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post #1 of 7 Old 02-01-2016, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Help with synthetic winch line

Hey there thanks for any and all help on this.

I have a Smitty (no warn, but came with jeep) XRC8 8000 lb winch on my 05 LJ (with mods and 35's probably 4,500-5,000 lbs). I do pretty moderate wheeling but use it now and again (mainly to move trees off the trail lol.) This is it: http://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-972.../dp/B001CF1Y0C

Anyway, mostly because of weight savings and other benefits I want to put a synthetic line on it. It has, and came with a 21/64 inches (seems about 1/4" thick) x 94 feet (8.2 millimeter x 28.5 meter) long galvanized steel cable.

The synthetic line I'm looking at is 3/8" x 82'...so a bit thicker and I'm worried it may not fit on the drum even though I'm going from 94' to 82'.

Anyone been through this with this or a similar winch?

Should I drop down to 3/8" x 50'? (Rather have 82' for snatchblock situations but...)

Can/should I go to a thinner synthetic line? (Most smaller...3/16" or 1/4" for example, say they are for ATV/UTV use though break points seem high enough so IDK...?)

Just trying to get some input before I pull the trigger. I'd rather not have to even attempt to "shorten" either end of the line as they come with connectors on both ends rather specific to the drum and hook.

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-01-2016, 03:30 PM
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Stick with 3/8ths. And the 82' should fit.

And honestly there isn't a lot of magic to the connections on either end of the line, in particular at the drum. A lot of us end up with the drum end just duct taped as its really the overwraps that hold it on. And the "hook/thimble" end is not hard to change either. It's very common for people to remove what comes with the line and install a safety thimble.

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Thx biffgnar and yep, I think I'll go for it. I had thought that maybe if I do have to cut it I'll do the drum end etc. Excited to go synth...get some weight off the front and go to a safer alternative as well.
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You do realize, you're not saving enough weight to make any difference.
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You do realize, you're not saving enough weight to make any difference.
IIRC I've seen estimates of roughly 25 lbs. On its own maybe not a lot, but if there are many places on your jeep where you can save that amount (and there are) it will add up over time.

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-02-2016, 08:39 AM
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You do realize, you're not saving enough weight to make any difference.
Not so much to the Jeep but it makes a big difference to the guy who is scrambling over rocks or similar tough terrain pulling out a synthetic vs. a steel winch line.

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Yeah, I forgot the poor rock monkey....
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