Bulldog UTV or Utility Winch Installation - 2010 Polaris Ranger

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How to Install the Bulldog UTV or Utility Winch on a 2010 Polaris Ranger


Today on our 2010 Polaris Ranger, we're gonna be taking a look at and installing the 3500 pound Bulldog Winch, Powersports Series ATV winch, in conjunction with the Bulldog winch custom fit steel ATV winch mount. We'll also be installing the in and out LED rocker switch for a Bulldog winch. We'll also be using the Bulldog winch ATV winch roller fairlead 122 and a half millimeter mount.This is what our winch looks like installed. So you can see it looks really nice with our bumper here. The reason you're gonna want a winch is if you ever get stuck, the winch can pull you out. If a friend or a buddy gets stuck, you can help them and pull them out as well.

They really save the day when you get yourself into a jam.One thing I really like about this winch is these side fairlead rollers. Now what these are gonna do is allow you to use an anchor point on the side of you. Chances are really good, if you do get stuck, you're not gonna have a straight shot right at your anchor point. So with this side rollers, you can anchor to a tree or whatever you might be anchoring to over on the side. And it'll still work really good.The cable is 50 feet long, so that should be more than enough to get to your anchor point.

Now the rated line pull is 3500 pounds, and the motor itself is 1.6 horsepower. Now it's always a good idea to check with your machine's owner's manual to make sure you can handle that much weight.Now, there are some other winches on the market that do have higher line pull ratings. But 3500 pounds is quite a bit, and you should have no issues getting you or a friend's machine unstuck.Now the winch does come with a handheld remote. It has a 20 foot cord. That way you can stand away and operate your winch, if needed.

And the nice thing about it is, it actually disconnects. That way, when you're not using it, you can wrap it up and put it in your glove box or keep it out of sight. That way you keep it in good shape. Now the kit also does come with a handlebar mounted rocker switch. As you can see, our UTV doesn't have handlebars, so a better option that our customer chose was this dash mounted toggle switch.

Now like I said, this doesn't come with the kit, but if you want one of these, you can find it on etrailer.com.Now I'll let you see how the handheld remote works and how fast our winch actually pulls out. Now that we've gone over some of the features, I can show you how I installed it.To begin our install, the first thing you wanna do is go ahead and disconnect your battery. Now we need to remove our bumper. There is a handful of fasteners, and I'll point them out to you. We're going to remove these two Torx bit screws, as well as these two Torx bit, then down here we have three bolts, and on each side we have a gold bolt right here that we'll need to remove. Now with the bumper out of the way, we can mount our brace. Now we utilize the custom fit brace for our pliers here, which you can find on etrailer.com. But take your brace and the supplied hardware. There'll be two bolts and we've gotta mount it to this part of the frame here. So we set it on there, put our two bolts in, and just for now, get everything hand tight.So now we bolt our winch to the bracket. Go ahead and pull maybe about 6 to 10 inches of cable out. We're gonna pull the cable through our fairlead rollers. Once we have that, we can actually bolt the fairlead rollers to the bracket. Now with everything hand tight, we can start to run our wires. I, personally, didn't reinstall the whole bumper until the end, just so we had some more room to work with.Now I'll show you how I wired it. So we took our positive and negative cable that came in with the kit, attached it to our winch connections. They I just put it in some wire loom, just to protect it a little bit more. Then I ran it along this frame rail here, and I used a couple zip ties to secure it. And then along the frame rail, and this piece of plastic, you can go straight up and just fish it right into the engine compartment, or trunk compartment rather. And here's where the wires came up through. Now this hole was pre-drilled here from the factory, so I utilized that. I ran them up and zip tied up the excess wire, came along here, and ran it to our contactor. Now from there, I went ahead and mounted my contactor. Now you can mount it anywhere you like, but in my opinion, this was the highest and driest place, and the most secure. I did use some Tek screws, which are self tapping, and you can find those on etrailer.com.Now from there, I ran my cables going to the battery. It's a pretty straight shot, as you can see. It's only about a foot apart. So I hooked them up to my contactor. I just ran them straight to my battery. However, I did not hook them up yet; we'll do that last. From there, I ran the wires from the toggle switch on the dash. It's just a straight shot back, and here's some excess wire I had. Now on the end of the switch wire, there will be some green and black wires with connectors on them. And I went ahead and connected those to the green and black wires off our contactor here. Now I did just use a little bit of electrical tape, just to give us some more watertight seal.And then I ran my remote switch wiring. As you can see, there's the connection point there, and the wire follows down up into the firewall. So I then ran the wire through the firewall, through the wheel well, and up into the front compartment. You can see here, I put some wire loom on it, just for some added protection. And from up in our top compartment, I ran it across. And that switch too, connects to the green and black wires on our contactor. So our next step was to find an ignition source. That way our winch has power with the key on or running and no power with the key off. That way it doesn't drain our batteries.So I checked the fuse block here, under the front compartment, and I actually used the 20 amp accessory fuse. So I used a fuse tap here, tapped into it, and then I ran both of my ignition wires that come from both switches. So each switch wiring harness has an ignition wire. These are these red wires. I ran both of these together into this fuse tap, and that gave us ignition power. Now with all the wires ran, make sure all your connection points are nice and tight, get all your wires tidied up and zip tied. And when all that's complete, then we can go ahead and hook our battery back up.So once you've done that, you can turn your key on and hit your switches to make sure your winch is working. If it is, you're ready to pull someone out of the mud. And that'll complete our look and installation of the 3500 pound Bulldog Winch Powersports Series ATV winch on our 2010 Polaris Ranger.


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