Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 18,000 lbs

ComeUp DV-18 Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 18,000 lbs

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Heavy-duty winch with 7-hp, series-wound motor lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck vehicle. Includes 82' wire rope, roller fairlead, free-spooling clutch, hand-held remote, and overheat sensor. Power unit can be remotely mounted. 1-800-940-8924 to order ComeUp electric winch part number CU851840 or order online at Free expert support on all ComeUp products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for ComeUp DV-18 Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 18,000 lbs. Electric Winch reviews from real customers.
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ComeUp Electric Winch - CU851840

  • Truck Winch
  • Recovery Winch
  • 16001 - 18000 lbs
  • Wire Rope
  • Plug-In Remote
  • ComeUp
  • Slow - 0 to 4 fpm
  • 7.0 HP
  • 100 or More lbs
  • 3-Stage Planetary Gear

Heavy-duty winch with 7-hp, series-wound motor lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck vehicle. Includes 82' wire rope, roller fairlead, free-spooling clutch, hand-held remote, and overheat sensor. Power unit can be remotely mounted.


  • Heavy-duty winch lets you recover a stuck vehicle, move boulders or logs, or pull a large vehicle onto a trailer
    • Perfect for fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, and other work trucks and commercial vehicles
    • Designed for vehicles with a GVW up to 12,000 lbs
  • 7-hp, Series-wound motor delivers powerful, fast, and safe line pulling
    • Motor is more powerful, more efficient, and produces more torque than a permanent magnet motor
  • Overheat sensor triggers alerts if motor temperature exceeds 212 degrees
    • LED on remote glows red and alarm in power unit sounds
  • Sealed, 400-amp contactor transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor
    • Water- and weather-resistant to IP68 specifications
  • Power unit includes contactor, aluminum housing with plastic sides, overheat alarm, and wiring
    • Wiring kit (sold separately) lets you remotely mount the power unit
  • Automatic, mechanical Cone Brake Structure holds 100 percent of the load while minimizing winch creep
    • Cone-shaped brake is mounted outside the drum to keep damaging heat away from motor and rope
  • All-steel, 3-stage planetary gear train
    • Provides increased drum speed and torque when compared with worm drives and 1- or 2-stage planetary gear trains
  • Hand-held, waterproof remote with 17' lead lets you operate winch from a safe distance
    • Wireless remote control (sold separately) available
  • Free-spooling clutch ensures fast rope payout and reduces wear on the motor
    • Gearbox can be rotated in 36-degree increments so you can reach the clutch handle no matter where you mount the winch
  • 1/2" Diameter wire rope is strong and abrasion resistant
    • 82' Long galvanized steel cable
    • 1/2" Forged steel clevis hook and nylon hand-saver strap included
  • Steel roller fairlead with thick frame
    • 4 Rollers reduce friction and wear on the rope
    • Silver zinc-plated finish resists corrosion
  • Die-cast aluminum housing with gray powder coat finish resists corrosion
    • Carbon steel motor tube resists internal corrosion
  • Tie-bars and side frames help to create a strong and rigid winch body


  • Rated line pull (with a single layer of wire rope around the drum): 18,000 lbs (static load)
    • Vehicle recovery capacity: 12,000 lbs
  • Motor: 12-volt DC
    • Line pull at 0 lbs:
      • Power draw: 35 amps
      • Line speed: 28.2 FPM
    • Line pull at 18,000 lbs:
      • Power draw: 350 amps
      • Line speed: 3.3 FPM
  • Gear ratio: 315:1
  • Duty cycle: S3 5% (approximately 44 seconds on/14 minutes off)
  • Braking: 100-percent load-holding mechanical
  • Battery lead wire: 2 gauge
  • Battery lead length: 6'
  • Rope dimensions: 82' long x 1/2" (9.5 mm) diameter
  • Winch dimensions: 27-1/8" long x 8-1/2" wide x 8-1/2" tall
  • Drum dimensions: 3-1/2" diameter x 7-1/2" long
  • 8-Bolt mounting pattern (center to center): 10" x 4-1/2"
  • Distance between roller fairlead mounting holes (center to center): 10"
  • Winch weight (with wire rope installed): 130 lbs
  • Recommended battery size (for maximum power): 650 CCA
  • Warranty:
    • Limited lifetime on mechanical components
    • 1-Year on electrical components

