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Since its founding in 1972, Superwinch's philosophy has been to offer the most reliable and high performing winching products around. Superwinches have become the trusted brand for professionals and weekenders alike for everything from racing to recovery, boating to off-roading. With their sleek, compact construction, Superwinch products are designed for fast, easy installation - whether portable or permanent.

  • Industrial and hydraulic winches with carrying capacity up to 2000 lbs
  • Many accessories available to ensure safe and effective winching
  • Mounting kits for recreational, industrial and commercial vehicles





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  • Correct Way To Wire Warn Trailer Winch Up to Be Powered By Truck Battery
  • Yes, I can guide you through the correct way to power your Warn 4000 lb winch by your vehicles battery. You will need to use the item you selected, Trailer and Vehicle Electric Winch Wiring Kit, part # sw2008, which uses quick disconnects. You can use the Tow Ready Battery Isolation Solenoid, part # TR118665, in-line with the positive battery cable to keep from draining power from the vehicle battery. Hooking up the winch with part # TR118665, would only allow the winch to be used when...
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  • Need a Winch for Loading and Unloading a Car Into an Enclosed Car Hauler Trailer
  • The Superwinch S4000 Trailer Winch, part # SW104159, that you selected is a great choice for the application that you need a winch for. This winch is designed primarily for race car trailers, open and enclosed and will control the cable feed in and out so you could stop the vehicle at any point when loading and would not have to worry about a runaway vehicle when unloading. For installing the winch in the trailer it is hard to make a recommendation without seeing the trailer and framing...
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  • What is Amperage Draw of Lightest Duty Winch
  • The lightest duty winch we carry is Superwinch EX1, part # SW1110. It has a 1,000 pounds capacity, runs on 12V DC, and draws 25 amps with no load, and draws 60 amps with a 500 pound load, and 92 amps with a 1,000 pound load.
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  • Troubleshooting Contactor/Solenoid on 12V Powered Winch
  • You can do a bypass test to see whether the problem is in the switch or solenoid. Take a jumper wire from the battery +12V and touch it to the green wire on the solenoid. The winch should operate in one direction. Then try applying the +12V wire to the black wire on the solenoid. If the winch does not work in the other direction then the solenoid is bad. The direction of the winch operation, in or out, is determined by which of two solenoid contacts is connected to the 12V power input...
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  • Wiring Needed to Power Dump Trailer Directly From Truck Battery
  • It sounds to me like you are wanting to power the dump trailer directly from your trucks battery. If this is the case you will want to start by making sure that the power draw for the lift would not overload the truck. If all looks good, you could use part # SW2008 which is typically used to wire electric winches but would also work for this type of set-up. The trailer and vehicle wiring kit includes the following: 30 inch wire will attach from battery to vehicle frame to ensure...
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  • Recommended Battery to Power an Electric Winch
  • You will need a 12 volt battery that is rated for more than 55 amps to power your electric winch. Any battery that meets those requirements should work well for you. For most winches that usually means a car battery. I have included a link to the right with tips on wiring an electric winch. If you need a good battery charger that will not over charge the battery and will also help recondition and extend the life of the battery I recommend CTEK charger # CTEK56158. I won this charger...
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  • Charging Trailer-Mounted Accessory Battery Using Tow Vehicle Battery
  • Using the vehicle electrical system to charge a discharged trailer-mounted battery is not feasible due to the physics involved. The distance between the batteries along with the fact that the accessory battery is passive and will not be pulling any power through the circuit will prevent enough power from the tow vehicle electrical system from reaching the accessory battery and effectively charging it. A larger wire like the 8 gauge wire you mentioned would allow a 12 volt accessory,...
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  • Recommended Wire Gauge and Quick Disconnects for 8K Trailer Mounted Winch
  • 6 gauge wire is what we'd recommend for winches up to 4K, so having wire gauge that's too small is a very likely culprit. I'd recommend going with a 2 AWG wire which is rated for a winch up to 16.5K. We offer a quick disconnect wiring kit that would be exactly what you need, part # SW2008. I'll also link you to a help article that shows a few methods of wiring your winch. I don't think yours was incorrectly wired, but there might be something in there that you find helpful.
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  • Wiring Diagram for Installing Superwinch A3500 Winch
  • I was able to find a wiring diagram for the Superwinch ATV A3500 winch that you have. I also attached a link to the install instructions for this winch in a separate email.
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  • How to Charge, Maintain and Wire a Winch Battery, Wiring Front of Truck to Trailer
  • Running a charge line from a vehicle charging system for charging a trailer mounted battery can be accomplished but the vehicle charging system does not have enough power to charge a battery that distance away from a discharged state. The charge line is only capable of maintaining a sufficiently charged battery while the vehicle is running. In your case you have two options. The easiest is to use a battery charger like the CTEK MULTI US 3300 12-Volt Universal Battery Charger w/ Pulse...
