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winch question. dual batteries necessary?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Ryan B., Jul 10, 2005.

  1. Ryan B.

    Ryan B. 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Looking into winches here... 9000 or 12,000 lb warn.
    My question is would this work okay on just my single battery, or should i get a dual battery setup going with the other battery dedicated for the winch?
    I remember watching guys in the tank trap last year, and one of em killed thier battery winching. so i had to run up to my truck and remove my battery for him.
    Would i be best off going straight to a dual battery setup if installing a winch???

    Thanks.
     
  2. coptezr

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    i have a warn 9000i and i have a kirkland (costco) battery and 4 kc daylighters up top and i do fine, i was thinking about the dual batteries too.
     
  3. Ryan B.

    Ryan B. 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    How much have you used your winch?
    I'm talking like 6 or 8 mudpits in a row each winching for several minutes. (tank trap)
    i'm thinking that dual batteries would be on the safe side..
     
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    dual batts is always gonna be "best". For a long time I was just gonna run one really good battery for my 8274... cause I don't really have much in the way of electrical goodies (no power anything, no extra lights, no stereo at all etc)... but after a good amount of research, I've decided to go dual. I am just going to use a normal/decent starting battery (i have a diehard gold right now) for everything else, and I got a hawker battery for the winch. Its the industrial version of the battery that won the fastest-winch-pull part of a battery comp that was in Petersens a while back. Now all I need to do is decide what kind of isolator/switcher to run.

    j
     
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    i dont use it alot lol once in a while when i get stuck. :(
     
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    Buy a yellow top and be done with it. I have winched many times, sometimes 50 feet and it has never flinched.
     
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    I have a single red top with a warn M10,000 and i winched myself probably a half mile with it up some steep stuff with the winch about ready to stall out and my truck in 2wd and i never had a problem. I did need to raise the idle a few times and let the battery recharge but that was it.
     

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