Winch Cable Stopper - Inexpensive ATV Upgrade

Winch Cable Stopper - Easy and Inexpensive

If you're familiar with hunting on an ATV in Alaska, you know it can get a bit gnarly sometimes, and going out without a winch (at a minimum) is asking for trouble, in my opinion.  Your ATV winch is one of the most essential pieces of equipment for your bike and I know that when I'm using mine heavily, moving it in and out often, it seems that my winch will invariably get sucked up too tightly, damaging my ferrule.  I haven't damaged my roller fairlead, but I still think that having a winch cable stop is important.  Just recently I saw a picture where someone used a dog toy as an inexpensive winch cable stopper, so I thought I'd try it! [caption id="attachment_2157" align="aligncenter" width="504"]winch cable stopper damaged ferrule Mangled winch cable end![/caption] This is really a no-brainer job and only consists of having the tools to cut and crimp, which I mentioned earlier, a ferrule/thimble kit, and the dog toy.  The toy is a Kong Ball and comes in two colors, red and black.  The black is the tougher of the two compounds, so I chose to go with that. [caption id="attachment_2153" align="aligncenter" width="515"]winch cable stopper kong ball Small Black Kong Ball Tog Toy[/caption] The only place I was able to find the toy locally in the black version was at Alaska Mill & Feed in Anchorage.  Places like Fred Meyer, local pet shops, etc., had the red one, but I wanted the black.  You can also get them on Amazon and snag a two pack for under $16, shipped Prime.  The sizes are small and medium/large.  The small is a touch cheaper and still works fine as a winch cable stopper, allowing the ferrule and part of the thimble to fit inside of it, keeping the hook snugged up closer to the winch. [caption id="attachment_2156" align="aligncenter" width="600"]winch cable stopper kong ball upgrade Other than tools, this is all you need![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2154" align="aligncenter" width="605"]winch cable stopper inexpensive upgrade This turns out to be a pretty clean install and works great![/caption] I have the crimping tool and a pair of cutters on hand for re-doing my winch cable, and have had to fix it up roughly every other season from damage.  When I was using my wheeler as a plow, I was also having to cut a tiny bit off due to wear and having the crimping tool in my toolbox has been handy.  I've now put this on 3 different wheelers and everyone running one likes it! [caption id="attachment_2155" align="aligncenter" width="601"]winch cable stopper cheap easy Finished product![/caption] If you've done this upgrade, I'd love to hear what you thought of the process and what you think after running it for a while.  Do you have photos of your winch cable stopper? Send them in!

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Belonging from the same country, i can say it is exactly the right thing said by you, i am totally agree with the fact, ATV is very useful to have and it really liked this, thanks for sharing.

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