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    Thanks for the write up! Got my ready for install.


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    So I'm trying to figure out how to wire in a switch for winch in/out, can anyone point me in that direction? I am lost and can't seem to be able to use the search function too well right now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OhNoTheJiggies View Post
    So I'm trying to figure out how to wire in a switch for winch in/out, can anyone point me in that direction? I am lost and can't seem to be able to use the search function too well right now.


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    Do you mean a switch to replace your controller? Or an on/off switch?


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    Quote Originally Posted by OhNoTheJiggies View Post
    So I'm trying to figure out how to wire in a switch for winch in/out, can anyone point me in that direction? I am lost and can't seem to be able to use the search function too well right now.
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    Lucily, you won't need another relay to make this work, all you have to do is emulate the remote switch.
    For an in-cab winch control, it can go either way depending on the type of winch you have. Look at the plug on your remote, If there are three pins, then it will be easy as pie.

    I'm too lazy to make a drawing today, Left is a 3-wire, and Right is a Warn 5-wire.
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    The three wire setup, has a common line, that will touch either the In or Out wire. You will need a SPDT (Single Pole, Dual Throw) momentary switch for this, and a SPST (Single Pole, Single Throw) for the power cutoff. Wire the power switch to the common line, then send that to the middle pin of the SPDT switch. The top and bottom pins then go to the In and Out wires respectively.

    12voltguy dot com makes some neat switch panels, but they're too expensive for my tastes. His winch panel alone is $55 and up.

    A warn 5-wire setup is a bit more involved, but can still be achieved without a relay. You will need a DPDT (Dual Pole, Dual Throw) switch. Refer the second picture, Top right corner.

    Edit: Hmm, It looks like the Warn wont need a DPDT switch after all. See the top three points on the switch? those two wires could go to the power switch, and the bottom three points can go to the SPDT In-Out switch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frydaddy View Post
    Lucily, you won't need another relay to make this work, all you have to do is emulate the remote switch.
    For an in-cab winch control, it can go either way depending on the type of winch you have. Look at the plug on your remote, If there are three pins, then it will be easy as pie.

    I'm too lazy to make a drawing today, Left is a 3-wire, and Right is a Warn 5-wire.
    XRC8socket.jpg warn1.gif

    The three wire setup, has a common line, that will touch either the In or Out wire. You will need a SPDT (Single Pole, Dual Throw) momentary switch for this, and a SPST (Single Pole, Single Throw) for the power cutoff. Wire the power switch to the common line, then send that to the middle pin of the SPDT switch. The top and bottom pins then go to the In and Out wires respectively.

    12voltguy dot com makes some neat switch panels, but they're too expensive for my tastes. His winch panel alone is $55 and up.

    A warn 5-wire setup is a bit more involved, but can still be achieved without a relay. You will need a DPDT (Dual Pole, Dual Throw) switch. Refer the second picture, Top right corner.

    Edit: Hmm, It looks like the Warn wont need a DPDT switch after all. See the top three points on the switch? those two wires could go to the power switch, and the bottom three points can go to the SPDT In-Out switch!
    Wow, you are fan-freaking-tastic! Thank you! that's exactly what I was looking for. So id just leave the controller plugged in and use this new switch? That's great, no more need to hold the controller in hand or drape it over the door... can actualy keep the windows closed(when doors are on, obviously lol). But thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhNoTheJiggies View Post
    Wow, you are fan-freaking-tastic! Thank you! that's exactly what I was looking for. So id just leave the controller plugged in and use this new switch? That's great, no more need to hold the controller in hand or drape it over the door... can actualy keep the windows closed(when doors are on, obviously lol). But thanks again!
    Glad to help! What kind of winch do you have? maybe i can find some specific documentation. There are two major types of winch controllers, one with four big can relays, and another that has a black potted box with four big terminals.

    As for wiring it up, Personally, I would want to leave the plug free, so i can still use the remote if need be. I would open the control box on the winch (disconnect power first) and tap into the wires headed to the back side of the plug. Make a notch in the cover and and add a strain relief to the cable that will route up to the cab.

    Again, if it were me, I would avoid using T-Taps and wire taps if at all possible. Much of the wiring will go to screw terminals. Properly terminate your wires and add them there.

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    Man I want to take on this project, unfortunately I am still a bit too hesitant to place the parts orders!


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    I'm not sure if this might help you or not. This is my understanding of most winch controls.

    Depending on your winch, it will be a combination of the left two control boxes, and the right two switch layouts to fit your needs.

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