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Winch help and recovery gear ?'s

Previous owner looks to have rat nested the cable a bit. How do I unspool it and spool back right? What size winch should you run? I thought twice the weight of the truck. Is that right? I think this on is a 10k. I'll have to ck. What all to you or should you have for recovery gear?
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Previous owner looks to have rat nested the cable a bit. How do I unspool it and spool back right? What size winch should you run? I thought twice the weight of the truck. Is that right? I think this on is a 10k. I'll have to ck. What all to you or should you have for recovery gear?
If you are going to go find the deepest mudhole in the state and hit it at 40mph than yes you need a winch with 2x your vehicle weight. For most people that pay attention where they are going when by themselves anything equivalent to vehicle weight should be fine and the truck an still drive under its own power while winching.

Best winch cables IMO are wire rope ones. atleast thats what we call them. super strong, super flexible compared to regular cables.

Best way to re spool is to let the winch out, hook it up to something heavy, and start pulling and making sure its stacking on the drum properly. You can also hook to a tree and have someone stay in the truck and hold their foot on the brake slightly.

After its spooled properly dont touch it for a few days and let it get a new memory.
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What if it’s not stacking right? Do you guide the cable in with gloves ? Sorry I’ve never had to do it before. I know most likely everything will be fine. But Im just picturing being stuck with a bunch cable out. Lol
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Sounds like a pretty messed up cable, you should post a pic so we can asses the health of it.

People who recover regularly spool out and service their winch as well as use a weighted pull to re-wrap it.

For example, I've pulled my truck down the driveway to a pole to keep tension on it.

The capacity of the winch really depends on the situation and the medium you are stuck in.

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That doesn't look that bad. Looks like they just spooled it in after using it. But least there is no fraying showing. Just don't use it that way, the cable will cut thru itself if it gets pulled tight across itself.

Like the others said. Pull it out and have someone ride the brake as you spool it in. Wear gloves to guide it if needed. Just don't let it slide in your hand. Only push/pull. If you let it slide in your hand and you catch a fray, it can mess you up bad pretty fast

Oh, get yourself a tree strap. A snatch block. Couple 3/4" D ring shackles. Some short lengths of chain are good too. Harbor freight has some decent stuff now as far as that stuff goes. Actually their winches are pretty good too. A Shovel.
If you're going where there's not any trees to strap to, there are anchors that you can drive into the ground to hook to also
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There is usually a lever or switch on a winch with two positions free/spool and on. with the winch turned to fre/spool pull the winch out all the way. Then with the truck running or a battery charger on the battery have someone you trust turn the winch on while you hold on and let it wrap the way it should on the spool. Its good to unwind and re wind the winch at least couple times a year to let the motor get hot and burn off any moisture.

usually I got 1.5times weight for winches and have a snatch block and a 20-30ft recovery strap and a tree saver maybe 1-2 clevises or d-rings too. so a 12k-14k winch is all you'll ever really need unless you go in the deepest mud/sandpit and bury the truck up to its doors.

for example: I run a 4.5k winch on my 1700lb side by side two 4k rated d-rings, 1 6k rated snatch block, a 20ft 6k rated strap.
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I see some minor fraying, assuming there are no pinch marks on the last rung, I would spray some chain lube on it and re-spool it.

Be carefull rolling that off, it looks like its going to hard to manage... WEAR LEATHER GLOVES.

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