How do you install a Warn winch?


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To install a Warn winch, first determine if an installation kit is needed. If necessary, install the kit's stacked spacers parallel to the winch's roller head; they should be placed with the bumper in the center. Insert nuts in the holes that lead through the roller head, spacers, bumper and winch. Mount the installation kit's relay bracket through the holes in the bumper, and attach the relay to it using the provided bolts, nuts and washers.

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Once the Warn winch is mounted, provide power from the relay head to the winch. Run the ground wire between the winch and the bumper. Finally, connect the positive and negative cables to the battery. Install the positive cable first. Many winch owners install a second battery to power the device, but using the vehicle's original battery is appropriate if it is 700 amps or more.

Installation kits are necessary if the vehicle is already equipped with a bull bar. The kit provides the adequate space between the winch and the bumper and makes it easier to mount the winch relay head. Depending on the size of the bull bar, the bolts provided in the installation kit may not be the correct size. If you need to purchase bolts, ensure that they are grade 8 hardware.

If installing the winch alone, use thick copper wire to hold the parts together during installation. In total, the parts weigh around 60 pounds and are difficult to manipulate whilst working.

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