How far should the fairlead be from the winch?

Many winch bumper manufactures overlook this detail. The correct winch fairlead mount minimum opening for synthetic winch rope is 1.75″. We typically see openings of 1″ to 1.25″, this is simply too small for using rope and must be addressed.

Can I use a roller fairlead with synthetic winch rope?

The steel rollers on a conventional roller fairlead are not compatible to synthetic rope because they can cause chafing and abrasion. Most rope manufacturers recommend using an aluminum Hawse-type fairlead.

Do winches need fairlead?

If you have a winch, you need to have a fairlead. It doesn’t matter what type of bumper or winch you have, a fairlead is a must-have piece of off-road recovery gear. Luckily, 9 times out of 10, your winch will come with a fairlead.

What is a roller fairlead?

A roller fairlead usually operating in a horizontal plane. Its function is to change the direction of lead of a mooring or of other line on a deck. See also Mooring fittings.

Why can’t you use a roller fairlead with synthetic rope?

If your rollers are new and without burrs and sharp edges, then they will not cause harm to synthetic rope fibers. We simply don’t like how far roller fairleads stick out as well as the weak steel frames that support the roller axles. One small impact to a roller fairlead and the entire assembly can easily twist.

Why is a Hawse fairlead needed for synthetic rope?

Hawse Fairlead Chamfer The chamfer on a steel or aluminum hawse allows steel winch cable or synthetic winch rope to slide over it easily. The bigger the chamfer and the thicker the hawse, the easier it is on the cable or rope.

What is a fairlead on winch?

A fairlead is a device to guide a line, rope or cable around an object, out of the way or to stop it from moving laterally. Typically a fairlead will be a ring or hook. A fairlead can also be used to stop a straight run of line from vibrating or rubbing on another surface.

What is a winch hawse?

A Winch Fairlead for synthetic rope is called a Hawse Fairlead. It guides your synthetic winch rope out the front of your winch. Made from 6061-T6 light-weight, heavy duty aircraft grade aluminum.

What is a fairlead on a winch?

What size fairlead do I need for a winch?

Winch fairleads, both hawse and roller, are universally mounted with 2 bolts, spaced 10″ apart. The 10″ spacing is universal, so if you buy a roller or hawse fairlead for a 4×4, it’ll (almost always!) have these dimensions and bolt up to your winch.

What is a hawse fairlead winch line?

The hawse fairlead has what is called a chamfer on its center. The chamfer allows the winch line to smoothly glide and slide over it. The bigger the chamfer, the wider the hawse fairlead, the better it is for the winch line because it eliminates more sharp angles. Hawse fairleads are lighter and simpler than a roller fairlead.

What kind of winch rope do you use for aluminum fairlead?

An aluminum hawse fairlead is just a lump of machined aluminum. In conclusion, run an aluminum fairlead with synthetic winch rope if you want a lighter, safer, stronger winch line. Run a steel roller fairlead with steel winch cable if you want a more durable winch line.

What’s the best winch cable for a VR fairlead?

The VR fairlead actually comes on Warn’s VR line of winches, but it’ll fit any other winch due to it’s standard 10″ spacing. Steel cable or synthetic winch rope. This is another cast iron hawse fairlead from Warn.