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Old 09-19-2006
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so i've got my winch and I am installing it right now. I'm having a problem with the fairlead as I don't have anything that can cut 1/4" steel too well. I have a good drill and a crappy jigsaw. Is there any way I can cut out the center section for the winch cable to pass through with just those tools or will I have to get someone else to cut it out. Also would a sawzall *sp* be the best thing to cut it out or what??
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The only person that right now I can think of that has a winch on their ranger is rangererv maybe he will chime in
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Old 09-20-2006
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With a metal cutting blade (well a couple of them) you can cut it out. Drill the corners and only cutting straight lines will make it easier. A crappy jigsaw will do it slowly. I have cut half inch steel with a good Bosch jigsaw. Take your time and it could be done.
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y do u have to cut it?
im not fallowing u
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i'm cutting the hole where the winch cable goes through the fairlead... i just got done drilling the holes to hold the fairlead.... i'll see if i know anyone that has a decent jigsaw and buy some metal blades for it... this is the only thing holding me up!!!! I JUST WANT TO PLAY WITH MY WINCH!!!! hehe
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what kind of winch do u have?
does the fairlead not look like this??
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it's about time you got a winch on that thing!
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it's a tabor 9k and the fairlead looks just like that.... i have to cut out the 1/4" steel bumper that the fairlead mounts to

my bumper:
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well ur info says tabor 9k winch..
this is made by warn right?

is that ur winch?
y are you cutting the fairlead? you should not cut that for any reason, its going to weaken it up.
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i'm cutting the bumper not the fairlead... the fairlead attaches to the front of the bumper and the bumper has to have a hole for the winch cable to go through :)
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oooo, i c.
ur cutting the bumper...makes since now.
best way to cut 1/4in is with a sawzall or a cutting torch, but if u had a cutting torch you wouldnt be asking im sure

just mark ur holes, drill out each corner with a big drill bit and go to town.
remember to filt down any sharp edges do you done run the winch cable
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so i've got the fairlead attached now with no hole tho :( .... i'm gonna see if i know anyone with a sawzall or a good jigsaw tomorrow.... once i cut the hole i'll just need to make my electrical connections and then i'll post some pics of me playing with it :)

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