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Anyone out there installed the Warn VRX25 on their 2018? I'm no expert on different models, so the procedure may be the same for other model(s).
I've got the thumb switch and winch itself mounted, but am trying to figure out where to mount the contactor box. Running the wires doesn't appear to be an issue.
I contacted Warn and they said to mount it, "as high and protected as possible." They didn't have any other suggestions. I really don't want to go drilling holes in my brand new 4wheeler, and then find out it's a bad location.
Any pics or descriptions would be awesome.
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On the other Warns such as my Pro Vantage 2500 the controller or relay mounts on the rear of the winch mounting plate.

Here is a video of it on a Grizzly 700. Jump to 2:20 to see where they mount it.

https://youtu.be/-smH_7ow-pw
 

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Ugh, yeah, I've seen that spot used. I was hoping to have a spot that stayed as dry as possible. I'm in the water and swampy areas a lot. I'll look into getting it mounted there however. Thanks for the info.
Anyone else found a spot closer to the battery?
 

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If you look at the battery box area you will see that it isn't that waterproof either. There are quite a few holes to allow water into it. They might be up a little bit higher but they are there. I also believe that the winch contractor is sealed good enough that you shouldn't have to worry about it even if the machine is submerged.
 
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standard procedure would be to mount it to the back of the winch mounting plate when you bolt the winch to it, before installing it in the bike. these are designed to get wet, it wont hurt it. you need to be more concerned with protecting it from damage from rocks and stuff, and ensuring the terminals don't contact any metal.
 
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I mounted mine in the little gap between the steering column and the fuse box near the gear shifter and right below the head light. (to the right when in front of the machine) It is an easy spot to mount it to once you take the body panel that covers the shifter. ( I can't remember what "letter" panel it is?) Once that panel is off there is a little ledge that you can set it right on. I used a couple zip ties to hold it in place and that is pretty much the highest location on the machine. I wasn't going to mount it to the back of the mounting bracket. Mine didn't have enough wire length to reach from the contactor to the winch so I just got some 8ga wire and made my own leads.
 

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dsiegfried, I like that option a little better. I'll look into that spot. The extra wiring work isn't a concern. Do you think the blue/yellow wires are long enough to simply swap them with the red/black? Run the red/black to the contactor-winch and blue/yellow to contactor-battery?
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They might be? I got my kit from Yamaha and mine weren't. They are all the same gauge so as long as it is straight in your head, use what you would like. Their intention is for you to mount it on that mounting plate behind the winch. I plow snow with mine and it just didn't make sense to me to have the controller there. I don't go mudding, but hitting or running over rocks and crap was my concern. Since I was making my own leads, I slightly customized my wires and used 8 ga automotive black and red wire for my "blue and yellow" since my machine is the tactical black mat and red. I also zip tied the heck out of my leads. Make sure you zip tie it to solid frame parts and NOT suspension/moving parts! which I'm sure you know.
 

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dsiegfried, I like that option a little better. I'll look into that spot. The extra wiring work isn't a concern. Do you think the blue/yellow wires are long enough to simply swap them with the red/black? Run the red/black to the contactor-winch and blue/yellow to contactor-battery?
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I swapped the wires as you described, and on mine and they worked perfectly.
 

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I mounted mine in the little gap between the steering column and the fuse box near the gear shifter and right below the head light. (to the right when in front of the machine) It is an easy spot to mount it to once you take the body panel that covers the shifter. ( I can't remember what "letter" panel it is?) Once that panel is off there is a little ledge that you can set it right on. I used a couple zip ties to hold it in place and that is pretty much the highest location on the machine. I wasn't going to mount it to the back of the mounting bracket. Mine didn't have enough wire length to reach from the contactor to the winch so I just got some 8ga wire and made my own leads.

how could the wires in the kit not be logenogh to reach the contactor from the winch on the back of the mounting plate? that requires a 7" and a 9" wire, the ones in the kit are 13". I was seriously thinking of cutting mine shorter because they look sloppy being that long, then i thought nobody is gonna look in there. lol
 

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When I mounted my winch (not a Warn) I contacted MotoX, the on-line store I bought it from, about solenoid placement. I told them there is a place for it on the mounting plate and they told me this would be fine as long as I didn't give it a blast from a pressure washer. It has been on there for 2 years without any problems and I use it when plowing snow.
 

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I should of been more clear with my post. The wiring that came with my kit had ample wiring to mount the solenoid/contactor to the mounting plate behind the winch. Since I wanted to mount my solenoid up high, (my personal preference) I made my own leads, or I could of switched the colors that came with it as buckmaster did. I was also bored and needed something to fiddle around with in the garage, instead of getting stuck watching the Bachelor on TV with my wife!
 

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When I mounted my winch (not a Warn) I contacted MotoX, the on-line store I bought it from, about solenoid placement. I told them there is a place for it on the mounting plate and they told me this would be fine as long as I didn't give it a blast from a pressure washer. It has been on there for 2 years without any problems and I use it when plowing snow.
exactly... no direct high pressure water blast.

I should of been more clear with my post. The wiring that came with my kit had ample wiring to mount the solenoid/contactor to the mounting plate behind the winch. Since I wanted to mount my solenoid up high, (my personal preference) I made my own leads, or I could of switched the colors that came with it as buckmaster did. I was also bored and needed something to fiddle around with in the garage, instead of getting stuck watching the Bachelor on TV with my wife!
WHAT? you turned down top quality tv entertainment just to spend time with your bike?
how could you?


..... bravo.....everyone on here should buy you a beer! lol
 

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Yea, but he lost man points with the Mrs by not watching that show.

You can never build up enough man points since it takes so many of them to get out of trouble.
 
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