Dynamica winch rope gone!

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 08:05
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How do people who use Dynamica winch rope stop it from being stolen?

Some very needy person decided that mine was going to be his one Saturday night. Navara was parked on my driveway at home facing the street unfortunately. During the night someone has flicked the free spool lever on the winch and pulled out all the rope and cut it off abut 100mm short of the drum. Reluctant to put another one on or the same may happen again!

Anyone got any ideas apart from parking it in the garage which I can't do at the moment. Certainly can't lock it away when travelling.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 09:53

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 09:53
My winch was wound in once when I was servicing it and it was left under quite a bit of pressure. I had to wind it out a bit with the control to free the drum. Note though, that we have wire cable. Only used the winch at home to pull some stuff out of the garden and once on Cape York because we wanted to try it out. Not worrying about the synthetics. Yes if it was used often.

I do not know if this would cause any damage, nor do I know how much pressure to put on it, but it may help. Wind it in tightly until you cannot unlock the drum.

Maybe others, more wiser than I am, could comment on this idea.

Phil

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 09:59

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 09:59
Don't think you can ever really stop a thief but you can make it less worthwhile easily.

First I never leave a hook on end of my rope - leave a shackle which is simply put on tight thru a chassis hole.

Second - never have a long rope - its much more effective to use short winch rope and have 2 or 3 extensions.

The price of rope has dropped - so I brought 36m rope and cut it in half - cheaper better technically and I have a spare.

The spare is carried as an extra extension.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 10:09

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 10:09
Agreed Robin,

I don't even have a hook any more, just the eye which is on a shackle and got the silver so it looks like steel from a distance.

Also leaving a winch hooked to the bottom of the bar not only allows the UV to get to the rope, it is a magnet.
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Reply By: wombat100 - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 11:05

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 11:05
On our Troopy- I had a steel bracket mounted so I could padlock the spooling lever in the locked position !!!


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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 12:38

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 12:38
Not sure how your winch is mounted but....

I have a Warn 9.5XP and where the lever is there is a smallish hole that I have to reach in through to use the lever.
I am wondering if you could drill a hole on the edge of this opening, get a steel L shaped bracket and padlock it through the hole you just drilled. This would make it hard for anyone to get your rope, but it is still easy enough for you to take it off when needed.

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Follow Up By: Member - evaredy - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 12:39

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 12:39
oops a little bit of a stuff up there, you obviously need two holes, but you get the idea.
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Follow Up By: Member - evaredy - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 12:43

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 12:43
Gees I'm really having a "Seniors Moment" today. One hole is needed but leve enough room to get the padlock in.
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Follow Up By: DIGGER 12 - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 16:26

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 16:26
Sorry to say it but padlocks are only for the honest folk ,if the so and so want it they will find away
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Follow Up By: Member - evaredy - Monday, Jun 03, 2013 at 22:24

Monday, Jun 03, 2013 at 22:24
Thieves are mostly opportunistic, anything that can slow them down will tend to deter them.
At the end of the day, if they want it they will get it, but why make it easy for them.

This is what I intend to do with my winch. I also have just paid out $1500 for LED spotties, now I could have just left the original nuts on or just used one set of security nuts, this will make it easy for them to get.
But instead I have the original nuts, then security nuts, both are different and then Nylock nuts and I have super glued the covers on.

If they want them they will have to have the right socket/spanner for the Nylock nuts, then they will need each security socket and lastly they need another size socket/spanner.

It's all about creating something that will take time and will take a lot of effort, this will deter 99%.
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Reply By: TheMightyMoose - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 15:09

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 15:09
Why not park nose to garage and virtually touching it so they can't get to the rope? May sole the at home problem - when travelling???
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Reply By: kiwicol - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 17:45

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 17:45
Move too and live in a small country town.

Col
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Follow Up By: craigandej - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 19:04

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 19:04
Attach snappy dog to end of rope..........
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Reply By: toffytrailertrash - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 18:28

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 18:28
Unless you really have to don't be too hasty in replacing the rope, they will be checking just in case they can another. This is quite common with house break ins, do them over initially then wait for a month for everything to be replaced with new items and hit them again.


Cheers

Merv
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Follow Up By: mountainman - Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 22:19

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013 at 22:19
or turn off the tap at the water meter.
and they comeback next day.
turned off, its break in time
for criminals.
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Reply By: Member - Redbakk (WA) - Monday, Jun 03, 2013 at 18:11

Monday, Jun 03, 2013 at 18:11
Mine is coiled up and stashed inside the troopy, away from thieves, contaminants and UV rays, only goes on when it is needed.
Also this allows me to run the winch from time to time, with an empty drum,to keep it loose and ready for use.
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