When the Cable Snaps

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 04:50
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What happens when the winch cable breaks, I reackon next time he'd use a larger diameter cable.

And don't ask me why I'm awake at this time of the morning.

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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 06:51

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 06:51
Insomnia is a bugger Doug. Now that is Extreme. Wonder if anyone made it up there. Bob.
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Reply By: MP - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 08:57

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 08:57
Interesting one. Looks like he got caught up on the rock. Personally not into that sort of thing myself but I would be wanting a full roll cage....

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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:03

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:03
Hi all,
I am surprised that anyone without a full roll cage would be allowed into a comp like that. He was very lucky to get out of that unharmed.

Even the guy who took up the winch cable had to have "mountain climbing gear and boots" to make it up there...... lol.

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:58

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:58
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Reply By: Ross M - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:25

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:25
Extreme winch or extreme idiots??
It is a pity he wasn't killed, cos it is deaths that get action to restrict this sort of ecological vandalisation.
Why couldn't the cable have held till he was nearly at the top, then break, it would have been a much more interesting to watch.

Sponsored by ARB too. That must be why I don't buy from ARB.
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Follow Up By: Wayne david - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 12:37

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 12:37
Ross while I'm with you on your 'ecological vandalisation' comment, there's no way known to man that I would ever wish injury to man or beast.

Personally I far prefer the 'tread softly' style of 4x4-ing and always ask myself "do I really need to go up that hill, across that river, down that super steep slope".

But hey that's just me.

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Follow Up By: Member - Josh- Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 14:08

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 14:08
I find that a really poor comment Ross and probably should be removed (I doubt anyone here agrees with it). I would never wish that on anyone. If he was killed would you man enough to go tell his wife and kids if he has a family that you think he deserved it for particapating in a legal sport. Whether you agree or not, legally he was doing nothing wrong if meeting the regs of the event. If those regs aren't up to standard that's not his fault. Would be his problem if hurt but not his fault. If you feel that strongly have you written to ARB and voiced your concern. A cool head and calm words usually work much better than a half cocked comment. Hope no one ever knocks on your door and has to notify you of a partner passing under any circumstance.
Just cause it's not your thing doesn't make it wrong.

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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 18:58

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 18:58
Ross thats just down right nasty.
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Follow Up By: yorkie2 - Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 17:05

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 17:05
ross m, i do not think i have posted on here before but quite honestly, you sir are a knob! and an A grade one at that. :(

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Reply By: splits - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:28

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:28
I would have thought a full roll cage built to strict engineer designed specifications would have been mandatory for that type of sport. The minimum type of material approved for all amateur motor sport is cold drawn welded tube but if heavy cars are going to roll back down hills like that, particularly from the top, then maybe it should be chrome molly.

The other question is why did the cable snap? It is not supposed to be the weakest link. The controlling body for these type of events, if there is one, should investigate this incident thoroughly.
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Reply By: ExplorOz - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 13:03

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 13:03
Ouch, I'm amazed he got out of this without a serious head injury. Look very bad indeed.

I snapped a rear gear cable today out on my bike (after also getting a flat and having my bike lights go flat = problems happen in 3s) but much less dramatic and no video. LOL

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Reply By: Andrew - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 18:46

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 18:46
These guys run souped up winches that might explain why it snapped the cable instead of stalling the winch. Didn't leave any safety margin for this sort of thing.

The vehicle has got a full roll cage. You can see it inside the cabin in a couple of views.
It appears to have landed on the top of the "A" pillar on a rock which is why that part of the roof collapsed as it couldn't handle that much point loading. That was a pretty big hit. Would need to examine the vehicle to work out whether the cage collapsed or the lower mounting of the front leg failed. The rear hoop which is well braced looks to have stayed up OK.

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Follow Up By: splits - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 22:23

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 22:23
If it does have a full cage then either the design leaves a lot to be desired or it has been made from ordinary black pipe.
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Reply By: gbc - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 19:08

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 19:08
I'm guessing the dyneema rope abraded. You can see it getting dragged on the rocks/stick above. You can also see the rear wheel lift off as it bottoms out on that rock.
Any timed event I've entered in QLD has required a full cage - that ute wouldn't have passed scrutineering.

That section looks steeper than anything I've ever seen in extreme winch challenge competition.

I've come up with 100 answers for the keyboard hero above wishing the driver had died - I'd rather deliver them personally than get banned from a forum. But if he lives in society, runs a 4wd and uses a computer, them volunteering to remove himself would be a marvellous gift for the environment. No better way to lighten that footprint you're so worried about...
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 19:23

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 19:23
We are in agreement on that one GBC.
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