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Just realize you don't have to replace a roller fairlead that is in good condition with a hawse like some outdated information advises.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.