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4 Wheeling Australia Winch Dampener

SKU WINCH-DAMP-4WA

This winch dampener is one of the very best on the market, it's a must-have partner for any adventure with Rhinohide Armor™, allowing you to do more of what you love safely and confidently. Produced to a high-quality standard, it's designed to reduce the amount of whip/backlash from a failure in the winch line itself or any attachment point.

It should be used in conjunction with all other safety procedures for winch line pulling and is suitable for both steel cable and synthetic ropes.

Winch dampener weight 1.360kg.

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Tech Overview


This high-quality winch dampener is designed to reduce the amount of whip/backlash from a failure in the winch line itself or any attachment point failing.

It should be used in conjunction with all other safety procedures for winch line pulling.

It is suitable for both steel cable and synthetic ropes.

Weight of winch dampener 1.360kg.

How to use the winch dampener.

  1. Lay dampener in an open position on the ground in line with the winch line. Never approach a winch line under tension. The line should be slack when installing the dampener.
  2. Fold the dampener over the cable. Ensure the dampener is in the central third of the line length. Secure the central Velcro strap around the line. Cinch up all buckles (top buckles around the line).
  3. Fill external pockets with loose sand. Never use rocks or stones in the dampener ballast pockets.
  4. Ensure all people, pets, and property are well clear of the line pull and in a safe location before putting any tension on the line.
  5. As the cable is pulled in, you may need to adjust the position of the dampener. Always release the tension on the line before approaching and making any adjustments.

Fitting & Care

Please take the time to read and understand the correct installation and care instructions for your Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ panels and watch the video below.

 

CAUTION

  • Failure to correctly install Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ as per the Manufacturer instructions could result in serious damage to the Rhinohide panels and/or vehicle and/or serious injury to others.
  • Failure to comply with the correct installation instructions will void the Rhinohide Armor™ warranty.
  • If not correctly installed as per Manufacturer’s instructions, external forces/objects may cause the Rhinohide Armor™ panels to detach from the vehicle during use. You must pay particular attention to the minimum clearances required on the leading edges of the doors and wait for 24hrs for the pressure sensitive 3M adhesive on the bases on initial install before driving with the panels on the vehicle.
  • ALL Rhinohide Armor™ Armor-Lock™ fasteners must be engaged before any use on or off road.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ has been Tried and tested in Australia's harshest environments, and rated for 130 km/hr on-road.

INSTALLATION

The following is a brief overview of installation and care, and the full installation manual should read prior to installation. The full installation manual is included in the box and can also be downloaded in the customer care section of our website.

PREPARATION (Important - Only apply Rhinohide to a clean vehicle)

Before the initial installation of Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ on your vehicle, it is important to make sure the vehicle is clean of dirt and debris. We recommend wiping the vehicle surface with isopropyl alcohol to ensure the proper adhesion of the Armor-Lock™ base plates.

Any dirt, mud, snow or other environmental contaminants on your vehicle may affect the panel hold force to the vehicle and may also cause scratching to the vehicle’s surface. Your vehicle must be free of this debris before initial installation. Once base plates have been attached and have cured (24hrs), the Rhinohide Armor™ panels can be installed on vehicles that are not spotlessly clean, provided they are not caked in mud or other debris.

We recommend that Rhinohide Armor™ is installed on your vehicle prior to any off-road use.

LEADING EDGE CLEARANCES (Important - install Rhinohide Armor™ correctly on your vehicle)

Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ has been carefully engineered to fit the vehicle and enable operation of all doors whilst in place on the vehicle.

It is very important to ensure the leading edge of each Rhinohide Armor™ panel has sufficient clearance on the leading edge of the door panel that it is being attached to. This will ensure Rhinohide Armor™ does not interfere with the normal operation of the doors. A chart of clearances required for specific vehicle types can be found in the Instruction Manual.

Failure to allow correct leading edge margin may result in the Rhinohide Armor™ panel leading edge rubbing against the vehicle when the doors are opened. Please ensure that you follow the test-fit procedure and align the leading edge correctly. Once the backing plates are installed, they cannot be re-used/moved on the vehicle, and you will need to replace them to ensure correct fitment.

Correct installation will result in completely operable doors, no leading edges protruding forward from the vehicle door leading edge and Rhinohide Armor™ conforming to the vehicle’s surface with no protrusions or misaligned panels.

CARE DURING USE

EXTENDED JOURNEYS - REGULAR INSPECTION AND CLEANING

If you are using Rhinohide Armor™ on an extended journey it is imperative that you inspect the panels REGULARLY to ensure dirt, mud or large debris has not become trapped on the internal surface of the panels.

Your Rhinohide Armor™ kit comes with a microfibre cloth to help brush any debris from the panel if encountered. The microfibre should be used to wipe any excess dirt, mud or large debris off your paintwork before reattaching the Rhinohide Armor™ panels.

Important - Inspect your Rhinohide Armor™ regularly during use to ensure that they are locked, and to ensure that there is no significant debris between the panel and your paintwork. If left unattended these particles WILL DAMAGE YOUR CAR.

REMOVAL OF EXCESS MUD/DIRT/SNOW BUILD UP (Important - Remove excess mud/snow from Rhinohide panels)

Mud, dirt and snow may collect and build up over time on the Rhinohide Armor™ surface. If this is the case, please ensure excess mud, snow and dirt is regularly scraped off the Rhinohide Armor™ panels.

Excess build up of mud/snow/dirt will add to the weight of the Rhinohide Armor™ panels, and excess mud build up may increase the risk of a snag point for branches and other objects.

Simply brush off any build up by hand or use a shovel edge if needed to dislodge excessive mud or snow build up on the panels before continuing your journey.

