The Rubber Guard is a synthetic rubber gasket that separates the ProLink and the fairlead by a high durometer rubber material. The Rubber Guard feature was designed into the ProLink from the beginning. 8 Precision machined pockets in the back of the ProLink accept the barbs of the Rubber Guard. The unique ribbed design of the barbs allow for multiple installation and removal cycles without destroying the barbs. Once installed, the Rubber Guard will not come loose and will protect both Hawse and Roller fairleads from scratching. Is it possible to over engineer a seemingly simple rubber part ? We did – that’s why it works. Made of pure high durometer EPDM rubberScratch protection for alloy and roller fairleadsSecure fit with 8 barbed rubber tips Why EPDM rubber and not polyurethane? Poly products crack easily, plain and simple. EPDM is a synthetic rubber that has superior resistance to aging, cracking, UV, ozone and oxygen exposure. It is also extremely resilient and flexible. Although the cost to manufacture products from EPDM material is considerably higher than urethane, at Factor 55 believe that the choice to use EPDM has resulted in a longer lasting and superior engineered product. Instructions: Place the ProLink Rubber Guard barbs up on a flat surface. Moisten the barbs with soapy water or glass cleaner and place the ProLink on top of the Rubber Guard carefully aligning the barbs to the mating holes. Apply firm uniform pressure until all barbs have engaged into holes. SAFETY FIRST – Always follow safe winching guidelines recommended by your winch manufacturer.