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Old September 22nd, 2014, 01:58 AM
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Winch Controls in Battery Box

If you've done this, could you send pics of the install? I've seen them done before, but never looked that closely at it. Right now, my WARN controls are mounted on top of the winch.
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 08:08 AM
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Personally, I would want the control Solenoids as close to the Motor as possible. If you are going to put them in the battery box, you are looking at two more cable runs that the normal power and ground, and they will all need to be large gauge (Preferably 1/0 or better). I have an XD9000i with the Soledoids integrated inteh winch housing, and still upgraded the cable size from the the Solenoids to the motor, even though they are only 6-8 inches long, and ran 1/0 gauge Welding cable for the power and ground back to the Battery box, and that was alot of cable to route and protect IMHO..
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 10:43 AM
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I have a different perspective on this some. I bought a warn winch for my truck and I really did not want my winch to be the focal point of the front of my truck. I put the solenoid on top of my front drivers side wheel well. I bolted it in there. The cord on the winch controls is long enough for me to reach it in my drivers seat. Here is my logic. I really don't have any plans to get my truck in really really deap stuff where my engine will not be assisting my winch, thus a small amount of power loss will not really piss me off. I also did not want to purchase really expensive winch wire leads as that gauge wire is not cheap. Under the hood required less travel/wire.

I did purchase some o gauge wire from a welding supply place though.
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 11:13 AM
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The wireless remote for the warn has worked flawlessly for me...seems that would solve the need with no headache!
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Personally, I would want the control Solenoids as close to the Motor as possible.
Remember, the solenoids / controller connector / winch don't necessarily need to be close to each other.

You can separate the solenoids from the winch...yes that means you'll be buying some nice fat cable (see your local welding supply shop) and making ends for it.

You can separate the controller plug-in from the solenoids, but you'll need to do some low current wiring for that.

I've had the Superwinch solenoids separate from the winch (they're under the hood) and the controller plug in under the seat in the Disco for fifteen years or so. Yes, I've had to replace solenoids...twice I think...but I doubt that's had anything to do with their location.
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I'll take a photo of the setup tonight. One other thing you have to consider.. you'll have to relocate the plug for the controller if you're not wireless. I put mine on the front of the seatbox. It's only three wires but just an FYI.
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The wireless remote for the warn has worked flawlessly for me...seems that would solve the need with no headache!
Bill,

Is that wireless remote universal for all WARN winches? If so where to purchase?
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Here ya go. Just to clarify all the wiring.. front winch, rear winch, cut off switch, battery tender, arb pump. So it's a mess.
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Old September 26th, 2014, 02:34 PM
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Bill,

Is that wireless remote universal for all WARN winches? If so where to purchase?
I think so. It worked with both of my 9000 series.

------ Follow up post added September 26th, 2014 01:36 PM ------

there has to be something I'm over looking...why would you want those controls in the seat box?
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Old September 26th, 2014, 02:37 PM
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Fits all WARN truck/SUV winches with a five-wire control pack
Older style winches are 4 wire and would need to be changed.
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