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Just wondering where people are mounting their winch solenoids?

I am about to get a bar made for my GUIII coil cab ute and am wondering where to put the winch solenoids (TJM Ox 9500lbs). I thought in the cab may be a good spot out of the water, mud and prying eyes but I think the cable run is going to be a bit long. I know I would have to upsize the cable to suit. Anyone done this? Was thinking of maybe mounting in the area where people are making their second glovebox on non airbag trucks maybe. Heat may be an issue?

I think the general spot seems to be ontop of the bar between where spotties go or recessed in.

Can anyone help me out with some options?

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if you are worried about water just open the solinoid box and use some silicon around the seams and connections of the solinoid, they should be a sealed unit anyway so unless you have any other circutry in there ie: wireless crap, then there is no reason it cant get wet, mine is the cheap crap ebay jobbie bought over 5 years ago , i havnt used any silicone or the likes , its mounted under the winch, has been under water countless times and still goes strong

so either the ones that we hear about failing are faulty from new or are cheaper crap than my cheap crap ebay jobbie
 

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most solenoids are waterproof now days, a idea would be to run the winch controller inside the cab and may buy a remote control for the days when your stuck all by yourself
 

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Just leave where they are and squirt 'em with WD40 every so often. My winch is always on and I only have an out/in toggle switch in the car.
 

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As others suggest get good quality waterproof solenoids and put them anywhere you like even down beside the winch but preferably try and keep the "total" cable run from battery to winch as short as practicable to save having to get heavier cable.

Extend or run the light gauge Solenoid "control" wiring to the Cabin to a toggle/isolator switching or if you use a remote just put the socket anywhere high but accessible to keep the grunge out of it and you can get to it easy enough.
 

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Mine is mounted in the c section of my bullbar. Its out of the way and has not had an issue in the last 4 years since I mounted it there.
 

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I mounted mine up behind the top of the grill in a waterproof box. Have to open the bonnet to plug in the lead but that stops some numpty from stuffing with it in a carpark.




Now my new winch has the solid state waterproof solenoids anyway but still mounted in the same spot.
 

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i will be doing this also as my mates car was pretty much written off last night by his own winch. he must have pis#*d off the wrong person because when we went to get his car this mourning after a night on the town someone had free spooled his winch, fed it under his car, over the roof and back onto his recovery point and you guessed it, winched in until the rope almost cut trough the roof. they must have had there own controler as the car was still locked. as you could imagine he was not happy!
 

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So that isn't just an urban myth??
 

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they must have had there own controler as the car was still locked. as you could imagine he was not happy!
Don't need a controller. A bent paperclip will do the job......
 

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