Modified powerplant with in-cab control
Finally got my PowerPlant winch modified and installed the way I want it. I relocated the air tank from the top of the winch to the rear seat area to allow more airflow to the radiator and increase the tank size. I used a piece of 1/2" think aluminum angle (from Metal Mart) to take the place of the tank since the tank is part of the structure of the winch. I had a machine shop drill it out for me for $30. I installed a 3/8" in-line air check valve ( from Graingers) first in the line and then the pressure switch that was in the original tank. With the check valve in line first the system holds pressure great.
Front air coupling for blowing out trail dust from inside the cab. Wire coiled under it is the cable I got from John. Did not have the switches installed yet.
After the pressure switch I installed a bypass valve (from McMaster-Carr) which I turn to allow the compressor to free flow when using the PowerPlant as a winch. Other wise when the air tank is full the pressure switch shuts the winching down. This allows me to keep the air tank pressurized and still winch.
And last I mounted up my inside winch controls using the awesome cable I got from John L on the forum here. Powerplant in cab control solution
and the switches he suggested. I fabbed up a box to mount above the rearview mirror that can hold six switches. All the inside winch controls work just as John said. The other spots went for locker controls and a switch to disable the esp nanny.
And kind of related I moved my rear battery volt meter from the cover under the fridge in the rear to a spot up front where I could monitor it easier. I installed a pressure gauge in the rear where the volt meter was which you can see in the second picture above. This spot actually makes a perfect place to mount a single gauge, I found a old lawn sprinkler head in my garage that was the same inside dia as needed for the gauge. A trip on the belt sander gave it just the right angle and contour to epoxy to that cover and not interfer with anything else.
What do you think?
07 Flame Red Unlimited Rubicon, 5.7 hemi, RCV shafts, 35" KM2's, AEV 3 1/2 lift, , AEV rear swing away Carrier, AEV Snorkel, LoD front bumper with Warn powerplant, 45qt Engel refrigerator / freezer. , Marchal E-Code lamps
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Last edited by dsy; 09-10-2009 at 02:02 PM.