Wiring electric winch

Discussion in 'Power it up with Electronics' started by cvilt, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. cvilt

    cvilt I Love microskiff.com!

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    My wife bought me an electric winch and now I need to install it. I thought about running two wires from the battery and using a four prong plug I have or using the 12v lead from the seven prong and wiring as needed. I really dont want to hack into the factory installed seven prong. Have any of you wired one ? I am open to suggestions. And yes my wife rocks :cool:
     
  2. Copperhead8

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    I just added a small Powewinch to my Ranger Banshee trailer. I ran the hot wire from the battery (with an in line breaker, I think it was 30 or 40 amp), to the back of the vehicle. Then a shorter wire grounded to the frame. both to a two prong plug ( heavy duty ATV plug). Then made up a short harness with the other end of the ATV plug and the plug that goes into the powerwinch. Works well. I bought the wire at west marine Note: This was how I wired my second vehicle - the first one was done with the wiring that came with the powerwinch.
     

  3. cvilt

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    Did you have problems with the wire that came with the first one? I was thinking of replacing the wire to the factory seven prong so I would only have one plug to deal with but I am leaning your way. How hard is it to plug in two? :) Thanks Geo
     
  4. Brett

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    Once installed, lock or weld that new winch to the trailer frame/post, or you wont have it long.  :(

    You saw how easy it was to bolt on, that's how easy it is to remove. :'(
     
  5. cvilt

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    Thanks Brett, I remember hearing about them growing legs. I dont know what I will use to secure it, maybe tack the threads and nut