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Brand new winch seems weak

Discussion in 'All Terrain Vehicles' started by 11B4X4, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. Jul 29, 2016 at 7:33 PM
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    11B4X4

    11B4X4 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2016 Honda Foreman Rubicon and just installed a new Honda Genuine 2500lb winch. In the user manual for the winch it says once installed to let out all of the cable; except for 5 wraps around the drum. Then retrieve the cable with at least 500lb of weight to properly stretch the cable. So I did as the book said and hooked the winch to my truck and attempted to pull my about 500lb rubicon up a slight hill. The winch could barely budge the atv up the hill. the ATV was in neutral and brakes were off. So i reattempted on completely flat ground with the same results. I ended up having to retrieve the cable with just as much tension as I could using my hands. Also the ATV was running and the battery is good. Any suggestions or opinions???
     
  2. Aug 5, 2016 at 10:28 AM
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    travelingman

    travelingman What would Scooby do?

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    Sounds like a bad winch.
     
  3. Dec 29, 2016 at 6:25 AM
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    Notoneiota

    Notoneiota Claud Bawls molested my cat.

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    Not sure your experience with ATV winches, but they're extremely slow under load. Especially the 2500lb rated ones. You'd think something rated to pull 2500 lbs could yank a 500 lb atv out of a mud hole with ease, but it just doesn't work that way. They help but I don't think the batteries can handle the draw down when the winch is under load.
     

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