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post #1 of 11 Old 04-20-2013, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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warn zeon winch

Does anyone have any experience with the new zeon winch? I like the look but really unsure about the synthetic rope. Feedback please....thanks

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-20-2013, 09:16 PM
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Already a Zeon thread. What about Synthetic concerns you?

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Durability, longevity, and strength
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Its durable, will last a long time, and is extremely strong

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-20-2013, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks for your input
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-21-2013, 06:54 AM
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This thread is probably going to get moved but as for your concern about synthetic line, put them to rest. Properly maintained it is plenty durable and the strength is definitely down. I currently live next to a Tow USA boat recovery company and a couple of years ago he pulled all the steel winch lines out and put in synthetic rope, and thats on working boats that go out an make recoveries every day (especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy). If the rope can survive in this environment life on your Jeep will be a vacation. Just make sure you protect the rope from chaffing up against rough surfaces and make sure any accessories you buy are properly sized (thinking snatch block here mostly).

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post #7 of 11 Old 04-21-2013, 09:07 AM
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Within the first five years of owning my first winch, I replaced the wire rope twice due to it having kinked & broken wire strands. Yes it was regularly rewound per how you're supposed to do it but if you're doing multiple pulls in a weekend, you just can't always do that... which can damage the wire rope if the rope layers aren't tight enough to prevent the rope from pulling down through the layers & damaging itself as it does that.

Then when that third wire rope went bad, I replaced it with 3/8" synthetic from fellow Jeeper Thor at www.winchline.com. Five years later, that synthetic rope was still in excellent condition. Three wire ropes in the first five years (lots of use), one synthetic rope the next 7 years before that Jeep & winch was stolen & the rope was still in excellent condition the last time I saw it.

My new winch on the replacement Jeep got fresh 3/8" synthetic rope from Thor at the same source within its first month. I'll never run wire rope again, I sold that new wire rope to reduce the cost of the new synthetic.

Synthetic is lighter, easier on the hands, much easier to run up & down difficult terrain to connect it, and doesn't kink & damage itself like wire rope does. You can't drag synthetic over sharp rocks like you can wire rope but in ten years of running synthetic rope while rock crawling, I've never had to do that so for me, that is a non-issue.

Just realize you don't have to replace a roller fairlead that is in good condition with a hawse like some outdated information advises. A hawse is harder on synthetic rope than a roller fairlead is. You just have to make sure the rollers of a used roller fairlead aren't nicked or gouged up before switching to synthetic and if they are, just smooth the rough spots with a grinder and/or a file. That's what I did on my first winch.

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post #8 of 11 Old 04-21-2013, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys...your input and information has been very informative. You have convinced and reassured my decision on choosing the synetic rope over wire. Thanks again
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-22-2013, 12:41 PM
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I've used both and def. feel a lot safer with rope. My current winch has wire (it came this way) and I'll be replacing it when I get a chance to do so. Watching both break before, rope will just fall to the grown when it breaks. Wire rope, you better hope no one is around or at least have something on the line to help reduce the recoil, like a ARB line blanket.

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-23-2013, 04:53 PM
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It's way lighter, wont ever mess with your hands, can be stronger than the steel cable, and if a cable pops a huge mess can happen when with a synthetic it just tears. You're better off buying the synthetic rope !
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post #11 of 11 Old 04-24-2013, 12:35 PM
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I am a recent convert to synthetic and I'll never go back to cable.

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