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Unread 07-03-2010, 10:27 AM   #1
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Winch-Pictures of How You Ran the Wires

I have seen some pictures of wires running from the winch THROUGH the grill and comments of the wires rubbing on the grill. I have read posts of the wires running under the grill along the sway bar. Anyone have pictues of how they ran the wires under the grill instead of through the grill? Pictures of how you ran them through the engine compartment.

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Unread 07-03-2010, 11:43 AM   #2
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I just mounted my Winch yesterday.

As soon as I will reach 25 posts, I will be able to post pictures.

I think I did a good job with the wiring.
I will take pics today and post them later.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 11:43 AM   #3
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I ran mine through the grill around the radiator and next to the air box up to the battery. I ran the wires in wire loom and wrapped them in electrical tape to keep them from getting cut. So far seems to work well for me.

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Unread 07-03-2010, 05:42 PM   #4
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Electrical tape won't save them, only adds a few extra hours of chafe prevention if that.
Get some hard plastic covering that's designed for wire protection, or at least use a piece of garden hose or something heavier than tape...
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:36 PM   #5
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Does this help??? I then connected the wires to the side terminals on the battery

I just took those pictures and it's pretty dark right now here... If you want more clear ones I can take them tomorrow at day time.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:40 PM   #6
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Yep, we ran through the grill but used split loom to protect the wires. If those wires short, it's not pretty...
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:53 PM   #7
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I ran mine under in seperate looms, up inner fender to a 600amp cutoff switch mounted in ft. of airbox then on to the battery compartment.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 07:15 PM   #8
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Does this help??? I then connected the wires to the side terminals on the battery
The side terminals aren't connected as well as the top terminals. Optima will not warranty a battery if a winch was connected to the side terminals.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 07:19 PM   #9
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The side terminals aren't connected as well as the top terminals. Optima will not warranty a battery if a winch was connected to the side terminals.
Well when you buy an optima used with no warranty it doesn't matter i guess

But will this effect my winch operation or anything? I have had it this way for almost two years now!
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Unread 07-03-2010, 08:28 PM   #10
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i have the 2.5l so it may be different, but i ran mine through the grille, farthest to the passenger side, through a hole created by the rad, and the grill/ fender. i used heat shrink tubing on it where the wires touch the rad frame, to help protect them. from there, straight to the battery. i suppose i might be able to get pics tomarow if you still need them
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Unread 07-03-2010, 08:31 PM   #11
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sorry, after re- reading the original question, my responce is usless
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Unread 07-04-2010, 08:57 AM   #12
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But will this effect my winch operation or anything? I have had it this way for almost two years now!
Maybe, maybe not. When doing a hard pull, the connections inside the battery could melt...
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Unread 07-04-2010, 08:57 AM   #13
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Electrical tape won't save them, only adds a few extra hours of chafe prevention if that.
Get some hard plastic covering that's designed for wire protection, or at least use a piece of garden hose or something heavier than tape...
you are right that is why i ran them in wire loom, i just used the tape to keep the wire loom in place.


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