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Old 06-19-2014, 08:56 AM
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wiring up a winch

hey
I am installing new smittybuilt m1 bumpers on my 2013 crew cab this weekend and was wondering when wiring up my winch does it mater which battery I wire up to primary (passenger side) or secondary (Drivers side)
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:05 AM
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I doubt that it seriously matters when you consider a gasser only has one battery and many people have winches on them. Personally I would wire to primary battery on passenger side. I like the thought of it being closer to the output of the alternator.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:20 AM
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that's kind of what I was thinking the only thing in the owners manual was about if I needed to jump it off to use the primary battery
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the batteries don't care
go to the easiest
they both are tied together and drain at the same rate

edit = interesting about the owners manual comment
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:23 AM
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I go to the battery that gets the feed from the alt, I also install a circuit breaker in the big line just in case.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:25 AM
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agreed
I wouldn't contemplate running that size of a lead unprotected ( or any size wire for that matter )
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:27 AM
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I had a 300 amp circuit breaker, but it seamed cheap and would trip under little pulling load. I installed a quick release welding coupler designed for 1-4awg cable. Works amazingly well.

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Old 06-19-2014, 10:36 AM
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that works well, I use the ones at the stereo shops and usually leave them "open" until I need it.






if you need extreme duty go the marine route

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Old 06-19-2014, 10:59 AM
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This is what I had. Not installed anymore though
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You really need something that can handle 350-400 amps for a 12k+ winch. That's why most serious winch users just go with a quick disconnect.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:01 AM
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I like those
haven't seen them used as a disconnect before
good idea
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