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Old 01-12-2014, 01:58 PM   #1
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Remote mounted winch solenoids?

Anyone running a remote mounted winch solenoid? I think my winch would look a lot better with the solenoid off it, and i'd also get the mopar hood lock and it'd help prevent tampering.

Where could i mount the solenoid though? I'd like to see some pictures for ideas.

Everything under my hood is stock, i have a 2008.

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I just finished making the cables to move mine. The Engo controller on mine fits in the gap right in front of the battery. I bought a couple cables, but they were a little too short for the way I wanted to route my cables. Keep in mind if you don't have a wireless controller, you will have to raise the hood if you put it where I am. No pics yet, controller is laying on the island in the kitchen.

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Yeah, i want to have to raise my hood, to prevent tampering. Then i can put a hood lock on my jeep and no one can operate the winch. I suppose i could make an extension for the controller, so that i could plug it in next to the winch, because it would such to be stuck in mud and have to raise the hood and all that. I'd "arm" the system before wheelin.
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This where I put mine
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Cool, looks very nice.
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Put my solenoid on top of the battery. I have a wireless remote that I plug in before wheeling.
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Good post! I've been wanting to move mine too.

Not only to clean up the front end, but to get the electronics out of the weather.

Keep the ideas coming!
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I've been struggling with a location also. I actually have a really sturdy small Hammond enclosure, the perfect size, I was thinking of re-hosting the solenoids too because it's steel and has a nice weather tight lid. I can't seem to find a good place to make some brackets for it though. I like the location by the brake booster as there isn't much else there for it to get in the way. May have to try there.
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I wouldn't put the solenoid in a weather tight enclosure, it's made to be out in the open and what if it makes it overheat?
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Put my solenoid on top of the battery. I have a wireless remote that I plug in before wheeling.
Strange, your battery is sideways compared to mine. Did they change them when they came out with the 3.6?
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I wouldn't put the solenoid in a weather tight enclosure, it's made to be out in the open and what if it makes it overheat?
Mine came in a water tight case, I just moved its location
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I located my wife's Engo solenoid on top of the battery (and also have the Mopar hood lock and cutoff switch to foil vandals):

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Mine came in a water tight case, I just moved its location
Well, silverminer was going to put his in a water tight case, which tells me its not already in one. In that case i would question why it wasnt in one in the first place.

What brand of winch do you have? I find this interesting. Mine's not a water tight case.

Tail lights on boat trailers aren't water tight either.
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I located my wife's Engo solenoid on top of the battery (and also have the Mopar hood lock and cutoff switch to foil vandals):

That looks good, but your wife's? Why didnt you make her do it? JK.

What's the cutoff switch do? Why would you need that when no one can even get to the solenoid without opening the hood?

Furthermore, where did you get the cutoff switch? I really like it a lot.
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I wouldn't put the solenoid in a weather tight enclosure, it's made to be out in the open and what if it makes it overheat?
the diecast aluminum hammond box makes a good heatsink with the solenoid mounted in it FWIW

it would protect the connections from the elements if you were to use weather proof cable gland for the wire pass thru as well
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I wouldn't put the solenoid in a weather tight enclosure, it's made to be out in the open and what if it makes it overheat?
engo is water tight and the xrc 20 is water proof as well.
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I was going to rehost the solenoids because the Engo case is flimsy plastic. The weather seal is iffy and the screws used to tighten down the lid are just screwed into plastic. Not really built to last or have the top on or off often. The hammond enclosure I have is a steel tank in comparison, and has a nice hinged lid with a weather tight gasket and clamps that latch and unlatch for easy no tools access to the inside. Just seems prudent to use it if I can. I don't think the solenoids themselves are meant to be exposed to the elements, hence the enclosures.
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I love the idea of using a solid state controller using Mosfets, but the Warn unit is $700 - $800 and the Mile Marker isn't much cheaper. That's a lot of $$$ for a control box. Too bad someone doesn't make a cheaper and decently made alternative.
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I love the idea of using a solid state controller using Mosfets, but the Warn unit is $700 - $800 and the Mile Marker isn't much cheaper. That's a lot of $$$ for a control box. Too bad someone doesn't make a cheaper and decently made alternative.
something between a SSR and a solenoid would be a DC contactor they are priced not to much above quality solenoid

I can just imagine how much heat a SSR has to dissipate with a 200+A load
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That looks good, but your wife's? Why didnt you make her do it? JK.

What's the cutoff switch do? Why would you need that when no one can even get to the solenoid without opening the hood?

Furthermore, where did you get the cutoff switch? I really like it a lot.
I'd like to know too. May I guess that without a cutoff switch, someone could fool with connections/terminals at the winch and make it operate? Guess it just prevents tampering?

I think I'd like to use that cutoff for the entire vehicle's power, but I suppose that would come with its own issues.
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Totally missed the original post from January, wife couldn't do it on her own but she is a big help in the garage. Cutoff switch is from a marine/boat supply store rated to handle the high current of the winch.

Why have a cutoff switch? Two reasons actually-
1) just in case something in the winch shorts out (front end collision, etc), this is an easy way to disconnect it from the Jeep quickly and maybe prevent a fire or other catastrophe
2) vandals have been known to use a paperclip to short out the winch solenoid plug after wrapping your line around your Jeep or could connect it to anything else and power it up, to the point of damaging things.

Just makes me feel better and was worth the added time to install IMO, YMMV. Turn it on before hitting the trail, turn it off before jumping on the road.
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I mounted mine under the passenger side seat. Keeps it nice and clean. Only pic I have of it was during install but you get the idea.

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Mounted my Solenoid by the battery, ran some wires into the Cab and now all i need to do to use my winch is plug the controller in right in the cab
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