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Winch Cable Spooled Neatly

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With an assistant slightly riding the brakes (if pulling on flat ground) you’ll want to engage the winch (not in free-spool mode) putting about 500 pounds of pressure on the winch. This will tightly wrap the lower levels of winch cable so the upper levels will not pull down into them under a hard winch recovery. Make sure the winch rope is coming into the bottom of the drum, not the top.