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Can I use a smaller gauge wire on my winch?

I am moving the solenoid pack under the hood from my Ramsey winch. It has 2ga wire running from the battery to the solenoid pack and then 2ga from the solenoid pack to the winch. I am trying to find the stuff locally but the longest and best gauge wire I could find was 4ga. Can I use this from the solenoid to the winch? My truck does not even use a 2ga wire! LOL Thanks
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NO! Winch motors can draw more current than most starter motors when under load.
As a last resort you can go to a dealer in welding equipment and get cable that will handle the current.

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2 guage is rated 100 amp
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I'm with OTR... Never use a wire smaller than what comes with it unless you change the fuses also... and even then I'd say you're likely to blow fuses left and right. I wouldn't do it. A welding supply store should have what you need, or you could likely find some wire from an audio amp kit or something. That's where I got my 1/0 wire.
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Any boat place should have that size wire too.
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I have some 1/0, #1 welding, 2/0, and some #2 (red and black) welding/battery wire sitting right in my garage
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Use the wire that came with it. 2 gauge.
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Use the wire that came with it. 2 gauge.
unless you are making it longer, then you may need to bump up to a larger guage.
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you can always go larger (smaller #) bet never smaller (larger #)
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