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May 2013 Randy's Electrical Corner

Posted in How To: Electrical on May 1, 2013
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I like going fast. Like that time we were chasing the guy from Bargain Bag in the stolen Bargain Bag truck. Well, the Bargain Bag guy didn’t steal the truck, he was in the back of it. Well, he was in the back of it when Joy took it. But then after he was running around in his underwear and we put him back in the truck, we chased him. We chased him because Earl didn’t tell me to put him in the back of the truck, so I put him in the front. But then the guy took the truck and we had to chase him. So Earl finally drove fast to catch the stolen truck.

The kit includes 4-gauge wire already attached to a quickconnector, a quickconnector cover, zip ties, a switch to mount in the Jeep, and a solenoid. There are two kits available, one with 20 feet of wire (PN 32963) and one with 24 feet of wire (PN 32966). The included instructions are pretty short, but it is a pretty simple installation and they do cover all the information you might need.

You Jeep guys don’t like going fast. It seems you get a big kick out of going slow over big rocks. Sometimes the rocks are too big and you get stuck, which is why you have all those wenches on the front of your Jeeps. The thing is, sometimes you need the wench on the back of the Jeep and not the front. So, I got to thinking how it would be cool to make the wench removable so it could be mounted on the front or the back of the Jeep, depending on which way you got stuck. Plus, it would allow you to remove the wench or leave it at home so it doesn’t get stolen when you go into those bad parts of town.

But wenches need a lot of power if you are really stuck, and an electrical plug from even a welder just isn’t going to cut it. I had started with the McMaster Carr catalog and was figuring out how to do it myself when someone suggested I use the Warn disconnect kit. It was only $150, which was cheaper than I could piece it together and get all the parts delivered for, so I ordered one up. Here’s what’s in the box and how the world leader in winches had figured out how to let you unplug your wench.

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Warn Industries
Clackamas, OR 97015

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