On our wire rope clip page, you will find reference
information, such as, the number of clips required for each termination, the amount of torque to apply to the nuts,
and the turnback length.
Prepping for Assembly
Cut off any unraveled or kinked portion of the cable. It is best to seize the cable with tape before cutting to
keep the end tight. If you don’t need to cut the cable, be sure to wrap it tightly to keep the structure of the
cable in its intended form.
For larger cable, soft wire may be a better choice to hold the cable end together.
Turnback is the length of the cable from the base of the eye to the end of the dead end.
First, measure and mark the turnback length specified in your reference material.
Next, determine how large the eye in your cable will be and mark the live end of the cable where the turnback mark
Lastly, mark the live end where the dead-end ends.
A benefit of using wire rope clips instead of swaged sleeves for making a termination is their ability to be
reused, but there are some precautions you should take to ensure your wire rope clip is still fit for service.
The first thing to check is to make sure the u-bolt fits into the saddle with no force required. If it is
difficult to mate these two components your U-bolt or saddle may be bent, and you should discard the clip.
Check the threads on the u-bolt to make sure they aren’t damaged, and that the nuts thread onto them easily.
Inspect the peaks and ridges on the saddle for damage or gouging.
Lastly, when installing the reused clips, ensure they can accept the recommended torque.
If you are using a pulley as a thimble, add 1 more clip to the assembly being sure to space the clips at least
1 saddle length apart from each other. The first clip near the pulley should be 1 pulley diameter distance from
the center of the pulley and achieve a 60 degree included angle between the live and dead end.
Fist grip clips are a newer take on wire rope clips and are designed to make installation easier. Their saddles
are mirrored allowing them to be installed in any orientation relative to the live and dead ends of the rope
ensuring you can’t saddle a dead horse. In addition, they only have one nut on each side so a wrench can rotate
freely when tightening.
To install, use the same procedure as traditional wire rope clips, but be sure to check our Fist Grip Clip page for the minimum number of clips required and
recommended turnback and torque values.
Applying wire rope clips over vinyl coated cable may be preferable to achieve a certain look or feel, or when
corrosion resistance is valued over strength.
Please note that applying the wire rope clips over the vinyl coating will
greatly reduce the strength, and you should test your connections before use. Never use this method for
critical applications as the load holding properties are severely reduced and unpredictable.
To size the connection properly, measure the outside diameter of the coated cable,