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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-26-2014, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Another question from a newbie - winch cable

OOOPS! Our wench cable broke today while plowing the drive. I need to replace it. Which is best, braided steel, nylon, other? How hard is it to change it out?
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OOOPS! Our wench cable broke today while plowing the drive. I need to replace it. Which is best, braided steel, nylon, other? How hard is it to change it out?
Hi. I don't plow snow, but the synthetic cable is very popular. For what your doing, any cable should be fine. If your primary use is for your plow, can you cut off where it broke and just shorten it using a cable clamp? If you want to change it out, there is a lever on your winch to let it free spool. Keep tension on new cable when winding up. Pretty simple. make sure you order the right size cable for your winch capacity. Good luck, and did you ever get it to go into low range?

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Been There, Done That! I use a 15' piece of steel cable on mine for plowing. I take the synthetic cable off in the winter. I broke my cable when the dash winch button stuck in the up position. Since then I use the lanyard when plowing. I tried using Aluminum crimp clamps, but the kept slipping, I use 2 cable clamps instead, and watch my plow whem coming up! LOL

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make up a L shaped bracket that slips into the receiver on the front .. put a long leg vertical about 3' tall,mount on top of that a pulley [a 3 or 4" pulley will do fine] .. then run your winch rope or cable over that and give your plow some leverage up .. in the stock configuration the wear spot is at the end do to the bad leverage you have on it. and that stand off will allow a much better leverage angle and your winch rope/cable will last a LONG time ... also use a short rope/cable for the plow season as RD said quit wasting good rope / cable on plowing


for regular winch use a synthetic rope will be a better choice , just be sure to have a good abrasion sleeve for it for when it touched a rock or tree as that will be the break tearing spot ... the synthetic is safer to use as the stored energy won't kill ya when the cable type snaps back when pulling and a breakage happens.

also easier to use synthetic do to pliability and softness and strength .. have to use an aluminum Haws Fairlead with synthetic ropes though so be sure to get one at the same time.

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Love the synthetic rope, but agree with everyone else. The back and forth is hell on those when plowing snow, although that is still how I am set up on my 4 wheeler. Just make sure you don't reel it in too far. That's where I get into trouble.

I'm still on my original synthetic rope, but have had to cut it and put a new loop on the end a couple times.

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We never got low range (yet), but high & 4WD is working to do the plowing. We were able to get the winch rope untangled and cut the frayed end off. We then reapplied it to the thimble and secured with heavy duty zip ties. It's working for now, but we have ordered the new synthetic Am-Steel Blue 3/16 rope for it. The rope was the same one that came as original equipment & we know the previous owner used the winch a lot! When we were able to get the cable loose, we could see fraying on most of the rope so we thought it would be best to go ahead & get a new one.
I'm saving further work on the shift cable until a warmer season. It's just too cold for me to work without gloves. Hubby is a 100% disabled vet, so there is a lot of the stuff he just can't help with.
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surely you have a good mechanical skilled neighbor up there .. ask for a lil help from you friends BETCHA someone will jump up to lend a hand for you

sorry didn't realize your a lady when I was talking about making a bracket , but bet there is a guy there who would fab up one for you. who knows there are some very skilled lady fabricators out there you might just be one of them so no slight intended in my posts if you took it that way.

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like your idea of L shape and pulley fitting into receiver.Will do that next year as it's too cold now

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We never got low range (yet), but high & 4WD is working to do the plowing. We were able to get the winch rope untangled and cut the frayed end off. We then reapplied it to the thimble and secured with heavy duty zip ties. It's working for now, but we have ordered the new synthetic Am-Steel Blue 3/16 rope for it. The rope was the same one that came as original equipment & we know the previous owner used the winch a lot! When we were able to get the cable loose, we could see fraying on most of the rope so we thought it would be best to go ahead & get a new one.
I'm saving further work on the shift cable until a warmer season. It's just too cold for me to work without gloves. Hubby is a 100% disabled vet, so there is a lot of the stuff he just can't help with.
I hope you get the low range working soon! Not good pushing snow in high.

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We never got low range (yet), but high & 4WD is working to do the plowing. We were able to get the winch rope untangled and cut the frayed end off. We then reapplied it to the thimble and secured with heavy duty zip ties. It's working for now, but we have ordered the new synthetic Am-Steel Blue 3/16 rope for it. The rope was the same one that came as original equipment & we know the previous owner used the winch a lot! When we were able to get the cable loose, we could see fraying on most of the rope so we thought it would be best to go ahead & get a new one.
I'm saving further work on the shift cable until a warmer season. It's just too cold for me to work without gloves. Hubby is a 100% disabled vet, so there is a lot of the stuff he just can't help with.
Hope you can get some help.........how do you like plowing snow......any more questions feel free to ask.....

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