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Old 09-21-2017, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default Winch wiring?

I've wired up winches on RRcs and Discos but not a Defender.

What's the best routing to get to the battery?

Anything special to watch out for?

The winch is a Superwinch.


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Old 09-21-2017, 01:16 PM   #2
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If I recall correctly it requires 15' of wire. I sleeved the positive with heater hose and ran it over the top of the left inner wheel well to avoid any exhaust heat. I got 00 cable from a welding supply shop. Very flexible and easy to run.
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Same except I ran along the frame rail
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Thanks.

I used welding wire last time when I did the Classic.

I will definitely sleeve the + wire.
Also, leave it disconnected 90% of the time except for occasional mall rides...


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I used an old trick that came, I think, from Pendy. I put my cables in a sleeve of heater hose and ran them forward out of the battery box, over the outrigger, up over the wheel well (used a stainless steel omega clamp from McMaster to hold them in place on the well) and under the breakfast to the winch.

This pic is of my old truck but it's the same on the new truck:

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Also, the Superwinch stock winch power cables are just a little too short to do the job properly. I ended up making my own so that I would have enough slack to do a nice routing job.
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I added 350amp forklift connections to disconnect the winch
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Yep that the one , I bought knockoffs that had true 2/0 lugs

Also ran a home ground to the batt
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Use big wire. 2/0 is a good choice. The long runs need it. You loose pulling power if you undersize the wires. I also like running a ground wire back as well to avoid pushing high currents through the vehicle.
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