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I have not purchased a winch yet but Ill add some questions as well while were on the winch subject,

Could you mount duel wiring harnesses, duel mounting brackets for front and rear, and do they make a winch that can be moved around front to back easily?
 

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I will be purchasing a winch in the near future, I plan on putting the relay and cables under the front rack where they now store the battery and fuse blocks. I would guess I will have this completed in the next month or so. As far as a dual hook-up I would go with a winch on a 2" receiver bracket and just wire up a quick connect cable for the power. I've seen a couple guys with this setup and it seems pretty flexible. Not ideal of you plan on using a plow any front mounted accessories though. The way I've seen it is 2" receiver in the front where the winch typically goes and standard location in the rear. Then just leave a quick connect lead on the winch and wire up a the other quick connect end in a convenient and central spot. I'm just going with the typical install myself.
 

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I was just wondering where people are mounting all the wiring. Not much room under the hood with the battery and electrical stuff under there. My dealer's mechanic said to mount the contactor under the rear fender by the tail light. The winch kits I've seen have short red and black wires making mounting the contactor in the rear an issue.
 

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I live in one of the snowiest areas in the US, this Kodiak will see a lot of time plowing next year. Unless of course we get the storm we got last year. We were all over the national news for the snow storm of my life, 63" within 30 hours. A neighboring area received 88". It took the national guard 6 days to dig us out. Picture below is my 2 year old, light dusting on the ground the day prior. But I will also be using it for logging, and want to winch logs onto my log cart. Your option above does not seem that bad, what are the disadvantages of the winch on the front hitch? Just the length it extends forward compared to the connection points of accessories? May look a little odd with a 2" receiver mounted to the front, but it could be used for other attachments as well. The plow is the only attachment I can see using in the front, although I did see a attachment you raise and lower with a series of blades for taking out scrub brush up to 3 or 4 inches.

If your bored and want to see a wicked storm, watch the utube video.

https://www.google.com/search?q=snowvember+pictures&newwindow=1&espv=2&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi7g6G5k7zJAhVCSSYKHWsaDskQsAQIHA&biw=724&bih=586
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2stvkdyDJ0
 

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I have not actually seen one in action just seen a couple rigs up here setup that way. The thing that caught my attention to them even being setup that way was the 2"receiver in the front. Once I asked the guys about it they showed me the winch they shared between them and how it just slides in pin it and plug it. It was nice that one winch was shared a amongst a group of guys and was that simple. They did mention that you just don't lift heavy items straight up with it? I'm guessing leverage issue possibly bending the receiver mount on front, depending on how heavy the plow is it may not matter though. Just kinda o cool and universal idea/application really.
I live in one of the snowiest areas in the US, this Kodiak will see a lot of time plowing next year. Unless of course we get the storm we got last year. We were all over the national news for the snow storm of my life, 63" within 30 hours. A neighboring area received 88". It took the national guard 6 days to dig us out. Picture below is my 2 year old, light dusting on the ground the day prior. But I will also be using it for logging, and want to winch logs onto my log cart. Your option above does not seem that bad, what are the disadvantages of the winch on the front hitch? Just the length it extends forward compared to the connection points of accessories? May look a little odd with a 2" receiver mounted to the front, but it could be used for other attachments as well. The plow is the only attachment I can see using in the front, although I did see a attachment you raise and lower with a series of blades for taking out scrub brush up to 3 or 4 inches.

If your bored and want to see a wicked storm, watch the utube video.

https://www.google.com/search?q=snowvember+pictures&newwindow=1&espv=2&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi7g6G5k7zJAhVCSSYKHWsaDskQsAQIHA&biw=724&bih=586
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2stvkdyDJ0
 

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If you buy the winch kit from yamaha, it comes with detailed installation instructions. The winch and solenoid mount together tucked in front of the front differential. All wiring is tucked away nicely. I installed mine in about an hour or so. I took my time to make sure everything was routed nice and neat..... I am pretty anal retentive. ...

The whole setup is plug and play with the exception of the wires to the battery. All the correct plugs are on the winch from the factory and all the right plugs are on the winch kit. Super easy !
 

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I went with the Warn V2000 from yamaha. I looked into the 2500 and was talked out of it by my dealer. He said the amperage draw on the 2500 is huge compared to the 2000 which would lead to the quad having a hard time keeping up charging the battery in a hard pull.
Make sense to me. .... I figure worse case senerio I'll have to use a snatch block if I'm that stuck
 

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Well, that's why they sell and make different size winches......

I figure if this is the winch that yamaha sells for this quad from the factory it should be good . Besides, the general rule of thumb for winch size is to take the weight of the quad and double it.... that will give you the size needed. With that said, 2000 lbs is more than enough
 
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