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Old 09-10-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Going to buy a winch..

I am going to buy a winch for my yj. Going to get the smittybilt package that has the src bumper and xrc8 winch. What do I need to know about wiring it? Just positive negative? And where to you run the remote? I know I have to get the winch mount and am also getting 2 d rings with isolators. Is a cover recommended?

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just follow the directions for wiring it, not real hard. the remote control cable only gets plugged in while your using it, so no need to worry about how it's routed. A cover isnt really necessary. Just rinse it off occasionally if it's dirty. A cover may block airflow to the radiator.....just something to be careful with. Definitely would not run a cover when off-roading at slow speeds.....radiator needs all the air flow it can get.

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Old 09-10-2012, 08:25 PM   #3
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And if you have a dual post battery (top and side post or top post and wingnut studs) Attatch the winch cables to the main top post terminal only, do not use the side posts.
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As said before it is pretty straight foward the thing thats most time consuming is moving it around to get it mounted to the plate because its so heavy
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Yeah it weighs 94lbs I believe. So seems straight forward enough. I've got enough wiring knowledge so shouldn't take long to wire. I just gotta figure out how to get my bumper off. Someone used torx heads and broke off a hollow torx in one of the holes.
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Yeah it weighs 94lbs I believe. So seems straight forward enough. I've got enough wiring knowledge so shouldn't take long to wire. I just gotta figure out how to get my bumper off. Someone used torx heads and broke off a hollow torx in one of the holes.
Take it over to a welding shop or you can do it, clean all the paint off the head of the bolt then weld a large nut to the head then just use a regular wrench
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side posts?

Why not attach the winch to the side posts?
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Why not attach the winch to the side posts?
Because the way a winch plate bolts up, it bolts to the 4 bolts holding the bumper on and the 2 front bolts of the sway bar mount
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Take it over to a welding shop or you can do it, clean all the paint off the head of the bolt then weld a large nut to the head then just use a regular wrench
Wow terrific idea. I will do this for sure. I don't have a welder but I've got friends who do.
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Because the way a winch plate bolts up, it bolts to the 4 bolts holding the bumper on and the 2 front bolts of the sway bar mount
I don't have side posts, but what does how the winch mounts effect using the side posts of a battery?
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I don't have side posts, but what does how the winch mounts effect using the side posts of a battery?
Attach the cables to the bolt that runs through the jeeps battery cable clamp
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I mean I know where to put it since I have top posts. What I am saying is I don't understand why if you have both why not use the side posts.
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Taken off another forum

"The side posts are intended for starting your vehicle which, although high current, is a short duration electrical load. A winch is also high current but can be very long duration. Using a winch connected to the side terminals could damage the connections in the battery, it can melt the side terminals right out of the battery housing. Only use the top (automotive type) terminals for connecting your winch."
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The side terminals are not designed to handle the high and lengthy current draw that a winch can create, something to do internally with the way the side post is connected and can't take a high power draw. And some battery manufacturers like optima will not warranty a battery if they find a winch was hooked to the side posts of a dual post battery.
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Did not know that. I hate side post batteries anyways.
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As said before it is pretty straight foward the thing thats most time consuming is moving
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:07 AM   #17
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good info guys. if i want to make it removable any suggestions for a plug/outlet
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:44 AM   #18
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Some people use a quick disconnect plug like you find on snow plows. A google search will probably give you more options.

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