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Winch Wiring Help

I am trying to finish up my cradled winch wiring and I am trying to figure out how I should fuse my wires that run to my front hitch and my rear hitch. I am worried if a wire gets nicked or something that I will short something and blow my battery and hurt myself or someone else possibly. The winch is a Smittybilt XRC 9500. I will have a switch at the battery so the cables aren't live 24/7, but I really want a fuse if its possible as an interrupter/safety precaution. Right now I just have a cable going from my battery to a quick connect at my front hitch and I want to make this all legitimate and safe for myself and others. Thanks for the help guys. Hoping to try to get this all done after work this week. Thank again!


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There are fuses about the size of small tootsie roll with 2 thread posts that you attach your wires to. Not elegant as they hang out there with your wires. But what I use for my trailer wiring coming off the battery post.
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Nick you need a switch to keep it off when not in use a fuse would blow. Just keep the switch close to the battery post.
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Nick you need a switch to keep it off when not in use a fuse would blow. Just keep the switch close to the battery post.
Scott I will have to show you this weekend, but I am planning on mounting the switch the the fuse panel cover thats behind the battery. It would be maybe 12 inches away? I was trying to find a good place for it to mount that wouldn't leave it just bouncing around.


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This is what you want for front and rear winch wiring. Put this switch as close to the battery as reasonable.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000K...5EL&ref=plSrch

It's a little pricy on amazon right now. Usually around $35 shipped.


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That's not going to work for winches.


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This is what you want for front and rear winch wiring. Put this switch as close to the battery as reasonable.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000K...5EL&ref=plSrch

It's a little pricy on amazon right now. Usually around $35 shipped.
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This is what you want for front and rear winch wiring. Put this switch as close to the battery as reasonable.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000K...5EL&ref=plSrch

It's a little pricy on amazon right now. Usually around $35 shipped.
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This is what you want for front and rear winch wiring. Put this switch as close to the battery as reasonable.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000K...5EL&ref=plSrch

It's a little pricy on amazon right now. Usually around $35 shipped.
Yup...

That's funny, I am running that exact switch in my boat right now and I'm 99% sure I have a spare in my boat parts box! Win! But, does that mean I do not need to have it fused also even with me having a switch? I know I sound overkill probably but just want to make sure it's safe is all lol. Thanks for the help guys.
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It's as safe as reasonable. Just leave it in the off position.

It's not going to be easy to fuse 400-500 A DC. Even if you do, it's likely going to strand you when you need it most.
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