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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-16-2019, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Relay or no relay on winch.

How many people are running relays with their winch and who is not. Are you running across any problems without it?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-16-2019, 11:07 AM
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I have one on the new bike, but my old 300s winch doesnt have one, but its the old school switch.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-16-2019, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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What is the old switch, the one without remote?

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-16-2019, 11:44 AM
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I have a relay on all my winches
old and newer one's
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I think you have to have a relay, you'll overheat the wiring without one. Continuous winch operation can overheat a relay as well, so it's better to pause briefly and let it cool a bit. Without a relay, I'd say much more frequent pauses would be needed, unless you have a high-amp switch and heavy gauge wire throughout the circuit..
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I have this one on my old bike....


https://www.amazon.ca/WARN-36015-Win.../dp/B000BQP6F2
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I think you have to have a relay, you'll overheat the wiring without one. Continuous winch operation can overheat a relay as well, so it's better to pause briefly and let it cool a bit. Without a relay, I'd say much more frequent pauses would be needed, unless you have a high-amp switch and heavy gauge wire throughout the circuit..
Can't disagree with you there, them suckers pull some amps hence the bigger wire but who in their right mind would run it for longer than a minute or two without letting it rest. I mean how long does it take to pull it out of a rut. I've yanked mine out in less than 30 seconds a few times.

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Awe man, you're big time up there, we don't get that deep down here, LOL. Seriously, if you bury yourself and get seat deep then you are going to need more help but I know how deep I can go and when to stop.

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Okay, I'm going to get a picture of mine and see what y'all have. I have a relay that is in the big side and has about 5 spade connectors on the bottom for the switch to connect to. I need something smaller so I can tuck it in to the space by the battery compartment, this monster is taking up my whole storage space under my tail light.

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-17-2019, 11:33 AM
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Contactor and micro handlebar switch is the way to go.


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