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tarbaby posted 07-22-2001 01:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for tarbaby   Send Email to tarbaby  
I have bought a new strap to replace the frayed cable on my winch. The problem I have is this: how do I attach the strap to the winch? There are holes on the side where the old cable went through but not a place where a bolt would go through. The strap that I bought has a loop at the end. How do I strap that sucker on? Please, don't anybody say 5200!!!!
Tom W Clark posted 07-22-2001 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
You have to use a bolt to hold the strap on. The bolt should be 1/4" diameter and span from one side of the spool to the other. If there are not holes already there, you will have to drill them yourself. Use a 9/32" drill bit and try to keep them as close to the center of the spool as possible. Be forewarned: you may have trouble with the clearance between the outside of the spool and the rest of the winch once the nut is screwed onto the end of the bolt. This varies between different winches.
bdolnik posted 07-22-2001 01:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdolnik  Send Email to bdolnik     
I did the same thing, bought a new strap to replace cable, only I didn't want that much strap on there (it only came in 15' lengths) so I cut it, and did a quick and dirty sew job to create the loop around the pin that was already there. Works good.
tarbaby posted 07-22-2001 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
Thanks for the quick replies. I guess I am drilling a set of holes. Shay
Arch Autenreith posted 07-22-2001 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
I used a 3/8 inch bolt and it did bend. I remember I did have the bunkboards adjusted too high and it was hard winching it up, nonetheless. When the webing finally wore through at the hook (or you need to shorten it) I just used a bowline instead of sewing.
Arch Autenreith posted 07-22-2001 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
Oops....that was a 5/16, not 3/8.
Dick posted 07-22-2001 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Most of the new winches are drilled for a 5/16 bolt. The bolt is designed to hold the strap on the winch not take up the load. There should be enough strap on the winch so that when unwound and attached to the boat there are still a couple wraps left on the winch. This will spread the strain on the winch drum rather than on the bolt. If you have to pull the strap out all the way to hook onto the boat your strap is either to short or you need to drop your trailer in deeper and get the boat closer to the winch stand.
triblet posted 07-22-2001 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
A super knot in webbing is a simple, neat
overhand. Put the strap through the eye of
the hook, double up the webbing, and put an
overhand in it. Nice and neat. Downside
is you'll have to cut the webbing to undo
the knot once you've put a load on it.


chrisc posted 07-23-2001 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for chrisc  Send Email to chrisc     
I didn't use a bolt at all and let the friction do all the work. I'm an old rock climber and experience told me that once there's a few raps around that spool, nothing is going to pull it loose when it's weighted. Try it while it's already up on the trailor. If it pulls the boat up tight against the bumper without slipping it'll pull it up the length of the trailor.

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