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jkjurny
01-30-2013, 06:26 PM
How are people securing their winch lines for daily driving? Hook on a shackle?

The Factor 55 Prolink looks cool, but I'm worried someone will steal it. Most people won't know it's worth that much, but it's still a worry.

Do people just go hookless and tuck in the winch line end?

Suggestions please. Not sure what the best way is. Thanks!

wayoflife
01-30-2013, 06:28 PM
I just hook mine to a shackle. If you have a safety thimble, you can just suck up the line till it rests on the fairlead.

10frank9
01-30-2013, 06:58 PM
I just hook mine to a shackle. If you have a safety thimble, you can just suck up the line till it rests on the fairlead.

Yup what he said. Shackle works great.

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Serg5000
01-30-2013, 07:01 PM
Just suck it in......

Garrettmarshall1990
01-30-2013, 07:06 PM
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Just sucked in

MTG
01-30-2013, 07:15 PM
I secure it to a shackle as well, but then I like to protect it with a fresh coating of mud.


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JKAnimal
01-30-2013, 07:17 PM
Just on a shackle. If I suck mine in all the way it will tear up my hawse/fairlead.


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jkjurny
01-30-2013, 08:50 PM
Thanks for the input! I guess I just hook up onto my shackle.

Skirmish
01-30-2013, 10:58 PM
If you do get a safety thimble I would suggest the Viking. It has a bigger hole so you can flip the shackle through it and have the flat pin for the strap. Suck it in when not using it. 14361

GCM 2
01-30-2013, 11:34 PM
If you do get a safety thimble I would suggest the Viking......

what he said....

JKAnimal
01-30-2013, 11:46 PM
If you do get a safety thimble I would suggest the Viking. It has a bigger hole so you can flip the shackle through it and have the flat pin for the strap. Suck it in when not using it. 14361


what he said....

I have been looking at the thimbles but didn't like the small hole for just the shackle pin. I now know which one I will go with. VIKING!

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GCM 2
01-30-2013, 11:55 PM
I have been looking at the thimbles but didn't like the small hole for just the shackle pin. I now know which one I will go with. VIKING!

:thumb:

I have a couple of shackles/D rings/clevis that are up to 7/8" pin in my recovery gear, rated way more than my winch and line could ever pull, but it fits just fine through the Viking thimble. Now that 7/8" pin will not fit through my EVO 1/4 pounder front bumper or rear D ring mounting points only 3/4" and smaller.

JKAnimal
01-31-2013, 12:13 AM
I have a couple of shackles/D rings/clevis that are up to 7/8" pin in my recovery gear, rated way more than my winch and line could ever pull, but it fits just fine through the Viking thimble. Now that 7/8" pin will not fit through my EVO 1/4 pounder front bumper or rear D ring mounting points only 3/4" and smaller.

One of my first purchases was the ARB recovery kit that had shackles, 3 straps, snatch block, etc. Those shackles have the 5/8" pins so when it comes time to drop the smittybilt for a 1/4 pounder I should be in good shape. :thumb:

It's nice to know the Viking can accommodate larger recovery gear. That makes it much more user friendly on the trail! :beer:

DanMojo82
01-31-2013, 12:23 AM
I have the Daystar Winch Isolator. Since I have my license plate attatched to my fairlead it keeps it nice and out of the way. Before I had to have a front plate i just had the winch hooked onto the cross bar on my stinger. Which I thought looked bad ass :rock:

http://www.northridge4x4.com/shop/daystar-win-isolator-for-roller-fairlead-ku70039bk

Skirmish
01-31-2013, 02:25 AM
The one issue with leaving the line out if it is synthetic is you are exposing that section of line to the sun unless you run your rock sleeve over the exposed part. Just something to keep in mind. UV is bad for synth.

jkjurny
01-31-2013, 04:30 AM
The one issue with leaving the line out if it is synthetic is you are exposing that section of line to the sun unless you run your rock sleeve over the exposed part. Just something to keep in mind. UV is bad for synth.

Thanks. Didn't know that. Good reason to buy the rope cover then.