CU851840 Come Up DV Series

The DV-18 is great for heavy-duty recoveries with your fire truck, ambulance, tow truck, or other work truck or commercial vehicle. This durable winch has a sealed contactor, a clutch that shifts easily from free-spool to engaged, and a load-holding brake that prevents unintentional rope payout. The power unit can be remotely mounted, and the clutch handle can be rotated so the winch fits easily into tight spaces. It includes a waterproof, hand-held remote with 17' lead so you can operate it at a safe distance. It also has a built-in overheat sensor that triggers an audible alarm in the power unit if the motor exceeds 212 degrees.

Heavy-Duty, 7.0-Horsepower Motor

DV Series Motor

The DV-18 features a 7.0-horsepower, 12-volt DC motor with 18,000 lbs of line pull. This heavy-duty, series-wound motor is more powerful and more dependable than a permanent magnet motor, and it generates more torque and dispenses heat more efficiently when operating at high speeds. It's constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant materials including the die-cast aluminum housing, steel drum, carbon steel motor tube, copper battery terminals, and carbon- and stainless steel hardware.

Built-In Overheat Sensor

There is a built-in sensor located inside the motor housing that monitors the motor temperature. If the motor exceeds 212 degrees, an audible alarm in the power unit sounds and an LED on the remote glows red. The alarm will turn off when power to the winch has been shut down, and the LED will turn green when the motor has cooled and can be used again.

Power Unit with Sealed Contactor

DV Series Power Unit

The contactor - or solenoid - transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor. The 400-amp contactor - located inside the power unit - is sealed for submersion in water or mud. The copper terminals and stainless steel and carbon steel hardware are corrosion resistant, and the motor leads have rubber boots for water resistance. The cables are color coded and printed with the AWG for easy installation. For convenience - or to better fit in a tight space - the power unit can be removed and mounted remotely with an extended wiring kit (sold separately).

Free-Spooling Clutch with Rotating Handle

DV Series Free-Spooling Clutch with rotating ring gear

The DV-18 has a free-spool clutch with a rotating ring gear that enables you to pull out the rope by hand. This saves battery power, prevents the brake from wearing down prematurely, reduces wear on the motor, and is much faster than waiting for the drum to unroll the rope. To release the clutch for free-spooling simply pull and turn the spring-loaded handle. To reengage the clutch, lift and rotate the handle back to the position indicated by the icon on the label.

The clutch is driven by a hardened-steel, 3-stage planetary gear train. This provides more speed than traditional worm gear drives or 1- or 2-stage planetary gear trains.

The gearbox can be rotated in 36-degree increments so you can reposition the clutch handle to an easy-to-reach location. This is great when mounting foot-forward on custom and in-bumper applications or on a vehicle with a small engine where space is extremely limited.

The rustproof, die-cast aluminum gearbox is sealed to keep out moisture, and it has a gray powder coat finish for corrosion resistance.

Automatic, Full-Load-Holding Cone Brake Structure

DV Series Cone Brake

The automatic CBS (Cone Brake Structure) holds 100 percent of the load without unintentional rope payout (or creep). It has a cone-shaped wheel that presses against the brake clamp when there is a load on the rope. The greater the load on the rope the harder the cone-shaped wheel presses against the clamp. This pressure creates enough friction to slow and ultimately stop the drum's rotation.

The cone brake is located on the outside of the drum so the heat created from friction is kept away from the motor and the rope. This prevents potentially damaging heat buildup near the motor.

Hand-Held Remote with LED

DV Series Hand-Held Remote

A hand-held remote with a 17' lead and In/Out rocker switch lets you control the winch from a safe distance. The remote is constructed of durable plastic, and it's sealed and waterproof so it won't get damaged in wet conditions. It has a built-in LED that turns green when you are powering the rope in or out, turns red to indicate an overheated motor, and turns off when the winch is inactive.

