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old western plow cables are too short???

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by navigator99, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. navigator99

    navigator99 Junior Member
    from quebec
    Messages: 2

    is there any way to esxtend or buy longer cables? mine are 9feet and i am installing everything custom onto a 99 lincoln navigator, past the cables on the passenger side at first because i was sure 9' would be plenty but i was about 2 feet short. so now i past then from my center console straight to my upper firewall above my stearing colomn and then straight across passing next to my head drivers headlight. this time i came up about 8 inches short and i have no more play anywhere.
    they must have some 10-12 feet cables out there or somekind of adapers to extend my cables. let me know what you guys think, anything could help me right now because i am loss, cables are wrapping around a 5.4l engine that is about 2 inches from the firewall....

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  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    Search the plow supplies. But they weren't made for your trk remember that
     
  3. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    I've never heard nor seen of cables longer than 9'
     
  4. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    what the hell you putting that on ? ranger
     
  5. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,672

    Try reading his post and not just looking at the pictures.


    OP, these controls are meant to be mounted on the dash. Putting the control on the center console is most likely why the cables are not long enough.
     
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    I feel bad doing this but 56180 is the western part number for 12 foot cables.

    The cables aren't long enough because he mounted a conventional mount in front of the bumper.:dizzy: They mounted cable controls on floor pedistals for years.

    Remember the following:
    the cables must be ran with no more than 6" radius turns, any tighter and the system wouldn't work properly.
    Pack the pump cable connection pockets with grease to displace water.
    IMO you are going to F*** that truck up carrying that much weight that far forward. Add the amount of counter weight you'll need to balance the weight bias and run it in to a pile you may not open the doors quite as easy anymore.
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2014
  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    But the pictures tell the real story:laughing:
     
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    And that trk has factory air ride, hate to see what happens at the end if the season. Will it still work or will it burn up the pump
     
  9. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,672

    I have seen them on the tranny tunnel but never on the center console. Most the time I have seen the control mounted to the dash.
     
  10. navigator99

    navigator99 Junior Member
    from quebec
    Messages: 2

    installing on a 99 navigator, i mounted the plow on the truck already and the suspension almost didn't budge, original air ride still works perfect and it doesn't adjust often enough to bother me, after about 10 minutes of having one wheel off the ground the suspension drops the air in that wheel and sometimes it will turn one the compressor for the opposite wheel.
    joy stick is in the middle of my center console, about 6 inches from the dash and about 8 inches off the tranny so its not that much differnt then having it on the dash unless it would of been on the left of the steering wheel which i am trying to avoid.
    today i will try routing the cables under the truck directly to see if that helps.
    if that doesn't work i'll look into the 12' cables "Basher" mentioned, thanks everyone i'll post some pictures once i'm done.
     
  11. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    You also forgetting about driving, and when you stop and back up.
    Just saying that's a lot of work on the compressor, and all the sensors