Originally Posted by JStrider
Are the mounting holes for the fairlead really supposed to be offset that far above the midline of the fairlead hole?
It seems like you would want the holes on either side to be centered with the main hole.
If they are supposed to be offset, what is the advantage? it seems most pictures I'm finding online show the holes centered.
Doh! I just saw this post..
I offset the holes higher so that a big roller fairlead will fit, without hitting the bumper that the winch plate is sitting on. Also, I tried to keep the lower lip of the fairlead hole nice and low.. so that it doesn't chafe the cable coming off the bottom of the drum. However, I need to have at least 1" of lip to fit in my pressbrake die correctly (2" V die).
You can center the holes if you're running an aluminum hawse fairlead and synthetic rope... but with a roller fairlead, it usually works better raised up a bit.