Winches are devices which basically consist of a hooked cable which is used for pulling and lifting, however they offer a lot more than that. They are a very useful component to have in your vehicle specially a truck if you are used to going out for off-roading ventures, or you often use your truck for loading or unloading stuff, as it provides you with a lot of ease and utility.
Winches usually come in two categories in the market, which are hydraulic and electric ones. You can install any of them based upon your needs and usage. This will then allow you to perform a number of tasks such as lifting, towing and pulling of objects or vehicles. I have personally used winches of many different brands during my off-road experiences and I used to lift heavy objects and pull firewood logs to the road using a winch. For winch of a premium quality, all of the parts fit very well and the instructions manual makes the task even simpler.
Therefore, today we will guide you to installing a winch in the bed of your truck. This is seemingly a difficult task but will end up to be easy for you. So stay tuned to learn how to do it!
Points to take in consideration for installing a Winch
Winches comprise of several components which work together in order to carry out the mechanism. They are motorized pulley systems, which can be installed in the front, back, or even in the bed of a truck. There is a system of gears which rotates a large drum of wire or rope and leverages tension which results in movement of large objects such as ATVs, heavy loads, or even accidental vehicles. However, there are some points which should be kept in mind for successful and safe installation of a winch in the bed of a truck.
Firstly, you should prefer the use of a synthetic rope so that you can bring about reduction in the overall weight of the winch system, for the time when it is not under use. You must remember to re-coil your rope between uses so that its inner layers do not get damaged. Another mistake that people often do is wrapping your rope or cable around a tree. This is because the high level of strain can pull out the broken trunk on to your vehicle and also kill the tree.
By using tool bags or heavy blankets, you should weight the winch down so that in case a cable gets snapped, you can prevent yourself from getting injured. Before taking any action, you should take time to observe the mechanical and physical factors properly. This will reduce the chances of errors and any accidents. Also, do not forget to wear gloves to keep your hands and finger protected.
Installing a Winch in your Truck Bed
Getting a winch installed directly on the bed of your truck gives you the best convenience of mounting heavy loads on the truck. It eases off your workload and at the same time increases the function of your truck. After observing the procedures mentioned above and making your safety ensured, you are ready to install your winch on your own.
To get yourself started, you’ll need a mounting plate as trucks rarely come with one, and make sure that it is in accordance to the model of your winch. The plate should have the capacity to endure the winch’s pulling force. After that, place the plate at the required spot on truck bed and mark that by drilling holes which correspond to the winch base. Then you have to bolt the mounting plate securely through the drill marked holes and then plant the winch into the mounting plate. Finally, you have to align and secure the winch tightly into the base plate by the use of bolts so that it fixes well and does not move.
It is recommended by our experts to use a steel mounting frame which will allow you four mounting configurations, so that you can mount it the way required. After that, you need to make the electrical connections if you have an electric winch. It can be powered directly from the battery of your truck when it is installed at the front side, but for truck bed installation, the case is slightly different. You will need to disconnect the wire that goes all the way from battery to base of rear bumper of your truck. A connection will be made using that wire. You should also make sure to take care of the positive and negative ends of the connections so that you can save yourself from any short circuits, malfunctioning of motor, or other hazards.
Electrical connections of the Winch in the Truck Bed
The next important thing to do is electrically connecting the winch to the power source. The gear train in the winch does the job of converting the power from the motor which allows it to generate a pulling movement. Most of the modern winches available in the market are electric so they require an external or internal power source.
Most of the winches have an electrical wire which runs from the battery under the hood, to the base of the rear bumper. You will be using this wire by disconnecting it, and making the connections to the terminals of the winch at the bed of the truck. You will first connect the positive wire which is usually colored red, to the positive terminal on the winch. Then the other black or brown wire which is the negative one is connected to the ground post on the winch. At the same time, you should make sure to keep the wires out of any significant heat sources, or wherever the wiring may get rubbed or damaged. Finally the ground wire will be connected to the ground post on the winch.
Benefits of Winch installed in Truck Bed
A truck bed mounted winch offers reverse leverage. It proves to be useful when you want to pull stuff onto the truck bed. This type of installation also prevents being in high potential dangerous situations, such as retrieving a damaged vehicle without the entire truck falling. You can also easily pull yourself out of tricky spots by using the rear mounted winch compared to front mounted ones as it allows better control and a firm pulling force. Therefore, winches installed in the truck bed are better for self-recovery.
Make sure to read out the instruction manual included with the winch before you start, so that you do not skip any step. We hope that this article would prove to be useful and make the whole installation process easier for you.
- Can you hook up a winch directly to a battery?
Yes, it is possible to make the winch electrical connection directly to the clamp bolts of the battery terminals, but only if they are long enough.
- Do you need a mounting plate for a winch?
Yes, a winch mounting plate is needed if you want to install any winch.
3. Can you power a winch through a trailer plug?
Electric winches need a direct connection to the battery for power, while the wiring in the trailer connector does not have a gauge heavy enough to effectively power a winch.