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Old 03-25-2014, 11:02 PM   #1
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Warn VR800 Solenoid mounting

Blonde moment here... How do you mount the solenoid on top of the winch? All I have is a L-shaped bracket. I can see how it looks installed on the box, I know how to connect the wires, it looks simple enough - I just can't find the instructions (even on the web) for this. Nothing lines up it seems. Pics attached.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:18 AM   #2
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I don't know but it looks to me like the two bolts on the solenoid box would line up with the two slots. It also looks like the bent tab single hole would then line up with one of the bolts that holds the two ends of the winch together through those long rods no? I can't tell if the bracket you're holding in the pic is one piece or two. If it's one then maybe I'm on to something close to how it goes, otherwise I'm out of ideas without seeing more.

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Old 03-26-2014, 12:25 AM   #3
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X2, that is how mine is mounted.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:25 AM   #4
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As Jerry shows above is exactly how I mounted mine I have the VR8000 as well. I am actually looking to relocate it to the engine bay but it works more than fine this way.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:29 AM   #5
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Thanks, huge help.
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:43 AM   #6
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Got it on there, looks good, thanks for the tip.
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:47 AM   #7
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Nice! Now you can go tension the line and then you'll be set. Have fun with it and hopefully it'll get some use and either help you or others out.
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careful when you tighten it up as the threads in the round support rods are soft and will strip out easily. I don't think they are deep enough so when you add the width of the bracket only a few threads grab.
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As Jerry shows above is exactly how I mounted mine I have the VR8000 as well. I am actually looking to relocate it to the engine bay but it works more than fine this way.
been mulling that over with my VR10000 too. I don't like how flimsy mine is. I am just waiting for someone to come along and rip the solenoid off.
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:53 AM   #10
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I had the same problem when I bought mine to install. The Warn installation guid really suck. I couldn't figure out how to mount the darn thing. Nothing in the manual explains it. I had to look at the picture on the box and just figure it out by trial and error with the metal bracket. It is the weakest link on the winch.
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I am more worried about taking it off on the trails... or someone backing into it in the parking lot... Just need to take some time and figure it out, kinda low priority now because I have a good bit of other work to do with the Jeep.


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been mulling that over with my VR10000 too. I don't like how flimsy mine is. I am just waiting for someone to come along and rip the solenoid off.
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3 Jeep builds later you'd think I would've known better.....but this new SRC bumper req'd the winch be installed first and I forgot to bolt the solenoid's ground wire to the bottom of the motor. Unfortunately it's on the underside and cannot be accessed without removing the entire winch (and bumper - a 1 hour install).

My question is....is there a good reliable alternate location for motor's ground wire other than the instructed bolt on the bottom along with the 72" black cable?
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I'd remove the winch to get at the right connection... but here's a slightly easier way to do that without having to completely remove the bumper. Remove both bumper bolts on one side and just one on the other side. You can then pivot the bumper out from one side and get to the winch's mounting bolts from the bottom.
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:34 AM   #14
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I had the same questions and concerns. I was not impressed by the bracket. After about 8 months now it hasn't moved. Not worth the trouble, don't worry about it. Besides in the event something happened you have so many stiff wires attached to it there no way it'd just fly away haha
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The bracket is fine, Warn has been using that particular bracket for the solenoid box for longer than some of us here have been alive.
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Old 11-30-2015, 06:34 PM   #16
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I just mounted mine directly to the Rockhard bumper.. nice and easy
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:21 PM   #17
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I used this mount on my M8000. I liked it better than the one in the box.

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I used this mount on my M8000. I liked it better than the one in the box.

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That thing looks sturdy, well worth 30 bucks. Thanks for sharing, adding this to my xmas list.
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Under the hood was my best option for the warn box.
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