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Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winches - 8,000 lbs to 12,000 lbs - Wire Rope

Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winches - 8,000 lbs to 12,000 lbs - Wire Rope

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Bulldog Winch Accessories and Parts - BDW20234

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  • Rope Tensioner


A wire rope tensioner helps make handling and management of wire rope easier.

Features:

  • Spring-loaded tensioner to hold wire rope in place
  • Prevents accidental unspooling
  • Great for hidden mount locations

Specs:

  • Fits Bulldog Winch 8,000 lbs - 12,000 lbs Standard Series truck winches

20234 Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winch - 8,000 lbs to 12,000 lbs - Wire Rope




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Video of Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winches - 8,000 lbs to 12,000 lbs - Wire Rope

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Review of Bulldog Winch - Electric Winch - BDW20234

Today, we're going to take a quick look at the Tensioner for Bulldog Winches Standard Series Truck Winch. Now, this is designed to sort of pre-tension the wire on your winch, so that whenever you go into free spool, it doesn't all come out at once and get kind of in a bunch. A lot of times whenever you're free spooling and that wire starts to get unraveled, it can bunch up and cause a bird's nest and just overall tangle up and cause some issues.So, this is going to prevent that. It's going to put some tension on that, so as you pull it out, it won't get all bunched up. Also prevents any accidental unspooling, makes a really handy mount for any hidden mount locations where it's harder to get to that barrel to unspool it or untangle your wire. It just helps to hold your wire rope in place.

This is going to fit your Bulldog Winches Standard Series Truck Winches and it's going to work with your wire rope. As far as dimensions, it's about 8 1/2 inches wide on the bracket side. From the outside of each spring, it's about 10 inches long. Overall, it's about four inches wide and it's going to sit about an inch and a quarter tall.It's made of a durable steel construction, has kind of a hammer finish on these black pieces. It comes with instructions to let you know how to get that installed step-by-step with pictures, so that makes it a little bit easier to see exactly how to do that.

That's going to do it for our look at the Tensioner for Bulldog Winches Standard Series Truck Winch.


Customer Reviews

Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winches - 8,000 lbs to 12,000 lbs - Wire Rope - BDW20234

Average Customer Rating:  4.1 out of 5 stars   (23 Customer Reviews)


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Was packaged and delivered as ordered. Have not installed it yet but will . Prompt service thanks 694243



- BDW20234
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Just arrived and went to check it out and it will be a perfect fit. Thanks so much for the great pick for me. 729065



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I installed this on a Smittybilt winch and modified the cable retaining plate to a longer and wider one to fit my application. The tensioner works GREAT very pleased with the quality and strength of the parts. I'm looking at upgrading to an even larger winch and will buy this tensioner again for it. 594153


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After a year and the tensioner still works good. Very happy with the quality.
t39racer - 01/01/2020

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Well made with good tension, a must for steel cable. Before spooling up cable care should be taken that the lower corner plate of the tensioner clears where the cable attaches to the spool. Would definitely buy it again. 550126


Comments
have used the winch about a dozen times. the tensioner works fine. keeps the line tight when free spooling out. would still buy again.
Lenny - 08/05/2019

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Comments
have used the winch about a dozen times. the tensioner works fine. keeps the line tight when free spooling out. would still buy again.
Lenny - 08/05/2019

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Put an end to bird nesting the cable. Timely delivery, straight install, seems sturdy. 880654



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looks great haven't installed yet 828950



- BDW20234
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Is perfect. Works great. I highly recommend it to anyone with a winch that it fits. No more birds nest in your cable. 816721



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Product is well made and easy to install. How ever DO NOT get this for a Superwinch LP10,000. Because of where the cable attaches ty the drum it will not work. I bent the plate, had to take it apart, straighten the plate, grind a corner off and reattach. After a few tries I finally got it to work. 665312


Comments
Per our product description, this item is a fit for Bulldog Standard series truck winches. We cant guarantee fit on other winch models.
-- Mike L - 07/03/2019

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Cost effective design to make ya grin watching it work a neat treat. Caliee will check in to ask if ya like it or not of course. My winch was older rather robust design with too wide side plates for tension springs to straddle so beware of that factor. I was able to modify by attaching my own springs on bottom of rub plate. Wound up 150ft of heavy cable neat and tight like i'd never seen before even with the springs not fitted for full tension as designed. 643324



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Product worked better than expected for my traveler(Tractor Supply) 12k winch especially since this piece is made for a different brand it holds the cable in place and removes the rats nest. 620334



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Spring broke at install... whole thing ended up in the trash. Not impressed. 617760



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If you winch on a regular basis you need one of these. The cable doesnt lay perfect but it keeps enough pressure to prevent the rats nest and damage to the cable. I put this on a 10,000lb Superwinch and it fit like a glove. The springs are zip tied to the plate out of the box and directions say "dont remove" the zip ties until its installed. However the springs were attached backward to the directions picture right out of the box. I had to switch the left and right springs. DONT over tighten the screws that attach the metal plates as they will strip (I found out the hard way). You have to unspool the cable to attach but after attached DONT just start spooling as where the cable attaches to the spool can catch and damage your new tension plate. Use a large screw driver and piece of 2x4 to hold the spring loaded plate back while assembling. Dont get your fingers in there if you want to keep them. 612953



