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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-08-2014, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Went to Harbor Freight today

My dad got a couple of work benches, some moving blankets, and a 20 ton press and I got a 2500lb Badlands wench. The only thing that I want to change is that it only came with a wireless remote. Is there a way to wire it up so that it works off of a switch on the handle bars and the remote?

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I believe its possible. But I have not seen the wiring to know for sure.

Be careful with not letting the wire cable get caught between the spool and winch housing. It will break the spool! One member has already had that happen in the last month.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-09-2014, 07:08 AM
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You can add a wired switch to it. Actually, I would recommend it. The wireless doesn't allow for running the winch in small increments. When just trying to take up some slack, you could end up pulling more than expected. I drilled a small hole in the side of the control box and ran the switch wires in. Tap them into the wires from the wireless receiver going to the contactor. I believe I wrapped mine around the posts of the spade plugs and soldered it in place. I'll look around and see if I have any pictures. It's a fairly simple job, though.

Be careful when using that winch. I had the same one and the first time I used it, the cable wrapped itself between the drum and the winch housing. Caused the whole thing to rip itself to pieces. If I were you, I'd open the control box and remove the wireless receiver. Return that winch and buy the 3500lb the next time it goes on sale for $109. Use a 25% coupon and get it for just under $90. Install the wireless receiver on the 3500lb. That's what I did and the new winch has been working great. I know it's twice as much but, it's stronger, much quieter, is able to be submerged when the 2500lb is not, uses 6ga wiring instead of 10ga, and the spool is slightly recessed into the sides of the housing which reduces the chances of the cable wrapping off the side.
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Cool! I have their 20 ton press and am very pleased with it for the price. It has made life so much easier, totally work the investment. If you use it a lot I recommend getting a air over hydraulic bottle jack for it, that'll be my next buy.

On the winch, yes. Under that box on the winch is the wiring. If you google search there are how-to articles on it with pics (for the old 3000lb version) which will show you how to wire in a rocker switch and get rid of that 1 second delay...

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Here is the picture of the inside of the control box. The top row of wires with the spade plugs are where you need to attach your switch wires. If your switch uses the same colors as mine, it has a green, black, and red wire. I'm color blind so my green wire could possibly be gray. The green and black wires will attach to the yellow and white wires. I can't remember which ones but I think it was green to yellow spade and black to white spade. If you get it backwards then you'll have one switch that works in reverse. I'd use a multimeter to verify which is which. If you want your wired switch to work when he bike is off, you can attach the red wired to the contactors screw terminal coming from the battery. Otherwise, tap into a switched wire on the four wheeler.

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I will unwind the cable before I put it on and check the gaps. I might weld a plate on either side to keep that from happening. Which switch did you get? How thick of steel should I get to mount the winch to?

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I also have the 20 ton press, and I love it, only thing I highly suggest, it get stronger bolts for the tops of the springs, mine broke when putting it together.

Other then that it is a great press. Dad's buddy went with the 12 ton, and it almost broke trying to press bushings out a lower control arm for a Ford Focus.
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The switch I am currently using was "donated" from the original 2000lb badlands winch I purchased. Any switch you use should be three wires. Power going in, usually red, and power going out on one of two wires, depending on which way you press the rocker.
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Does this winch have a built in selenoid?
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-11-2014, 07:47 PM
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The solenoid is not built into the winch, the control box pictured in post #5 is the solenoid.

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