I’ve talked at length with a few battery manufaturers about this very topic Exide, Interstate, Orbital, and they all agree that winches should go right to the top posts. This is why all WiP cables one of the reasons, anyhow are terminated with ring lugs – and then you are able to use marine-style, military-style, or universal flat -style clamps to attach cables to the battery itself. That’s the best thing I can suggest – reterminate the OEM leads with ring lugs they should be 8AWG – the very upper limit of what can easily be done with hand tools anyhow and convert to a binding post-style battery clamps. Attaching winch leads to side posts was very much not recommended – the side posts in batteries so equipped are generally good for A constant draw, A very intermittently, and winch loads can melt the pads right out of the case at A for a full pull, depending on winch model and load. This is from conversations that included Ramsey and Warn – and they had side posts melt right out of the case in testing with the battery in free air. Retermination and conversion of attachment is the best advice I can offer you offhand.
That should be simple This one is on E-Bay item number: That is probably not enough as these winches will draw from 50 at low power to AMPS under maximum rated pull I like to use two Solenoids I like to take the Hot trigger wire to a dash mounted separate stand alone key switch at my winch controls
The motor of a power winch drives the gear train which turns the winch drum spooling the cable. A hook is typically secured to the cable end. Power winches can be hydraulic, pneumatic, internal combustion, and electric or battery-powered.
There is no fixed link to a vehicle; therefore you can take the winch anywhere. Tether it to any solid object: If you need to pull extremely heavy loads, we offer a snatch block kit including a swing-side pulley and locking steel carabiner. The pulley is attached to the load with the carabiner, and the rope is attached to the winch anchor. This lightweight system effectively doubles the pulling power of the winch to an amazing lb kg pulling capacity! Lightweight – Weighs only 35 lb 16 kg Due to its light weight, you will be able to bring it wherever you need it.
Simply carry it with the polyester sling or in the optional padded waterproof case. You never know when it might come in handy!
See the FAQ section below for a more detailed break down. Control — A remote control, whether wired or through an aerial is a useful feature. It allows you to operate the winch from a safe distance, or even from inside the vehicle cab. Pulling Power — It all comes down to power at the end of the day. You simply must ensure the winch has the power to safely pull whatever weight you plan on using it for.
An electric winch is a powerful recovery tool. Used correctly, it provides massive amounts of power to pull out your ATV or truck. With the right tools and rigging, you can pull up to two or even three times the maximum rating of your winch.
It is often said that one can probably push your vehicle but most can’t lift it. Therefore, you need to size the winch to the rolling load – see chart. Then you should select those winch features that you find most beneficial and that allow you to load the trailer safely by yourself. Superwinch has combined the experience of manufacturing over 2 million winches with feedback from racers and collectors alike over the past 30 years.
Install it properly First choose an installation site accessible to you. Align an unobstructed path to the car that you are loading. Prevent any metal-to-metal contact with the wire rope. Mount the winch close enough to the trailer’s front to pull the vehicle completely on. If it’s mounted under something, such as a toolbox, leave enough space to access the winch. Consider a pulley block With a hook for mounting and a pulley for the wire rope, a pulley block lets you offset the winch but retain a straight shot.
Safety Protecting yourself and those around you is the first and foremost concern while winching. Winches that have been overloaded, set-up improperly or coupled with unreliable accessories are prone to failure. And failure could easily mean a snapped line whipping someone in the face.
Winch Tips: How to Use a Snatch Block “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~Albert Einstein. A snatch block is a simple, but handy piece of equipment that greatly improves the functionality of your you have a winch or plan on getting one, putting a sturdy snatch block in your gearbox is a no-brainer.
Battery or Tow Rig? I have a 12k winch mounted on the neck of my gooseneck trailer. I’m looking to have it wired up to a power source so when I need it all I have to do is pull the winch cable out. My plan is to put 1 deep cycle battery up on the trailer neck and run a 2 gauge power wire from the truck to the trailer as well. My thought with the power wire from the truck would be that while in transit it would charge the battery on the trailer, while the winch is being used it would rely on the battery.
