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    Default x595 Warn winch install

    I just finished installing a Warn xt25 2,500 lb winch on my '03 x595. Since I've occasionally come across threads asking about winch installs, I thought I'd share my project for others who may be interested in something similar.

    The reason for the install is that we have a hilly property, and I'm always reaching for the come-a-long, etc. to pull out a bush, lift something, etc. This should do the trick.

    The pics should be self-explanatory, but I'll add a few notes here:

    - The xt25 is rated for 2,500 lbs as purchased. It comes with all wiring, an ATV handlebar switch, a universal mounting plate, 50 ft of synthetic line, and just about any piece of hardware you could need for a basic install. While researching these winches, I stumbled across an interesting tidbit of info regarding the pulling capacity differences between this winch, and the xt30 (3,000 lbs). The only difference, as verified by Warn, is that the xt30 winch comes with 6 AWG wire, rather than 8 AWG wire (xt25). So I purchased a length of 6 AWG Flex-A-Prene welding cable and created my own power cables using heavy copper ends, a hydraulic crimper, and shrink tubing.

    - The plate that comes with the winch could easily be welded to a 1-1/4" receiver hitch insert and attached to the tractor as needed. I opted to create my own mount (powdercoated) and bolted it solidly to existing holes in the x595's front frame.

    - The waterproof Warn handlebar switch is a nice item. I decided to modify the housing a bit and securely mount it within the cubby in the right fender. It fits great, is protected, and cannot be accidentally engaged.

    - Speaking of the switch, it requires a +12v signal to operate. By mounting the switch in the cubby, I had a ready 12v source nearby - the on/off switch for the 12v outlet. I opted to make the Warn switch hot only after the 12v outlet switch is flipped first. I may add another switch or a handheld remote down the road, but for now this works great.

    Enjoy the pics:






















    Andreas
    Last edited by AOW162435; 10-08-2012 at 10:39 PM.
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    Default Re: x595 Warn winch install

    Good job.

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    Default Re: x595 Warn winch install

    Nice setup. I mounted a 3000# HF winch on my x740. Consider making a small frame for the front of if, in case you run into something because you forgot it was on.
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    Default Re: x595 Warn winch install

    Looks like John deere put it on!

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    Default Re: x595 Warn winch install

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob77064 View Post
    Good job.
    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by deere Dude View Post
    Nice setup. I mounted a 3000# HF winch on my x740. Consider making a small frame for the front of if, in case you run into something because you forgot it was on.
    I thought about that, but the mounting I created is effectively one with the frame head. At worst, the fairlead mounting tabs could bend back a hair, but then the fairlead mounting bolts contact the winch body. It's on there for good, so I'll know to keep it in mind (I say that now...).

    Quote Originally Posted by buckshot721 View Post
    Looks like John Deere put it on!
    That was the intent.


    Andreas
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    Default Re: x595 Warn winch install

    Good job!
    Paraphrasing Douglas Adams - So long and thanks for all the bacon.

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    Default Re: x595 Warn winch install

    Nicely done, photos are great too!

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    Default Re: x595 Warn winch install

    Looks awesome. So what are you going to use it for?

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    Default Re: x595 Warn winch install

    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    Good job!
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by superduty2765 View Post
    Nicely done, photos are great too!
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by s219 View Post
    Looks awesome. So what are you going to use it for?
    Build it, and the uses will appear.


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    Default Re: x595 Warn winch install

    That is slick. I wish I would have done that when I had my 595. Do you have a three point hitch mounted? If so, you probably know they have a Cat 1 (or limited Cat 1) I match compatible 2" receiver which would work. One could also do a quick attach and detach front/back winch, which would also be cool with a high-quality winch like the one you have.

    John

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