How to Install a Winch on a Honda Pioneer 700? – [Step by Step Guide]

Your friend got stuck in a puddle with all the mud and rock? Yes, we understand you want to help them but do not have all that strength. Not all of us weightlifters, right? What would you do now? Use a winch!

Winches are of great help when you need to pull cars out of puddles or wherever they are stuck. Not just cars, winches minimise your work in pulling any heavy loads even from a more considerable distance. These do not always have to be fitted on a specific vehicle that is used for towing; you can get it installed on your off-road vehicles as well, such as a Honda Pioneer 700!

In this article, let us cover the process of installing a winch on a Honda Pioneer 700. Honda Pioneer 700 is an excellent medium for adventures and even farming. Do you want to go off-road and indulge in an adventure? Honda Pioneer 700 is the companion you need. It also has a winch installation option; we will look into that but first, some safety measures.

How to Install a Winch on a Honda Pioneer 700? Steps

It is not that difficult to install a winch on a Honda Pioneer 700 as it comes ready to get one installed. In this tutorial, we will be using a WARN SxS winch.

Note: The winch itself will not be entirely ready for installation; you will have to buy a few additional winch mount kits.

  • As you buy the winch installation kit, you will be provided with most of the items that will help to install the winch, but we will require a few tools for this purpose:
  1. Socket, (8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 mm)
  2. Open-end wrench (12, 13, 15 mm)
  3. Socket extension (6 inches)
  4. Ratchet
  5. Torque wrench
  6. Hex wrench (3 and 5 mm)
  7. Power drill
  8. Drill bit (1/4 inch)
  9. Step drill bit (with 7/8 inch capacity)
  10. Awl
  • Now we are finally into the installation process. First, remove the front bumper from your Honda Pioneer 700.
  • You have been provided with two brackets in the installation kit; fix them together using 10 mm carriage bolts and 10 x 1.5 mm lock nuts. 
  • Fix the fairlead to the fairlead bracket using the 10 x 1.5 mm lock nuts and tighten it.
  • Now make use of the second bracket, the winch bracket. Install the winch on the winch bracket using four eight × 20 mm bolts with 8 mm lock washers. The plastic clutch cover must be on the right side of the vehicle, and the winch cable must go through the fairlead opening. 
  • Install the C-brackets using the 10 × 1.5 × 20 mm flange bolts. Keep the bolts loose for now, and we will tighten them later.
  • You might require a little help for this one and the following step. Hang the winch with all the other pieces attached from the front bumper bracket.
  • Hold the winch in place and let the other person fix the front bumper using four 8 × 70 mm flange bolts.
  • Put the 10 × 1.25 × 40 mm flange bolts through the lower bumper mounts. 
  • Tighten and put bolts on all the places we had left loose before.
  • Install the clevis hook assembly.
  • Now, fix the contactor on the contactor bracket with the rubber washers. 

Now let us go ahead with the second part of the installation, electrical/wire connections.

  • Disconnect the battery terminals. Start with the negative(-) terminal to avoid short circuits.
  • Remove the front hood and seat and disconnect the negative battery cable.
  • Remove the vehicle frame ground and place winch black cable and reinstall the frame.
  • Take out the winch black cable from the right front wheel.
  • Take out the nut on the battery side of the starter relay switch and place the winch red cable to the terminal.
  • Use black boots to cover the starter relay switch. 
  • Route the red cable with the black cable to the vehicle’s wire harness behind the vehicle frame and through the slots.
  • Now place the red cable to the contactor red terminal, winch black cable, and contactor brown wire to the contactor black and brown terminals.
  • Fit the contactor in place.
  • Place the winch remote socket in the glove box connect the wires to their respective contactor terminals.
  • Disconnect the two-pin fans from their anchors.
  • Fix the winch sub-harness between the two halves of the fan connector. 
  • Connect terminal boots to the two ends of the winch blue, and yellow cable ends.
  • Take the winch yellow and blue cables down the frame and fix them to the frame tube. You can use zip ties to secure the wires. 
  • Winch yellow and blue cables are connected to their corresponding colour terminals on the winch motor.
  • Secure all the wires, place the battery in place with the connections, and you are all done!

Safety Measures

Before you start with the installation of a winch on your Honda Pioneer 700, keep a few safety measures in mind.

  1. Wear safety gloves while working with winches, and do not let your fingers come between the cable turns even with the gloves on. 
  2. Keep the area where you are working with winches out of children under the age of 16.
  3. Do not consume any substance that could alter your conscious state, i.e., alcohol or drugs.
  4. You might need some help installing winches; do not try to do it alone; asking for help would be safer.

Conclusion

Honda Pioneer 700 are great adventure companions; the facility on winch installation makes it even better. The winch installation must be done using appropriate tools and by people who have good experience with these tools. And do not forget to follow the safety measures.

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