Any problem with hooking my Winch up to my starter for power?

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  1. Silver84k5

    Silver84k5 1/2 ton status

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    And hooking the ground up to the frame?... im Electrically declined... thx for any help....

    By the way thats how i have my MSD hooked up....
     
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    Uhhhh why not just wire it to the battery
     
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    just get a top and side post battery and hook the truck to the side and the winch to the top /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Exactly , that way your starter has it own dedicated terminal , and so does winch. I don't have a winch but I do run the setup big83 mentions with top and side post, I second his Idea. All accesories are on top and side post is for starter and factory stuff. Besides isnt the battery closest to the winch, less wire equals less resistance. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    I am wondering about the same thing, I have relocated the battery, it is behind the cab between the frame rails. It would be easier to hook it up to the starter /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    the wire that powers your winch requires a larger gage than that of your starter. wire is not that expensive, i would wire them seperately.

    also, a winch should not be utilizing the "common ground" theory
     
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    I would say buy some beefy wire if you have to run all the way back to the back. All that wire=lots o' resistance /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
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    I think the last time this was discussed, 2/0 was the minimum for that kind of current for that distance.
     
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    i got 2/0 cable... and the battery is mounted behind the passenger seat... but i dont want to run two more thick ass wires threw the bottom of the truck im using 2/0 cable for my battery power and ground, and my engine ground... when i hook up the winch do i need to run only 2/0 cable, or can i splice the Stock winch wires into the 2/0 that i got?
     
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    Why not use a a big junction block from a boat, aircraft, or CUCV? Like the little one on the firewall but a LOT bigger.
     
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    dunno where to get one /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif... what do i do, just mount it on the firewall, run power to it directly from the battery, then run my winch wiers to it????
     
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    Yep, that's it. If you can't find one by the w/e shoot me a PM I *think* I have an extra.
     

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