If you dont use factory wires, not hurting anything having them just taking up space. But as mentioned a few times, factory or aftermarket, they need/use the same wires to operate the winch/make it work. Theres nothing special wiring wise between the polaris winch or any other brand; its just knowing what wires are what on the machine and hooking them up accordingly- or just use the wires and do it from scratch with the ones that come with the SW. not a difficult task either way honestly.
Last i heard the “polaris” winch was a Warn rebrand (essentially renamed twice) Warn was awarded the contract, they farmed the job out to some other company who builds them and puts a Polaris label on them. Happens way more than you think with most things we buy/consume in our lives. But ive had friends with Warn winches on their ATV’s, and ive honestly never been impressed with them on their atv sized stuff.
Most of us ride with each other so our equipment goes theu the same riggors, we’ve tried 2500 vs 2500 (sw vs warn) on a stuck buddy, 3500 vs 3500 (sw vs warn) and warn either overrates their units or uses inferior wiring that is restricting motor power because they just always seem weaker. And ive never torn my SW down over the years to clean/maintain- while the warn owners after a yr or two it seems like it becomes mandatory or it just fails in the woods at any given point.
I speak biasedly only because ive seen it, and with Warn upselling a big percentage on name alone, ill gladly use the cheaper brand that just gets the job done no matter what.
If you can up your budget, opt for synthetic line too- i got rope on the front and cable on the rear- suprisingly rear winch is used 5:1 over front winch since installing, but rope is just as strong and sooo much nicer to work with if you winch alot (like we do).
2014 Sportsman 550 named "Chapter 7"
Lots of mods and add ons