However, is there a way to hook it up so that it uses the battery for primary power until it gets low and then pulls off the truck but at a regulated level as to not cause damage? I’m not sure how to hook it up so that if the battery goes dead on the trailer the winch doesn’t try and pull every bit of power it needs through the cable from the truck and end up popping an inline fuse or burning up connectors. The winch says it will use amps at max load.
Max load on it will be very rare, for the most part it will be used for various pickups. They all roll, just not always under their own power.
We might pick up some awesome and helpful products, like a strong winch, radio, and huge LED light bar. While shopping for new off-road goodies is exciting, you need to first look at just how much power drain your electrical system handle. Most off-road vehicles have a small reserve of power when being fully taxed electrically. This is for accessories and you must know what the percentage of available power is in order to prevent electrical problems.
Sep 26, · NEVER hook a winch to the side terminals of your battery. Most side posts are connected by simple straps that are NOT capable of handling the load of a winch. VERY FEW batteries are designed to handle it on the sides.
While 4wheel’n a couple of months ago, a friend of mine had to winch a broken rig out of a predicament. Maneuvering his rig in place, we unspooled his winch, hooked up to the stranded rig and prepared to winch him up over some rocks. Only problem was that he couldn’t find his winch remote cable which was buried under mounds of camping gear in the back of his Jeep. The solution to this problem would have been to store the winch remote cable in an accessible location, making it easier to retrieve.
Another solution is to hard wire an in cab winch remote switch. This way you can control the winch from inside the cab and not have to worry about locating the winch remote cable. Sure, there are times when having the cable available is handy, but for those those other times, an in cab remote switch is mighty useful. Connections to the existing wire harness. Notch the back side of the winch cover for the grommet.
I don’t care how you do it. All I said was that no winch manufacturer condones that practice. Since I tend to think they know a bit more than I do about the electrical demands of their product, when I do a rear winch install, I run both wires all the way to the battery. Curious what do they recommend for the gauge of wire? Because running two 1 gauge wire front to rear is a lot.
Hook the winch line Slide the winch hook up through the D-shackle and re-engage the clutch back at the winch itself. Begin to wind the winch line back in until there is slight tension on the line.
This is good information so you can compare the performance of different winch models. Off to the right, we also show a column that says Pull by Layer. This column lists the pulling capacity of the winch with, one layer of rope on the drum, two layers of rope, three layers, etc. Warn winches are rated to pull their maximum load when spooling the first layer of rope onto the winch drum. So an lb capacity winch will only pull pounds when you are spooling the rope onto the first layer.
Let me explain the pull by layer concept. As rope is stacked up onto the drum, you are effectively changing the gear ratio of the winch by increasing the diameter of the winch drum. To help explain this, think about that old 15 speed bike you had back in the day, it had 3 driving sprockets in the front at the pedals. When the chain was on the smallest sprocket, you had the most power and could climb steep hills.
This is the same as spooling cable onto the 1st layer of your winch drum. When you moved the chain to the middle sprocket, you had less power, but more speed. On the largest sprocket, you had the least power, but most speed.
In addition, some battery manufacturers recommend that both the main and auxiliary batteries be of the same type and age when charged in parallel via either an isolator or solenoid system. Choosing an Isolation systemThis is the hardest choice to make and depends on whether you prefer an electronic system or a simpler solenoid based system. Note that the alternator in an 80 series is capable of outputting well over amps into a discharged battery. An electronic system is usually based upon 2 appropriately rated diodes imbedded in a large heat sink assembly capable of dissipating the waste heat from the diodes.
This unit needs to be bolted to an area within the already hot engine bay.
This connector kit allows for quick and convenient connect/disconnect of power from a winch or from another electrical devices such as a remote battery charger, trailer, etc. It is made of durable pol.
Read instructions completely before performing service. Begin installation by placing your winch upside on a flat surface. Take the two longer bolts of the four included and place them through the appropriate base plate holes. Be sure the hole for the hitch pin is facing the backside of the winch. Install and tighten down included nuts. With the winch, mounting channel, and hitch bar all attached, turn the winch right side up and install the roller fairlead to the front of the mounting channel with the included bolts.