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Winch wiring on same side as exhaust ok?

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Hey all,
2007 Rancher 420. Just got my winch and looks like the motor is going to be on the LEFT side of the machine. My main winch wires (goes from winch back to actuator) are BARELY long enough to reach if I route them along the left frame. I'd like to go along the right frame, but too short. My concern is that the exhaust is on the left side. Am I worrying for nothing? There are some other wires and components along that side of the frame and seem to be ok.
If the wires were longer, I'd just route along the right side...but then again, longer wires present problems of their own.

Of you guys out there with 420's...what side of the machine is your winch wiring on?
Thanks in advance!
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If I were to guess, I would bet that only one of the wires was hot all the time, and with no current flow you were reading the 12v through the winch motor to the other lead. It may not be like that, but I would guess that.

If a wire wore through, you'd just blow the winch fuse/breaker [assuming it has one] so it's not really a problem, but I wouldn't like it hot all the time either.
if you sank it below water..would this not short it out ..and blow fuses ??
Probably not. It wouldn't short out any more than a battery would short out if submerged. Not an ideal situation, but probably not enough current draw to cause any type of safety risk. 12v isn't really enough potential to overcome the electrical resistance of water to any large degree.
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