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Old 11-15-2007, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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narrowing winch spools?

what are people doing to narrow their winch spools? just cutting out a section and rewelding or having a spool machined?
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Search "Butler" he did a pretty cool write up about how he narrowed his
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This info is in the buildup thread in my sig:


Not difficult at all. I had some good coaching from Mike, but the process is fairly simple. The short drum uses a 6"x4.5" mounting pattern. The standard warns use a 10"x4.5" mounting pattern, so obviously you need to remove 4". The clearance for the brake is tight, so we couldn’t cut and sleeve the tube while leaving the flanges on. That being the case, we cut 4" off of one end and shifted the flange location over to match.
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1. We took the 2 aluminum tie rods off (22), pulled the brake out of the drum (29) and cut 4" off of the tubular part of the drum (right side on the diagram below).
2. We also cut 4" off of the tie rods and re-tapped them.
3. We cut 4" off of the indexed rod (9).
4. We ground the weld off of the flange so that it was free to slide over the remaining portion of the drum.
5. Everything was then bolted back together, squared up and the flange tacked back on. Then disassemble and finish welding.
6. The drum rides on the bushings (21) which mate to the outside of the flange, so we checked the clearances and took a couple of hundredths off of the end of the drum tube for clearance against the winch body. The spacing is established by the mount and tie-rods so a few hundredths is good insurance to keep things from rubbing.

I also actually cut down the roller fairlead to match in anticipation of running the steel cable. The roller was way to big and bulky, so in the interest of aesthetics and safety, I ordered 50' of winch rope and an aluminum fairlead.



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sweet.... thanks. I've got a cheapo milemarker I'm gonna try and narrow.
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I narrowed my rear Ramsey. https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...=587310&page=7

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