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Terrafirma hidden winch install

Discussion in 'LR4' started by djkaosone, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. djkaosone

    djkaosone '11 LR4 HSE LUX 5.0L V8

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    @BznLR4 I changed the location of the controller and used 2 gauge welding wire.

    Located next to the RH air box.
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    This was a temporary bracket, but haven't revised it since it just worked.
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    Here's my license plate cover flipped up.
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    My license plate cover in normal position.
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  2. BznLR4

    BznLR4 Full Access Member

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    @djkaosone Thanks for the pics. What made you move it from the front grill to the airbox? After a bit of fabricating I got it mounted in basically the same location as you showed in the OP. The obvious downside is that one must remove the grill to connect the winch cable - but I suppose that would only be if/when the remote doesn't work.

    Regarding upsized & welded cables - did you have problems with the OEM cables, or was that just precautionary?

    BTW the location that Terrafirma shows (stashed beside the air distribution box inside of the bumper) seems like a really bad idea for the LR4! How would you connect the remove if that was ever needed?
     
  3. djkaosone

    djkaosone '11 LR4 HSE LUX 5.0L V8

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    I mounted lights and eas schaeder valves behind the grill.

    My Terrafirma 12k winch had 2 gauge wire. I'm using the same gauge wire, but welding wire as it's rated higher than typical wires. Also, you're doubling the length of the original cable length.

    It's actually at a really good spot up n out of the way. Won't get submerged in water and easy access when I need to plug my winch controller. If I ever need to remove the controller or air box it's 2 nuts and the controller just sits there. Again it was suppose to be temporary until I made better mounts, but it's been working for 3 years and I'm lazy.
     
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    In the end I left the winch controller on a bracket behind the grill. It is nice to reach the ON/OFF switch and see the blue indicator LED's without opening the hood, but I may regret this for other reasons. If I were starting over I would probably put the controller behind the right headlight where there is a nice amount of space for it. However, it seems like this would require longer cables...so factor that in if taking on this project.

    Here are some pics showing Cascadia 4x4 "Flipster" license plate mount and LED fairlead, and Factor55 Flatlink. The switch for the LED is in the footwell above the brake pedal so that it is convenient to switch on/off either from the driver's seat or standing outside the vehicle. I imagine this will be handy for my rather frequent application - pulling people out of snowbanks.

    After butchering the bumper reinforcement the fog lights were sagging, so I used some bolts plus trim adhesive to reinforce and tie the reinforcement to the bumper "skin". The result came out pretty nice - hopefully it will perform well over time.

    Next up - Cascadia 4x4 solar panel for the hood! I'm tires of seeing "battery low - please start engine" error.

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