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Old 03-17-2014, 08:17 PM   #1
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Non-integrated winch solenoid

So I'm about to pull the trigger on a winch and I'm looking to get a non-integrated solenoid. The plan is to mount the solenoid on the passenger inner fender so its higher and more out of the weather. I know that the winch won't come with enough cable to do this, so I'm wondering what you all have done in this situation.

What size wire did you use, is 2 gauge big enough since its going to be such a short direct route? Where did you get your cable? Any tips for wiring it or anything?

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Old 03-18-2014, 07:33 AM   #2
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Bump. I'm not going to order the winch until I know exactly what I'm going to do. So I'd love some answers by tonight.

I found wire on amazon, it's 12' of red and 12' of black 2 gauge wire. Would this be enough?

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You need to measure from the center of where your winch will mount on the bumper to the location you want to mount the solenoid…remember to account for your routing. You could take a length of string or rope and use it to test the route and then measure the length you come up with…remember to add a few inches for error. 2 gauge would definitely do it. Remember you will need new ends for the cable if does not have them installed.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:51 AM   #4
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Thanks. I would measure but I'm out of town for work all week. But I think 20-25' should be plenty, just need to find the best price.

What type of ends does it take? Ill order extras.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:57 AM   #5
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Typically the round style shown below…

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Old 03-18-2014, 01:13 PM   #6
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:43 PM   #7
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I have my solenoid box remotely mounted. Mainly because it came with the box mounted directly above the drum, and when you spool 100ft of cable on, it is really close to the box. I was afraid that 1 loop in the cable while winching and it was going to tear it off.

12ft is more than enough to reach to where ever you want to mount the box. The entire Jeep is only 16ft long. I think my winch came with 8ft battery leads, and they are too long.
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The way I would do it is to mount the winch and solenoid and then measure- a length of old garden hose run along the wire route will do well- and then go to Napa or other parts store and have the correct cable and ends made up....no extra cable needed, neater and most likely cheaper in the long run.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:25 PM   #9
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That is the route I would like to take. It just depends on how much time I get to work on it. Only getting one day a week or so to work on it just makes everything take forever. So it's nice to have everything waiting on me when I get home.

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