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Newbie Winch Wiring Question

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by IdeaMan, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. Jan 28, 2020 at 9:39 AM
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    OnHartung'sRoad

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    No fuse can = :bananadead:, Especially if you get into an accident or someone cuts the cable to steal your winch.

    If you don’t put a cut off switch on it, at least put a 500amp ANL fuse on it:

    https://www.bluesea.com/products/5137/ANL_Fuse_-_500_Amp
     
  2. Jan 28, 2020 at 1:40 PM
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    Good stuff. I've got to look at my aux panel and see which will mount up better. I originally liked the Blue Sea one because I thought it would be easier to mount. Now I'm thinking the Wirthco one might work better.
     
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  3. Jan 28, 2020 at 5:14 PM
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    This is how I did the mount for the Worth Co. I did not want to cram it up front and found more room near the brake fluid resevoir. There is actually a tapped oem bolt hole already available to use for the mount. I also used some double sided tape to act as a damper.3B386544-9362-4411-9965-F539BE7D714C.jpg3B386544-9362-4411-9965-F539BE7D714C.jpg D1EEE2FA-8DF6-43ED-AC65-C886FC84A11B.jpg
     
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  5. Jan 28, 2020 at 7:08 PM
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    Sorry in advance but I’m still learning here. What exactly does wiring the winch to a disconnect do?
     
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  6. Jan 28, 2020 at 7:13 PM
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    So, besides protecting the wire from shorting out, the switch also helps if there is ever a "runaway winch" scenario. :thumbsup:
     
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  7. Jan 28, 2020 at 9:41 PM
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    To clarify, it allows you to turn the power off to the winch meaning that if something happens to your winch power line (e.g. damage it in a crash or erodes through the sheathing) it won’t short out on something and start a fire. And in addition to those, it allows you to keep someone from messing with your winch if they happen to have a remote.
     
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  9. Jan 28, 2020 at 10:55 PM
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    Gotcha, thank you guys. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. Jan 30, 2020 at 8:27 PM
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    This disconnect switch is turning out to be a minor pain...

    The Smittybilt X-20 has what looks like 5/16 crimp terminals on the end of the positive wire, but both the BlueSea switch and the WirthCo switch have 3/8" studs. I'll need to cut off the 5/16 crimp connector and replace it with a 3/8" connector to make it work. Also the wire for the winch seems like it's 4 gauge, and I ordered 2 gauge for the cable to the battery (not that big of a deal, just overkill) :annoyed:
     
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    If you have a long tapered punch, you can usually enlarge the ID of big terminals a little. Put terminal over an appropriate deep wall socket, and use punch down the middle to force ID larger.
    (In my experience)
     
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    Punch definitely works. I used a mill round file and removed just enought for the terminals to fit. I used a 2 gauge as well.
     
  13. Jan 31, 2020 at 8:10 AM
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    Got it. I'll try that and report back. :thumbsup: The crimps on the winch cable are super slim and there isn't much meat on either side...
     
  14. Jan 31, 2020 at 8:13 AM
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    My warn terminals are pretty slim too. Just go slow, and you should be fine. Good luck.
     
  15. Jan 31, 2020 at 8:17 AM
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  16. Jan 31, 2020 at 10:01 AM
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    I'm thinking closer to the battery because I've got a fuse panel in that spot.

     
  17. Jan 31, 2020 at 10:48 AM
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    Makes sense. Nice setup.
     
  18. Feb 14, 2020 at 6:13 PM
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    Would you happen to know if the OK4WD switch will fit the X20 wires/terminals without any modification unlike the wirth-co?
     
  19. Feb 14, 2020 at 9:37 PM
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    I can't confirm on the OK4WD switch, but I can confirm that I drilled out my X20 terminal to fit over the wirthco switch stud. :thumbsup:
     
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  20. Feb 21, 2020 at 10:38 AM
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    Bummer. Just called OK4WD and they advised they run 3/8” studs as well.
     
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