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FIXED - Winch will not power-in, warn plow limit switch "installed"

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I took my Rubicon out for my first trail ride Monday and ended up turning back due to deep water. I was rinsing it off (still new :) )and found my winch would not power-in. Not happy as I figured I got something electrical wet that doesn't like wet. I tired the remote winch control with the same results. I spend about an hour tracing wires and checking connections with no luck.

I was at work the next day thinking about it and realized the last thing I'd done to that system was to remove the plow lift limit switch to avoid damaging it during summer riding. I got home, plugged the connector back in and the winch worked like a charm. I appears the Hall Effect Sensor is a NC switch (normally closed) and opens the circuit when in close proximity to the magnet. I inadvertently created an open circuit when I unplugged it which prevented winching in. I believe the same Hall Effect Sensors are used on the plow power pivot. My fix was to unbolt sensor bracket from plow frame, remove the sensor from it's bracket leaving it plugged in, and zip-tie it out of harms way for the summer. Hope this saves someone a few hours of troubleshooting.:big-grin
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While I think Warn makes the best winches, I've had Viper Max winches on two of mine since 2010. Zero problems out of them. They used to be pretty cheap. They've gotten more expensive but I've been happy with my Vipers.

Warn ATV winches are pricey. Can't believe what they want for one.

I've got 2 of the old 8274's on Jeeps, a HS9500i that I bought for Dad's Jeep, and I've got 3 Warn ATV winches I've picked up used, so I'm a Warn fan. They definitely make the best winches, but I'm not convinced they are the best bang for the buck when it comes to ATV winches.

My Superwinch LT3000's were right at $100 shipped, and they've been flawless. Superwinch makes good stuff (have some of their hubs on Jeep that are 20+ years old) and at least for ATV winches seem to be great quality at a much cheaper price than Warn.
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