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Old November 26th, 2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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Default SmittyBuilt winch solenoid

My solenoid on my xrc8 gave out finally. Its the original style winch and controller. I have called smitty directly and they are no help besides a part number for a $150 solenoid that I have to by from 4wheelparts, which isn't even on 4wheelparts site. However I have found the solenoid on a different site so they do exist. The problem is that I only paid $100 for the entire winch, and $150 is half the price of a bran new winch.

So are there any other options besides using the smittybuilt solenoid?

For reference here's the style solenoid I'm talking about.

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Old November 26th, 2012, 03:28 PM   #2
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Many people have used old style Ford starter solenoids. I don't know how long they hold up to extended winching but you might give one a try.

You could go through a lot of these for $150.
http://www.google.com/search?q=ford+...rchBox&ie=&oe=
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Old November 26th, 2012, 03:34 PM   #3
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I had a solenoid go bad in my MileMarker, it was sticking in the on postion(!), and used a Ford starter relay as a replacement. I never had a problem with it after that. Way cheap too!

Edit. Looking at the wiring in the picture a little more closely, you may need 2 Ford relays.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #4
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Not sure if this would work. worth looking into though.
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...ier=76762_0_0_
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Thanks for the links, Ill look into them
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Bump for the wiring illiterate
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