How To Wire A Winch Rocker Switch?

When you want to control a winch, one typically uses a remote. A remote comes with the winch kit when the winch was first bought. But what if you don’t want a remote? You find it hassle to keep plugging the remote then unplugging it every time you use the winch. What if you want to use a winch without getting off your car, and just use it from inside your vehicle? This is where a winch rocker switch can help.

A winch rocker switch is a rig that utilizes a switch to control the winch instead of a remote. You can have it installed in the driver’s seat, giving you control over the winch while at the same time using the car. This also removes the hassle of plugging and unplugging the remote when using them winch every time. You only need to flip the switch in your driver’s seat to control the winch.

But how do you exactly have it installed? Hiring someone to do it for you can get expensive, so it’s best for you to do it yourself. If you think you it’s hard, worry not, with our guide, you can have the switch installed easily.

How To Wire A Winch Rocker Switch

Here is the tutorial with how to install the winch rocker switch, this can get complicated so follow the instructions carefully. Take note 

that you are going to handle electrical wirings so please proceed with caution.

Before Installation

  1. Turn off vehicle ignition. Locate the toggle switch and the red, yellow, and green wires connected to it. Confirm that the toggle switch will not operate winch and no power is going to it.
  2. Disengage winch clutch.
  3. Open the hood or cowling as necessary for easier access to the installation area.
  4. Cut off one of the spade connectors on the supplied yellow and green wires. Because wire splices will be used, the spade connectors will not be needed.

Installing The Rocker Switch

  1. Position Tube Clamp-on handlebars in a convenient location. 
  2. Mount Rocker Switch housing to Tube Clamp using capscrew, locknut, flat washer, and shake-proof washer  Tighten securely.
  3. Push the Green, Red, and Yellow wires through the back of the switch housing.
  4. Install the Gasket onto the Rocker Switch.
  5. Connect Yellow wire to the top terminal on Rocker Switch. Connect Red wire to the middle terminal on the Rocker switch. Connect Green wire into the bottom terminal of the Rocker switch.
  6. Slide Green, Yellow, and Red wires into the loom. Slide loom up to the back of the switch housing.
  7. Snap switch and switch housing together
  8. Route wires from Rocker Switch down the handlebars. Turn the handlebars fully right and left to ensure plenty of clearance. 
  9. Route wires to toggle switch and match yellow, green, and red wires from the rocker switch to the corresponding wires connected to the toggle switch.
  10. Place a yellow wire from the toggle switch and yellow wire from Rocker Switch into the wire splice, fold the place clip over itself, and snap closed. Repeat for the green and red wires.

Finishing Installation

  1. Confirm that the winch clutch is disengaged.
  2. With the ignition switch, OFF, press Rocker switch to “OUT”—winch should not operate. If the winch does operate with the ignition off, confirm proper connections of the yellow, green, and red wires. 
  3. Spool a few feet of cable out by hand. Engage winch clutch.
  4. Turn the ignition switch ON and press Rocker switch to “OUT”—winch should spool cable out. 
  5. If the winch does not operate with ignition l on, check to wire and confirm continuity between the three wires from the Rocker Switch and the corresponding wires at the wiring harness connected to the receiver.
  6. Make sure wires are not drawn taut across any surfaces that could damage them. Use cable ties to anchor wires. Tie off excess.

Note: The winch rocker switch you bought might have a different variation depending on which model you bought please refer to that.

Winch Recommendations

If you are looking for a lightweight winch for lightweight work and does not cost much, consider a 2500 lb winch. The 2500 lb winch may seem tiny compared to the huge 12000lb winches. It still is a winch though, and can still do its job, albeit lighter utility work and at a cheap cost too.

Here are some of our 2500 lb winch recommendations. 

  1. Superwinch 1125220 Terra 25 2500lb Winch 
  2. 2500 lb. Electric ATV/Utility Winch
  3. WARN 90250 ProVantage 2500 Winch
  4. Polaris HD 2,500 lb. Winch


Now that you have learned how beneficial a winch rocker switch is and how to install it, what do you think? Share your thoughts below. Our website offers other tips and guides as well such as Best Winch Under $500, Best Pickup Truck Cranes, and Best Rambox Tonneau Cover.