Remote plugged into power unit

There is a rubber-sealed plug on top of the power unit that houses the attachment port for the remote control. Simply plug the durable plastic remote into the power unit when you need to use it, and disconnect it to store it away when you aren't using it. The plug prevents water from getting into the unit when you are not using the wired remote.

There is also a wireless hand-held remote (sold separately) available that lets you operate the winch from up to 90' away.

Wire Rope

Come Up Wire Rope

The wire rope is made of high-strength, aircraft-grade galvanized steel that resists abrasions and is able to withstand harsh UV rays, chemicals, and extreme temperatures.

The rope winds around a solid steel drum. The mounting flanges are strong enough to resist bending or breaking if the rope wrap becomes uneven and excess stress is put on the drum.

A hand-saver strap is included to use in conjunction with work gloves (sold separately) so that you can safely handle the rope and hook. A rock bag (BD500549 - sold separately) is also recommended. The rock bag helps prevent a broken rope from snapping back by forcing it to the ground.

Clevis Hook

The removable clevis hook is made of high-strength forged steel that is heavy duty and rust resistant. It has a spring-loaded safety latch for quick fastening and removal. The hook attaches to the steel thimble on the end of the wire rope.

Roller Fairlead

Come Up Roller Fairlead

The roller fairlead has a thick steel frame with 4 steel rollers. The rollers reduce friction when you're pulling the rope in or paying it out, and they prevent the rope from becoming pinched when pulling at extreme angles. It has a black powder coat finish and zinc-plated rollers that are tough and corrosion resistant. The fairlead installs with the included steel hardware.

Note: The roller fairlead does not mount directly to the winch - it typically attaches to tabs on the winch mounting plate that bolts to your bumper (sold separately) or grille guard (sold separately). ComeUp mounting channels and most aftermarket mounts include these tabs.

Rugged Construction

DV Series Winch Body

The winch is constructed of strong, durable materials that are able to withstand any weather condition or terrain. The motor and gearbox housing are constructed of heavy-duty yet lightweight die-cast aluminum. The contactor is sealed to keep water out, and the lightweight, plastic power unit is ideal for mounting in remote locations. The steel tie-bars and side frame drum supports help to create a strong and rigid winch body.


You will need a suitable mounting location to install the winch on the front of your vehicle. Winch mounts are built into many aftermarket bumpers and grille guards. Alternatively, you can install a universal front-mount plate (sold separately) to create a mounting point for both your winch and fairlead.

Seal Gen2 Winch Body

Note: This winch can only be installed foot-forward.

Use the included wiring to connect the winch to your vehicle's battery. Quick connects (CU881076 - sold separately) are available to make removing and re-installing the winch easy.

Winch Line Pull Capacity

Layers of RopeCapacity (lbs)Total Rope on Drum (ft)
1st Layer18,00015.4
2nd Layer14,43134.4
3rd Layer12,02857.4
4th Layer10,31182

The line pull capacity of your winch is determined by the maximum load your winch can pull with a single layer of rope on the drum. As more layers of rope are wound onto the drum, pulling the same load requires more force, leading to a loss in winching power. With a 2nd layer of rope around the drum, your line pull capacity is reduced by approximately 14 percent. With 3 layers on the drum, the line pull capacity is reduced by approximately 23 percent, and with 4 layers on the drum it is reduced by approximately 35 percent.

Note: It is recommended that you begin any line pull with a minimum of 5 wraps and a maximum of 2 layers of rope on the drum.

Vehicle Recovery and Winch Capacity

To select the appropriate off-road/recovery winch for your application, determine your gross vehicle weight. The GVW is the stand-alone weight of your vehicle plus the weight of any items in and on the vehicle. Once you have determined the GVW of your vehicle, choose a winch with a capacity that is 1-1/2 times your GVW. Using that formula, this winch - with an 18,000-pound capacity - will work for vehicles with an approximate GVW of 12,000 pounds.

Rolling Load Winch Capacity

Percent InclineRolling Load Capacity (lbs)
Level Surface180,000
5 (3°)120,060
10 (6°)90,360
20 (11°)61,200
30 (17°)46,980
50 (26°)33,480
70 (35°)27,540
100 (45°)23,220
rolling load

To calculate your winch's rolling load capacity - the amount of weight it can pull up an incline - you must multiply the line pull capacity by a factor determined by the degree of the incline.

