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Winch Wiring - Randy's Electrical Corner

Posted in How To: Electrical on September 1, 2008
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Hey everyone, my name is Randy. This month I want to talk to you about winch wiring. Sometimes our wenches go haywire and start yelling at us for no real reason. Sometimes it is that time of the month. Sometimes it is because I, er um, someone broke all the ceramic dolls. Sometimes it is just cause they like yelling, I figure.

Well, I can't help with the wench's wiring, but I do know a thing or two about wiring up a recovery winch and that is what I want to talk about today. If you read last month's column with the terminals (for the battery, not for the buses) you already know what terminal to get so I am just going to talk about the wires.

First off, unlike everything everyone has ever told you about all other Jeep wiring: Don't use a fuse on the winch wires. The winch draws way too much amperage for any fuse to handle, and if you did find a 400-amp fuse, it would cost a bundle. Not a bundle of yarn, but a bundle of money.

Second off, with no fuse, it is more important than ever to run the wires good and keep them protected from chafing. No one likes chafing. It is uncomfortable and leads to rashes. But with unfused wires, it can lead to worse things, like vehicle fires. So keep the wires away from things that move, like the body and frame.

Winch wiring is not that hard. Follow the directions that came with the winch and take extra special care to keep the wires safe. Here are a few helpful hints of things to look at and keep in mind when you are putting that winch on your Jeep for the first time.

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