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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-30-2000, 12:53 PM
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Winch cable end

I am putting the finishing touches on my winch bumper I'm building to mount my Warn 8274. When I took it of the old bumper I had to cut the hook off. Now how safe is it to mount the hook back on with cable clamps? Is this a big no no? Also where do you find a hook that is strong enough for winching? I found that most hooks aren't rated anywhere near the capacity of the winch.

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Re: Winch cable end

I don't like hooks anyway, so I would suggest using a properly rated clevis/shackle on the end. It doesn't look "right" like a hook, but is much safer IMHO.

Just purchase some cable clamps, and one of the steel steeves for the loop to keep it from kinking the cable when you make the loop.

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Terminology time: That steel sleeve is called a THIMBLE. Just thought you'd want to know.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Winch cable end

Hey, I'm glad I know.

Another question, what about the aluminum clamps for cable, would they be OK, or are the bolt on clamps the way to go? The store has the clamping tool and will put them on for free.

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Re: Winch cable end

The clevis it is. That way I shouldn't have to worry about it coming loose and taking out the front windshield. We are finally getting some snow up here so mabye I will get to try it out soon.

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Re: Winch cable end

Obviously they use the press type clamps in the cable from the manufacturer, but either could be used.
The aluminum clamps have the benefit of being less obtrusive and snag-free, while the bolt type clamps offer the safety factor of being ably to easily check and make sure they are tight, and will not come off.

If you are confident the place will properly clamp the cable to withstand winching use, go that route...

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Re: Winch cable end

i would go the bolt on type clamps. you can do yourself and i believe to be stronger/safer. there is an unwritten rule on how to mount the bolt-on clamp. "never saddle a dead horse". translated put the saddle shaped part up against the cable going back to the winch and the u-bolt piece up against the dead end of the cable. if you know what i mean![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Winch cable end

I had the same questions last summer when I got an 8274 used. I looked around for hooks and settled on a 3/8" slip hook which has worked fine in lots of tough situations. It is not rated for the winches' capacity, but I haven't found anything better yet. Probably have to go to Warn for the proper hook. As far as the clamps, I went with the bolt-on type, which worked out great when I broke the cable and was able to re-do the end on the trail. I have seen some guys getting away with only one clamp, but I installed three. They're cheap. The clevis is a good idea over the hook though.

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