Today I got a winch; the last time I had one it was permanently mounted in my front bumper, but it would have helped me out more if I could have had it in the back. So this time around I plan on mounting it to a cradle. This is also a daily driver, so I figure I don’t need to lug it around 24/7.
Question 1: Where to mount the control box. I’ll probably mount it over the center of the spool, but I was considering mounting it in the engine bay. The biggest problem I see with that, is that there are 3 large wires and one smaller one going to the motor (I am kinda confused as to why 4 wires are needed). I don’t think I have seen any quick connects with 3 or 4 terminals, and that would mean 50% more wire to run 20’ to the rear of the truck. Probably simplest to just keep it with the winch. Anyone have a good reason to remotely mount the control box that makes it worth the effort/cost?
Question 2: Remote control... it comes with a wired/wireless remote control, but I’m also considering that I could wire a switch inside the cabin. For a cradle mounted winch, is it worth the effort to wire a switch? I’m thinking not, but I’d welcome opinions.
I have a few more supplies to get (quick connects, wire, etc.) before I can get it setup, but I’m excited.