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Old 07-24-2005, 06:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First off, a huge thanks to www.winchline.com for showing us all a better and safer way to attach our spotter ropes...the instant I saw what you were doing, I knew we had to have 6 of those for each rig. I want to report that they worked PERFECTLY!

Many of you already know that our team pushes safety and is always looking for a safer moustrap that will at the same time offer us an advantage. The new leaders from these guys offers exactly that and they should be standard material on every rig that will ever see a spotter rope attached.

Still, a safety note. These are NOT to be used for winching. Anyone who has them installed for spotter straps may be thinking they can handle the pull of 10,000 lbs. They won't as they are spliced for pulls far less than that. They are perfect for spotter straps but not winches. Also, if you roll and someone else is hooking their winch to you, be sure to warn them that they should not do this...it is just too easy to look at them and think, "Hey, it's winchline, it'll handle it"...well, the line will, but the short splice will not.


Again, a big kudos to www.winchline.com. Great idea as those leaders kick ass over everything else we have researched and tried!
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Old 07-25-2005, 12:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Dustin you are absolutely right the Leaders or Tethers are not good attachment points for winching but are great for attaching the spotter lines. Synthetic winchlines are very safe if they break due to the very low stretch and how light they are but when there is a heavy hook on the end and the attachment point lets go they can be extremely dangerous, itís like taking a small string and throwing it through the air you wonít be able to throw it far but if you tie a rock to it, it will go quite a ways and itís the same with the hook on a synthetic line.

I have attached a few pics of the Leaders or Tethers so you know what Dusting is referring to.







Here is the better way to attach the winchline a tree saver or in this case a bumper saver

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Old 07-25-2005, 12:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We could have used a couple of those on our buggy at goldendale.
Dustin was putting them on just before we ran A1. Great product Winchline
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Great job Jim and the rest of the crew at Winchline. I cant wait to see mine at Anarchy.
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Damn Right, Jim is the man... Known him for about a year now, and a great guy that knows his shit!
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We got some of those for Indiana and loved them. They saved our bacon a few times. Big thanks to Jim. You da man.
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