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Using the fid as a measure stick, measure 3 fid lengths from the
end of the line and again put a mark on the line using a Sharpie marker or piece
of electrical tape (our marker died so we started using tape). We'll call
this mark #2 (for future reference).
It is time to attach the loose end of the rope to the end of the
fid. We used some electrical tape although duct tape (everyone has that in
their Jeep, right?) would work just as well. This would be the equivalent
of "threading a needle" except that the rope is a bit too big to thread into the
fid so we'll tape it to the end which will be just as good.
If you intend to use an abrasion guard at the very end of the
winch line, now would be the time to thread it onto the rope before you thread
the rope through the thimble eye. It may be necessary to put a couple of
snips (using the scissors) at the end of the guard in order to get it to over
the rope....it can be a very snug fit.
Thread the fid through the thimble eye and back out the other
side of the eye. The thimble eye shown in here is a tube type and provides
better winch line protection than a regular thimble eye.
Pull the line through the eye until mark #2 (electrical tape we put on
earlier) just comes out of the eye. The end of the line (about 3 fid
lengths long) will now be threaded down the center of the rope.
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