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Winch/Distribution panel

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by anethema, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Apr 3, 2011 at 9:49 PM
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    anethema

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    Hey guys just thought I'd post a few pics etc of how I mounted some stuff in case anyone else is as stumped as I was.

    I have 2 HID Lightforce 170's and 2 Halogen 170's. All 4 fit nicely between the bars of the ARB. I've posted about these before but the PO drilled the holes for them and they are a bit wonky, but c'est la vie.

    for the HIDs I mounted the ballasts on the passenger fender. One behind the wiper jizz tank, and one back a bit on the fender wall. So, Now I wanted to add an auxiliary fuse panel for my addons, plus a breaker for such, and then my winch etc.

    Well, when I got the panel, it was really more of a panel mount than a surface mount, so made it a bit tougher to find a spot

    Anyways, haven't loomed or anything, so its messy still, but here is how it looks at first.

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    It is a blue sea distribution panel. Each circuit is 30 amps, 100 amps total for the panel. Used a 100 Amp bluesea breaker. Each circuit is switchable and has an LED that indicates if the circuit is on, off, or fuse blown. Tell at a glance which thing is blown!

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    So far, happy.

    Got the winch, but it seems you wire the winch directly to the battery with 2 gauge cable, but seems kind of scary, unfused huge cable direct to battery. Maybe I'll get a anderson power connection and leave it disconnected until its used.

    I mounted the winch into the ARB bumper, but had no idea where to mount the solenoid.

    Ended up mounting on a cross member in front of the Rad. You can reach it to attach the remote. You do have to reach your hand in, bit of a pain, but its not something used daily.

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    Wired the lights in too, got them all illuminated and switched from the cab. Explained what's in there, here is a bit of a pic.

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    Overall, going quite well! Some cleanup to do couple more circuits to hook up, and I'm set.
     
  2. Apr 3, 2011 at 10:03 PM
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    nice set up, looks really tough. I am doing something like that in the near future. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. Apr 3, 2011 at 10:07 PM
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  4. Apr 3, 2011 at 10:29 PM
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    Good job tieing up the wireing!

    I hate when people just stuff them somewhere
     
  5. Apr 3, 2011 at 10:45 PM
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    Heh thanks guys.

    Even that is wayy too messy for me. Its a work in progress so the cleanup hasn't even started yet, that's all temporary.

    In the end it will all be loomed, tied, taped, etc.

    Ya the bumper does not appear to have holes for the fairlead, its only held in there using rope tension right now. For the roller fairlead and steel wire its fine, but I was planning on moving to a hawse fairlead, and I'm not really able to drill holes further down. The taper to a bolt hole size at the end.

    Anyways thanks for the comments/compliments guys. If there are any questions etc let me know and I'll do my best to answer.
     
  6. Apr 4, 2011 at 12:01 AM
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  8. Apr 4, 2011 at 7:26 AM
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    Thanks man.
     
  9. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:46 AM
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    I like it. Clean and simple.
     
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    I feel the same way about wiring the winch directly to the battery. What anderson connector would you use? I would like to do this for mine. Any insight would be helplful! Thanks!
     
  11. Apr 4, 2011 at 4:34 PM
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    Well it is kind of odd to spec out.

    Like the winch load current at its rated line pull is 420 amps. This is an insane amount of current, and is almost a continuous load as well. They give I think 2 gauge wire with it, which is rated for 211 amps. So not sure how that is supposed to work.

    Using their logic I suppose, you could get the (still very large) 320 amp anderson multipole.

    I would def have to do more research because even on the warn winches, it seems everything is underspec'd but they must be within some kind of limits to not open themselves to liability. I'd have to find some tables referencing current maximum in a time limit based max and apply it I guess.

    For now though, I'm going to say the 320 multipole would probably be the proper connector given their cable diameters they include etc.
     
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