It appears that the rope has stretch it smaller in diameter in some spots. Is this norma?Steel will do the same thing if the cable isn't spooled on the drum tight.
You need to pull the rope off the winch to the bottom layer and either have a big strong guy hold tension as it is wrapped or get on an uphill grade and hook to something and winch your Ranger up the grade. Try to keep the rope tight and even and don't leave any gaps if possible.
I think what you are seeing is an optical illusion, The drum line should be the same diameter the full length. As it stretches under load, it will shrink although it would (should) be even across the whole length. Interesting nugget, a 1-1/4 haul back (steel) will shrink an 1/8 of an inch in diameter under load. That was measred at the drum with 2800 feet out. Surprised me. It was part of a safety meeting about dangers of worn line breakage.It appears that the rope has stretch it smaller in diameter in some spots. Is this normal?
Follow the instructions that Rockit401 said. This is a common problem when not spooling on tight. You will not like steel cable as much as synthetic rope. Plus the Synthetic rope is far stronger.It appears that the rope has stretch it smaller in diameter in some spots. Is this norma?