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post #1 of 4 Old 03-20-2014, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Winch options on a '12 JKU

I am looking at adding a 9000 or 10,000# winch to my JK. This is the first winch I will have and I have a couple questions.
Will the one battery on the Jeep be able to handle the load from the winch? If so what is the best way to have it all wired up? I have searched but was unable to find previous posts, but I probably just overlooked the obvious.
Any help is appreciated!
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-20-2014, 07:15 AM
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Depending on how much you use it and how old your battery is, one battery should be fine. I have always only had one battery and never had a problem. As far as how to wire? Just wire it directly to your battery. Route the wires under the grill on the passenger side and up along side the fender indie the engine compartment and back to battery. Very simple but have a plan before you aimlessly begin. It will cut back on the swearing
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As stated, just wire directly to the battery.

Depending on what you buy, the leads will wire to the battery, OR you buy a set of AMP Quick Disconnects and run some heavy battery or welding cable.

My #2/0 cable with the AMP connectors just sits back along the firewall in some 1.5" plastic loom, looks factory.

You'll need good TINNED lugs where connecting to the battery.

Periodically check your connections to ensure they aren't tarnished or corroded.

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-13-2014, 07:29 PM
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Is it a 2dr or 4dr? Plan on adding after market bumpers and stuff? I have a 2 dr jeep pretty modded with more weight I have a 9500 lb on it. If you have a 4dr and mods you might want a 10 lb or larger.
Haven't had any issue with stock battery but I leave jeep running when using it would be best.

2014 jk oscar mike edition. Manual. 3.5" Rubicon super flex suspension lift. 35" AT tires 17" method rims. Body armor doors. Smitty built MOD front bumper. Smittybilt 9500 lb winch, ARB twin compressor, Spod with gauge, D2 LED's.
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