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Old 07-22-2012, 01:35 PM
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winch for 500ho

thinking about installing a winch on my 2012 500ho. Can someone give me some advice on how hard it is to install ? or how easy. I have looked at some on line,do most also need a mounting kit or do they come with one. any help would be most helpful. thanks
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:43 PM
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lots of info on the same subject already posted here. They are VERY easy to install, you need a mount kit and a winch, the Polaris 500 H.O. is already pre-wired so all you have to do is hook up the winch to the solenoid. the wires from the battery to the solenoid are already there, just hook them up.
a good thread to start is here....
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i took a few pics of my install
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:26 PM
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easy to install. Will take about 3 hours for your first time. There are a couple of threads with pics on here that can help you through it. Basically, order a winch of your choice with a mounting bracket. There is a power cable that is hanging by the radiator that is already run back to the battery (not hooked up at the battery yet though). Install the winch, run the yellow and blue wires from the winch to the solenoid and match up the other colors. The power wire by the radiator goes to the contactor (there is no negative wire there..it is already grounded). Install the rocker switch and run the wires down the handlebar. Take off the middle section of the front plastic and your wires are in there (and fuses, etc). You will see two orange wires with spades already on them. Choose one and use that to power the rocker switch. Finally, dig out the other red power cable that is bundled up by the battery and hook it up. You should be good to go.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:20 AM
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Many thanks you guys for the info on hooking up a winch, just one other question. once the winch is hooked up does it make the steering harder to turn, i do not have p.s. or does it make it easier ? thanks again
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:30 AM
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no effect on the turning
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:31 AM
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I can't tell a difference in steering.. It's doesn't weigh enough to load down the front end as say if you had a 150 lb deer on the front rack.. You will be fine
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:33 AM
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Thanks for your help dbmachine
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:37 AM
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No differance in steering. Mske sure the cables to the winch are not too tight. You will need to unbolt it to check the front diff fluid.

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Old 07-23-2012, 07:55 AM
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I noticed this on my 500HO 2011, when installing the winch, there is a little panel under the headlight that slides off. Under here you will possibly find two orange wires. they are keyed wires. but they go to nothing. I would use one of these vs T-taps or wire taps.

I installed my warn XT25. it took a little while of doing. Mostly because I like to make it look factory as much as possible. Also invest in dialectic grease and grease up each connector as they are not sealed like most connections on the 500.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:19 AM
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Many thanks for all of the great advice. On another matter has anyone every put on an after market power steering unit on their 500ho ? If so do they work as good and the factory ones ? thanks again
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