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    Winch wiring

    Hi, I am new to the group, my first post. I just got my new Ranger 400, camo, 2011. The dealer told me that it was pre-wired for a winch but i did some checking and did not see any pre-wiring. Anyone know if it is pre-wired, if so where it might it be? thanks..
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    Keyed hot terminal under hood on terminal strip ( top stud) and pick up ground anywhere. Welcome to the forum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    If you need anymore help let me know. I did mine a few months ago.

    Where in MD do you live?

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    Thanks for the help, I live in Woodbine.
    I saw the terminal strip under the hood but did not think it would work for a winch. But I will try it. I need to buy a mount for a warn winch, I have the winch already, plus I would like to put a receiver hitch on the front too, any suggestions on mounts would be appreciated. thanks again
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    You really can't mount a hitch and a winch mount on the front.They use the same space.

    You can mount the hitch and get a winch mount that can go on the front or rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoojs12840
    You really can't mount a hitch and a winch mount on the front.They use the same space.

    You can mount the hitch and get a winch mount that can go on the front or rear.
    That's what I'm planning on doing. EMP has a winch mount kit w/ receiver (use multi mount) for the mid-size:

    http://www.extrememetalproducts.com/...b5b80b90ea1ed5
    2011 Ranger 500EFI

    Aftermarket stuff:
    ITP Baja Cross tires
    RAM GPS mount
    EQUUS water temp' gauge
    EQUUS voltmeter
    EMP front hitch receiver mount
    WARN RT40 winch
    DDM Tuning 55W HID headlights
    Ironton 18W LED driving lights
    LED backup light
    Kolpin side mirrors

    Homemade stuff:
    roof
    backglass
    rear bumper
    under seat & hood mud guards
    winch multi mount
    half doors
    half windshield
    checkerplate floorboards

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    Would it be possible to use this mount for the winch
    EMP Winch Mount Kit for Polaris Ranger 400 and 500 (small body

    And this mount for the receiver:
    '09 + Polaris Ranger Front Bottom Mount 2" Receiver (Except 09' Crew)
    Part # K100810


    At: http://www.utvpartsandaccessories.co..._mounts.htm#20 Winch Connection Wiring Harness

    Or do they interfere with each other?
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    Connector Question

    The multi mount wiring kits have connectors to plug the winch power leads into @ the front & rear of the Ranger. I've seen a pic where the owner mounted the rear connector, but unsure about the front. Do I mount the connector under the hood out of the elements (but you have to open the hood to access it) or attach it to the front bumper or grille?

    Suggestions are welcome.
    2011 Ranger 500EFI

    Aftermarket stuff:
    ITP Baja Cross tires
    RAM GPS mount
    EQUUS water temp' gauge
    EQUUS voltmeter
    EMP front hitch receiver mount
    WARN RT40 winch
    DDM Tuning 55W HID headlights
    Ironton 18W LED driving lights
    LED backup light
    Kolpin side mirrors

    Homemade stuff:
    roof
    backglass
    rear bumper
    under seat & hood mud guards
    winch multi mount
    half doors
    half windshield
    checkerplate floorboards

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    My winch has a rather large solenoid that bumps the power to 200amps which I mounted to a plate I installed near the battery box. I then ran my cable harness under the floor panel along the OEM wiring harness and ultimately to the winch.. So you're wiring will depend on what kind of winch you get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratmanz13
    My winch has a rather large solenoid that bumps the power to 200amps which I mounted to a plate I installed near the battery box. I then ran my cable harness under the floor panel along the OEM wiring harness and ultimately to the winch.. So you're wiring will depend on what kind of winch you get.
    Just a piece of information to avoid any confusion.... Solenoids don't have the ability to bump power. The 200 amp rating simply means that the internal contacts are sufficient to handle a 200 amp load. A solenoid just makes and breaks a circuit and is basically an electrically operated switch.
    So easy, even a Kaveman can do it!...

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