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post #1 of 5 Old 04-15-2017, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Synthetic winch cable care

Got a new synthetic cable from TSC for a heck of a deal! Anyways I've researched about washing it out and cleaning, but what about storage? And when I say storage when it's on my winch do I keep it taunt or a little loose??


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post #2 of 5 Old 04-15-2017, 05:53 PM
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Synthetic ropes for winches are protected by a UV coating so even though a cover wouldn't be a bad idea, it's not required. And winch lines should be stored taut and as tight as recommended by the winch manufacturer. A typical load of around 250 lbs. is recommended when spooling the line onto the winch. I pull my rope out and connect it to something like another Jeep. Then I put my Jeep in neutral, pull up my Jeep's parking brake a few clicks to give the necessary load, then use the remote control to winch my Jeep forward to the other jeep while carefully guiding the rope onto the drum so it lays on it evenly with each wrap next to the proceeding wrap.

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That's how I spoiled it up on there. Thanks Jerry!


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I seem to remember a thread long ago about putting the rope in a washing machine to clean it?...
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-16-2017, 06:38 AM
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Galvanized cable suffers from being dirty because the dirt absorbs the moisture and increases rust.

A dirty synthetic cable could be harmed by friction caused by dirt - if one was spooling it in and out a couple hundred times a year. Other than that, it is a bad idea to wash synthetic cable because the finishes are on the surface of the Dyneema not impregnated into the polyester.

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