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Old 01-24-2016, 07:00 PM
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Winch wiring question.

I'm looking at relocating the solenoid box for my engo e9000 to under the hood. I've read up on how to do this and feel confident in doing this simple mod.

I am ordering 20 feet of 2 gauge wire and ring terminals.

My question is does anybody know what size ring terminals I need? I know 2 gauge... But what diameters?

Also, the ground cable that runs from the outside of the solenoid box to the winch motor, when I relocate the box, can I just ground each end or do I need to run a 12gauge ground like the other 2 gauge wires?

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I'd go to a battery shop and have them crimp on battery connectors. Those are heavy and strong enough to require a hydraulic crimping tool the average home garage doesn't have. Standard ring connectors don't have the amperage capacity for a winch.

For the small gauge ground wire between the solenoid box and motor, you can just ground both sides of that connection. But for the main heavy 2 gauge ground connection, make sure that cable connects directly to the battery. You can't connect that heavy current lead to the chassis, that can cause a whole bunch of light gauge ground wires between the tub and chassis to turn to smoke.

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Thanks for the info! A friends father owns a battery world shop locally so I'll see what help they can offer.

I was going to order a set of the terminals in the link below, and solder them on. Would you advise against these or will they be ok?

10 Pack 2GA Gauge 3 8 Ring Terminal Golf Cart Car Battery Cable Wire Copper Lugs | eBay
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Those will work fine. I crimp and solder all my battery connections.
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Thanks for the info! A friends father owns a battery world shop locally so I'll see what help they can offer.

I was going to order a set of the terminals in the link below, and solder them on. Would you advise against these or will they be ok?

10 Pack 2GA Gauge 3 8 Ring Terminal Golf Cart Car Battery Cable Wire Copper Lugs | eBay
I can't tell by looking at them but you want the type that is heavy duty enough to require a special hydraulic crimping tool. Those you can crimp by hand aren't up to the >400 amps a winch can draw.
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