How to Rebuild a Spinlock XTS Clutch | Expert Advice

I’m sure that you look around this blog and figure that there’s a lot of planning that goes into our choices for reviews, videos, etc. For the most part, that’s true — we do plan a couple of weeks out and are constantly building a list of ideas.

But if you picked up on the foreshadowing I laid down, you’ll know that this post isn’t one of those times. I went down and asked Ian if he wanted to do another video about taking something apart…
“What do you want to do it on?”
Ian looks around, sees clutches – “How about I take apart a Spinlock clutch.”
And thus, an idea was born…

In this Stern Scoop Video Blog, Ian takes apart a XTS Spinlock Clutch. You’ll see how easily these come apart and how it’s not any harder to rebuild them. If your rope clutch stops working properly, it’s relatively easy to get in there and figure out what’s on the fritz. You can find any replacement part that you might need for a Spinlock clutch here.

It’s also useful to know how to take one of these Spinlock clutches apart if you’re thinking about reducing the size of your halyard, to save some weight aloft. As cordage continues to get stronger and more advanced, diameters can be reduced while still handling the same load. If you do reduce the size of your halyard, you may need to work on your clutch to ensure that it continues to properly hold your line.

Spinlock makes it easy to accomplish this, as you simply need to replace the cam — you’ll see how easy that is in Ian’s video. Remember, for max performance from your clutch, always try and be at the top end of its max line diameter.Spinlock Clutch Diagram

For instance, the XTS clutch handles two line sizes: 1/4″ – 5/16″ and 5/16″ – 9/16″. If you had a 5/16″ halyard that you were buying a clutch for, you’d want to use the 1/4″ – 5/16″ clutch. The image to the left illustrates this for you — each color represents a different model of Spinlock clutch… as the diameter of the line goes up, so does the holding power of the clutch. Simple concept, but important when spec’ing things out.

Other than that, the video pretty much speaks for itself. Of course, if you have any questions about what Ian does, feel free to drop them in the comment below and we’ll get back to you with an answer.

And yes, the two mannequins over Ian’s right shoulder are suggestively posed (unintentionally, we promise — we’re not that bored around here); as such, this video is rated PG.

[switches to Ed McMahon voice]
So, heeeeeeeeeeeerrrrreeee’ssss Ian:

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