Warn Tabor 10k
Installation into ARB winchbar
ARB supply comprehensive installation instructions with their winch bars. For other brands of bullbar, please refer to the bar manufacturer for instructions. Please read the following alongside the fitting instructions from the bullbar manufacturer.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, I used loctite on ALL bolts during the installation, adding additional security to cope with vibration.
Step 1: Attach the ARB-supplied control box mounting bracket to the box.
Step 2: Remove all of the cap (allen key head) screws from the gearbox end of the winch, and carefully rotate the end cap 4 screw holes, then replace the screws. This will allow the winch clutch lever to line up with the hole in the bullbar.
Step 3: Remove the two bolts on the motor end of the winch, then rotate the entire motor 90º clockwise.
Step 4: Place the winch mount-face up on a sturdy table.
Step 5: Following the reverse of the ARB instructions, with an assistant remove the bullbar from the vehicle. This will involve removing the centre stone tray, wing splash panels, fog/park/indicator wiring, and the bolts connecting the bullbar itself to the mounting brackets.
Step 6: Place the bullbar on top of the winch, so the mounting holes line up with the holes in the bullbar. Ensure the clutch is on the left side of the bar, and the rope spools off the bottom of the drum. Then install the two longer bolts through the fairlead, bullbar and into the winch; and the two shorter bolts through the upper holes in the bullbar and into the winch. Use loctite on all the bolts.
Step 7: Roll the bullbar and winch assembly over to gain access to the rear of the winch.
Step 8: Fit the ARB-supplied rubber grommets into the top of the bullbar pan, then run the wiring from the control box through to the winch, connecting the three colour-coded wires from the control box to the winch. Stow the red battery wire (from the control box) and the black earth lead (from the winch motor) so they can be run after the bar is mounted to the vehicle.
Step 9: Bolt the control box to the bullbar.
Step 10: With the aid of an assistant, replace the bullbar/winch assembly onto the vehicle, fully tightening all the original mounting bolts, re-connecting all wiring and replacing the stone tray and wing splash panels.
Step 11: Run the red (+) and black (-) leads from the winch to the battery. Secure the lines regularly with Cable ties to prevent any risk of abrasion, and for extra safety I encased the positive lead in split tubing. Also note that it's important for best performance to run the negative lead all the way to the battery, rather than connecting it to the chassis or another earth mount.
Step 12: Connect the hook to the winch rope, and test the power in-out operation.
Winching safety tips
• For optimum life and performance, it's important to unwind all but the last 5 wraps of the cable/rope before you use the winch, then power it back in under load, ensuring that the cable/rope spools on evenly and tight. This will prevent binding and kinking when the winch is loaded later.
• Check cable/rope for damage after use and replace it if damaged. This is particularly true of steel cable, which can be lethal if it breaks under load.
• Always use rated tow points, bow shackles, straps and other accessories.
• Always use a winch cable dampener.