Good day folks, I just got done installing my winch on my Wolvy and thought I would snap a few pics of the install. First thing I did was get all my parts before I even began the project. Since I really disliked the look of the factory bumper color I repainted the bumper and grab bar black. Much to my dismay the paint didn't last very long trail riding and hauling it around so I decided I would get them powder coated.
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They turned out awesome and were definately worth the money to get done.
Well here are all the pieces I began with:
I purchased the Warn winch mount after doing some research and decided this would work the best for my application as I like the fact that it is not only bolted to the bumper but you have to bolt to the frame as well.
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It is a very nice kit that comes with all the hardware and easy to understand instructions. I chose to purchase a 3000lb winch made by Champion, model #1361. I know it is not a top quality winch such as Warn however for my needs this would be sufficient. I really loved the price, $120 from Costco. It came with everything I would need as well as a wireless controller that will come in handy for spooling in the winch cable.
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The solenoid that came with the winch is heavy duty and marked for easy trouble free installation.
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I began by following the instructions with the mount and I bolted the winch to the mounting plate. I originally mounted the winch on the mounting plate that came with the winch however when I test fit it on my bumper there wasn't enough clearance. I had to remove that plate and mount the winch directly to the Warn mounting bracket. I really wanted to have the winch lead rollers closer to the winch however it wasn't going to work with this application.
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I then reinstalled the bumper to the machine. Here is a shot to show you how the U clamps hold it in place.
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I then ran the 2 power wires from the Winch along the frame and chose to mount the solenoid in the dry area under the seat.
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With the easy color coating of the connections that Champion provided it was a snap to do the instal. I then mounted the rocker switch on the handlebars. This was another reason I chose this winch, I love the compact no frills design of the rocker switch. It is almost an identical match to the Warn rocker switch.
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I then had to figure out where I could mount the antenna for the wireless fob. Initially I would have liked to mount it on the airdam in front of the radiator right behind the grille. Unfortunately the wire harness that came with it was too short to reach to where I mounted the solenoid so I decided I would mount it on the left side of the air box by using some zip ties as to not drill any holes.
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I really love my synthetic cable I put on my RZR so I decided this would be the perfect time to install one on this winch as it hasn't been marred by any cable. Here is a shot with the rope as well as the wireless Fob.
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This particular rope comes with a brass end on it that I was able to bolt right onto the drum via a bolt that looks to be specifically for something along this line.
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I then proceeded to spool the rope. It sure was handy having the fob for this task as I am not sure how I could have gotten it on properly by using only the handlebar control.
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(Tip of the day) ensure nylon sleeve is at end of rope connected to drum.
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I spooled up very nicely and I was super happy with the end result.
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Upon looking at it some more I decided that a winch lead saver would be kind of nice to have on this. I decided I would make my own and put a "Canadian" spin on it.
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That's right, I decided to use a hockey puck that the kids left laying on the floor. The price was right and I think it should serve the purpose perfectly. I drilled a 7/16" hole in the center of it then cut it with a hacksaw to slide it over the cable. Had I thought of this before installing everything I would have not had to make that cut I could have just thread the rope through it. If I every have this rope off I will maybe make a new one without a cut? Only time will tell if this is a good idea or not?
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So there you go if you have any questions on this please feel free to ask. I am really excited to try this out and especially to try my "DIY" home built winch lead absorber.