The VR series is a decent winch for the price. I'm pretty sure that it is better than other cheap Chinese-made winches, though probably not as good as the Zeon and M series. Try to check out 4wheelonline. They have some good deals on winches. I got my Zeon from them.
Had a set of Ironman All Country M/T tires. These ironman tires are good in the rocks, sand and trails but not much in mud. Right now, I'm running the STT Pro's and I'm very pleased with them. There's road noise but not irritating at all.