How to Wire a Polaris Winch

polari winchA Polaris ATV or Ranger will take you places few other vehicles can’t. Their light weight and all-wheel-drive capability are suitable for many rugged conditions. Occasionally you will get your vehicle stuck in a deep mud pit and need to get it out yourself. A Polaris winch can assist in this task by providing the pulling power required to rescue the ATV. A winch works by delivering power from an electric motor through a gearing system to a spool of wire.

Things You Will Need:
  • Wiring Kit
  • Waterproof Switch
  • Butt Connectors
  • Pliers
  • Inline Fuse
  • Cable Ties
  • Drill


  1. Drill a hole in the dash of the ATV the size of the switch’s diameter. Push the switch into the hole and fasten it from the rear with the nut provided.
  2. Run the positive wire from the winch to the switch. Connect this wire to one of the switch wires with a butt connector. A butt connector works by placing a stripped wire in each end and compressing with pliers.
  3. Attach a new section of wire to the other wire coming from the switch with a butt connector. Run this wire in the direction of the battery making sure not to interfere with the vehicles controls or engine. Attach this wire to the fuse holder with a butt connector.
  4. Attach the other wire from the fuse holder to the positive terminal on the battery.
  5. Run the negative wire from the winch to the battery. Fasten this wire to the negative terminal on the battery.
  6. Wrap all of the connections in electrical tape and fasten the loose wires to the frame of the ATV.

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