Re: Electrical Issues 08 Ranger XP
I've wired many sprayers into ATV's over the years. A typical sprayer pump draws around 10 amps, depending on what pump you're using. The draw only occurs of course when the pump is running, and when spraying, the pump is on and off a lot. This sporadic, high voltage draw can wreak havoc with the undersized voltage regulators on ATV's.
I always wire directly to the battery. This eliminates voltage fluctuations to your engine and other accessories, especially voltage sensitive ones. I also stay away from alligator clips as they can bounce off and sometimes make poor connections. I use a polarized plug, like a little flat trailer connector. I attach wires, with solid crimp-on or solder-on terminals, at the battery and to the sprayer pump. then wire in the plug in a location where it can be easily unplugged when you're not using your sprayer. Remember to make any exposed prongs of your plug that will remain on your ATV, the ground. This will eliminate the possibility of an accidental short when your sprayer is unplugged. Good Luck.