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Old 03-21-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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first winch.. question

just put on my new smittybilt bumper / winch and ive got a pretty n00b question lol, when im just driving around should I leave it in free spool or engage? or does it matter? seems like it would be better to leave it engaged because it keeps it tight, but im not 100%, thanks in advance!!



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Old 03-21-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
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Keep it engaged. There's typically nothing in the manual that states what to do.

But, if you read the steps, the last thing is to wind it up. There's nothing that says to disengage after winding it up. So, keep it there.

I can think of reasons not to leave it free. Safety aspect of coming loose and winding up under your jeep before you can see it. I doubt it would happen, but, you know who Murphy is, right?

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Old 03-21-2012, 03:57 PM   #3
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I keep mine engaged.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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Engaged ~ be sure to spool it under load if you have not already.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:22 PM   #5
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awsome thanks, ya i spooled it under load when testing it, and 4wheelin that was my thought exactly, its pretty taught in free spool but i really dont want it to unspool at 65mph lol!
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:08 PM   #6
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I keep mine engaged to keep the line from unspooling.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:27 PM   #7
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I keep light tension on it by hooking to the shackle on the front bumper.
It unspools easy when you disengage.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:01 PM   #8
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I keep light tension on it by hooking to the shackle on the front bumper.
It unspools easy when you disengage.
thats how mine is right now

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