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Old 05-14-2008, 05:59 PM   #1
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I have to change my winch cable, can anyone tell me how to change it. Picked up some new cable today and want to run with the guys in the morning. Do I have to remove the winch from the bike ? Do I have to take the winch apart - Can anyone tell me how to do it ?
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:10 PM   #2
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I haven't changed a cable on a Warn winch but I've done it on a SuperWinch. Normally the end of the cable that is secured to the hub of the winch will have a locking tab or knob on the end that fits into a hole on the side of the hub. Spool off the old cable and lift the locking tab out of the hole. That should be it for removal. Put the end of the cable in the same hole and reel it up. Chances are you didn't get a locking tab on the end of your cable. If not, take both cables to a wire rope supplier and have them put a tab on if for you. If you don't want to go that route, get a set screw(similar to a heavy duty electrical connector) and attach it to the end of the cable after passing it through the hole. Put a gob of JB Weld on it to help keep it there.
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:44 AM   #3
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Botrat, Thanks for your input. I decided to get down and get dirty so I removed the wire guiding mechanism rollers (fairlead ?) and using my vise grips with leverage onto the front frame I successfully pulled out the end of the old cable. I bent the new cable back onto itself about 3/4 of an inch then trimmed a bit with my dremel and cut off disc , pushed it into the hole in the spindle and with use of small screwdriver I hammering the cable further into the hole. piece of cake.
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Borat: On the subject of winch cables, whats the thoughts on the synthetic cable vs steel, I'm guessing you've checked them out when replacing cable, I ride in areas with quite a bit of rock so would the synthetic stand up. No plans to change anytime soon, but the first fray and personal cut I get I will consider this. Thanks, TIGG
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