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I heard several stories about people vanalizing off-road vehicles by running the winch cable over the roof to the back bumper and then shroting the terminals in the remote socket. I figured it was unlikely, but then, why take the chance?

Anyway, I posted this pic under my "Herculiner" tpoic, but thought you all might find it interesting. Look hlafway between the heater controls and the horn button, and you'll see where I moved the socket to. I simply siliconed a piece of aluminum barstock (sprayed with bedliner) over the hole where the jack used to be on the top of the solenoid pack.</font>:

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Good idea, but if I was that worried about it I would mount the solenoid pac under the hood, all they have to do is rip the cover off and short out the relays!! Glad my rig is not a DD and I have to worry about it, 99% of the time when it is parked I can see it. <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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You could put a disconnect switch on the possitive lead under the hood then there would not be any power to the winch. Don't forget to turn it on when wheeling. <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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I have kill switches on both winches. Not because I'm concerned about somebody messing with the box. I have remote switches on the dash and the kill switches keep the winch from running if somebody hits the dash switch. 4Runner has the pack under the hood anyways and the kill is on the power lead (3 wire controller). On the truck it was easier to kill the ground (5 wire controller).
 
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