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Old 06-15-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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I finally broke down and bought a winch. I was reading through the manual and it says that prior to using it, I need to "re-wind the entire cable on the drum under a load of at least 500lbs" otherwise, I'll damage the cable. So I'm wondering how to do this.

My first thought was to take the Jeep out to a hill, unwind the cable and attach it to something, and then winch the jeep up the hill. Or I could leave the Jeep stationary and winch my sons car up the hill. Is there an easier way to preload the cable? Do you really need to do this? And how do you keep that amount of preasure on a freespooling cable?

I'm still waiting for my mounting plate to arrive so I can get the thing mounted.

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Old 06-15-2008, 09:02 PM   #2
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isn't it so dumb that they don't come with a mounting plate, i think it is! sorry i can' thlep i bought my winch used

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Old 06-15-2008, 09:17 PM   #3
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You don't really need to pull anything up a hill. Just hook to your sons car and pull it towards you should be fine.
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yes you should "stretch the cable". Not hard to do just hook to a tree and spool all but about 5 loops off the drum. Back up till the cable is snug, You can sit in the drivers seat with it running and winch your self to the tree, while pressing on the brakes "not enofe pressure to lock them up or drag them". better to do off pavement but can be done on pavement also.. just hook to something "another vehicle,pole or tree" something that wont move if you hook to a car set the e-brake and chalk the tires so not to drag it. then just pull your self to it. again using the brakes to put tension on the line.

It is best to stretch your winch line before you accually need to use the winch.

Also remember safty.... dont let anyone stand between the vehicle and what it is being winched to. Get something with some weight to it to drape over the winch line when you are winching ( helps if the cable snaps/helps keep it from flying back at you!).
And some leather gloves = even thought the cable is new it can have burr's in it.

Congrates on the new toy and be safe.

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yes you should "stretch the cable". Not hard to do just hook to a tree and spool all but about 5 loops off the drum. Back up till the cable is snug, You can sit in the drivers seat with it running and winch your self to the tree, while pressing on the brakes "not enofe pressure to lock them up or drag them". better to do off pavement but can be done on pavement also.. just hook to something "another vehicle,pole or tree" something that wont move if you hook to a car set the e-brake and chalk the tires so not to drag it. then just pull your self to it. again using the brakes to put tension on the line.

It is best to stretch your winch line before you accually need to use the winch.

Also remember safty.... dont let anyone stand between the vehicle and what it is being winched to. Get something with some weight to it to drape over the winch line when you are winching ( helps if the cable snaps/helps keep it from flying back at you!).
And some leather gloves = even thought the cable is new it can have burr's in it.

Congrates on the new toy and be safe.

x2. Just do that and you'll be good to go.
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Old 06-16-2008, 05:48 PM   #6
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It really helps get a good solid footing on the drum and will help keep your line from kinking if you keep it tight.

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