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Old 02-06-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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My in cab winch controls.

For Christmas my wife bought me a 12k Engo winch from Chris at Jeepaddons.com. So far I love the winch, and first few uses went amazingly but it only took one time out to realize I didnt like the box mounted on top of the winch for a few reasons.

First step was I mounted the control box under hood, hanging from the grill support, above the battery(like others have posted). Then that obviously presents the problem of not having easy access to the plug for the wired controller. I was able to get my hands on another plug so when I opened up the box to change the wires out for longer ones I tapped into the controls and ran new extended lines for the second plug



Then I took the second plug and mounted inside the wheel well on the passenger side. It gives me a hidden, clean look and still easy to get to and very useable for when I need to be out side to "fix the cable" and how it lays.



Then I started my in cab controls to be even more convenient and "lazy" I saw kits from 12voltguy and the likes, but I have experience with this kind of thing, and I like to be able to say I did it my self. I set out to do it for a fraction of the price of the kits and I succeeded. I wanted my controls to go where the ash tray was. I lived in an apt at the time and did not want to spend a lot of time with custom making the actual housing. I took some measurements and almost perfect size was a blank electrical box cover from Lowes. Marked where I wanted my gear and began drilling.





Test fits with crappy switches and buttons I had laying around.


I painted everything black and wired it up when I got the switch and buttons I wanted. Red switch gives power to the system, LED lights up when it has power. Red button pulls the winch line in and the black one is out.

Installed with good switches.




The switch panel fit isnt 100% custom looking, but its plenty good for me. Works great and everything in total cost me right around 20 bucks and maybe 2 hours labor for the whole project(box relocation and all). I know others have done the same, just wanted to share mine. Ill be doing this exact same set up for my friend next week.

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Looks good. It is a good feeling to make something yourself. There are a lot of great products you can by to bolt on but building it yourself is even better.

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Hey Tom, thanks for sharing the pictures! I know it takes a bit of time to organize everything and write it up, and I'm sure lots of people around here appreciate it

I'm suprised you put the external mount on the INSIDE of the wheel well.. Are you at all concerned about mud or other stuff getting gunked up in there? Probably not i'm guessing or you wouldn't have put it in there

Its pretty awesome that your wife bought you such a cool present, you should make sure the next time she wants something you take the time to think of a really cool gift that makes sure she knows you appreciate her!
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Hey Tom, thanks for sharing the pictures! I know it takes a bit of time to organize everything and write it up, and I'm sure lots of people around here appreciate it
Thanks! and yeah...almost as much time to post and take pics as the install, lol. Kidding, but the post actually left out some stuff too. Like the wire I used making it easier. I actually put the parts together as if I was building a kit...Im considering doing just that. Im going to sell them locally. I can do this kit with ABS, metal or just about any plate type choice for cheaper then most I found, and pretty much dumby proof the wiring the way I did it(using 16/3 extension cord by the foot from Lowes).

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I'm suprised you put the external mount on the INSIDE of the wheel well.. Are you at all concerned about mud or other stuff getting gunked up in there? Probably not i'm guessing or you wouldn't have put it in there
I thought about this when mounting it there. I actually left enough wire to mount it on the grill...thats where I wanted to, or cut INTO the fender like about where a snorkel would come out. While I havent been out wheeling yet since the install, Im thinking it will be ok. My wires are sealed well, all connections are soldered taped and shrink wrapped. The plug has a cover and is designed to be out side the vehicle and in my last trip out the entire control box got VERY muddy where it normally mounts out side the jeep on the winch. Im assuming it will be similar to where it is now. I did how ever use battery terminal protector spray on the plug just in case, as well. Ill let you know after the 18th, the jeep should be getting pretty muddy that day.


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Its pretty awesome that your wife bought you such a cool present, you should make sure the next time she wants something you take the time to think of a really cool gift that makes sure she knows you appreciate her!
I am completely aware of what a lucky man I am. She shares all my interests with me, and is very supportive of my hobbies....no matter how many times she gets covered in mud, eaten by bugs, and has to use the ladies room in the middle of no where.
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Great work... I am planning on doing something similar with my 9k engo. I am still trying to figure out the wiring in the box so I can install in cab controls.

