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Winch Wiring

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Hossbaby50, May 13, 2003.

  1. Hossbaby50

    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    I picked up a used Warn 12K the other day. It is in Phoenix where my buddy picked it up for me. I am still in Colorado so I haven't seen it yet to get a feel for it yet. But I need to know how to wire the winch up. Is it just as easy as the positive and negative leads to the battery? Or are there other wires to connect? If there is where is the best place to wire them too, hint? Thanks

    Harley
     
  2. HarryH3

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    Is it just as easy as the positive and negative leads to the battery?

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    That's all there is to it. Pretty complicated, eh? /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif All the rest of the wiring is internal to the solenoid pack. Power it up, plug in the remote and you're ready to pull. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I've heard that you're not supposed to wire a winch to the side terminals on the battery, but to the top posts only. I guess they can handle more current. I could be wrong though, anyone else heard this? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    Yes it is really that simple. 2ga pos and 2ga neg right to the battery. I use marine style battery post clamps and it took about 2 minutes to wire it up.

    As far as not using the side post on Optima batteries, I have heard the same thing - the side posts are not to be used for high demand items like winches. Put the winch connects on the top posts.
    -- Mike
     
  5. Hossbaby50

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    Damn, I was going to run them to the side posts on my Optima. Guess I will have to rework my battery hookups a little and use the tops. No big deal though.

    Thanks everyone.
     
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    According to Optima's web site and the booklet that come w/ the bat the side posts of an Optima are for low amp draw acc only. The winch and starter should be hooked to the top post.
     

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