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Old     (kstateskier)      Join Date: May 2002       02-23-2009, 6:27 PM Reply   
Anyone ever have the weld on their winch break like this? '03 Boatmate, noticed it as I pulled into the garage tonight. Don't know when it happened, but it's never been hit extremely hard. I always thought this looked like a weak winch bracket. Sorry for the fuzzy pic.

Old     (stuntmonkey)      Join Date: Feb 2009       02-23-2009, 6:54 PM Reply   
That break looks too clean across the bottom, the weld obviously hasn't gone up high enough to grab the bottom of the winch bar,
Old     (lowend)      Join Date: Jan 2009       02-23-2009, 7:20 PM Reply   
Yeah I agree with Ash. Weld looks about half an inch off.
Old     (yubasanger)      Join Date: Jul 2007       02-23-2009, 9:33 PM Reply   
That piece is "U" shaped and broke at the point where it was bent in a break. Nothing to do with the weld. The weld only holds the "U" to the piece of square tubing. Looks like it needs some gussets or a plate welded to the legs to limit the lateral movement. Lateral movement is more than likely what caused the metal to fatigue at the bend. Bends are the weak point because the metal stretches and thins at bends.
Old     (roverjohn)      Join Date: Dec 2007       02-24-2009, 9:27 AM Reply   
Judging by the rust that break has been there for some time.
Old     (krbaugh)      Join Date: Mar 2002       02-24-2009, 9:35 AM Reply   

I doubt boatmate would cover it but you could always call Owen
Old     (jerrybmt)      Join Date: Feb 2009       02-25-2009, 6:43 AM Reply   
Feel free to contact me and I'll be glad to help you with this.
Old     (krbaugh)      Join Date: Mar 2002       02-25-2009, 7:01 AM Reply   
Now that is some service!
Ya never know who is reading the fourm
Way to step up Jerry!


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