Alright, first of all I am using the stock smittybilt controller (minus the hand grip) with a seperate rocker panel switch.
And I am wondering if I should run jumpers from the in and out wires (or just 1 of them) to the switch, or should I use the smittybilt 6 prong switch (on-off-on) and run it to the on/off switch from there....
I'm not very good at the whole wiring thing, but I do know the basics! lol
I read a post somewhere on the interweb where a guy used the cruise control buttons on the steering wheel as winch controls. He had a switch as a safety, then the forward and reverse was done with the steering wheel controls. He said it was difficult and that he needed to tap into the vehicles computer to do it. I forget what kind of vehicle he used, it might have been a jeep.
you should be dealing with 3 wires from the winch solenoid, a common (hot), in, and out. Wire the common to the toggle switch. Wire 2 jumper wires to the 2nd pole of the toggle switch, connect the other ends of each of the two jumper wires to each momentary switch, then connect the up and down wires to the second pole of the appropriate momentary switch. Fuses are not needed as this is just a switch leg of an already fused circuit.
I made a controller to allow me to use the steering wheel buttons to control the winch and also use the other buttons as a hand throttle. It certainly wasn't easy but I like it a lot. I had to tap into the ecu wire coming from the cruise control buttons and also tap into the cruise control actuator for the hand throttle. The winch controls just runs power to the winch, either in or out, 2 wires. The whole system is powered by a switch on the dash that allows stock function of the cruise buttons when the switch is off.
The one problem I have is electrical noise from the winch causes the controller to reset which also resets the hand throttle back to idle. So basically the hand throttle won't hold the set rpms while running the winch. Oh well.
Here are the switches that works the best. From the fuse box you run a fused wire to the safety switch ,you dont want to be running out cable when you dont want to. Out from the safety sw. you go to the center tab of the DPDT switch. The two other tabs run to the solenoid of the winch ,you only need two wires to the winch. Do not remove existing wires and you can still use controller. Use your controller and a test light to find the correct studs to wire to. You can change the direction of the winch to your preference by changing the wire on tabs on the switch.
Double-pole, double-throw (DPDT) momentary toggle switch (Radio Shack cat#: 275-709) $5.49
12VDC Toggle Switch with Safety Cover (Radio Shack cat#: 275-601) $4.99
Hope this helps.