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Need a little help with the winch guys

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Isaiasgon, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Feb 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM
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    Isaiasgon

    Isaiasgon [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So these saturday i installed a hidden winch behind my factory bumper, all is good except i am not sure if this is normal. When ever i engage my winch the lights on the cab flicker/go dimmer. I know i read a thread once about this same problem but i can't really find it. Is this normal or do i need a bigger battery?
     
  2. Feb 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM
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    Is your engine running?
    I run mine with it running to help out the battery.
     
  3. Feb 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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    Its normal. Winches draw a lot of power. If you have it just for safety and are going to use it 4-5 times a year I would just leave it be. If you are going to be using it every weekend you might want to upgrade the battery and the alternator.

    Just don't run it without the engine running. You can kill a battery in a minute or two with the engine off.
     
  4. Feb 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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    yea it is, but is the flickering normal?
     
  5. Feb 12, 2012 at 8:26 AM
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    Sweet sounds good, i plan to use it incase i get stuck on trails and if maybe i need it for emergencies, I guess for now i can upgrade the battery and see how things go. It still has the factory battery which i think that may be the problem then.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM
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    Winch, front hitch, step bars, bed extender, bed step, gull-wing toolbox, tailgate lock, security system, cb radio, etc.
    Anyone aware of an over-the-counter hidden winch (behind factory bumper) option for the 2012 Tacoma? Searching hard, but no success so far.
     
  7. Feb 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM
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    I can't help with that, my dome light has been out for a long time and luckily I have only winched in the daytime, so I have not noticed any light flickering.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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    LOL Well i hope by me getting a bigger battery it will help some.
     
  9. Feb 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM
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    Try emailing the people from http://undercoverhwms.com/wp/
    they might be able to help some.
     
  10. Feb 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM
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    ^^ Someone in another thread said their mounts aren't compatible with the 2012 - their website hasn't been updated. Nevertheless, I'll email them to double check.

    UPDATE: Did not email to verify compatibility, so don't know if their mount is or isn't. Instead, I decided to simply order a front hitch from Curt and will be installing a winch using that.

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  11. Feb 13, 2012 at 4:06 AM
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    Do you have the tow pkg?
     
  12. Feb 13, 2012 at 4:57 AM
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    Reason I ask,The alt. in the towing pkg.is 120 amps.and h/d batt.
     
  13. Feb 13, 2012 at 7:05 AM
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    Its not really a big deal to have the lights dim. But just remember a winch draws a lot of amps. Even big or small battery I would try NOT to have the headlights and A/C and radio blasting at the same time I was winching. I would use the winch a few times before you upgrade the battery. I would think that battery will work just fine. Unless you are doing pulling out all the cable for full pulls every weekend it would be a waste to change batterys. I had a jeep with a small battery and winch and it was never an issue.

    If you are new to winching watch a few vids of people winching. A few things to get a tree strap so you do not kill trees. If you are using the cable line get a cable weight. Another good thing is a snatch block. A few D-rings for the straps.
     
  14. Feb 14, 2012 at 6:58 AM
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    Yes in do have the tow package
     
  15. Feb 14, 2012 at 7:01 AM
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    Ok thank you, that would definetly save me money for now, but I really do need to get all the recovery stuff soon.
     
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