I have one on my winch. The purpose is to prevent the hook from scratching up the fairlead rollers, especially if you have a synthetic rope. When I changed out my old synthetic for a new one (Amsteel blue) I put it on. I also changed out the fairlead. I ordered it at the local polaris dealer not asking how much it was going to be. When I picked it up I expected $$$$, but turned out to bee only $13.00 including tax. I had to look in the box to make sure they ordered the right part.
I actually had a dog play toy which worked perfect. It was round, had a hole through it, and is softer than the one you looked at on Amazon but firm enough to not tear. Was only a couple of bucks in the pet store.
Yep, keeps the hook from rattling and prevents overtightening the cable. Just remove the hook, stick the cable through and reinstall the hook. Takes about three minutes. Some of the guys up north use a hockey puck.
One came with my synthetic rope kit but still sits in my garage tool box. I don't use it because I hook my cable on my bumper so I don't have to reach down in the muck to get it. I bet it works well though if you crank your cable in all of the way.
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