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Old 01-21-2008, 01:29 AM
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Everything I have read makes me think that I will soon be switching to synthetic winch line.

The primary benefits that I see are:
1. Lighter weight
2. Far safer in case of breakage.

The drawbacks seem to be:
1. UV degradation
2. Issues with getting it dirty, dragging it over rocks.
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:33 AM
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According to Warn, my M12000 winch came with 125 feet of 3/8 wire cable. Should I be using the same thickness and length in synthetic rope?

Vendors?

Here's Winchline.com. $283. Yikes!

Here's AmsteelBlue.com. $299 including a new hook.

Willys Off-Road Supply Co. $258 in Olive Drab.
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Old 01-21-2008, 07:24 AM
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Match the weight ratings of the line to cable. IIRC, should be the same diameter, but it is weight ratings that matter.
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:16 AM
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I got mine from Winchline (Viking off road), mostly because they gave me a free hat . Its Amsteel blue line - and shipping was quick.

One thing to consider with the length. If most of your pulls are way under 125', then you could get a shorter rope (say 80') to maximize the strength of the winch. And then carry an extra 50' extension if you think you might need it for really long pulls. Advantages: less weight on the front end of the truck, more pulling strength on the "average" pull, and the ability (if needed) to go with a bigger diameter rope spooled on your winch.

One other thing - are you going to upgrade your fairlead? Steel rollers, especially those already used with steel line, can damage the synth rope. Better to get a hawse fairlead, or some delrin rollers to pair with your new line.
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I get mine from Rockstomper, I put on the same length of cable that came off, and I generally replace it every few years to be safe, but no breaks yet. I have had some fairly hard pulls and all is good. I will never use cable again, much harder to use than rope
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:43 AM
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So for $300 I can make my truck 37.5 pounds lighter? Math based on this post.. http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/foru...8&postcount=28

I don't like how synthetic coils up when it's laying on the ground (just like a rope), it's easy for it to get tied into knots, grab sticks, etc. I also don't like how it feels like parts of it are being shaved off by my glove, as I provide some resistance to it when recoiling. I'm sticking with the steel cable until I see the need to replace it, then we'll see.. for now I can think of much better places to spend $300.
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S I'm sticking with the steel cable until I see the need to replace it, then we'll see.. for now I can think of much better places to spend $300.
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Scott @ rockstomper sold my wife the rope for my winch too. (whadda super lady, eh?) It is the way to go for sure.

No kinks, frays, gloves, less weight on the bumper in line and in the aluminum fairlead instead of the rollers which also hurt my approach angle. Less mass when it breaks.

I'll never buy steel cable again.

$300?
Scott's prices are a lot more reasonable. 100' of 5/16 for my M8000 is $165.
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FYI, now available, offset fairleads.

http://www.sleeoffroad.com/products/...ry_winches.htm
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FYI, now available, offset fairleads.

http://www.sleeoffroad.com/products/...ry_winches.htm

Those are pretty nice , I may have to stop by your place sometime.
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