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Thread: Dual Battery/winch control setup

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    Default Dual Battery/winch control setup

    So I just picked up a winch for the front of my 2.7l, and realize that for my summer trip I am going to need a second battery. So, for some inspiration I was hoping you guys could post up some pics of your setups.

    I am also going to mount the winch control box under the hood to help keep it dry. It would seem the Smittybilt winches have issues with water corroding parts.

    I think its going to be a bit tight, but hopefully it will all fit!

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    Those of you running dual batteries, do they need to be the same? If I run an isolator, I would think they could be different?

    I ordered one of these bad boys for the interior! http://www.12voltguy.com/product.php...cat=255&page=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by oliverlove View Post
    Those of you running dual batteries, do they need to be the same? If I run an isolator, I would think they could be different?
    You'll need to figure out what kind of isolator you're going to run and how it charges the battery. With the National Luna isolator for example, the batteries should be the same since it links both batteries for charging (ie, it is a parallel charger). I would recommend reading through these threads:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...69#post1060669
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...dual+batteries

    For more, the Power Systems section of Expo has lots of goodies. Here's a link to search results with Dual Batteries as the search target:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...archid=1346606
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    Default Some Winchspiration

    I'm also curious how you're going to setup dual batteries on your 2.7L. I have a similar (in the works) setup. Have you looked into HellRoaring's dual battery setup?

    I don't have my dual batteries setup yet, but I have my winch setup, thought you might like my hidden winch controller.

    There was a small void behind the bumper big enough to fit the winch controller box. I drilled a hole just large enough for the plug to fit through my bumper, so when i take my bumper off I have to be mindful of the 3 wires that are plugged into it.




    I inadvertantly took some pics of the winch controller box without the bumper on.




    Finished product:

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    I'm running a 12VoltGuy Ultra Dual battery/ incab winch controller in my 07 Taco. Mounted the control panel in the change holder, just created a little panel to hold it.


    Its controlling a pair of Platinum's, one in the OE location and one in a NRA approved box inside the bed mounted tool-box. The winch is a M8000 with MP's Superline. I've been running this setup for about 4 years and never had an issue. <knock on wood!>.

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    Here is my dual battery setup on my 2.7 the yellow top powers the winch and off-road lights. The red top powers the in cab accessories.

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    Twist - what do you use to manage the batteries? I can see the box, but cant quite read it.

    I have looked a little at the hell roaring system. I am just starting to learn about all the possible management systems.

    I have to keep it on the lesser expensive side as the budget is pretty small!!

    Thanks for all the pics guys, very helpful!

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    IBS battery management system. Stupid simple - completely reliable. Not the most inexpensive option but you only pay for reliability once. I've had it for 3 years.





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    It's a Sure Power battery isolator model 1314A. I got it from ASE supply in portland oregon.

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    When I added a second battery to my 80 series, I wanted to keep it simple and added a 500amp solenoid so I could connect them easily for charging, winching or emergency starting at the flick of a switch...






    For switching, I used both an on/off switch for constant connection as well as a momentary switch that activated a timer relay for charging...





    For my front winch (SuperWinch EP9.0), I relocated the solenoid under the hood in front of the battery where it stays nice and warm during the winters (no chance of freezing up)





    Relocated the remote plug to the top of the bumper and added an inline cut-off safety key switch...





    For the rear winch (SuperWinch Husky10), I left the solenoid box in place, but relocated the remote plug to the rear X-member....







    I hated having to drag out the hand controller every time I want to use the winches, so I wired up a pair of OEM seat heater control switched for interior controls....



    I never liked the idea of having a non-fused power cable connected at all times because a minor fender bender could easily cause a fire, so I added another 500amp solenoid to the main power wires for both winches (only one is required as the winches are used one at a time)

    I also added a distribution block and an Anderson connector to the rear bumper for heavy duty jumper cables...

    The plug only gets power when the main power solenoid is switched on, so again, there's no chance of shortage in the case of an accident or a rotten kid with a paperclip...

    Even with the power solenoid turned on, neither winch will work unless the accompanied safety key for the cut-off switches are turned....

    This is perfect for holding tension while spooling in an unloaded line to avoid bunching on the drum...


    I know it may sound redundant, but after seeing first hand how much damage a frozen winch solenoid can cause after getting stuck in the "ON" position as well as a few fires caused by accidental shortages during collisions, I try to create as many safety nets as possible...


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