How to wire a winch with a toggle switch

Whenever you would need to control your winch, the common way you would do this is through the use of your remote control. This is very convenient especially when the model you have bought comes with a remote. However, what is the remote is not readily available at the time you would need to control your winch? For sure, we do understand how hassle it could get to always plugging and unplugging the remote control every time you would need to use your winch. Fortunately, there is another way to control your winch and that is through the toggle switch.

A winch toggle switch is a tool that uses a switch instead of a remote. This is often found and placed on the driver’s seat. The reason why it is placed there is so that you could control your winch at the same time while driving the car. By using a toggle switch, you will no longer have to plug and unplug your remote every time you would need to use your winch. Just flip the switch and you are good to go.

In this article, we shall provide you a guide on how to wire a winch with toggle switch. Take note in doing this task, you will have to deal with electrical wirings. Hence, we highly recommend that you proceed with caution.

How to wire a toggle switch?

Before you install, follow the steps below:

  • Turn your vehicle’s ignition off.
  • Locate the toggle switch, red, yellow and green wires which are connected to it.
  • Ensure that it will not operate the winch and that there is no power going to it
  • Disengage the winch clutch
  • Open your hood
  • Cut off one of the spade connectors on the yellow and green wire. It will not be needed as we will be using wire splices.

When installing the toggle switch, follow the steps below:

  • Position tube clamp-on handlebars
  • Mount the toggle switch housing to tube clamp through the use of a capscrew, locknut, shake proof washer, flat washer. Ensure to tighten securely.
  • Push the green, red and yellow wires to the back of the switch housing
  • On the toggle switch, put the gasket
  • Connect the yellow wire to the top terminal of the toggle switch
  • Connect the red wire to the middle terminal
  • Connect the green wire to the bottom terminal
  • Slide green, yellow and red wires into the loom
  • Slide the loom to the back of the switch housing
  • Snap together the switch and switch housing
  • Route wires from Toggle switch down the handlebars
  • Turn the handlebars fully right and left for you to be able to ensure that there is enough space.
  • Route wires to toggle switch
  • Match yellow, green and red wires from the toggle switch to the wires connected to the toggle switch
  • Place yellow wire from toggle switch into the wire splice.
  • Fold the place clip over itself
  • Close snap
  • Repeat for green and red wires.

When finishing the installation, do the following steps

  • Ensure that the clutch of your winch is disengaged
  • Turn off the ignition switch
  • Press the toggle switch to out
  • If the winch is working while the toggle switch is on out mode, double check and ensure that the yellow, green and red wires are connected properly and correctly.
  • Spool cable by hand
  • Engage the winch clutch
  • Turn the ignition on
  • Press the toggle switch to out. This will spool the cable out
  • If it does not work, double check again the wires. Ensure that the wires are not drawn across any surfaces as this could damage it.
  • Use cable ties.


We hope that through this article you were able to learn how to install a toggle switch. 

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