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Old 04-01-2013, 04:40 PM   #16
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Run Bike While Operating xt17

Many thanks. Do you find that the stock battery is sufficient or would you go with a higher amp-hour battery such as the shorai? Or would that just give you more chances to not run the battery to far down since you have more to work with :)
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:53 PM   #17
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Carry battery jumper cables - so you can charge the winch flattened battery off someone else (bike/4WD etc). That gets around the battery capacity problem .. provided you have another vehicle handy...
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:58 PM   #18
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When operating the xt17, do you typically have the bike that is supplying the battery power running? Any issues with loading on the alternator on the BMW R1200GSA?
That's where something like a kaoka throttle control helps. I just accelerate it a bit, set the throttle control and then I don't have to try to operate a whole bunch of stuff with just 2 hands. I also have both the remote and handle bar controls.

Not a lot of fun to have to call the wife to come rescue ya all the time, LOL.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:44 AM   #19
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Just bought the winch, plate, cover from Black Dog. Kurt was great to work with and has very fair pricing. Help them out and get yours from them.

One question for those that have used it...what RPM range did you set the idle to when pulling? I was thinking 1,500-2,000
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:22 PM   #20
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If it does not have it already,, consider Kevlar line instead of wire rope.. You can get 3x the line on the winch and when hauling stuff out of a hole length matters.. Also for recovery purposes,, you can fit a bunch of kevlar rope in a really really small space. I carry a couple hundred feet of electrical pull cord (1500lb test) in my jeep for do or die recovery.. The other advantage is safety, the kevlar does not stretch enough to store energy, so if it does break, it just drops on the ground instead of whipping..

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Old 04-03-2013, 06:45 AM   #21
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The Warn XT17 comes with synthetic line. Light weight and easy to use.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:57 AM   #22
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If it does not have it already,, consider Kevlar line instead of wire rope.. You can get 3x the line on the winch and when hauling stuff out of a hole length matters.. Also for recovery purposes,, you can fit a bunch of kevlar rope in a really really small space. I carry a couple hundred feet of electrical pull cord (1500lb test) in my jeep for do or die recovery.. The other advantage is safety, the kevlar does not stretch enough to store energy, so if it does break, it just drops on the ground instead of whipping..

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Now that is a very interesting thought. I found a 100' roll of ~6,500lb for $235 and it is only 1/4" diameter. The 1/8", 1500lb stuff was $80.

I have to wonder if that would really work. I mean I know it should. Seems to be like carrying a roll of twine around. Small, convenient, light and adds around 100' of capacity. I may give it a go on my ATV and see how it works. Easier than dumping my bike.

Great idea
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