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Great item... worked great for my appli cation 595234



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Very nice add on to my winch easy to install and Took all the back lash out of my winch 568325



- BDW20234
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It did exactly what I needed it to do, highly recommend I used it on a 9000 lbs Badlands winch 562687



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worked great 544960



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Works perfectly wraps up like the picture on the cover 520206



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The product gave a little hassle on installation but otherwise it works well. 500768



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Works good took a little time to install but after I got it in place it all came together would buy it again 498845



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Tensioner did not work.Appeared to have plenty of tension but not enough to keep cable from unraveling completely on free spool.Also plate interferes with cable mounting bolt.Total waste of time and money.I really wanted it to work and tried it with full,partial and one line spool,same issue when on free spool as without tensioner —bird nest mess of a tangle!!! 483094



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Largely ineffective for the Harbor Freight Badland 12K winch. The product fit perfectly, but spring tension isn't where it needs to be to keep drum from misbehaving during free-spool. The springs look to be a unique design, so I can't just add heavier ones. I may just try adding a rubber strip on the plate where it makes contact with the cable to see if that helps things. I doubt this tensioner works any better on the standard series 12k 'Bulldog' winch (one of the winches it's meant to work with) as they both use 3/8" diameter cable of similar length. Lower rated winches which use smaller cabling, however. will probably work much better. Product was shipped out very quick, but was not packaged well. Parts were falling out of box when I picked it up and a few apparently got lost in transit. I was fortunately able to source what was missing at a local hardware store. 452197



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It works well but requires special attention. After installation I wound in the cable and damaged the tensioner when the corner of it caught on the cable securing lug. No biggie, I just trimmed the bent corner. Next I wound too much cable on one side and broke the mounting bolt that holds the two winch halves together on either end of the drum. This is the main bolt that the tensioner mounts to. I posted a video on YouTube about the installation under my user name "tinkering fox" in my opinion it's a decent product and the damages were both caused by operator error (my fault). 394130



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Just as described. Product great, shipping maybe a little slow getting sent. Thanks 333714


Comments
Just fine.
j - 01/19/2018

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Ask the Experts about this Bulldog Winch Accessories and Parts

  • Winch Tensioner Compatibility with Badland Winch
    The Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winches - 8,000 lbs to 12,000 lbs - Wire Rope # BDW20234 and the Cable Tensioner for ComeUp DV-18 Off-Road Winch # CU882038 are similar but they are designed for different weight capacities and the ComeUp is really designed only for that specific winch. I haven't seen the ComeUp Tensioner used on any other winch so I recommend going with the Bulldog option (if it fits your capacities) as it is more of a general fit that will work...
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  • Winch Tensioner Compatibility with Smittybilt X20 10,000 lb Winch
    The Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winch - Wire Rope # BDW20234 or the ComeUp Cable Tensioner for DV-12, DV-15, and DV-18 winches # CU881087 are the only options for that size a winch. We have not tested them on a Smittybilt x20 however I have attached a picture with measurements in millimeters for you to check mounting compatibility of the Bulldog. The ComeUp has the roller being about 8-1/8 inches long and the roller bracket at 7-1/4 inches long.
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  • Will the Bulldog Winch Tensioner BDW20234 Fit a Traveller 12V Truck Electric Winch
    The Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winch part # BDW20234 is designed specifically for Bulldog Standard Series Winches part # BDW10041 for 8K, part # BDW10042 for 9.5K, or part # BDW10043 for 12K. Therefore, I cannot confirm it will work for your Traveller 12V Truck Electric Winch. However, I have attached a dimensional drawing of the Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winch in millimeters for you which you should be able to use to determine compatibility...
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  • Will The Tensioner For Bulldog Winches Work On A Smittybilt 9500 XRC Winch?
    The Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winch - Wire Rope, # BDW20234, is a confirmed fit for all Bulldog standard series truck winches. However, it is compatible with many other winches. Although I can't confirm the fit on your specific winch, I have attached a picture with measurements in millimeters for you to check mounting compatibility.
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  • Bulldog Tensioner and Spring Replacement Availability
    The springs of the # BDW20234 are not available separately. Only solution will be to go with the # BDW20234 to replace all of what you have. This does match what you sent in a picture of.
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  • Overall Length of the Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winch BDW20234
    I spoke with my contact at Bulldog Winch and he informed me that the overall length of the # BDW20234 measures 8-1/2 inches. I attached a picture that shows all of the other dimensions of it in millimeters for you to check out as well.
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  • Will Bulldog Winch Wire Rope Tensioner Evenly Wind Cable on Spool
    The Tensioner for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Truck Winch # BDW20234 will help in evenly putting the cable on but you would still want to watch it and make sure it is spooling up the right way.
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  • Can Bulldog Winch Tensioner # BDW20234 Be Used with Synthetic Rope
    I reached out to my contact at Bulldog and he said that the Tensioner # BDW20234 can be used with synthetic rope. The reason it's labeled for use with wire rope is simply because it might not add much benefit when using it for synthetic rope. It's going to do a nice job of keeping it tight and in place but when it comes to actually forcing the rope to the lower area it's not going to be as effective due to the flexibility of synthetic compared to the rigidness of standard wire rope....
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