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Solenoid and Winch switch help

Old 01-09-2019, 11:49 AM
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Default Solenoid and Winch switch help

So my Winch Is am Eagle Winch. The switch went bad so tested and the solenoid was bad as well.
The replacement switch I got was the wrong one and the one I need is no longer available.
So here I am with just a direct wire switch. Positive, ground and green wire.
I think I have the solenoid hooked up right, but itís not labeled.
I am running the power and ground off a separate battery to be sure everything works before I hook it back up.
Can anyone tell me if this setup I have should work to make sure everything is functioning.

I have the ground off the solenoid also running to the battery on the floor to complete a circuit with the positive on the battery.
I donít have much electrical experience so should I have function on the winch switch here?

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Old 01-09-2019, 01:54 PM
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Got it. The power needs to be run off the bike. And that ground I tied into on the solenoid seems like a dead end.
I am going to use the accessory wires under the headlight for power.
Shouldnt be a problem with that is there ?
Old 01-09-2019, 10:14 PM
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As long as the skinny wire to the solenoid is hooked up to the accessory wire, and all of the other wires are the bigger, more heavy duty wires, I think you've got it. But I'm not an expert at winches by a long way.
Old 03-04-2019, 07:54 PM
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Default Look in the shop manual.

The shop manual for my Polaris 800 sportsman has a diagram of the winch hook-up so check what ever brand you ride's manual it might be there. Check with Warn, a winch is a winch they all hook up the same.
Old 03-06-2019, 03:53 AM
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I just finished wiring up the same solenoid to my bike to control a snow plow. I connected the 2 inner posts to the battery they are marked with red and black markings, red positive, black negative. The outer 2 posts (blue and yellow markings) were connected to the winch. I didn't worry about the polarity of these winch connections, if it worked backward I'd would just switch them or do it at the control switch. Now for the switch, the common terminal was powered from the positive of the same battery that powers the winch. The other 2 switch terminals were connected to the smaller green and black wires coming out of the bottom of the solenoid. Reversing the connections to these green and black wires would reverse the operation of the winch.

You mentioned you are using a separate battery to power the switch, not sure if it will work.

I rushed this reply as just about to go to work, I can send some pictures later if needed. If you have any question please ask.
Old 03-07-2019, 07:55 AM
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Don't use the accessory plug to power the winch. You'll either melt the connector/wiring or continuously blow the fuse.
Winches are meant to be wired directly to the battery via a relay switch.
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