Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: El Dorado, Rockansas
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Last night I got a call from my Son asking if I'd come winch a couple of his friends out of some really slick mud. About 2/3 of the way through pulling a 2x4 Tacoma that had gotten high centered in the some deep ruts at the bottom of a hill, I noticed the winch cable had gotten pinched and I had to unhook from him and hook back up to the Ford 4x4 that I'd already pulled out and back the Jeep up in order to pull the cable out. Once I got it loose and started playing the cable out to hook back up the the Toyo, I noticed a spot where the cable was not onl+++y kinked, but also looked like it'd been smashed in a hydraulic press at about a 60 degree angle.
I did stop a couple of times during both pulls and play out the cable so I could respool as the cable was bunching up on one end of the winch spool due to the angle of the pull. I couldn't get my Jeep in position for a straight pull as I was concerned that my Jeep might slide down into the trees due to the side slope of the trail.
Now for the questions.
Q1. If I'd respooled more than a couple of times would my cable not have become kinked, or was it just bad luck and nothing I could do would've prevented the kink?
Q2. Because the kink is about 35' into the 100' line, I'm wondering if it'd be best to go ahead and buy new cable instead of trying to cut and repair this one? Based on my experience last night, I'm thinking that 60-70' of cable isn't going to be long enough going forward.
BTW, the ComeUp winch performed great. Pulled at a nice steady pace and not noisy at all. Because the hill was pretty long I had to deploy all the useable winch cable to make the pulls. Kind of weird feeling seeing my Jeep getting pulled forward a couple of times at the start of each pull.
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Last edited by soonerfan85; 11-24-2014 at 06:41 AM.