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Unread 11-27-2013, 10:49 PM   #1
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Warn winch fairlead

Earlier this year I needed to use my winch for self recovery. The nearest line attachment point was off to the side a bit, but I got out without much struggle. There was however a bit of collateral damage. It seems that the winch line dug into the vertical roller on the passenger side. Both vertical rollers would not turn by hand, but the horizontal ones were fine.

Finally got around to taking it apart today and found that both the vertical shafts were quite caked with rust. All cleaned up now and ready to reassemble. I am convinced that the rust is caused by water getting by the snap ring at the top and running down the shaft. I really would like to seal the shaft, but short of that I will just put some water proof grease on the shafts.
Any other better/different solutions come to mind?

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Unread 11-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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Seems like a reasonable solution to me. I would also make sure the rollers are free of any burs too and if they are grooved or damaged replace them.
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Synthetic winch line & hawse fairlead?



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Unread 11-30-2013, 06:30 PM   #4
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you know when i was researching hawse fairleads a guy made an intersting comment. Would you use a snatch block that did not roll??? that is the same using a hawse fairlead on an off angle pull.
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Unread 11-30-2013, 07:44 PM   #5
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There was enough room under the snap ring to install an "O" ring. I note now that the pin and the roller now turn though, probably because of all the grease I put on the shaft. I'll see what happens under a side load sometime I suppose
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