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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-12-2004, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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streaching new winch cable

I was reading my owners manual on my new winch last night. I think I will have it installed this weekend. In the directions, it says that before I use it, I need to unwind it and rewrap it under tension. If I hook it to my pickup and pull my jeep to the truck, will that be enough tension, or do I need to have more drag on the line? [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-12-2004, 02:56 PM
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Re: streaching new winch cable

I have always done it that way but with a slight incline. I have used a tree before (yes, with a tree strap) Now I use the Stop sign that is in my front yard (at the bottom where it was set in concrete) and pull my jeep up the street [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]. I also out of habit do this after I have used the winch out on the trail because I rarely take the time to spool it neatly when on the trail.
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Re: streaching new winch cable

I didn't use that much tension on mine. I hooked onto a pretty large log and wound it in. This lighter load allowed me to guide the cable evenly around the drum without any kinks.
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Re: streaching new winch cable

If I remember correctly, mine said to put 1,000 pounds of tension on it the first time. I did the same as JumpinNrollin did, a slight incline and pulled my jeep up to the back of my truck. Haven't had any trouble with it yet.
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