REMOVAL

The Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ system is unique in its ability to be easily installed and removed from the vehicle.

To take the panels off your vehicle, leaving the bases on the vehicle, our new proprietary Armor-Lock™ tamper proof fastening system comes with a security locking key. Just as you installed the panels, simply use the key to unlock each of the Amor-Locks, starting at the bottom of the panel first.

In order to completely remove Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ from your vehicle, please watch the following video:

PACKING AND STORING

Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ comes complete in a convenient and bespoke storage bag. Although Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ can be left on your vehicle at all times, there may be times when you need to store it away. If so, it should be stored in a cool dry environment when in the bag with no heavy objects placed on the bag.

The Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™system is at its most vulnerable when in the carry bag and heavy objects placed on the bag may cause damage/deformation to the panels.

Before repacking the Rhinohide Armor™ panels into the bag, it is a good idea to make sure the panels are free of mud/dirt and debris, this stops dirt on the outside of the panel transferring to the internal face which will be close to your vehicle the next time you use the Rhinohide Armor™ product.

It is best to pack panels external (plastic) side down in the bag. Start with the largest door panels and then pack in order of size down to the smallest panels. This will ensure a safe and compact fit within the bag.

Tip - Cleaning the Rhinohide Armor™ panels on the vehicle is a lot easier than off the vehicle. Simply spray down with a normal pressure hose and wash with your usual car cleaning detergent. Rinse when done and leave panels to dry in a shady area before packing back in the carry bag. NB: Citrus based cleaners CANNOT be used on the Rhinohide Armor™ product.

Shipping

FREE SHIPPING TO ALL AUSTRALIAN METRO AREAS.

We use predominantly TNT and DHL to ship our products to you.

All shipments are fully insured and you will receive a tracking number so you can follow the progress of your order.

Surcharges may apply for deliveries to remote and rural locations.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING NOW AVAILABLE

We now also ship orders internationally to most parts of the world! Please view the table below to see our International Shipping Rates. If we don't currently ship to your country, please contact us to discuss costs and rates to ship your RHINOHIDE ARMOR™ to you.

*All prices shown are in Australian dollars ($AUD). Our Flat Rate does not include duty, re-delivery fees, address correction fees and other charges. We reserve the right the change our flat rates for international orders seasonally to adjust for changes to fuel or additional surcharges by delivery providers, which is out of our control.

Country Our Flat Rate*
New Zealand $510.00
Canada & USA $730.00
South Africa $865.00
China $725.00
East Asia
Japan, South Korea
$700.00
South East Asia
Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
$700.00
Europe
Åland Islands, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mayotte, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Svalbard & Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City
$760.00
Western Asia
Bahrain, Israel, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, Turkey
$865.00

Warranty

MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

Don’t like the fit, the look, the finish? Don’t worry, return your kit.

We are confident you will love the look and quality of your Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ kit as much as we do. However, in the unlikely event you trial fit your Rhinohide Armor™  to your car and are not completely happy with the look or fit of the Rhinohide panels, we will refund your initial purchase only (dry run, no adhesive tape protection removed or modifications made and kit remains in saleable condition with all componentry).

Terms & Conditions

  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee valid from date of purchase.
  • The Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ kit must be returned unused. The guarantee is to ensure you are happy with the look, fit and quality of the product. Once used, your Rhinohide Armor™ is covered by our 12 month warranty policy below.
  • The product must also be returned in its original packaging, including the complete kit of panels, all componentry, carry bag and the box it came in and be in suitable condition for re-sale (to be determined by Rhino Hide Pty Ltd).
  • Our 30 day money back guarantee covers the original price paid for the product only. 
  • Return of the full Rhinohide Armor™ kit as described above, to the Western Australian Rhinohide Warehouse is at the purchaser's own expense.
  • This return policy is only valid for customers who purchase Rhinohide Armor™ online directly through the www.rhinohide.com.au website.
  • We are reasonable people and want a positive experience for all of our customers, even those who decide to return our items within the 30 Day Money Back Guarantee period. Refunds will not be unreasonably withheld, but we do need to inspect the goods prior to issuing a refund.

Please contact us at sales@rhinohide.com.au for additional information on our return process.

RHINOHIDE WARRANTY

RHINOHIDE 12 MONTH WARRANTY

Rhino Hide Pty Ltd (the manufacturers of the Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ system) warrants the Rhinohide Armor™ system to be free of manufacturer’s defects and will repair or replace the product at its own discretion, for a period of 12 months from the original date of purchase.

WARRANTY TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The warranty only applies when the Rhinohide Armor™ panels have been used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and limitations.
  • The warranty does not cover damages or failure resulting from improper use, acts of nature, abuse, alteration, accident, misuse, negligence, or general wear and tear.
  • Please keep the original copy of your receipt as proof of purchase to process a warranty claim. 
  • Defective panels must be returned to Rhinohide at the customer’s expense for assessment. If deemed faulty, Rhino Hide Pty Ltd will cover the cost of shipping the replacement part to the customer within Australian metro centres. Additional shipping fees may be charged for rural areas.

LIMITS OF LIABILITY

Rhino Hide Pty Ltd is not liable for damages to other property including the primary vehicle that Rhinohide Armor™ with Armor-Lock™ is being applied to, caused by defects in its products, loss of use of the product, loss of time, commercial loss or any other damages, whether real, incidental or consequential. 

The benefits conferred by this warranty are additional to all other conditions, rights and remedies.

 

PROCESSING A WARRANTY CLAIM

In order to process a warranty claim, please contact us at sales@rhinohide.com.au

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