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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Winding on new winch cable

The old winch cable was down to about 40 feet, so I finally got around to winding on a new one. Usually I keep it snug on the drum by letting it slip through my gloves, but came up with this instead.

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A couple pieces of yellow pine and Vice Grips keep tension on the cable. The wood wouldn't roll back and forth on the fairlead by itself, so I had to stand there and bump it with a rubber mallet. It was sooo much work.

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did the cable end up chewing a groove into the wood, casuing you to have to move the cable to keep tension on it ?

neat idea! market it!

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Yeah, it did dig into the pine, but I just moved the Vice Grips closer to increase the pressure. I guess I could make it with a chunk of HDPE or UHMW that wouldn't wear much. Hmmm.

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Thats a great idea Jim. Thats a lot easier than putting it on a slight incline to load the cable.

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That's a neat rick, Thanks.

When I've had to re-spool it, seems like nobody's ever around to help. I attach the cable to something, set the parking brake about 1/2 way on the Jeep, then wind her up. The Jeep provides the tension by it's dragging. But it's still a PITA running back and forth adjusting the steering to get it to lay right.
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Yeah, I've done that too. I fold the windshield down, sit on the hood and watch the cable wind up. Then just reach back and steer without getting up. A lazy man can always find an easier way.

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