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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-23-2012, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Rincon winch install

This is my first post so let me know (gently) if it's too wordy.

Traded in my 3 year old Rancher AT for a new Rincon. I used the Rancher to skid logs, plow snow, haul material and tools in a small trailer and some 4 wheeling on the trails. The independent suspension worked great over the roots and hummocks, didn't even bounce the chainsaw out of the front basket.
Just needed more OOMPH, then I could skid bigger logs to the wood pile and buck them there. The Rincon has more OOMPH, the shift lever makes it easy to get in reverse with one hand and the 4WD switch is more convinient than the lever on the Rancher. And the suspension is independent.
I don't know if it can haul larger logs until I get the winch wired. I don't see an ideal location for the contactor: away from exhaust heat, mud and water and not have to modify the battery leads supplied.
My question is: does anyone know where the Dealer installed contactor is located on the Rincon? I'm sure he doesn't want call backs.
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Geezer, I also have a Rincon, and I also have a winch and plow on it. I installed my contactor/relay in the space just to the left of the seat latch (if you are looking from the front of the machine to the back of the machine.) That location works really well as it places the relay (contactor) very close to your battery, and in a location that you can easily route the wires to. I routed the winch wiring down the right side of my Rincon along with the wires that are already there. After placing my relay (contactor) in the space next to the seat latch, I secured it with a couple of wire ties to the bar which runs in back of the seat latch. If you need help, send me a PM and I'll be glad to help you. It's pretty easy to do a very nice winch installation on the Rincon. Kent


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Great place to mount the relay, I mounted mine just above the seat latch on the backside of the carrier.

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And welcome from the Volunteer state.

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710 BBK and hot cams mudbuster
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Welcome to the forums.

Most 4-wheeler problems are caused by a loose nut connecting the handlebars and the seat!!

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kentco,
thanks for the explanation and PM offer. Routing the cables along the right side works well with the factory cable lengths. Did you run the winch leads over the winch or under?
I am leaning toward over.
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Thanks for the welcome and confirmation on contactor location
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Helmut,
Thanks for the welcome and your sense of humor but mostly, thanks for all the time and information you have shared. I should be through with your archived posts about the same time next year.
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I currently have my "Warn" contactor for my "Viper Max" winch mounted in the access area for the radiator, which is under the handle bars. I used to have it mounted to the back of my air box, but have lost 3 contactors that way. Possibly too much heat from the exhaust, or too much water from creek riding, I don't really know. But, I gave up and bought the Warn brand equipment for my Viper Max winch and mounted it the highest I could think of. My dad made me a custom bracket that the contactor mounts to, and the bracket bolts onto the inner front rack mount. I still have enough room to get the radiator cap and its reservoir bottle. The only time the contactor gets wet now, is if I take to hood off and spray the dust off it when I'm washing it.

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Welcome to the forums from OK. Geezer, Kentco is a very helpful person for winch installs. I recently put one on my rancher and talked to kentco about how to install and it was pretty painless, except for a few things.

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