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 Post subject: Smittybilt hawse fairlead - rusted & pitted
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:09 pm 
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The Smittybilt aluminum hawse fairlead that I have installed on the Jeep since August of 2014 is now all pitted & rusted.

Hadn't paid any attention to it till this Sunday when washing the Jeep....the hawse is crap & puts my winch line at risk.

I've read many negative reviews in Smittybilt products, now I know why. Will avoid Smittybilt stuff from now on!!!

Have to buy & install a new fairlead before B2SR (I have a feeling the winch will be in use there).


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 Post subject: Re: Smittybilt hawse fairlead - rusted & pitted
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:22 pm 
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Like I always say. If you want an honest review of a Smittybilt product, just replace the M with an H.

(That said, I have also taken a chance on the same fairlead...at least I don't have a winch to risk yet.)

((That also said, we live in the salt belt, so I have no expectation of longevity for aluminum parts))

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 Post subject: Re: Smittybilt hawse fairlead - rusted & pitted
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:49 pm 
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I have a brand new roller fairlead sitting downstairs. Came with my TNX group buy ENGO winch, which I upgraded to synthetic line and smooth fairlead on day one. You need, it's yours. Call me during the day if you want to set up a meet.

Continued by edit - I pulled it out and after 3 years of being ignored it doesn't look new. There are blemishes in the zinc coating. Nothing that will hurt cable but could be rust initiation locations. It is a cheap, probably China, import but worth a lot more than I'm asking 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Smittybilt hawse fairlead - rusted & pitted
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:59 am 
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Thanks for the offer Scott. I'm running sync line, so looking to order a new hawse fairlead this week. Will reach out to you if that falls through.


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 Post subject: Re: Smittybilt hawse fairlead - rusted & pitted
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:28 am 
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Suresh,

Sounds good to me, I think synthetic line is the way better way to go. Anyone need a new steel winch cable & Roller fairlead?

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 Post subject: Re: Smittybilt hawse fairlead - rusted & pitted
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:44 am 
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Is your winch a Smittybilt?

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 Post subject: Re: Smittybilt hawse fairlead - rusted & pitted
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:47 am 
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Bklyn.X wrote:
Is your winch a Smittybilt?
It's an Engo.


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