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post #1 of 24 Old 06-24-2010, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Winch Wiring

Is any one running a fuse on the winch 12 volt battery connection?

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post #2 of 24 Old 06-24-2010, 02:23 PM
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directly to the battery. i just use the on/off switch that is on my winch to shut it off havent had any problems.

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On and off switch? The 12 volt wire still has power to the winch if the remote is unplugged or off.
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I have a 150AMP fuse that comes off my battery that actually came with my snowplow setup. I hooked my winch cable to that fuse, right with the plow wire (since I dont use both at the same time) - never any issues with a HF 8000# winch. Even when the first winch died (motor crumbled, magnet pieces all over after 4 years of heavy use) it didnt take out the fuse.

I would do it - if a cable rubs through and welds itself to the body somewhere - it will take out the battery in short order....

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Where is the best place to get a fuse that size. I think it would be a good idea too.


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my guess would be a stereo shop or radio shack?

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None here. No fuse on the wire going to my alternator either

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my guess would be a stereo shop or radio shack?
I don't know why I didn't think of that. You see those fuse blocks on stereo systems all the time. The idea of the + cable getting nicked and shorting out the battery would be bad bad bad

I don't know if 150 would be a big enough fuse though.


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especially since the winch is in the front of the jeep, a jeep accident would not be good.
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Currently mine is wired straight to battery but was thinking about adding a marine battery disconnect switch in line under the hood. If there is going to be a rub and short seems likely it would likely be going through/under the grill. Battery disconnect switch before that allows for cutting off power to that point. Just have to make sure what ever you add can handle the not insignificant draw of a hard pull.

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Currently mine is wired straight to battery but was thinking about adding a marine battery disconnect switch in line under the hood. If there is going to be a rub and short seems likely it would likely be going through/under the grill. Battery disconnect switch before that allows for cutting off power to that point. Just have to make sure what ever you add can handle the not insignificant draw of a hard pull.
ya something like that what should it be rated for

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So what should a fuse or a switch be rated for?
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ya something like that what should it be rated for

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I guess it depends what "continuous" means in electrical speak. Not really my area of expertise. Chart for my winch looks like draws in the 200-300 amps range are what I need to plan for:

Line Pull/Motor Amps 12V
0/33
2,000/110
4,000/200
6,000/230
8,000/260
9,000/350

And IIRC some other models of winches looked like draws in the 300-400 amp range were not out of the question.

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I was thinking about something like this: BLUE SEA SYSTEMSSwitch at West Marine

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