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  • Need An Electric Winch To Pull Vehicles Up On A 22 Foot Car Hauler
  • The SuperWinch LT2000 Electric Utility Winch, part # 1220210, you have referenced will only have a rated line pull of 2,000 lbs. The rated line pull of 2,000 lbs. will pull a rolling load of 10,050 lbs. up a 6 degree incline, but as the incline increases, the rolling load capacity will decrease. Also, those loads are based on the just one layer of wire wrapped around the drum. Each additional layer of wire (when the winch wire is laid on top of itself) reduces the winchs pulling capacity...
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  • Recommended Power Winches For Raising Enclosed Trailer Door Ramp
  • I called my contacts at our winch suppliers to see if there were any winches available that perform as you requested. I was unable to find a winch that had an auto shutoff when the winch senses a trailer door is closed. They did agree it was a great idea. You may have to watch the door and release the remote when using a winch to open and close the door. The winch I recommend that features power in and out is the Bulldog Winch 1.5 hp Trailer Winch w/ Mounting Plate, part # BDW15017....
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  • Mounting Plate Recommendation for a Superwinch Tiger Shark Winch 9500 lb
  • I spoke to my contact at Superwinch and he told me that the mounting plate you would want to use with the Superwinch Tiger Shark Series # SW1595200 is actually part # SW2302292.
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  • Wiring Diagram for Superwinch LT3000ATV
  • I attached a diagram that shows how the Superwinch part # SW1130220 gets wired up. In it you can see which terminal you would need to run the black and red wires. Is the battery you are using fully charged? What you described is typically the sound of a winch not able to draw enough amps to function.
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  • Replacement Switch For Older Model Superwinch Electric Winch
  • You can change the style switch for your older model Superwinch X1. If you use a low-amperage switch like those designed for the Terra models like part # SW87-42610 a solenoid would still be required. I recommend the Replacement Rocker Switch, part # SW2233B. This is a rocker switch and does not require a solenoid when installed. If you visit the product page for this switch the installation instructions are on the right side of the page and have the wiring details you can check...
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  • Recommended Winch to Load 4,000 lb Tractor onto Flat Bed Trailer
  • The Superwinch LT2000 you referenced would be perfect for your needs. According to my calculations, the ramps you are using have a bit more than a 40 percent grade. According to the table shown in the FAQ article I have linked you to, the Superwinch # 1220210 you referenced is capable of pulling about 4300 lbs of rolling load like your tractor up a 40 degree ramp. Since you are pretty close to the max capacity of the winch, I would recommend mounting your winch to the trailer slightly...
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  • Electric Winch Recommendation For Pulling A 4850 Lb Boat Out Of The Water Onto A Trailer
  • When winching your boat onto a trailer a common ratio for determining your winch load capacity is 2 to 1. For example, a 5000 lb boat would require a 2500 lb winch. There are other factors, however, that will determine the appropriate winch size for your purposes. The ratio can be stretched to 3 to 1 in instances when the trailer in use has high-quality rollers and is most commonly used on ramps where boats float most of the way onto the trailer. In contrast, using a boat trailer...
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  • Routing Of Wires and Solenoid Mounting for Installing Winch on a 2015 Polaris Ranger
  • To see how we installed a winch on a 2014 Polaris Ranger 570 check out the video I attached. The winch in the video is the # SW1145220. The install will be basically the same as your 2015 Polaris Ranger. You would want to route the wires above the skid plate by first removing the skid plate to the rear of the UTV. We mounted the solenoid near the battery area. Check out the picture I attached.
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  • Using Electric Winch to Load Ice Fishing Shack onto Trailer
  • Either the Superwinch Terra 35 winch with its 3500 lb capacity or the Superwinch LT2000 winch (I am not clear about which one you have) should be able to handle your ice shack with no problem if you use a pulley block like the one included with part # SW1554. Using a pulley block can nearly double the winch capacity, which will be necessary because you will be pulling a dead weight up an incline. You would mount the winch offset to one side of the front of the trailer, and secure a heavy...
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  • Recommended Pulley Block To Use With Offset Winch On Trailer
  • You can use a pulley block like part # SW2229A, to pull your car on to a trailer with the winch being offset. You will want to make sure the winch is well secured for safety. This pulley block has a capacity of 10,000 lbs and is designed to be used with winches that have a rated line pull up to 5,000 lbs. I have attached a drawing that shows how to attach a pulley when offsetting the winch. I have attached a link to a product review video for this pulley you can check out.
