Originally Posted by 82KansasCJ
Where did you tie in the front quick connect for the jumper cables?
Primary battery starter solenoid 'Battery' cable side and dedicated ground when I didn't have a winch,
Once the winch was installed, there is power at the front bumper, so I connected to winch solenoid terminals to shorten the small cable run.
My jumper/snow plow/inverter connection cables are MUCH smaller (4 Ga.) than the winch power cables,
I use the smaller 175 Amp connectors since 175 Amps is plenty to run the snow plow pump/electronics, inverter or to jump another vehicle off and I don't have to mess with the big 350 Amp connectors.
4 Ga. is enough to weld with if you keep the cable length reasonable...
Know anyone that exceeds 175 amps when welding? I sure don't!
And since this is welding off batteries, you don't want to burn large diameter rods anyway, and small diameter rods take a lot less amperage to burn.
Usually around 60 to 105 amps for a very short period of time, so the 4 Ga. works fine for Jumpers/Accessory connector...
As for 'Duckbone',
Yup, I didn't answer for a reason...
It was a 'Serious' thread, I'm not given to 'Humor' or anything that can be misconstrued, misunderstood or ignored when I'm doing these builds...
So I take most questions seriously.
I guess 'Duckbone' is still suffering from 'pIRATE 4x4
Honest questions get honest answers, all others are ignored.
I don't order from 'West Marine' anymore.
There isn't one locally, they are horribly overpriced, you have to wait on EVERYTHING, and if I can't replace the 'Consumables' at any parts store, I don't use the parts.
As for 'Two Minutes',
That would be two minutes at a time, cool down, and another two minutes.
Easier pulls, where the motor doesn't heat up so much, or if I use a snatch block so it doesn't lug as hard, I can go well over two minutes...
My batteries will do 4 'Full Pulls' with cool down and recover periods without issues,
And I haven't found anything I can't be out of in 8 minutes of actual pulling time,
Plus, there is the option of starting the engine and letting the batteries recharge if I need to...
I can do 4 'Full Pulls' and still get the engine to start/run/charge...
There is a reason for the 'DCM' batteries! I'm going to lug them down pretty far if I'm off camber and can't get the engine to run,
Or so deep in water I can't get the engine to run...
The winch should get me back to a point where I can get the engine running/charging, and that's what I'm shooting for... Without melting the insulation off the cables or burning up the winch motor.
(Yes, I've had 2 Ga., and even 1 Ga. insulation smoking before!)
I'm just trying to build this as 'Bullet Proof' as possible.
"OVER BUILT" is accurate,
Most of us 'Over Build' for a reason! The 'What If...?" situations we find ourselves in.