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Old September 11th, 2006, 01:18 AM
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I found this one too.
http://www.donrowe.com/accessories/fuse_anl.html

Will this be fine to use for the winch too?
It looks like the Alternator is 100 amps, so I will just get a 200 fuse for it.
For the winch though, it appears that it can pull something like 460 amps if heavy loaded. I don't know but it might be good to get the 500 amp fuse for it.
I have been searching but it does not appear that many people are fusing their winches. Or, at least they are not posting about it.
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Old September 11th, 2006, 06:43 AM
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Davis,

you weren't making me feel like a dickhead....I do that all by myself............but thanks.

I've been wiring in a small battery cutoff switch in the winch solenoid box, or close by if it has a built in solenoid. That way you could at least shut the thing off.

Would a circuit breaker work better than a fuse for the winch.
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Old September 11th, 2006, 02:31 PM
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Okay, all I can track down locally is a 100 amp fuse and holder. I was thinking that since the original went through the 100 amp fuse in the truck, I should be okay running the 4 gauge wire through another 100 amp fuse. After all, I didn't change anything but the gauge of the wire.
Is that a correct assumption?
I bought another 100 amp for the winch, but I will wait for Davis to reply about the correct fuse size for it.
Warn recommended this:
http://www.warn.com/truck/accessorie...nterrupt.shtml
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Old September 11th, 2006, 08:21 PM
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You will be safe with the 100 amp fuse for the alternator. Always carry a spare fuse since not everyone carries them. The power interrupt kit is a nice accessory if you want a switch to control the winch. What I use is a marine dual battery switch like this: http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catal...=SearchResults
You can get them just about anywhere that sells marine stuff like a bass pro outlet or any marine store. You could also go even cheaper and get: http://www.batterymart.com/battery.mv?p=ACC-41860 but again, these are not overload devices, they are just battery cut outs. For the marine one, I have the battery on one leg, the winch on the other. That way, when I am not wheeling, I just have the battery connected and the truck runs. When I wheel, I put it to 1+2 and now the battery and winch are both connected. When I turn it off, the battery, winch are both completely isolated from the vehicle.

The relay that you show is just that--an electronic way to switch the winch on and off. It is slick, just expensive. They have nothing to do with a fuse. IMHO, you need to have either a switch or a fuse in case you every short the power cable to the winch. 100A is not big enough for the winch--I am not sure any fuse is, but I would have to use something like a 300 A or more.
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