The multiplication factors shown in the chart, right, include a 10-percent rolling friction factor.

Note: A 5-percent - or 3-degree - incline is a 1/2' rise over a 10' distance. Follow the chart to determine your winch's rolling load capacity.

Double-Line Pulling

Double-Line Pulling

Increase the pulling capacity of your winch by doubling up the rope with a pulley block (CU881082 - sold separately). Secure the pulley block to a tree saver strap (CU881091 - sold separately) with a bow shackle (CU881092 - sold separately) to provide a strong anchor for your double-line pull. Or use the 8-piece rigging kit (CU881662 - sold separately) that includes everything you need for heavy duty recovery. Using double-line operation will approximately double your winch's pulling capacity.

851840 ComeUp DV-18 Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead -12V - 18,000 lb

Video of ComeUp DV-18 Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 18,000 lbs

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for ComeUp Electric Winch - Truck Winch - CU851840 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at part number CU85184. This is the come up DV18 winch with the wire rope design. The winch is going to offer fast, powerful and high-efficiency performance. It's going to have a single line pull rating of 18,000 pounds, so this is a very strong, durable winch. The winch features a heavy duty sealed contacter. That's going to contain silver alloy contact pads and thick copper bust bars in a submersible construction, to ensure weather resistance. We're also going to have the heavy-duty series wound motor. That's going to deliver superior torque output, as well as a faster line speed.

The breaking system on the unit is as an automatic full load CBS. That's going to be your cone break structure. The breaking mechanism is mounted outside the drum rather than inside the drum. That's going to help disperse heat quicker and more efficient. The winch is also going to feature tough aluminium diecast housings with the steel drum. It's going to come with your industrial grade, waterproof remote control.

That's going feature a thermometric LED indicator on the switch. That's going to automatically alert when the motor is on the verge of overheating. You're going to have about 17 feet of cord. Nice hand-held design. Thumb operated toggle switch right there.

It's going to come with the wrist strap. Side walls to protect the toggle switch. The plug is going to plug directly into the connector here on top of the black box. We're going to have the nice little dust cap there. Weather resistant to protect that connection point when our plug or remote's not connected. Not, again, it's going to have an 18,000 pound rated single line pull.

It's going to use a 7 horsepower 12 volt series wound motor. On this side we're going going to have our clutch system. It's going to be ergonomic T-handle. This is going to engage the free-spool clutch through multiple, evenly spaced locking holes. So right now it's engaged. If we want to disengage it to go to free-spool mode, lift up on the T-handle and give it a turn. That's going to allow us to grab the end of the rope, extend it out to connect to our load or to our anchor point. Now one of the neat things about the clutch mechanism is that the clutch can be rotated to re-position the T-handle in different locations if needed. The motor can also be repositioned in 90 degree increments as well. Now all the necessary wiring and hardware are going to be included. You're going to get your black and red cables. Those are going to be your battery leads. You're going to have numerous cables coming off of the black box. The 3 black ones are all going to be labeled. Those are going to get attached to the corresponding posts that have the same labels as the cables. So everything is going to be color coded. If it's not color coded it's going to be indicated where it connects using numbers and letters. Makes the instillation much easier. So, again, all the necessary wiring and hardware is included. Now, when it comes to mounting the winch, you're going to see here at the front all of our mounting holes are going to be exposed. Two up top, and then we're going to have two at the bottom on each side. So when it comes to mounting the winch you need the mount in the foot-forward position. That's with the mounting facing forward as shown here in the video. It's going to come with the rugged and quiet 3-stage planetary gear system for maximum mechanical advantage. It's going to feature a gear ratio of 315/1. It's going to come with your roller fairlead. Your wire rope is going to run in between the 2 rollers here in the middle. So that way of you extend the line out or bring the line in, any time that wire rope makes contact with one of these pieces, it's going to roll. That's going to reduce the friction applied to the rope. That's going to extend the life of the rope. Now the drum size is going to give us a diameter of 3.5 inches with a length measurement of 7.6 inches. When it comes to the wire rope, we're looking at a 6 x 29 IWRC. That's going to be your independent wire rope center. That's going to measure a half inch in diameter, so nice, thick, heavy-duty rope, and you're going to get a total length of 82 feet when it comes to that cable. It's also going to come with your forged steel hook. It's got the hand saver strap attached to it, as well as a spring loaded safety latch mechanism to prevent accidental disconnecting. That's going to attach to the end of the cable using the included pin and clip. Now that mounting bolt pattern on the unit, you can see, we got 2 here and then 2 on each side on the bottom, going length-wise, so center-on-center. That's going to be separated by 10 inches. These center holes, so the closest ones, those are going to be separated on center by 4.5 inches, and then the outer holes are going to be separated on center by 6.5 inches. The winch itself is going to weigh about 130 pounds. It's going to measure about 27.2 inches long. Front to back is going to be about 8.5 inches wide. The height, from the bottom of the winch to the top of the handle, is going to be about 9.5 inches tall, and then from the bottom of the winch to the top of the box, that's going to be about 12.75 inches tall, which is 12 and 3/4. Nice, heavy duty winch. Again, front-face design when it comes to the mounting, and everything that you need is included when it comes to the mounting hardware and the wiring. That's going to do it for today's look at part number CU851840.

