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What size winch is sufficient for the Yamaha Viking? 2500 or 3500?
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What size winch is sufficient for the Yamaha Viking? 2500 or 3500?
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Chick I guess it depends on what you are planning on doing with your Viking, if you are just winching easy stuff then a smaller winch would probably be ok, but if you are getting hung up on rocky hill climbs or getting big suction in deep mud holes then you will want a big winch. A bigger winch should also last longer as it will do everything easy.

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Yep! All depends upon usage patterns. We have anything from 2500lb to 6000lbs and it seems they are all purchased. 4500lb and on up seems the most popular VIKING size, though.

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Yep! All depends upon usage patterns. We have anything from 2500lb to 6000lbs and it seems they are all purchased. 4500lb and on up seems the most popular VIKING size, though.
4500 will pull a full sized van out of a muddy yard, up a small incline. I won't ever buy anything smaller again.

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And keep a snatch block so you can double line it also,if that don't get it have on comfortable boots.
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The comfortable boot commnet, made me laugh. Well, I bought a 3500, and will carry a snatch block. There are lots of trees around these mud holes. I never stuck the Rhino, so maybe I will be just as lucky. One question though, where is everyone mounting the solenoid switch? My instruction shows to mount it on the driver's side of the battery, right where the capacitive discharge box (or what looks like one) is mounted. Doesn't look like a lot of space under the hood, in the battery box area, to mount it. What did you do, and a picture would be nice.

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Winch relay on passenger side, 2nd battery relay on drivers side and battery isolation electronics in middle. Fits fine.
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I, unfortunately, was told by the selling dealer that a 4500 or 4000 lb winch would not fit on the Viking and only the 3500 would work. AND, I believed them. I had my two TRV Arctic Cat ATV's for 7 years and never had to utilize the winch other than for snow plow. I do expect to move some winter fall trees in the spring however.
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Dealers dont think outta their comfort zone and god forbid you have to drill a couple of holes in a mounting plate.

3500 is a handfull and enough, butt D's are always better!

I have a 4500 and just needed to drill some new holes in the generic mounting plate.

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