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Pre-winch power supply inquiry

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by GHGoodwin, Feb 3, 2021.

  1. Feb 3, 2021 at 1:21 PM
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    GHGoodwin

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    Winch connector first. Partial letter blackout. Partial emblem removal. Rear bed opening stabilizer. Tailgate insert panel that smoothed it out. Raised seats. K&N air filter. Alpine sound system (no sub-woofer). LED interior lights. Front end leveled. Pedal Commander.
    I'm taking delivery of a 2021 TRD in a couple of weeks. Dealer ruined my '06 (254,000 mis) wiring harness and ECU during service and settled for $9,500. On my '06 I had a winch QD installed directly on the battery terminals and mounted under the hood. No fuse or shutoff. My winch is a Warn Axon 55S (5,500 lbs.) set up for trailer hitch attachment.

    I'm concerned with the Gen 3 electrical system and a direct QD connection at the battery. I could easily fab up a set of 30ft super jumper cables using 0 gauge welding wire and 800amp parrot beak jumper cable clamps for the battery.

    -or-

    Can I direct wire a similar under hood mount the QD like I did on my '06?

    Patience here is appreciated. I will have more questions.
     
  2. Feb 3, 2021 at 2:15 PM
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    mhornco

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    I have a smittybilt x20.. Straight to battery. No issues. Most I have seen also go straight to battery, though there is a guy on here who sells a disconnect switch
     
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    I'm curious about what exactly the dealer did
     
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  4. Feb 3, 2021 at 5:31 PM
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    Winch connector first. Partial letter blackout. Partial emblem removal. Rear bed opening stabilizer. Tailgate insert panel that smoothed it out. Raised seats. K&N air filter. Alpine sound system (no sub-woofer). LED interior lights. Front end leveled. Pedal Commander.
    Mike - Best as I can get out of them. Pinched the harness (more like abused it) and broke a couple of wires and/or a clip off the end. Tried to run some wiring - battery still connected - around breaks and shorted the entire thing out.

    Too old to get replacement harness. Easier to pay me off.
     
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  5. Feb 3, 2021 at 7:31 PM
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    Well that was a hellaciously expensive mistake on the tech’s part...yikes
     
  6. Feb 4, 2021 at 6:23 AM
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    BigWhiteTRD

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    I would direct wire it under hood with a QD. (I dont expect you will have any problems if you also run your ground to the battery directly.) I have an anderson connector that lives under the hood hooked to my secondary battery, with a MLACR tied into the main battery.

    (I would also personally add a 300 MRBF fuse too... I carry a spare fuse, and can always manually bypass the fuse if I have a super massive pull that keeps blowing it repeatedly, but I prefer to have the safety of having the circuit fused when in use... But I have never blown the fuse with lighter pulls.)
     
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