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Winch tensioning

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by xaqori, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. xaqori

    xaqori [OP] I need gas money

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    I've been working on tenioning my new winch today and I had the hardest time to get the coils to align correctly after one layer was spooled. The fairlead wouldn't let the cable reach the sides of the spool and I hate that it wouldn't be right. Not to mention that the winch is installed in the bumper so I can't really do anything along the lines of directly guiding the line in. What should I do? B/C for now it's sitting as a birdsnest...:(
     
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    BamaToy1997 ASE Master Tech Vendor

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    Without seeing what the setup looks like it is hard to tell. In the past when I have respooled my winches I usually just connect the hook to another vehicle and then do a dead pull in neutral to maintain a good tension on the cable, then use a large screwdriver and gloves to help it along.
     
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    Do you have weight on the end of the winch? I normally use the wife's jeep as an anchor, put the truck in neutral, and have her drag the brakes slightly as I guide the winch line onto the drum.
     
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    x2, this is how did it without issue...
     
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    I think he's saying his fairlead won't let the cable spool onto the sides of the drum making it go on haphazardly.
     
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    Is it the proper fairlead for that particular winch maybe?
     
  8. xaqori

    xaqori [OP] I need gas money

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    It's a new m8000 with the roller fairlead that came with it. It seems the fairleadf itself is too narrow...it's narrower than the spool it seems
     
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    Ok, i've got the same winch and fairlead as you and just checked my truck to see whats up. My fairlead is also more narrow than the spool itself by about an 1" on each side. I never had any issues spooling it with tension on it tho.

    Have you followed some of the advice in this thread yet?
     
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    My husband and I would respool the winch after every time we'd use it - when we'd get home.

    The winch was on the Jeep.... We'd unspool the cable and hook it up to the 96 tacoma. Tacoma in Neutral while I was in the tacoma applying the brakes slightly for some resistance/load. He would guide it in....
     
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