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Old 11-02-2010, 09:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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RZR-4 Winch Install - Pics and Tips

Hey guys,

I installed my Warn XT/30 this weekend.

I took a few pictures and thought I would lay it out for you guys that will be doing the same thing.

First thing...why the XT/30? I had it from my Rhino, it has never been wet and it was used very little. Would I go larger if I was buying new? Maybe. No more than 4000#. I love Warn winches. I have been using them for nearly 35 of my 42 years and I am a loyal user. They have never let me down. Finally, I already had 80' of 3/16" Amsteel Winch Rope installed.

Second, with all the options out there, what winch plate do you use? There are lots out there and the RZR-4 is designed nicely for a winch. I decided to go with the WARN brand plate. It was about $100 shipped off Ebay (no affiliation)

WARN WINCH MOUNT RZR RT/XT30 80335: eBay Motors (item 230522500564 end time Oct-05-10 15:50:10 PDT)

The RZR is designed for a winch from the factory without having to add a bumper. I have not decided what type of bumper I want and I did not want to be forced into making a quick decision so I decided to go with the factory location.

First step....remove the bumper. Easy, greasy. 4 plastic plugs and 6 screws. Make sure you have some hex head driver's to work on the Polaris. They are not Allen head.



Next, you install the winch according to the instructions. You have to have the winch and the mounting plate IN PLACE before you bolt them together. It gets tight in there but it all fits. Fasten all of it together hand tight.

I have seen some threads about the winch being too close to the A Arm grease Zerks but the 3000 Warn is no where close.





At this point you have to wire the winch up and it is OK to put the grill back on. DON'T install the fairlead until the Grill is back on.

Once you get the grill back on, then you can install the
fairlead.

I have an aluminum fairlead coming as the rope does not like the rollers..it can get caught in the corners.



The easy part is over, now time to wire it up.

The XD30 comes with a nice wiring harness that allows you to have a plug for the hand remote as well as a in/out switch.

In order to get all of the wires cleanly to the battery (located under the driver's seat), you need to pull the inner panel that is between the seats and around the shifter.

First, pop the end cap off the shifter and pull the shift knob off. Then, pull 10 screws that hold the tranny shifter hump down. This exposes the subframe area where the driveshaft is. You can snake the wires that go to the winch from the solenoid box through here. Make sure you use plenty of zip ties so they don't get mixed up with the driveshaft.



I also ran the wires for the switches under this part of the floor, but out the front of the firewall. I opted to put the switches to the left of the steering wheel so I can watch the cable while using the in/out switch.

These wires take switched 12v to work so I used the plug that is dangling down from the dash to get the power. The female plug is there (coming out of back of 12v plug) and I just crimped on a male end from my stitches. No need to tap into any wires. Thanks for that Polaris!



All the wires work well with the Warn kit to set up the solenoid right next to the battery. I used self tappers to mount it. This picture is before I zip tied it up cleanly but you get the picture.

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Old 11-02-2010, 09:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So I went out and tried a few hills that have been getting me close to stuck lately. I have not wanted to press it too hard so I would not have to walk home if I get high centered.

Most of the time, when I get hung up, all I have to do is back up and it slides right off. This time, I tried to crawl out to the right of the hill when I got hung up but I ended up getting wedged up on a small tree. Without the winch, I would have been toast.

I hooked up the "easy to handle" rope and a quick tug and I was out.

GLAD to have the winch. Now I won't be afraid to push a bit harder on some of the hills around my farm.









I want my buddy Carl to get a RZR-S so I can see if it will climb this hill and if it will, if it also gets hung up on the breakover.

After I played for a while, I loaded up the entire family and scooted 2 miles down the road to the local "sto" for a cold beverage and some junk food.

Mine gets up to 63 with all of us in there on the street. Pretty cool.

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Old 11-02-2010, 09:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Really?


What is the question?
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I believe the question is "Why is the winch cable wrapped around the tree with no tree saver?"
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I believe the question is "Why is the winch cable wrapped around the tree with no tree saver?"
Because I own the tree.

Because it is winch rope and in a million years will not hurt MY tree.

Plus, I have more....

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Nice write up Nolen, Really making me think about getting one of these 4 seaters. O ya I would say you have enough trees
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Because I own the tree.

Because it is winch rope and in a million years will not hurt MY tree.

Plus, I have more....

http://tinyurl.com/2gxcdqw
love the response

thanks for sharing the install
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Thanks for the pics.

Isn't the X30 a 3000 lbs winch???
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Thanks for the pics.

Isn't the X30 a 3000 lbs winch???
Yep. Never had any problems with it, I had it on my Rhino. Did not use it much but since I don't do mud, I don't really need a huge winch.

I ran a 2500 on my last 3 Rhinos and I never had issues with it either.
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Ok.

Just saw you're in MS too. If you don't have snow you'll be fine. In California in the snow, a 3,000 barely moves an ATV. We use a LOT of snatch blocks to help the pulling power.
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Just an FYI that you may already know. To get the rated pull from a winch you have to get the cable pulled out to the last layer of rope or cable. When all the rope or cable is on the drum it makes like a huge gear and reduces pulling power having a snatch block helps in a couple ways it cuts down on the force needed to pull the vehicle out and gets more rope or cable off the drum.

I did a test one time with a 10,000# winch we used a wire stringing clock (scale) we tested the winch which had a lot of cable on it with only a couple feet sticking out and could only get 3000#. We then stripped about half the cable off and still only had 4000-5000# but when we pulled the cable out to the last layer we got the 10,000# it was an eye opener for all of us doing the test.

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Mike. Great tip. You are dead on.

Each row created while it wraps continues to reduce the pull rating.
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