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Old 05-02-2007, 10:35 PM
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Hello all...

THis is my first thread so be gentle!

I have an 06 chevy HD 2500 Diesel that has the dual battery setup from the factory. And I need to get power to the back of the truck. Its for a winch that I need in the back.

The cable is just plain power (zero guage.. winch type wire) that I need to run to the back but I have a dual battery setup on my truck and need to figure out which one to tap into... or is there a terminal I should be hooking up to??

Anyways - hoping someone could point me in the right direction!

Cheers, William.

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Old 05-03-2007, 01:38 AM
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Hey William, I wouldn't try to hook up a cable directly to either battery that will draw that kind of load. I'm not familiar with how the starter on that late model truck is wired, but if it is accessable, I'd run my hot lead off the starter and ground to the frame at the back of the truck.

You could always pick up a battery relocation kit and install a third battery in the rear of your truck. I had one in a hot rod pick up one time just to move as much weight as possible to the rear for better traction. Then you could pull off that isolated battery.

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Old 05-03-2007, 09:43 AM
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With a winch you want to hook both cables to the battery becasue it puts less strain on the battery. Look and see what the batteries are and if they are the same, hook it up to which ever one is easier. Warn makes a kit I believe for hooking up winches in the rear.
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Not arguing but why would hooking a large amperage draw winch directly to the battery put less strain on the battery?

It's difficult if not impossible to connect to the battery without installing some kind of bracket which would provide the connection required for large gauge wire. Nothing pulls more amps than a starter, and the stud is already there.
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It's what I have been told and that is how all of my winches have been hooked up. Got one on my 4wheeler, my truck (06 Z71), I put one of my old ones on my brother's truck (96 Tahoe), I have put them on several Jeeps and that's how I've hooked them up, and about to put one on my Kawasaki Mule. I have never had any problems with it at all. It might be better to hook it up to the starter but have never been told that or seen it done on a truck.
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William, I've got the Warn 9.5ti winch w/ remote for my dual battery 2500 Diesel Ram 4x4 and I've also have a large power winch on the boat trailer....I pondered the very same question you are asking for a moment, then I just picked a battery and called it the day and I've never had a problem.

* It would be far from ideal to draw your power from the starter. It is ALWAYS best to draw that great an amperage draw directly from the source.......the more connections/ junction points between source and output will build up heat because of voltage drops!

I would second guess your 0 gauge wire considering the length you want to run it! I would "think" you should be running 000 gauge if not a 0000 gauge wire for that length and the power draw.
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The only problem with going direct to the battery (either one of them) is that GM still uses those retarded side posts. It's got to be the dumbest thing they just can't get away from.

Whoever invented it must be sleeping with the CEO's daughter.
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Mist-Rest - 5/3/2007 11:24 AM

The only problem with going direct to the battery (either one of them) is that GM still uses those retarded side posts. It's got to be the dumbest thing they just can't get away from.

Whoever invented it must be sleeping with the CEO's daughter.
You got that right!

You can't even hook up a set of jumper cables on those things let alone anything else. Guys, I don't want to get into a pi$$in contest over how to do things, but I have owned a couple of trucks with winches in my day. I'm with Garret on the wire gauge deal, but the starter still seems to be the best and/or easiest choice. There is one wire to the starter, and it's a big one. There is certainly no need to run a ground from the winch to the battery.

Here's a novel idea, look at the owner's manual for their recommendation on how to supply power to the winch and let us know what it says. Maybe we're all jumping the gun on what kind of winch this guy is installing. Maybe it's just a powerwinch for his small boat or something.
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Auto Zone sells a terminal for side post batteries, it has a bolt for accesories. My duramax has a 16500 # winch direct to the battery. Rember to keep your motor running when you are winching. 1) draw on batt. 2) if key is on so are glow plugs.
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