Of the three wires, do remember which one was in? out? power/ground?
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To be honest i do not remember. I know white was the 12v. I shoulda done a full write up...sorry. My wires are all taped and loomed now so i don't think i can see them but ill test it for you with my meter if you don't have one to test it.
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For those that might be interested in wiring dash controls for a Engo e9000 winch. Here is how my solenoid box was wired.

I think all the handheld controls are wired the same so take a look at the connector plug picture and follow the wires out the other-side. The colors might be different but their orientation on the plug relative to the key-way should be the same. It is also possible the your remote plug could be flipped 180 degrees as well.

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thank you thank you thank you!!!! I've been researching this all day. when we get a warm day this week the solenoid is going to go under the hood and I'll be putting in new switches myself! I'm terrible with electricity, i hate it and it hates me. We'll see how this goes. Did you make your over all power on switch link to the ignition or something? I read about that so someone can't go and turn stuff on and run it without the key in. Just a thought
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For those that might be interested in wiring dash controls for a Engo e9000 winch. Here is how my solenoid box was wired.

I think all the handheld controls are wired the same so take a look at the connector plug picture and follow the wires out the other-side. The colors might be different but their orientation on the plug relative to the key-way should be the same. It is also possible the your remote plug could be flipped 180 degrees as well.

Hope this helps someone...
Thanks for this post, I've been looking for a nice picture.
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For those that might be interested in wiring dash controls for a Engo e9000 winch. Here is how my solenoid box was wired.

I think all the handheld controls are wired the same so take a look at the connector plug picture and follow the wires out the other-side. The colors might be different but their orientation on the plug relative to the key-way should be the same. It is also possible the your remote plug could be flipped 180 degrees as well.

Hope this helps someone...
This will work for all 3 wire set ups but new warns use a 5 wire control.

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thank you thank you thank you!!!! I've been researching this all day. when we get a warm day this week the solenoid is going to go under the hood and I'll be putting in new switches myself! I'm terrible with electricity, i hate it and it hates me. We'll see how this goes. Did you make your over all power on switch link to the ignition or something? I read about that so someone can't go and turn stuff on and run it without the key in. Just a thought
Most just take the power for their switches from the 12v in the plug. I did not for a few reasons. I took it from a dedicated fused 12v I have running the rest of my accessories, kind of like what you mentioned.

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Thanks for this post, I've been looking for a nice picture.
If you guys have any trouble feel free to ask, I have more pics too.
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i think im going to have to find someone local to help me with this. mine is a
5 wire setup, and i want to run an on/off switch and a momentary switch
for spooling in, and another for spooling out. and ive never messed with wiring
before so its like reading latin right now
http://www.warn.com/truck/winches/sr...1/64113-B4.pdf page six
of this pdf is the wiring setup of mine. i think i will pay someone to show me
what to do and why, and learn a bit in the process. less than a month before
jeep safari and i want this to be ready!
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Where are you located? Im sure i could walk you through it on a messenger or over the phone. skype maybe. 5 wire isn't difficult and its been talked about in other threads like this but i don't remember where or when.
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thank you thank you thank you!!!! I've been researching this all day. when we get a warm day this week the solenoid is going to go under the hood and I'll be putting in new switches myself! I'm terrible with electricity, i hate it and it hates me. We'll see how this goes. Did you make your over all power on switch link to the ignition or something? I read about that so someone can't go and turn stuff on and run it without the key in. Just a thought
I did run mine off an ignition hot circuit. The winch can only be operated with the key switched on (better make sure the engine is running, it will kill a battery fast).

It was easy enough to do, I used mini fuse tap and tapped into the "rear wiper" circuit in the fuse box behind the glove box. I have a soft top so the circuit was not in use but it was wired with power. Rather than tap into the back of the box and mess around with the pins and wires, I used one of these(about $5.00)...
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