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Ramsey winch guide too narrow?


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I recently purchased a 2015 Century LCG with a bottom feed Ramsey winch, the wire rope winds poorly on the outside edges of the winch because the winch drum measures 11" & the guide inside diameter measures 8.5 inches. I ordered a B/A 11" winch guide then found out the hydraulic pump is in the way of putting a wider winch guide on. Any thoughts other than converting to a top feed? Thanks.

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51 minutes ago, mooresbp said:

I have a similar set up only I have a cable tensioner on the back and it winds pretty well

George, Just to confirm your roller guide is 3 1/2" narrower than your winch drum? Mine has the plate tensioner on the backside also.

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The tensioner is fine, its the roller guide thats 3 1/2" narrower than the winch drum.  If you look in the picture in my original post you'll see that the inside of the side rollers is way narrower than the winch drum.

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7 hours ago, JUSTFISHING said:

I think you may experience upward bind load when winching a vehicle in close when it comes off the bottom you might check that in actual usage and make sure your roller has a top roller 

so you don't end up damaging your line . 

It has a top roller, just not visible in the angle of the picture.

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Mine is the same set up. Only time I have had any issues are when rewinding without tension. Under tension, even light tension, mine rewinds very nicely all the way from edge to edge of the winch drum. It does make a little grinding noise from the line rubbing a bit at the winch drum ends but I do not see any damage to the line at all. I thought same as you when I bought mine ... guide looks far too narrow. Have you actually tried the unit out? Do you actually see an issue? Like I said, mine works fine ...

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I have loaded a couple dozen or so myself & found that with steel core wire it will like you say will noisily grind to the outside of the drum if under tension but travels loosely from the end of the drum for about 2" due to the guides side roller mounted far inside the drum not allowing the rope to lay naturally. My old Chevron wound beautifully with the same wire rope with an 11" wide guide. Just disappointed with the "new & improved" version.

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

B/A Products 17-2N 11" Winch Roller Guide, some trimming & I have a winch that spools nicely now. I simply welded the passenger side roller to the guide frame & trimmed the bottom corner of the roller to clear the winch hydraulic drive motor. I have not & will not load the winch off the side so the non turning roller is a non issue, simply a guide.

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