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Old 10-18-2013, 08:54 AM   #1
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ENGO e9000s install

I bought the Engo 9000 winch with synthetic line after reading really good things about it in forums and from the infamous winch shootout article that many of you are aware of. Gary is my first Jeep and this is my first winch. I'm still in the process of installing it, but there is something I wanted to share to maybe help someone else down the road.

When mounting the solenoid box onto the winch, I wanted to center the box, but I couldn't because the furthest cable from the motor was too short. So I was stuck with either the box all the way to one side or I put on a longer cable right?

But wait it gets better, so I bought a longer cable so I could center the solenoid box, but didn't pay attention to the connectors on the new one and they were too wide to fit through the box. At this point I'm pissed off.

So I'm sitting there staring at this winch (thinking in the back of my head "should've got a warn") as many of you will probably tell me, when I noticed that they put the longer cable closer to the motor, and the shorter one farther away. Factory error I suppose. So I had to swap the 2 cables around and now I can center the solenoid box. Not a huge thing, but still kinda frustrating.

Anyway, a little morning rant. I snagged a pic off of google to show the 2 cables. Anyone else experience this? I'm going to mount it tomorrow so I hope no more delays/surprises. I also hope this thing works as advertised. Hopefully this will help future Engo buyers if they run into this.

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Old 10-18-2013, 09:07 AM   #2
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Yeah you could have paid 3 times as much and not had a minor inconvenience. I just mounted my 9500 like it came because I am going to relocate the box to under hood anyway and that will require you to get longer different cables anyway. Next you will complain about the blue synthetic fading? LOL. It will and it's not made by Engo or Warn either for that matter. Enjoy the winch, they work every bit as good as advertised.

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Old 10-18-2013, 09:16 AM   #3
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haha those cables drove me nuts too! They were so tight and be careful if they sit on against the grill like mine it will take your paint right off. I put one gauge wire in there and moved the solenoid under the hood. My opinion, bad move. I do not like having it under there, it takes up unnecessary room and the wiring looks messy. Leave it outside but make sure those wires don't eat your grill up cause they will
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Yeah you could have paid 3 times as much and not had a minor inconvenience. I just mounted my 9500 like it came because I am going to relocate the box to under hood anyway and that will require you to get longer different cables anyway. Next you will complain about the blue synthetic fading? LOL. It will and it's not made by Engo or Warn either for that matter. Enjoy the winch, they work every bit as good as advertised.

Wow so I shouldn't "complain" about a minor inconvenience eh? Thought maybe I could help someone else who runs into this. But yeah thanks for your input chief
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Just FWIW, if you need longer pieces of large cable, go to a welding supply and you can buy cable from about #2 to 4/0 in any length you want. Most of them will carry and will crimp ends on also. Welding cable makes great battery cable and it's more flexible.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:38 AM   #6
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haha those cables drove me nuts too! They were so tight and be careful if they sit on against the grill like mine it will take your paint right off. I put one gauge wire in there and moved the solenoid under the hood. My opinion, bad move. I do not like having it under there, it takes up unnecessary room and the wiring looks messy. Leave it outside but make sure those wires don't eat your grill up cause they will
Thanks for the tip I'll have to watch for that when I get it mounted this weekend. Yeah I want to leave the box outside too.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:52 AM   #7
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Was able to get everything mounted over the weekend. After switching the cables around all else went smooth. Seems like a nice winch and I hope to get many years of use out of it.

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Old 10-21-2013, 10:12 AM   #8
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At the price point it is at, there will be some minor things that could be better. Overall I'm very happy with mine, got me unstuck a few times, and used it to pull a log out of the yard
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Thought I was the only one frustrated about the black cable with yellow boot not reaching if I centered the solenoid box. I mounted mine tonight with the box slid to the left. Guess I'll swap the wires this weekend now and center it. I went with the 10k synthetic carbon fiber edition. For the limited use I project it to see it was a minor inconvenience for the price.
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Wow so I shouldn't "complain" about a minor inconvenience eh? Thought maybe I could help someone else who runs into this. But yeah thanks for your input chief
The comment about the blue line fading, followed by "lol", was said in jest skippy. Lots of newbs that go out and buy the latest and greatest dont always know the long term results. Sorry for offending you
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:39 PM   #11
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The comment about the blue line fading, followed by "lol", was said in jest skippy. Lots of newbs that go out and buy the latest and greatest dont always know the long term results. Sorry for offending you

No you're not...and skippy really?
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I've got the 10k version and although it was tight i was able to center it
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:15 AM   #13
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Looks good Jaxon, your cables must've been right. If the shorter one was to the far side there is no way you can center it. Even with them swapped it is very tight. Good looking Jeep
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:28 AM   #14
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Just installed my 10k last night. No way could I center mine. Was tight fit as it was all the way to the left


But I am happy with it and can't wait to get stuck so I can use it!
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Yeah I had to pull hard to the left to center mine. Yours looks great to!
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:20 PM   #16
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I was actually really impressed with the engo made winch plate too. Very sturdy and allows you to keep the stock tow hooks. Can't beat it for $70
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Looks good K.wag, having it to the left doesn't look bad at all....I'm just OCD and it bothered me that I couldn't center it without swapping cables
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Ha, know what you mean. Mine will have a cover in whenever it isn't in use tho, so I'm not too worried
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Was able to get everything mounted over the weekend. After switching the cables around all else went smooth. Seems like a nice winch and I hope to get many years of use out of it.

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Which mounting plate is that?

Rugged Ridge raised winch plate
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:22 PM   #21
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Thanks! I am just about to buy the same Engo/synthetic and I'll just grab the same plate. In other words, I'm copying you. Consider it a compliment.

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