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Re: Hooking up Warn M8000, wiring ?
I would hook it directly to the negative terminal. There is too much stuff between the battery ground strap and wherever you decide to ground the winch that could get in the way, restrict current flow, or possibly fry due to the heavy amps you will be pulling down. My 9500i explicitly said to connect to the negative terminal. If your cable doesn't reach, get a new one, and take time running it in the engine compartment and chassis. You want to keep it from streching, rubbing or any type of failure. There reason to buy a winch is you want it to work when you need it, you may not have the time to fix a bad connection, or a broken cable.