Created: February 5, 2022
What’s up, guys? Are you looking to get a winch installed on your Yamaha RMAX? Well, SuperATV has you covered with our ready-fit winch, and today we’re going to show you how to get it installed. So let’s get right to it.
[00:36] The first thing we’re going to do is remove our front cover. It goes all the way up underneath the machine. And if you look back here, you will have two screws, another two here, and then you will have another two up top. So go ahead and remove the loweMar two first, then we’ll remove these two here, and these last two screws here. Then, we’ll remove the cover.
[01:13] Next, we’re going to take the 17mm and remove this bolt and the factory bumper as well as the bolt on this side. Ours has a nut on it because the threads had some issues. Yours will be strictly an insert.
Now we’re just going to fully remove our front bumper. Once we have our bumper removed, we will take our winch and attach it to our factory front bumper. As you can see, it has a pattern here that will fit the SuperATV Black Ops Winch.
[02:01] All right, so now we have the front bumper off the machine, and we have the front portion of the front bumper facing toward us right now. So what we’re going to do is take our winch and lay it up here onto the front bumper, as we said previously. The plate is exactly the right pattern for the SuperATV Black Op Winches.
So we’re going to get it lined up and get our hardware started. The hardware that we’re going to use will be the small M8 hardware with one locking washer. You’ll reach up through the bottom of the plate and get our hardware started into our winch. Once we have all four of our bolts started, then we can go ahead and fully tighten them, using a 13 mm socket. You can get a socket in there and tighten them or you can use a wrench whatever you want. You’ll want to make sure that you fully tighten the winch down at this point.
[03:19] Next,cut the zip tie off of your winch rope, securing your winch rope to your machine. Then, reach over on the driver’s side of the winch and click your winch into free spool mode, pull out a sufficient amount of winch rope, and take your fairlead (which is included in the kit). One side will be machined and one side will not. You will want to make sure the machine side is going to the outside. So it’ll sit just like this.
And then, in the hardware bag labeled QWM-Y-RMAX-HK, you’re going to see that you have two allens as well as two nylock nuts. You’ll want to grab each of those allens and both nylocks, and we’re going to attach our fairlead to the OEM front bumper utilizing this hardware. Get it up there, line it up, and once it’s started, we can fully tighten our fairlead hardware.
[04:51]Now we’re going to take the winch wires out of our kit. They’ll be loomed—one side will have the boots pre-installed on it, and one side will not. We’re going to take the red wire and attach it to the red stud, and then the black wire will attach to the black stud on the winch solenoid. We’ll remove our hardware off of our solenoid via nut and flat washer. And we’ll go ahead and remove the lock washer. We’ll get it hand tight until we get the other connection made.
So we’ll take our red wire and do the same thing connecting it to the top stud—the one with the red dot. Then, once you have your hardware started, you’ll go ahead and fully tighten them. You’ll want to make sure that your wires layout where they’re straight. You don’t want them in a bind. You want to be able to pull your looming up. And then also take your boots and slide them over your studs.
[06:22] Whenever you tighten these, you want to make sure that you get them tight enough to where the wire does not move if you pull on it. If you remove the wire whenever you pull on it, you still need to tighten it up and make sure that you use a ratchet. Don’t use an impact or anything like that. You want to get them good and tight, but you don’t want to break the studs off.
Now we’re going to take our boots and pull them down over the top of our studs. Typically, what I do is take a small pair of needle-nose pliers and grab hold of the boot and slide it over, just ensuring that we’re not going to tear the boot.
[7:17] Next, we’re going to take the two winch wires that we just attached to the solenoid and run them up through the backside, so we’ll get them up in here just like this for the time being. So they’re kind of already routed in the position they need to be. And then these two screws on the solenoid should already be loose. You’ll have one here and one on the opposite side. You’re going to need to rotate the solenoid to get this winch installed.
[07:56] Typically, they come loosened from SuperATV, and if they’re not, you’ll want to go ahead and loosen these up just a little bit. What we’re going to do is take our winch and our bumper—everything all together—get it laid up there, and then get a couple of bolts started to hold it into position. You want to rotate your winch solenoid straight up.
So we had to finagle this bumper around with the winch and the solenoid. You just kind of have to move everything around until it fits perfectly. Once you’ve done that, get your bottom two bolts in. You want to loosely start them. We can move our winch around a bit because we still have to connect our winch rocker switch to our solenoid. That plug is right here, so that’s why we’re going to leave our bumper loose, so we can reach down here and make the connection.
If you get the bumper all the way up here, it limits the amount of room you have to move this plug around. As I said, leave it loose for the time being, then once you have everything wired up, we’ll go through and fully tighten all of our hardware for our bumper.
[09:08] Now you’ll come up here to our battery and loosen and remove the bolt securing your terminals. The closest to the driver’s side will be the ground, which means we’ll take our black wire and attach it first. We’ll take our bolt and put it through the eyelet on our terminal. Slide it through the terminal on the factory harness. Once we have our ground wire on, fully tighten it.
Now that our ground wire is fully tightened, we’ll repeat the same step for the hot wire or the positive wire. Next, since we’ve started, I’m going to fully tighten this connection for the positive side. When doing this, make sure that you do not touch the battery terminal and then touch something grounded to the machine (anything steel or metal). If you do this, you could potentially shock yourself.
[10:21] The next thing we’re going to do is take a piece of wire and feed it straight through this hole. You don’t have to do this, but this is my solution to make feeding the wires through a little easier. We’ve fed the wire through this hole, and now we can attach it to our connection here. So we’re just going to grab a piece of electrical tape and wrap it up, and then we’re going to pull our wire through the hole.
Now that we’ve got it taped, we’re going to go back to the front of the machine and pull our wire through. Then, remove this screw, this screw, this screw here, this one, and this one. Whenever you do that, you can lift this panel up out of the way just enough to pull your wire the rest of the way through. And once you’ve done that, go ahead and pop this back into position—it should sit just like this.
Sometimes your smaller plug of the two will get hung up, and if it does, you can pull this back off a little bit here. Now we’ve got our ketone power source wire, and we can pull it through. So we’re going to go back inside and put our rocker switch in place. We’re going to connect this plug here to the factory plug located next to the airbox.
[12:36] What we did is we pulled our connector that’s attached to the solenoid, and we pulled it out here to the front. Then we pulled our rocker switch harness to the front as well. We’re going to make our connection. Now that we’ve made our connection, we’re going to thread our nut all the way on, and then slide our connection back to where it was. So now it’s tucked up and out of the way and looks good and clean.
[13:00] So now that we have made all of our connections, we will grab our winch stopper and the long allen hardware included in the kit. You’ll push the hardware through, flip it over on the backside, take one of the nuts, and start it. Then, we’ll continue doing this for the rest of our three holes.
[13:50] Next, we’re going to take our winch hook and remove the cotter pin as well as the center pin. We’ll line up the hook with the winch rope. We’ll drop our pin through just like this. Then we’ll go ahead and reinstall our cotter pin. Once we have it in there, we will bend it away from itself, just like so. Then we’ll take our pull strap and install it. And then we’re going to pull our winch stopper all the way up as far as we can and fully tighten our hardware for our stopper.
Now go through and tie up any wiring and reinstall any factory components that you remove and make sure that all your hardware is tight. Once you’ve done that, that’s all there is to it to install SuperATV’s Ready-Fit Winch on this Yamaha Wolverine RMAX
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