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Old 08-30-2019, 09:27 AM
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So where are you retensioning your winch?

New to the forum...Hi everyone. Just got a new winch and the instructions from Smittybilt restate a half a dozen times to tension the line once a month. Living in the suburbs SW of St Louis out 44 highway. I haven't found a decent or safe place to real out 50+ feet of line to accomplish this. So what's your secret?

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Personally I use my local high school's parking lot after hours. Tie off to one of the concrete light bases and winch it in.
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never heard of retensioning once a month. regardless find a large parking lot and bring a buddy with bigger rig to hook to and put your vehicle in neutral and ride the brakes as you winch yourself to him.
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As a secondary question while the topic is active, do we need to guide the winch rope onto the barrel so it doesn't get stacked up in one location? I bought my winch used about a year ago and haven't re-tensioned it. I know my buddy who I bought it from used the winch once, and he admitted he hadn't cleaned the winch rope after that or re-tensioned it, so I need to do that before I find myself needing the winch. I've seen some folks not guiding it when they re-tension.
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yes guide it in while tensioning. wear gloves and keep your hands far enough away from the fairlead that it is safe.
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never heard of retensioning once a month. regardless find a large parking lot and bring a buddy with bigger rig to hook to and put your vehicle in neutral and ride the brakes as you winch yourself to him.
I know...seems like overkill.

"To keep your winch in working order please;
Once a month cycle the winch by:
1. Power out steel cable/synthetic rope 15ft. Then free spool out another 50+ ft of steel cable/synthetic rope. Always make sure you have at least 6 wraps of steel cable or 10 wraps of synthetis rope around winch drum.
2. Put winch into gear and respool the winch line. Inspect winch line as you re-spool winch line. It is recommended that you have at least 1000 ibs. of tension when re-spooling cable. This prevents the rope from pinching itself during recovery. *Keep tag in glove box for reference."
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Its also a great way to get to know how to use your winch, so when you need it nothing should be a surprise.
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