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    Rope Break!!

    Well, everyone said it would happen. But the timing sucked. I was trying to pick the Trolling motor up in the shallows and snap. Rope breaks. That was @ 10am fishing club tournament. I went all day with it like that. After about 2 hrs of moving around I finely started to take it completly apart. I got it where It would function somewhat.

    Everyone said I need to head to Bass Pro and get one of the coated cable to replace the rope. It just didnt seem right spending $40+ for something like that. So I made my own. $3.12 it cost. That is 4' cable (little thicker then I wanted) and cable crimps. Reused the orginal handle. Now it works like a champ. 25mins and it is back better then before.
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    What did you use??

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    What size cable? I need to do that.

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    3/32" nd coated cable was what I used on my Motorguide. Only used 3' on mine. Got everything at Home Depot for around $3.00.
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    The cable I got was little bigger then the rope. But that was the only one I could find that was coated. I got to end pieces. Mine I made 4' long. so far I am very happy.
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    I've been thinking about replacing mine too Mike. Thanks for the DYI info. Didn't know they were that expensive. $40 + for that small cable, WTF.

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    Well, they thrown in the handle. yea I was somewhat shocked. So I just made my own.
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    The G-Force handle is $25 at Academy. At least it was the last time I was there. Easy to install. Best thing ever.

    Thought about making my own, but decided to just buy the T-H kit.
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    $8.00 at lowes works great with the metal cable also it's what i use, http://www.lowes.com/pd_141612-60858...pe+pull+handle
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    ^^^^^^^^ I like that

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    ^^ just made mine, and installed it! Great idea, and works perfectly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Bass View Post
    ^^ just made mine, and installed it! Great idea, and works perfectly!
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    What are y'all using to crimp the ferrules on the cable? Having trouble finding a crimping tool to borrow. Thanks

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    I bought the handle, shown above, cable & crimps at Home Depot, got one of the sales associates to put a crimp on one end with the "store" crimping tool. Put a knot in the end that pulls down into the handle. Been good to go for two seasons.

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    Lowes and coated cable works great.



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    Quote Originally Posted by drl2t View Post
    What are y'all using to crimp the ferrules on the cable? Having trouble finding a crimping tool to borrow. Thanks
    I used hammer to crimp the ends.
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    It takes like all of 5 minutes to change a rope (on a MG Tour)....i had a coated cable way back in 2010. Now i just use "break proof" rope. I swap out the factory rope with this and change at the begining of every season. Havnt had a break yet. I didnt like the way the "wire rope" ones felt.
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    Also what happeened with my homemade coated wire rope...it wore through the casing and then started to dig into the areas of rub when stowing/deploying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Thomas View Post
    It takes like all of 5 minutes to change a rope (on a MG Tour)....i had a coated cable way back in 2010. Now i just use "break proof" rope. I swap out the factory rope with this and change at the begining of every season. Havnt had a break yet. I didnt like the way the "wire rope" ones felt.
    John Jones has shown a ton of pictures of what happens when the urethane cable coating wears thru. Those parts are designed to last forever, but the rope - a little over a year. It's the sacrificial piece of the design. It costs a ton to repair when the cable coating wears out and use continues. I bought a roll of black parachute cord for about $6. I replace the cord every year as "preventative" maintenance. Like said - about a 5 minute change out. My first parachute cord "pull rope" lasted 2 years. I figured it was easier just to change out yearly along with the spark plugs,water pump impeller, and LU lube. That $6 roll will make pull cords to last the next 30+ years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JStew View Post
    John Jones has shown a ton of pictures of what happens when the urethane cable coating wears thru. Those parts are designed to last forever, but the rope - a little over a year. It's the sacrificial piece of the design. It costs a ton to repair when the cable coating wears out and use continues. I bought a roll of black parachute cord for about $6. I replace the cord every year as "preventative" maintenance. Like said - about a 5 minute change out. My first parachute cord "pull rope" lasted 2 years. I figured it was easier just to change out yearly along with the spark plugs,water pump impeller, and LU lube. That $6 roll will make pull cords to last the next 30+ years.
    Not to hijack the OP's thread....but that's kind of my deal as well. Just replace In Spring with my rope stash. I've helped a few out at the ramp with a chunk of the good rope....and they always want to know where to get more of it.
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