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  • Electric Winch Needed to Open 200 lb Trap Door
  • The line speed of the Superwinch LT2000, part # 1220210 cannot be changed. It sounds like what you are really looking for is a crane or hoist winch like the Superwinch C1000 Crane Winch, part # 03002 or the Buffalo Tools Electric Hoist, part # BTEHOISTUL. Either hoist will have sufficient capacity to open a 200 lb trap door. The Buffalo Tools model has a line speed of 33 feet per minute when used in single cable configuration (mounted above the door) or 16-1/25 feet per minute when...
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  • How and Where To Mount Electrical Parts of Superwinch LT2000 Winch # 1120210 on 2006 Honda TRX 500
  • On the Superwinch LT2000 ATV Winch, part # 1120210, for your 2008 Honda TRX 500 Foreman Rubicon, the rocker switch is normally installed on the handle bar of the ATV. The black and green wires from the rocker switch will connect to the black and green wires on the solenoid. Using a circuit tester like the Quickee Tester, part # 3808, to test the wires on your ignition switch, you will need to find the wire that is powered only when the ignition switch is in the On position. The remaining...
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  • Can an Electric Trailer Jack be Powered Using a 7-Way Connector on a Truck
  • The wiring on a trailer connector and the tow package wiring on a vehicle is not really rated high enough and the wire gauge is not large enough to properly power an electric trailer jack. You would want to mount a battery on the trailer and use it to power the winch. To provide a maintenance charge to the battery what you could do is replace the 4-Way on the trailer with a 7-Way, such as # H20042, and run the black wire from it to the positive battery terminal. This will keep the battery...
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  • Can an Electric Trailer Winch be Wired to Run Off of the Towing Vehicle Battery
  • Yes, you can wire your winch to run off of the truck battery. I have included a link to an FAQ article that explains the methods you can use to wire the winch. You will want the section titled Wiring a Trailer-Mounted Winch and option 1. I have included the steps for you here as well. Rear of the vehicle 1. Find a place to mount vehicle-side quick disconnect at the end of the long power wire and short ground wire 2. Ground the short wire from the quick disconnect...
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  • What are The Dimensions of the Mounting Holes On SuperWinch Fairlead Part # SW2302293
  • I pulled one of these fairleads, part # SW2302293, from our warehouse and the holes are 10 inches, center to center and they are 1/2 inch in diameter.
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  • Difference Between Superwinch Terra and LT Winches for an ATV
  • As far as ATV winches are concerned the Terra Superwinch series is the high-end winches that Superwinch offers whereas the LT series winches are the value winches. The most popular winch we sell is the LT series Superwinch LT3000ATV Winch part # SW1130220, which sounds like would be great for what you are doing. However, if you wanted to step up to a winch with more capacity and has a much faster motor (3,500 rpms vs. 3,000 rpms) I would recommend you check out the Superwinch Terra...
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  • Will I Need a Separate Battery to Power My Winch?
  • If you are a frequent user of a medium to heavy duty winch then yes it is a good idea to carry a separate battery with you. Many times we see the auxiliary battery mounted within the engine compartment if there is space available when you have the winch on the front of your vehicle. If you are planning on using your winch when mounted to your trailer then we often see it mounted to the frame of the trailer, but you could also mount a battery box and battery to the bed of your truck. ...
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  • Winch Wiring Diagram for a Ford F-250 with 2 Batteries Under the Hood
  • The batteries under the hood of your F-250 should be wired in parallel, providing 12 volt output for additional power and starting ability. If your batteries are wired in series for 24 volt output, you will need to add an additional 12 volt battery to operate the winch. Wiring a winch with the Superwinch Wiring Kit, # SW2008, is accomplished by running the 25 foot long 2 gauge wire with connector from the positive post on one of the batteries to the back of the vehicle and mounting it...
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  • Are There Winches for Trailer Doors that Run on 110/120V AC Power
  • Most our winches will be 12V DC winches for automotive and ATV applications. We do have some AC winches that may work for you. I have added a link to all of our AC powered winches for you to look through. A winch with a 1,000 pound capacity or more should be enough to lift the door.
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  • Is it Necessary To Ground a Trailer Mounted Auxiliary Battery To Trailer Frame
  • The way you currently have the system set up will work just fine for you. However, if you want to use the 12-volt accessory feed from your 7-way to maintain (not charge) the trailer mounted winch battery, the battery would indeed need to be grounded to the trailer frame. This is a very commonly found set-up, you would not need to worry about any problems between the vehicle and trailer battery. If the accessory circuit is used to maintain the battery, I would recommend installing...
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