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4WD Winches Unwound; The low down on 4WD winches!

January 19, 2021   |   By Liam Arthur 4WD Winches Unwound; The low down on 4WD winches! - image 201119-CPT-80-Low-Range-Trip-160-of-374 on https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/news

Confidence when driving through obstacles is a lot of the time, key to putting your 4WD through and getting out the other side unscathed, but if you are new, or really pushing the limits of your vehicle’s capabilities, then getting a little bit of extra confidence might be all it takes to get you where you need to be.

We have just the ticket for your confidence inspiration, that is one of Australia’s most affordable and awe inspiring 4WD winches for the front (and the rear) of your 4WD. The Adventure Kings Domin8r Xtreme Winch is not only one of the most affordable vehicle mounted winches available in Oz, but it is also one of the most powerful in its price range boasting 12,000lb of pulling power which is leaps and bounds ahead of similarly priced units on the market.

So you’ve ordered the best value winch in oz online at www.4WDSupacentre.com.au and it’s arrived promptly to your front door neatly in its box, what’s next…..

 Installing your winch to your 4WD!

First thing is first, no matter what project you have decided to undertake opening up the box and making sure all your goodies are inside and ready to go should be your priority, there is no point getting halfway through your install and realizing you only have 3x fastening bolts instead of 4, or cannot find the wiring to hook your winch up.

The box should include;

– 12,000lb Domin8r Xtreme Winch

– Mounting Hardware

– Winch cable (pre-spooled)

– Pivoting Winch Hook

– Heavy Duty wiring

– Red isolator power cable

– Control box

– Controller handle

– Wireless module

What you’ll need:

Hercules Hawse FairleadOR- Hercules Hawse Offset Fairlead



Before mounting up your new winch it’s important to make sure you have a suitable steel mounting frame which is at a minimum 5mm thick and reinforced using welded or folded gussets to a secure frame that is rated and capable of withstanding the winch’s rated capacity according to the cradle manufacturer.

A cradle/ bullbar manufacturer will be able to provide you with detailed descriptions on how to install a winch to their rated mounting platform, using all 4x mounting points built into the frame of your winch system.


With your hardware mounted up its time to get the sparks flowing safely through the included wiring kit, pay very close attention to making appropriate and firm electrical cable connections with the following wiring as follows;


  • Short red cable (B’) connecting to the red terminal (B) of the motor.
  • Short black cable with yellow jacket (C’) connecting to the yellow terminal (C) of the motor.
  • Short black cable with black jacket (D’) connecting to the black terminal (D) of the motor
  • Thin black cable(a’) connecting to terminal (A) of the motor.
  • Long black cable (1.8m), one terminal (A’) connecting to the bottom terminal (A) of the motor, and the other terminal negative (-) connecting to negative (-) terminal of battery.
  • Long red cable positive (+) connecting to positive (+) terminal of battery.



For reliable operation when you need it most you should ensure that your battery is kept in good condition and fully charged to prevent misdiagnosing a fault in your winch, it is also important to make sure your cable connections are all firm and secure to convey the most amount of current, to your setup.

Be sure battery cables are not drawn taught across any surfaces, as chafing or tension could possibly damage them or ruin the connections and result in failure to operate.

Corrosion on electrical connections will reduce performance or may cause a short, so ensure your connections are clean.  

In salty environments use a silicone sealer to protect from corrosion and thoroughly rinse after exposure to keep the winch working flawlessly, day in day out.

The best way to get acquainted with how your winch operates is to make a few test runs before you actually need to use it. Plan your test in advance. Remember you can hear your winch as well as you can see it operate. Get to recognize the sound of a light steady pull, a heavy pull, and sounds caused by load jerking or shifting. Soon you will gain confidence in operating your winch and its use will become second nature to you.


To see the range of winches, winch accessories and to get your hands on reliable affordable recovery gear head to www.4WDSupacentre.com.au call our expert team on 1800 88 39 64 or drop into one of our company stores, to see the gear in person and head home with an unbeatable addition to your 4WDing setup!