Harbor Freight Hack! Cheap Wireless Winching

Who doesn’t love a Harbor Freight Hack!? The new Badland APEX winch remote is designed to use on the new APEX winch series, or as a retrofit to the current and older Badland vehicle winches with 5-pin connector. But what if you have a sturdy old Warn, Ramsey, Superwinch, or other winch that you’d love to control wirelessly? Let us show you how to hack this inexpensive wireless remote to work flawlessly with ANY winch!
This remote has proved to be low-latency (no delay), it has very good range, and connects instantly. The only drawback is that it does not have a simple wired function to use this remote in a wired capacity also. The battery life is great, but I carry two spare CR-2032 Lithium cells with me just in case.

I’ll show you how to wire and mount this little receiver, as well as utilize a modern DC Contactor (solid state winch controller, or Albright switch), which you can use to replace the big solenoid pack your winch may have come equipped with originally. Total for this setup cost me a little over $100 with the electrical connectors and heat shrink tube. Links for the items used can be found below!

HF Winch Remote

DC Contactor

Heat Shrink

22-16 Gauge Terminals

16-14 Gauge Terminals

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*This product is meant for entertainment purposes only. Your mileage may vary. Do not try this at home. Void where prohibited. Some assembly required. For off-road use only. Slippery when wet. Batteries not included. Do not use while operating a motor vehicle, heavy equipment, cherokee XJ, wrangler TJ, wrangler JK, or any Jeep vehicle, especially the newer Fiat ones. How-to videos may be too intense for some viewers and children under 30 years of age. Please remain seated until the 4×4 ride has come to a complete stop. Studies have shown viewing these videos causes increased cancer risks in laboratory test people. I am not a professional, I have no training, I’m not even particularly good at horse whispering. Don’t believe everything that you know. Please keep your hands in the vehicle at all times. Do not tap on glass. Do not eat anything that has been on the floor for more than 3 days. Keep your hands to yourself. Not to be taken internally. Reproduction strictly prohibited. Driver does not carry cash. Objects in Bleepinjeep mirrors may be farther than they appear.*


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