Customer Reviews

ComeUp DV-18 Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 18,000 lbs - CU851840

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (33 Customer Reviews)

Heavy-duty winch with 7-hp, series-wound motor lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck vehicle. Includes 82' wire rope, roller fairlead, free-spooling clutch, hand-held remote, and overheat sensor. Power unit can be remotely mounted.


I’ve had this winch for a year and it has been great. I use it on my trailer for a race car. The remote takes a little time to a synch up and works as advertised. I would def recommend it.


Eric was very friendly, polite and eager to help me find what I was looking for, it is a Christmas gift for my husband and he made it very easy and smooth! Great customer service he gave me his extension and said if I had any questions to call, this is the way a business should treat customers very impressed!


I use it in my race car trailer it works great. The wireless remote works better than any one I have used.


Great communication , friendly, knowledgeable and quick


We’ll made, works great


Winch was very easy to install.Winch was used for my 20 foot Maritime Skiff. Pulls the boat up on a trailer with no problem at all. Very pleased with the product


It came on time and was packaged great. I am using the winch to load my race cars into my enclosed trailer. It is working very well. It is slow enough to make loading safe but fast enough to not take all day. I am very pleased.


This has been a great winch. We use it hard almost every day loading portable buildings. My only issues 1) I was led to believe it came with a remote control, it didn't 2) the hard wired control is giving us problems starting and stopping the winch.


Has worked perfectly. No issues after pulling my track cars onto my trailer around 75 times. I do notice fraying of the rope... Will probably need replacement pretty soon. Without the rope fray I would give it 5 stars.


This winch worked better than I thought it would. Mounted in a car trailer. The remote makes it very easy to control the winch and steer the vehicle.


This winch was easy to mount,it's easy to use and I couldn't be happier with it. No problems at all!! Plenty of power to pull my car on to my trailer.


For my purposes this has worked out well. It is relatively portable and I connect with a hitch on either the front or back of my Envoy. Well constructed and competively priced.


Just received the Comeup DV-9S winch I ordered through eTrailer. Very happy with the whole experience with eTrailer and the DV-9S is truly a thing of beauty. Looking forward to installing it as soon as possible.


We received our winch yesterday and installed it last night. The unit is just as described and we are very pleased with the product and service. We will not be actually using the winch for a few weeks but it does work well and the unit was easy to install and well built.
Thank you


The winch is perfect for what I need in my new race car trailer.


Really worth the money nice unit for my car trailer


Install is fairly easy, small area to work with when bolting in. I decided to use 4 bolts vs. 2. If you do the 2 bolt it is quick and easy. Wiring it up, piece of cake. Works well, love the clutch to unwind. Worth it!


I love this winch


Package arrived in a box which was certainly not designed to protect the product; it arrived in tatters. I have yet to put the product together but it looks good. Price was fair and delivery time was very good. Pat and Molly were very helpful!



Great product and fast delivery


Rapid service great merchandise


Product in stock, fair pricing, fast de livery


on time and everything works


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