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I have nearly the same setup your installing. I too clocked the handle to the front but you may consider putting a small block/spacer between the baseplate of the winch and the inside front of the bumper. Reason being is if the winch shifts forward at all you will not be able to rotate the handle - ask me how I know...
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I have nearly the same setup your installing. I too clocked the handle to the front but you may consider putting a small block/spacer between the baseplate of the winch and the inside front of the bumper. Reason being is if the winch shifts forward at all you will not be able to rotate the handle - ask me how I know...
Haha,....that's exactly why I clocked mine towards the radiator instead.
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This will be useful in a few weeks. Thanks for posting.
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I have nearly the same setup your installing. I too clocked the handle to the front but you may consider putting a small block/spacer between the baseplate of the winch and the inside front of the bumper. Reason being is if the winch shifts forward at all you will not be able to rotate the handle - ask me how I know...
Heh. I was looking at your picture in another thread and comparing it to an amazon picture of your winch to see if I could figure out which way you clocked it.

I'll be definitely keep that in mind.

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The Hall Effect sensor is part of the X. It's how the X sees an electrical draw on the battery. Our alternator doesn't always charge in an effort to save fuel. If you follow the negative battery cable from the battery to the other end you're at the Hall Effect sensor. If you wire anything between the battery and the sensor the X won't recognize it as a draw on the battery.

I know zip, zero, zilch about wiring a winch to the X, just trying to make you aware of the Hall Effect sensor and what it does.
That's interesting and I'll have to take a look and keep it in mind as I wire in the future. As it stands on my truck right now, every accessory I've wired bypasses that sensor. I picked up a battery terminal spliter. The stock negative wire goes into one of the slots. The rest of my accessories (Blue sea fuse block, stereo amp, winch, lights) take up the other slots. That's how I've seen most wiring installs.

Where would you tie these in to take advantage of the sensor?
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That's interesting and I'll have to take a look and keep it in mind as I wire in the future. As it stands on my truck right now, every accessory I've wired bypasses that sensor. I picked up a battery terminal spliter. The stock negative wire goes into one of the slots. The rest of my accessories (Blue sea fuse block, stereo amp, winch, lights) take up the other slots. That's how I've seen most wiring installs.

Where would you tie these in to take advantage of the sensor?
To avoid any noise in the ham radio I installed I ran a ground to the fuse block I added. I attached my ground to the screw that holds the wire coming off the Hall Effect sensor that attaches to its mounting bracket. I have absolutely no idea how many amps can be pulled through the sensor, it's not something I worried about with my relatively low 100 amp max draw wiring. I mean, it's not like you're running the starter and the winch at the same time, but I'd want to know how other people wired their winch...

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I have absolutely no idea how many amps can be pulled through the sensor, it's not something I worried about with my relatively low 100 amp max draw wiring.
I don't know how many amps can be pulled through the sensor or other wiring either, and this is where it would go if grounded to the frame or other ground. This would be the reason I would follow the manufacturers instruction and ground it to the battery. A winch can draw over 400 amps. I have mine grounded to the battery, no problems. I don't use the winch a lot but when I do I am conscious of the strain on the battery, so I just take it easy and slow. I also installed a decent battery.

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