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Old 05-29-2013, 12:14 AM   #1
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quadratec winch question

Just mounted my front bumper and quadratec winch. Seems like the battery leads on it are too short to reach the battery. Has anyone else had this issue? What is the easiest way to extend the leads?

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Old 05-29-2013, 08:30 PM   #2
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Would it be better to do a splice on the cable or just get little extender cables and bolt them together and electical tape it up so doesn't short on anything?

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Old 05-29-2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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You can splice them together using a crimping style crimped. They have them specifically for the bigger cable. Or what I would do is connect a junction box of some sort under the hood somewhere. This way the connections would stay dry but if I wanted to take off my winch I could disconnect from the junction box. If that's even an advantage.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:37 PM   #4
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You can add a 2 foot piece of battery cable or contact Quadratec and they will send you a longer cable.
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Have them send you a longer cable. Shotty cable work on a winch is simply unacceptable. Connection points = resistance. Resistance = heat. Cables is what I do all day. This is a jeep. A survival took in my opinion. No short cuts!
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:55 PM   #6
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This is what I used.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:06 PM   #7
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Longer cables only good idea I read on this thread not a good idea to Jerry rig stuff that will leave you stranded
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:22 PM   #8
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I had no problems using the stock cables supplied. Run them through the far passenger side grill opening and fish it up through. Fits fine like that.
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:08 AM   #9
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I did not want to run thru grill so 2 additional feet on one cable allowed for as discrete an install both outside and under the hood.
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I did run up thru the grill on the left hand side, looking at it, then ran along the edge of the engine compartment and came up about 12 inches short of getting to the battery posts.
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Bolting two cables together would not add significant resistance. The problem would be electrical taping them. The electrical tape will be cut by the end of the bolt pretty quick and could start a fire without blowing a fuse.

Dont do it that way.

I see several good suggestions here that i wont repeat.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:22 AM   #12
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Go to your local auto electric, welding supply or Napa auto parts store and get the correct length cable, it is sold in bulk (basically 1/0 welding cable) crimp the lug ends on and your done.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:53 PM   #13
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Thanks for the input everyone...
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Just mounted my front bumper and quadratec winch. Seems like the battery leads on it are too short to reach the battery. Has anyone else had this issue? What is the easiest way to extend the leads?
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The battery orientation due to the motor change makes it trickier on 2012's and newer. We now offer a longer cable, see our replacement parts listings at the bottom of the Q-Series page
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Bolting two cables together would not add significant resistance. The problem would be electrical taping them. The electrical tape will be cut by the end of the bolt pretty quick and could start a fire without blowing a fuse.

Dont do it that way.

I see several good suggestions here that i wont repeat.

I extended mine because thru the grill was not the way I wanted it to look. I went to my local auto parts store and bought a battery cable the same gauge. Bolted them together, and used large heat shrink at Lowes. After heating it it sealed and waterproof the connection. So far so good. Plus, if you change the complete cable I would have to remove the winch and bumper to get it apart. Something I didn't want to do..

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