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Old 07-04-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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Changing battery cable on Warn 9.5cti winch

I needed to change the Positive battery cable on my Warn 9.5cti winch and couldn't locate instructions for accessing the solenoid compartment online so I thought I'd post what I found here.

The positive cable terminal is up under the Darth Vader helmet on the Warn cti. To access it the 4 large hex bolts toward the front of the top cover must be removed. There are two on each side. The motor side hides one under the motor cover which must be removed by removing four smaller hex bolts holding the motor shield.

After the two large hex bolts on each side are removed the front cover can be lifted from the front. If its still tight you may have to slightly loosen one of the other large hex bolts. Note that if you remove all for large hex bolts the winch will separate from the drum.

The positive battery lead connects at the top back of the solenoid shown in the picture below as the nut with the missing cable.

I hope this helps someone.
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Thank you . Exactly what I was looking for!

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Just be sure not to overtighten the allen-head bolts on the side that hold the cover on. The cover is aluminum so it's not hard to strip it out if you use too big of a ratchet wrench. I'd use nothing bigger than a 3/8" drive and just get them snug.
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FYI,if you ever need a new contactor there is a place offering Gigglepin for about $120. in the US now.
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FYI,if you ever need a new contactor there is a place offering Gigglepin for about $120. in the US now.
Do you mean relay? If so, you can get a good quality replacement relay from DB Electrical - Winch-Golf Cart which is a continuous duty relay for $24 for one or $32 for a two pack plus shipping. I have purchased a few winch relays over the years from them and they've held up perfectly.

In fact, I just placed an order for a 2-pack (free shipping) since my spare solenoid was last seen in my previous TJ which was stolen. It'll be nice to be able to carry a spare solenoid again.
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No I didn't mean relay,Warn's contactor is over $200 for some models.
I'm talking about these Gigglepin-Albright-Super-Duty-Winch-Solenoid-12V
They are selling them in the states now.
Check out Gigglepin if you like winch pOrn.
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No I didn't mean relay,Warn's contactor is over $200 for some models.
I'm talking about these Gigglepin-Albright-Super-Duty-Winch-Solenoid-12V
They are selling them in the states now.
Check out Gigglepin if you like winch pOrn.
A 'contactor' is really just another less commonly used term for a relay or solenoid.

I've personally only needed to replace one of my two winch's relays (aka solenoid) over the past and 1 more for a friend over the past 15 years and I could buy almost 6 (!) of the $24 (2 for $31) relays/solenoids I have purchased and recommend for the price of just 1 Gigglepin relay which is over $140 to buy. No thanks.

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