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Old 09-03-2012, 05:22 AM
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ok, did some digging.

The axle carrier is slightly different than I thought.

you'll only be able to easily tie into the upper pair of engine to carrier bolts.

even so it's worth doing, come out from them, then down, under the axle carrier, and tie into those bolt holes at the front, then out under the front of the bonnet, and then build your winch mount out there.

you'll need to allow for the bonnet opening forward too, so will need to keep it low.
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:29 AM
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http://fireball-tech.com/Extreme_Q_D_Jumper_Cables.htm
While I do not/have not used these guys, a quick search allows the link to give you a good idea on what is used, why and how the cables are made up to a degree.

I’m anal, sooooooo, all of my connector ends when allowed are sweated/soldered connections with consideration to lugs after they have been crimped.

It is fortunate in that I have access to company tooling to do the crimps, but I do have a set of dies for 4 different cable sizes to press crimp my own cables if need be which is the way I did all of my current QD and battery work.

I forgot to mention that on most of my vehicles I have added hefty knife switches mounted in nice weather proof enclosures to keep weather out. When not in use, these knife switches are left in the open position, which BTW also used to kill battery power to the Starter circuit to disable the battery. The enclosure can be locked as well. Remember, I did admit to being anal.

http://www.solar-electric.com/anhicupoco.html One company I do remember using off the shelf items from was/is Solar-Electric which I think is based in Ar. Quick service on on-line orders.

http://www.hummerknowledgebase.com/electric/qds.html another how to project based article of good info.

See pdf file added to this reply. Start looking at page 12 and on to see what most QD’s I prefer to use. Positive connections made everytime with no doubt left in my mind that the connection is made and will hold. Once you tighten down that plug, it’s there.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:26 AM
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Thanks, I'm impressed by the amount of response (I'm new here)! The info on power connectors was particularly useful. I think welding connectors could be used also, but there is a risk of someone reversing pos/neg, which would be bad.

I see that i need to put in some longer bolts, the ballast frame is fastened with 4xM14 bolts, but one nut is literally hanging by a thread.

Building a frame that connects to the axle carrier seems to be overkill, especially when you compare it to the dimensions on those hitch mounts.

I did a new frame design that slides on, it needs a lot less steel, and based on the hitch mounts mentioned earlier, should be strong enough.

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Old 09-03-2012, 12:03 PM
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how does that frame tie into the tractor?



Oh and something you'll learn here is that we like overkill



For the power, I'd use a less stylish connector, I dont know what the proper name is, everyone I know calls them forklift plugs.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:50 PM
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how does that frame tie into the tractor?



Oh and something you'll learn here is that we like overkill



For the power, I'd use a less stylish connector, I dont know what the proper name is, everyone I know calls them forklift plugs.
I'm using the mount for the ballast frame or what ever it is called in English, check out image in first post, and this closeup: Click image for larger version

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Yes I'm fitting new bolts
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:07 PM
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One thing to consider is the charging system of the tractor. An electric winch is hard on a battery and tractor charging systems are typically very minimal.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:36 PM
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ok, that hadnt registered fully with me.


I definitely wouldn't do that, the front axle's just not designed for it, you're talking about putting potentially large lateral stresses onto an axle pivot that's weak at best. add in the leverage of having the winch so far out in front and I just think it's a bad idea.
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