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Old 03-22-2015, 08:31 PM
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Today I was riding solo and far off the beaten path. It was a great place to get stuck and an even better place to have the winch break! Thankfully I had cell service and a bud who was willing to find me and pull my machine out.
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:24 PM
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It sucks that your winch broke. It's a good thing you had a friend to help you out and a great reason to have a cell phone.
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:34 AM
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I carry a small folding shovel. It's handy to have to make ramps in the snow so the winch doesn't have to work quite as hard. Do you have a ****** block pulley, Jgar? It's come in handy on some of our snow rides in NH. Who pulled you out?

I was just looking at the front yard yesterday and thinking it's late in March to still have two feet of snow on the flat part or our land.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:18 AM
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I found out the hard way last weekend that its a bit early for ATVs yet. It was ok in the frosty morning but later when it warmed up and the snow turned to mush it was game over.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:43 PM
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I never go riding with out my cell phone, ever. Where I got stuck was surrounded by thick spruce. The area never got direct sun or crunchy on top so the popo sunk like a rock. I could feel it coming and tried to punch through. Probably didnt help that there was only a single sled that broke the trail.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:50 PM
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I carry a small folding shovel. It's handy to have to make ramps in the snow so the winch doesn't have to work quite as hard. Do you have a ****** block pulley, Jgar? It's come in handy on some of our snow rides in NH. Who pulled you out?

I was just looking at the front yard yesterday and thinking it's late in March to still have two feet of snow on the flat part or our land.
Until yesterday I have not taken getting stuck and recovery gear seriously. I'm confident if the winch had not malfunctioned it would of pulled the machine out.
I used a 20' tow strap tied 10' up in a tree to get some lift. At one point I had winched 8', then the Warn 2k stopped pulling hard. It would not even budge the 500. When I reel the cable in I can grab the cable and the winch will stop.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:06 AM
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Sounds like either the gears that turn the drum are stripped or the freespool switch on the end of the winch isn't engaging properly. When my quad/winch were new the freespool switch was tough to turn. I didn't know this the first time I went to get my buddy Paul out of a bad mudhole. I was able to switch it to freespool to pull the wire out but I could not get the switch to engage even with my best grip. So, I rode the rest of the day with 30" of winch line wrapped around the front rack. When I got home I made "wrench" out of a piece of pvc pipe by notching the end so it would fit in the switch and over the bar that you grab. Clicked right in once I had a full hand's worth of grip on it.
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:21 PM
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Last time the winch was used Cudavic and I were pulling a jeep out. It had broke through a frozen mud hole . Since then it has been totally submerged numerous times. I cant imagine they are really waterproof.
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Last time the winch was used Cudavic and I were pulling a jeep out. It had broke through a frozen mud hole . Since then it has been totally submerged numerous times. I cant imagine they are really waterproof.
I've never had a winch not function because of being submerged, so they are, at least, built to withstand the elements. Pulling a Jeep out could burn out the motor, strip the gears, etc.
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That looks hard and thick snow, no wonder the winch will fail.
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