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Old 09-27-2017, 08:33 AM
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New Guy Winch Wiring Question

Hey folks,

New to the forum, so looking forward to learning a bit more. Got my first jeep about 2-3 months ago. And already have a bit done to it (Wheels,Tires, Bumper, Winch, Lights, Rocksliders, No Carpet, Bedliner Flood, Bedliner interior of hard top, Limb Risers, tramp stamp, and some more.)

Anyways. I got a real nice WARN VR 10,000 Winch with a multi mount system. So it doesn't plug direct onto the battery. You get the battery wiring harness and then can plug it in with the winch mounted front or rear, i mounted it on the front in my bumper as I don't plan on actually putting it on the rear but got it used for a good price. So I ordered a wiring harness from 4Wheel Parts after waiting forever for WARN to email me back with correct parts and never actually answering the question until the 3rd email.. so by that time already ordered what I figured I needed. ISSUE? It plugs in, it works. However the guy at WARN said it won't be okay because the one I ordered is a different wire than the one he said. 2 Gauge Vs 6 I believe. If I leave the 6 Gauge harness in will it damage the winch? Or should I just go out and buy 2 Gauge wire and tear the harness apart and remake it to what he said instead of spending another 100$ on wiring.

I've already used then winch with the harness I ordered and it works fine. Just wondering if tearing it apart and switching to 2 Gauge isn't worth my time and money or if I should do it?

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you want the 2G wire directly to the battery. Any napa can make you a battery cable that will work.

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Definitely go with 2G and wire front and back. Get a few extra couplings and you can make some jumper cables that plug in as well.
Also, never leave the winch on overnight or make sure that you use multiple locks. Just don't use a barrel shaped hitch lock. A metal pipe fits nicely over them and they just crank on it until it snaps.
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Dont use your winch with the 6G wire. The motor of the winch pulls to many amps and that is why they run the 2G wire. You can do some serious damage to your winch and or jeep using the 6G.

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This is where bigger is definitely better. It will work with the smaller wires, for a little while, until the insulation melts off the cables, then lots of bad things will happen.
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