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I thought there was a "hotpoint" on the Crew 570 EPS so you didn't have to run the hot wire from the winch all the way back to the battery? Does anybody have any expertise with this?

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You have two options, Johnny. First option is to run the red and black wires directly to the battery. Second option is to run a set of cables from the battery to the three terminal on the right side of your picture (ground to the center, and positive to bottom - making the "hot spot" you want!) then run black and red cables from the contactor to the terminal bar. Bottom line is those two cables have to connect to your battery either directly or via the terminal bar. You should have smaller wires that also connect to the winch contactor and on the your control switches. There is also a Polaris option that consists of the cables needed to go from the battery to the terminal bar.
 
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You have two options, Johnny. First option is to run the red and black wires directly to the battery. Second option is to run a set of cables from the battery to the three terminal on the right side of your picture (ground to the center, and positive to bottom - making the "hot spot" you want!) then run black and red cables from the contactor to the terminal bar. Bottom line is those two cables have to connect to your battery either directly or via the terminal bar. You should have smaller wires that also connect to the winch contactor and on the your control switches. There is also a Polaris option that consists of the cables needed to go from the battery to the terminal bar.
Well, I guess I thought the terminal bar was already hot to the battery. Ok, so since I don't have extra cables that are large enough, I guess I will just run the black and red cables back to the battery which means I need to drop the skid plate I suppose. I'll look around to see if I have some more cables, but I know I don't have any that are as large as what came with the winch. Thanks much for the help.
 

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You have two options, Johnny. First option is to run the red and black wires directly to the battery. Second option is to run a set of cables from the battery to the three terminal on the right side of your picture (ground to the center, and positive to bottom - making the "hot spot" you want!) then run black and red cables from the contactor to the terminal bar. Bottom line is those two cables have to connect to your battery either directly or via the terminal bar. You should have smaller wires that also connect to the winch contactor and on the your control switches. There is also a Polaris option that consists of the cables needed to go from the battery to the terminal bar.
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any idea of what size cable (wire) would I need if just wanted to make that hot under the hood. I suppose while I've got the skid plate off I may as well get the wire to run to that hot spot for further addition such as a light bar.
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Forde,
any idea of what size cable (wire) would I need if just wanted to make that hot under the hood. I suppose while I've got the skid plate off I may as well get the wire to run to that hot spot for further addition such as a light bar.
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That's a good question! You want to make sure that the cables are at least the same size as the ones that came with your winch - or the next size larger. I have noticed that a lot of the winch manufacureres don't use AWG or SWG cables but rather metric (I guess metric is easier to get in China!). Just a guess on my part but I wouldn't use anything smaller than 6ga - larger (4ga) if your winch is above 3500lbs. If you buy the Polaris winch, the battery-to-terminal-bar harness is included in the kit (at least for 900s, would think it is for 570s as well). In the long run, it may be cheaper to get the Polaris harness rather than making up your own - proper size connectors and the tools to make them up can get expensive and sometimes difficult to find, at least locally (I've had pretty good luck finding large connectors with smaller 'holes' at car stereo install shops). If you do go with 6ga, might be a good idea to include a circuit breaker (~100 Amps - 6ga wire is only rated for 61 Amps) and use SXL cable which is pretty expensive ($3.19/ft) SXL, SGX Automotive Wire . I don't the cost or the part # of the Polaris kit - maybe someone can chime in (Greg?)???

All that being said, most guys would just 4ga wire and be done with it!
 

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You don't have to drop the skidplate , I removed the floor plate inside the cab and ran the wires alongside the main harness wires .
Thanks for that. I did figure that out before I started taking the skid plate off. The floor plats were much easier. Forde, I couldn't get my hands on the extra wires so I just wired it straight from the battery to the contractor. That works for now. Thanks much for the help.
 

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Thanks for that. I did figure that out before I started taking the skid plate off. The floor plats were much easier. Forde, I couldn't get my hands on the extra wires so I just wired it straight from the battery to the contractor. That works for now. Thanks much for the help.
Wiring straight to the battery would have been my first choice also - did it that way on both my buggys. You can wire up the terminal bar later using smaller, easier to handle, wire for your future accessories!
 
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