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Old 05-27-2014, 09:40 AM
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Default Any tips on installing new winch line?

I'm replacing my winch line...any tips on installing it and keeping it wrapped nicely? What direction do I feed it?
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:01 AM
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I would put the end without the hook onto the drum

If you push the feed-in button on the control, it should be clear how it will wind. If you have the space, I like to wind it under tension - pull the truck across a parking lot while winding the cable with the parking brake lightly set.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:46 PM
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I usually attach mine to my friends truck...my truck parked and his truck downhill from mine. Then reel him in while I guide the cable back and forth. Easy and only takes a couple minutes...his truck in neutral. As Bruce said, the parking break thing works great as well.
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I've anchored mine to a tree, then have someone ride the brakes while I guide it on. I like to paint the last row coiled on the drum with red paint. It lets me know when I have pulled out too much line. Red fast dry spray paint works fine.
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I usually attach mine to my friends truck...my truck parked and his truck downhill from mine. Then reel him in while I guide the cable back and forth. Easy and only takes a couple minutes...his truck in neutral. As Bruce said, the parking break thing works great as well.
I like this method! I might give it a try.

Next question...IIRC, the line was wrapped so the hook end lays on the top of the drum, not underneath. does that seem right? (I say that, 'cuz the way the winch lays in the bumper the line wrapped under would line up with the fairlead better.)
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I would wind the cable so it lines up with the fairlead. My 9.5XP def winds the cable onto the bottom of the winch in line with the fairlead.
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The screw that anchors the line to the drum on my 9.5XP was too long. I didn't catch it until the screw destroyed the winch. From day one, it felt like the winch was dragging. I should have known better because it was. You'll know because of all the aluminum shavings
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