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#1 User is offline   fishalways 

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 02:08 PM

Well, I finally finished my winch rewire.
I have an Atlas 9,500 lb winch with a separate control box.
I didn't like the location on top of the winch for a couple of reasons.
First, it blocked the radiator to much.
Second, it was very exposed to the elements.
Third, I just didn't like the way it looked.

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So I made up a couple of aluminmum strap brakets to mount it on.
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This is how it fits next to the air box.
Keep in mind, I have a snorkle so the stock airhorn that normally is in this spot is gone and the hole is blocked off.
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I got all the wiring tucked in nicely and away from any sharp edges.
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The wiring was not that difficult, I kept a photo of everything and made sure the labels were marked.
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I'm pretty happy with the result.
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The only thing left is to shrink wrap the cable ends with some sealant inside.
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Posted 30 August 2008 - 03:44 PM

Looks real nice. Got it hooked directly to the battery top terminals?
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Posted 30 August 2008 - 07:24 PM

View Postsky6, on Aug 30 2008, 04:44 PM, said:

Looks real nice. Got it hooked directly to the battery top terminals?


Yes, I know some people have wired in a solenoid in with a switch to disable it but with the box under the hood I don't see the need.
I may put a fuseable link in though for some level of protection.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 12:13 AM

so now you have to open the hood when you need to winch?

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 07:13 AM

Looks good! You can use Liquid Electrical Tape on the wires it works great and last a very long time too!
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 07:15 AM

and all the way around to the passenger side. now would be a good time to relocate the controller socket to the dash. is anyone gonna touch this bumper? come on, i cant be the class clown all the time.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 02:46 PM

View Postxjoutkast, on Aug 31 2008, 01:13 AM, said:

so now you have to open the hood when you need to winch?

For now.
At some point I will rewire the switch to a plug inside.
No rush though.

View Postmrsig, on Aug 31 2008, 08:13 AM, said:

Looks good! You can use Liquid Electrical Tape on the wires it works great and last a very long time too!

I was thinking about that.
If I can cleam the rust of the terminals, I am going to cover the whole post.

View Postsoflmuddin, on Aug 31 2008, 08:15 AM, said:

and all the way around to the passenger side. now would be a good time to relocate the controller socket to the dash. is anyone gonna touch this bumper? come on, i cant be the class clown all the time.


Your a little late. All that could have been said has been said at towers :wub:
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Posted 03 September 2008 - 12:43 PM

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This is what i did to the Chevy. All you need is an old outdoor extension cord, some terminal and two toggle switches. The one with the cover is an on/off as a safety and the other is a on/off/on for winching in and out. Only took maybe 30 minutes to do and the extension cord works great because it protects the wires.

I did this when i lost my remote, but it worked out better because i don't have to have anyone standing with the remote nearby and i can winch in while consentrating on driving and steering because i can leave it in the IN position.
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Posted 03 September 2008 - 12:50 PM

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 03:34 PM

I prefer having a hand held controller for the winch.
If I am winching someone else and using my Jeep as an anchor point, I would rather be off to the side of the cable rather than sitting in line with it.

Switches look nice though.
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Posted 03 September 2008 - 03:56 PM

View Postfishalways, on Sep 3 2008, 04:34 PM, said:

I prefer having a hand held controller for the winch.
If I am winching someone else and using my Jeep as an anchor point, I would rather be off to the side of the cable rather than sitting in line with it.

Switches look nice though.

I have mine wired both ways, I have the switch inside and the OEM plug on the outside just in case I have to use the remote.

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 04:19 PM

View PostTallJeep, on Sep 3 2008, 04:56 PM, said:

I have mine wired both ways, I have the switch inside and the OEM plug on the outside just in case I have to use the remote.

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 05:52 PM

we have it both ways also. the arming switch either arms the dash remote or a wireless remote we can use from outside. when i did it a while back, our camera was down for the count. i'll take some pics when it goes back together. i had the solenoid box mounted similar to yours (on the pass. fender well where the stock jack used to go).

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