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Old September 25th, 2013, 12:46 PM
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Underhood winch controller box installs

We are installing an m8000 in an original 90/110 winch tray on Trey's 110. The controller plug will be relocated to the grill surround hood lock hole on his 83. Where have others located the solenoid box ? On a tdi the choices are easy, on a V8 not so much. Either way it looks like custom long positive and negative cables are going to be required.

Looking for ideas as to what others have done and comments on what you like and don't like about what you have done.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 01:23 PM
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Either way it looks like custom long positive and negative cables are going to be required.

Looking for ideas as to what others have done and comments on what you like and don't like about what you have done.
Doug, I mounted the solenoid box in my Hunter inside the engine bay in the 2nd battery box area. I left the remote plug on the box as well.

I'm sure you'll have a little more room to work with on the 110.

Mock it up with some scrap wire, then get some cable when you know how much length you'll need.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 01:31 PM
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I would be inclined to leave the lock in place. It acts as a safety if the latch comes undone on the hood. What is wrong with the original NAS location for the solinoid box on the top of the bumper? I am sure Josh can dig up a pic for you.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 02:13 PM
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You're using an Albright solenoid, right? Take it out of the box and you'll have a lot more mounting options because of the reduced size. My Albright is installed behind my grill, next to the fans. The plug is mounted on the grill.
Obviously the Disco is different from the D110, but you get the idea.


Plug is behind the drivers side Hella.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 02:35 PM
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Doug, this is done on my 90...you should've mentioned it this past weekend! I can take some pics if you'd like.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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kinda hard to see by my controller is mounted behind the left headlight. with the remote connector in the headlight bezel.
Plenty of room under the hood.
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What is wrong with the original NAS location for the solinoid box on the top of the bumper?
Stock from the factory (or were these dealer installed?) or this under and upside down mod.
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kinda hard to see by my controller is mounted behind the left headlight. with the remote connector in the headlight bezel.
Plenty of room under the hood.
I'm actually in about the same spot for the solenoids, but my connector runs to the grill surround.
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I mounted mine to the inside wall of the left hand wing near the alternator. Annoying job but happy with the results.
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I mounted my Albright under the hood, on the drivers side. There is a metal brace that the horns are mounted to (at least in my NAS) - if you move the horns around a bit, it provides a nice, accessible spot.
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i may reroute it through the grill - but i'm running the heritage grill so i would have to cut it and then worry about the wear on the cables. right now they are tucked tight between the frame rails.
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I would be inclined to leave the lock in place. It acts as a safety if the latch comes undone on the hood. What is wrong with the original NAS location for the solinoid box on the top of the bumper? I am sure Josh can dig up a pic for you.
you are making assumptions about the condition of that lock. The only redeeming factor was the chrome was still good. Its in the rubbish bin.
Trey doesn't like that look with the box on the bumper- just like he doesn't like 5 bar anywhere, roof racks etc. Pretty friggin opinionated for a 19yr old.

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kinda hard to see by my controller is mounted behind the left headlight. with the remote connector in the headlight bezel.
Plenty of room under the hood.
Nicely done.
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Well Trey is running into an issue where the front radiator surround panel needs to be cut to accommodate one of the oe winch trays. I went back and every single one I can find a picture of is cut differently on 90's, presumably by the original dealer installers. Hate cutting a body panel even if it will be hardly noticeable, he wants me to do it.
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Surely there is a spare one about? Maybe a wrinkled EX-MOD one?

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oh I have others...

This is Trey's 61,700 mile truck - not mine
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others were different colors and just as straight. Its cut.
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kinda hard to see by my controller is mounted behind the left headlight. with the remote connector in the headlight bezel.
Plenty of room under the hood.
I kinda hate to mention this as I don't want to be the guy seen as bagging on others' work. I assume you have a winch cutoff switch somewhere, but if this was my truck I'd still be concerned about having my positive leads bolted just mm away from the inner fender.

Putting a rubber gasket or something like that in between the fender and the solenoid would greatly reduce the possibility that something could fall in there and create a short from those wires to the fender.

My solenoid sits proudly on top of my winch. I guess that's why someone at a mechanic shop thought it was a step and broke the cover box. I should probably relocate it some time but unfortunately I have bigger fish to fry at the moment.

Edit: Boots over the positive leads would accomplish the same end.
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Hi Doug,
I mounted the albright under the vent panel on the wing and secured it to the header bottle bracket.
At the same time I added a wireless winch remote, I did intend to add a hand socket but have not bothered as I can control the winch from the cab also.

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I kinda hate to mention this as I don't want to be the guy seen as bagging on others' work. I assume you have a winch cutoff switch somewhere, but if this was my truck I'd still be concerned about having my positive leads bolted just mm away from the inner fender.

Putting a rubber gasket or something like that in between the fender and the solenoid would greatly reduce the possibility that something could fall in there and create a short from those wires to the fender.

My solenoid sits proudly on top of my winch. I guess that's why someone at a mechanic shop thought it was a step and broke the cover box. I should probably relocate it some time but unfortunately I have bigger fish to fry at the moment.

Edit: Boots over the positive leads would accomplish the same end.
No offense taken - actually i have been looking at that as a to do item. so far (50k miles or so) it has been no problem. I'm in the process of rewiring the accessories to a better standard. (not to mention my Negative cable is grounded to the chassis and i plan to run a cable to the battery compartment to remedy that.) I also need to separate the winch master switch from the main master switch.

That said the location is perfect and roomy to get your hands in there..
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Well Trey is running into an issue where the front radiator surround panel needs to be cut to accommodate one of the oe winch trays. I went back and every single one I can find a picture of is cut differently on 90's, presumably by the original dealer installers. Hate cutting a body panel even if it will be hardly noticeable, he wants me to do it.
You can always save the original and swap out for a different one.
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here is my finished install. This is the original bumper which was galvanized and had some tweaks in it that we straightened with the porta-power duck bill attachment. The winch controller plug is up by the Land Rover 110 decal.

We might eventually go back to galvanized but for now the satin black looks good. I like to clean look.
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