OK....it's time to attach the new Viking Trail Line to the
Warn winch and get it spooled onto the drum.
Jon provides well written instructions (both with the product
and on Winchline.com) for
attaching the line to the winch. I can't say for certain that every brand of
winch is covered in these instructions, but he has the big name brands covered
and most of the inexpensive import winches copy the major manufacturers anyway.
For my Warn 9000i, a small button head screw secures the line to the side of the
drum. My Viking line arrived with a special drum attachment already
installed.....all I had to do was supply my own Allen wrench. Depending on
your brand of winch, you may need to remove this (refer to the instructions).
I fed the end of the winch line through the fairlead opening and
under the drum. Next, I brought the line up and around the back side of
the drum to the attachment point on the side of the drum. Using an Allen
wrench, I secured the end of the line with the supplied screw.
The "loose end" of the line is laid across the drum as shown
above and duct tape is applied to secure it as shown. You know, a person
has to appreciate the unlimited number of uses for duct tape. If duct tape
could be eaten, it would be its own food group for sure!
I plugged in my winch controller and proceeded to spool the
first layer of winch line onto the drum. Since this part of the
installation was being done at 8:30 PM in my garage, I didn't have the
opportunity to wind the line onto the drum under "moderate to high" tension as
stated in the instructions. Once I get to the trail head and can use
another Jeep as an anchor, I'll spool out the line and repeat this part.
Most folks, myself included, set the parking brake to create a reasonable amount
of drag on the vehicle as they spool the new line onto the drum.
I proceeded to spool the line using as much tension as I could generate under the circumstances. 100' of Viking line later, the Winch Safety Thimble bumped into the rollers just as it should.
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