Going above industry standards Factor 55 introduces a new line of Aluminum Hawse Fairleads. The 1.0 fairleads are CNC machined from 1-inch-thick USA 6000 series aluminum bar. The industry standard fairlead thickness is .75 inches thick.
The thicker aluminum bar results in a larger outer fillet radius for the synthetic rope to slide against. This results in less stress on the rope fibers during high angular pulls, increasing the life of your synthetic rope. The 1.0 and 1.5 fairleads are the industry’s first Hawse fairleads compatible with larger ½ inch diameter rope tube thimbles.
The rope slot height opening is taller to allow the larger ½” tube thimbles to pass through. There is also a machined outer corner chamfer to reduce rope stress for those that plan on using the winch as a front suspension “suck down” device.
What is the best surface finish for Hawse aluminum fairleads? Not going for pretty but instead tough and durable Type III hard anodized coating finish. A hard coating can resist the abrasion damage from a dirty/gritty synthetic winch rope rubbing across it. Especially during extreme side pulls where rope fiber stresses are extremely high. A Mil-A-8625 Type III hard anodized finish leaves a .002” thick Al2O3 ceramic coating that is in the top 5 hardest materials known to mankind (See chart under Corundum/Sapphire). Not too far away from diamond hardness. Another valuable material property from hard anodized coatings are the low coefficients of friction. Low friction = lower rope heat. Only drawback? Hard anodizing is not offered in typical bright and fancy anodized colors. All Factor 55 fairleads only come in Mil-A-8625 hard gray finishes. Not fancy, but it is the proper finish to extend the life of your synthetic rope.
• Overall Dimension: 12.35? x 3.25?
• Standard 10? Bolt Mount Spacing
• Mouth opening of the fairleads are approximately 1.1 inches by 7.2in
• For synthetic winch rope only.
• MADE IN THE USA
*NOTE- Fairleads DO NOT come with mounting hardware.
*The reason for this is depending on your vehicle, bumper, and fairlead mounting thicknesses the shank length of the bolts may need to be longer or shorter to prevent the bolts from contacting the body of your winch. In most cases, the mounting bolts that are supplied by your winch manufacturer are adequate in strength and length. In some cases, longer bolts are required and 3/8? Grade 5-Grade 8 bolts in 1.25-1.5? shank length is a good starting point for fitment. 7/16? bolts may also be used. Please contact us with any specific questions.