When you plan to go off-road, it is vital to care for your vehicle needs because it’s not that safe down there. Your vehicle will have to go through mud, soil, rocks and all the earthy stuff. You wouldn’t want to ruin and ride, would you?
In this article, we will be talking about installing a winch. Specifically, installing a winch on Polaris Sportsman 570. Polaris manufactures these vehicles and has a series of them. There are several models of Polaris Sportsman 570, the series is named year-wise, and today we will be looking at Polaris Sportsman 570 2019.
Polaris Sportsman 570 is great when you want to ride on surfaces rather than roads such as rocks and muddy tracks where there is a higher chance of a regular vehicle getting stuck and not functioning. But even Polaris needs some care, such as a winch. Now let us get into the tutorial. But first, some safety measures and warnings.
The Procedure of Installing Winch on a Polaris Sportsman 570 – Steps
Before installing the winch on your Polaris Sportsman 570, first, inspect the vehicle to be in perfect condition to operate and follow the safety measures and warnings given above.
- Please take the winch out of the box and look for all the things that came with it, which will include power cables and connection cable for the control unit, cable ties, handlebar switch and of course, a manual.
- The tools you will need:
- Screw glue
- Cable ties and pliers
- Socket wrench set
- Board tool
- Now that you have all the tools, remove the battery cover. Doing this might be difficult as the rubber band holding the battery can get difficult to handle, so for this, you can make a hoop out of cable ties and use it.
- Go ahead with disconnecting the battery terminals. First disconnects the negative terminals, black cables and then the positive ones, the red wires. Removing negative ones first is essential because doing the opposite might cause short circuits.
- Get access to a power supply. To do this, you will have to pull out the seal, free Torx screws and remove the plastic insert.
- Remove the number plate or licence plate holder using appropriate tools. You will find Torx screws in the holes on both sides of the plate holder.
- Now loosen the control cable attached to the frame using a cable tie. Insert the screw and winch, and you can use a screw glue or screw varnish for this.
- Use a screwdriver, press in the clamp at the bottom and take off the cover.
- Connect the plug under the cooler using cable ties. You might use precautionary objects over it if you wish to cover the connectors.
- Take the power cables towards the driving direction on the right side and fix them with screws to the connections. Screw the power cables vertically and try not to damage anything, and that wires have no contact with the radiator.
- Now your vehicle is ready for the installation of a winch. Remove both the plugs and screws on the handlebar switch.
- So you are now done with the process and go ahead with reassembling all the parts back.
How to Take Care of Winch Cables?
- Whenever you feel that your winch parts are getting worn out, consider replacing them with the specific suitable ones. And also, inspect your winch cables often to check for any damage. This inspection is very important to do before use as you might face damage if the cords break or are twisted.
- Do not shock load your winch cables. Winch cables can handle the load but not all of a sudden, as in a shock load, this could severely damage the cables and might also break it.
- Do not switch your winch on and off frequently, and this can heat the motor and cause damage.
- Using recovery straps with a winch is a big no-no. These are not useful for winches as they do not completely meet the cables, cannot take the load, and might break. And this, of course, can lead to injury and perhaps death.
Before checking your winch, let the motor cool down to make the process easier and safer.
These are the basics of how to take care of a winch, and you can seek more information when working with it on manuals.
Safety Measures and Warnings
- Choosing a suitable winch for your vehicle in good condition is extremely important as not doing so can cause injury and perhaps a lot more.
- Do not let children be around when operating a winch, and do not let them operate it as well.
- Make sure you are in a proper state and have not consumed any alcohol or drugs.
- Wear protection items such as gloves and glasses while working with a winch.
- Stay out of distractions.
- Turn the vehicle and the winch off when not in use.
- There must always be at least five complete rounds of winch cable around the winch drum.
- Even with safety gloves, do not let your fingers get in between the cables.
- Do not use oil or grease on winch cables.
- Keep your vehicle on brakes when winching.
These are only a few precautions, and you may read the complete precautions in your manual that came with the item.
Installing a winch on Polaris Sportsman 570 is pretty simple, and you do not have to go through extreme steps as the vehicle comes ready to get a winch installed. Follow the safety measures to keep yourself and the people around you safe and keep children out of reach of winches.
The necessary accessories come with the winch, such as power cables and connection cables, cable ties and handlebar switch. Do all the assembling and reassembling carefully without losing any nuts, as this is pretty much the case while working with nuts; they are tiny sometimes.