Winchrope Retainer

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Our winchrope retainer is a simple device which makes the installation of winchrope on a winch drum totally idiotproof (see winchrope installation instructions below). A common installation fault is not using a strong enough resistance to ensure a tight wrap of the winchrope on the drum. Using the winchrope retrainer will ensure that the rope will not pull through to the terminal end even if the winchrope is not initially spooled on the drum as snug as it should be.

HD nylon webbing.
4x4 and UTV/ATV available.
Suitable for winchrope or steel cable
Made in the USA.

After testing and using the winchrope retainer we strongly recommend it for use with both synthetic winch rope and steel winch cable. Instead of attaching your winchrope directly to the drum, install the winchrope retainer on the first layer close to the winchrope terminal end.

Our U.S. made nylon winchrope retainer is engineered for heavy-duty applications and is of the highest quality webbing available.
U.S. SHIPMENTS (lower 48)

Step 1: Insert the terminal end of the winchrope through the aluminum Hawse fairlead on the front of the winch and through one loop of the winchrope retainer.
Step 2: Pull about 2 ft. of the winchrope through and wrap two to three times over the winchrope retainer. Make sure to wrap in the correct direction (winch line typically comes off the lower side of the winch drum). Then put the winchrope through the other loop in the winchrope retainer and pull it through.
Step 3: Loop the winchrope around the drum once or twice more and then attach the terminal end of the winchrope to the winch drum. Pull the winchrope arranging the loops side-by-side at the attachment side of the winch drum. Now you are ready to spool in the rest of the winchrope under load. See instructions below.

Installing the Rope on your winch:
We recommend installing the rope on the winch in an open area (trail or field - not in your garage) with a suitable anchor point (a tree for example) available. Attach the terminal end of the rope to the drum with the winch set screw. Note that the surface and sides of the drum should be free of burrs of any kind, but should also not be so smooth, with a glossy surface that the rope will not grab on the surface of the drum. Ideally, it should have a matt, or somewhat roughened finish. Go over it with a piece of emery paper if necessary to achieve this non-glossy finish. With tension, spool on the first layer, plus one or two wraps. Then with the hook attached to a tree saver around the anchor point (tree) a suitable distance from the vehicle, use the rolling resistance of the vehicle (in neutral with emergency brake off), and spool the rope onto the drum.
A Note on the Terminal End:
The terminal end (drum connector) is there just to prevent the rope from unraveling. It is not a load-bearing tie-down. The terminal end is professionally glued and crimped, and is designed to withstand a certain amount of pull. Improper installation of the rope, or spooling out to the last layer of drum, causing a full load pull to be exerted on the terminal end, however, will cause the terminal end to release the rope, as it is designed to do. This set-up prevents the winch set screw from pulling out of the drum.

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Disclaimer. Please read: The effectiveness of this equipment is directly related to the manner in which it is installed, used (for off-road use only), and/or maintained. Proper installation, use and maintenance is solely the responsibility of the installer/user, and will not be assumed by Billet4X4.com.