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Unread 12-31-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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how do you fellas wire your winch?

i got a champion winch, from tractor supply recently, and was wondering how you guys have your winches wired up? do you have some spot that you hook your controller in the cab or pop the hood or what? this is my first winch and it came out looking cool but i have a few ideas on wiring it up and was wondering if anyone else has already came up with their own special way that works great in the actual usage.

my winch is a little 4500 pounder because i don't go in the mud or rock climbing. its just for pulling stuff out of the way or getting the occasional minivan out of the ditch at the end of my road. i'll attach a pic of my old cherokee going into the ditch so you can see how deep it is so you know i am not over working my little winch.


thats on 31s with a 5" lift

here is a shot of my cool guy wrangler and newly mounted winch



anyways, how did you fellas wire your up?



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Unread 12-31-2011, 06:02 PM   #2
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For $5 you can have the handlebar toggle switch for the smitty 3k winch from four wheel parts. Just pop the solenoid box and find the right wires to splice and you're set. Just make sure you mount it inside the cab near or on the center console. Why? Have you ever tried a steep winch pull? You'll be inthe back of your seat barely able to reach the steering wheel let alone the dash. I suppose you could hook up the standard controller through the firewall but I like to keep my options open.
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Unread 12-31-2011, 06:09 PM   #3
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i think this one is a handle bar toggle switch, it has some wobble bolts that llok just right to go around a thin bar. some dude is selling a winch controller on craigslist for cheap but i see lots of people have their own switches in the cab, which looks like the way to go. i was just wanting to make sure there wasn't something i was missing, like the extreme angle winching you are talking about. i am thinking some switches in the cab (that are easily accessible on angle) plus a space near the front to hook the normal controller to for when i have to be outside running it.

i am planning on getting another for the rear but need to get some bumpers made that hold the winches, have receivers, and d-rings/hooks because having the winch is cool but it is going to be hard to get used to not having a front receiver.
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If you want best of both worlds with no guessing and splicing, 12voltguy.com has everything.
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Wired my winch to the dash and can still operate it with the wired remote outside through the solenoid box. Works good for me and never had issues reaching the controls.
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I just use the handheld that came with the winch and plugs into the control container, then run it over the hood into the cab if I need to winch and drive @ the same time. Usually leave it in the center console until needed.
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Unread 12-31-2011, 09:39 PM   #7
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i will check out the sight listed and am glad to have the pics of how you guys got things set up. i am totally new to winches and have never even considered one till i got a wrangler. looking back on my 4x4 days, i can see a number of times where one would have saved my butt
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