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post #1 of 44 Old 03-05-2012, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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Synthetic winch cable?

It's time for a new winch line and I wanted to ask everyone that is running the synthetic cable, what are the pro's and con's? Would you buy it again? What's the best brand to look at buying? I have a warn xd9000i. Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 44 Old 03-05-2012, 07:49 AM
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I use a synthetic winch rope on my 4 wheeler its a smaller warn winch but same concept, i put it on because i snapped the steel one durin the winter. But i put it on 3 yers ago left it on winter and summer use it all the tine and no problems cant even notice a difference, except in winter the synthetic works much much better

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As for the cons it can be cut and frayed easier then the steel cable...

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After a lot of research I decided on the Viking rope (http://winchline.com/). Hereís a short thread of mine regarding my switch from cable. Not much info but you can see what I bought from forum memberís recommendations. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/s...-rope-1315394/
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I am not 100% certain but I think the synthetic cables can melt also. Not sure of what temperature. Probably ok everywhere except a manifold or cat converter temp. My company uses very high strength webbing at work and we use hot knives to cut it, so it does melt.
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I went with MasterPull on the front. They are supposedly the best. On the rear I bought a cheaper brand on Ebay, and I can tell you there is a difference. It is showing signs of wear already from sunlight, whereas the Masterpull line is not.
On the plus side - lighter weight (40lb savings over metal ), won't weigh down the front end as much, much easier to pull out and handle, no corrosion issues to worry about, and it floats ( for what that's worth )

On the negative side - cost a lot more, is sensitive to UV light that causes failure, will fray on trees and debris.

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On the negative side... is sensitive to UV light that causes failure...
I rubbed my rope down with sun block so itís protected plus it gets a nice tan without burning.


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^^^ Great idea, how long do you think that lasts for?
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I use a winch cover to protect my synthetic line from UV.

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Viking, Masterpull, etc. The quality brands are all sourcing their rope from the same manufacturer ---- and it is the best.

I recently bought my 90' of 7/16 Amsteel Blue line from SouthEast Overland. Call, talk to Steve, beg for a discount... ...that's what I did.

Synthetic line doesn't hold kinetic energy like a steel rope; won't snap back and take your head off if it breaks. It's lighter; the front of your Jeep will sit higher. It's easier to pull, doesn't give you steel spinters or cut your hands, and it's pretty. Yup; pretty --- my wife told me that.

We even have a synthetic winch line dog lead now (thanks, Steve...). Here's my wife with the dog; you gotta do these things when you're married so you can by snythetic rope for your truck...


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^^^ Great idea, how long do you think that lasts for?
I was just joking, not sure if you knew that. Now Iím starting to wonder if it would actually work but if not my rope would be the best smelling rope around bar none.
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It's time for a new winch line and I wanted to ask everyone that is running the synthetic cable, what are the pro's and con's? Would you buy it again? What's the best brand to look at buying? I have a warn xd9000i. Thanks in advance.
The biggest argument against synthetic rope is that it's expensive and you'll never be able to go back. I had synthetic on my TJ, but now I have the steel cable that came with my Warn PowerPlant on my JK. I hate hate hate hate steel cable!! It is such a PITA to work with, it's kinking up after only three uses, it's dangerous, it's difficult to spool in, and it's difficult to spool out.

So yeah, go with Synthetic. As for brand, 1222 is right about Viking having a great reputation! Keep in mind that you'll need a new fairlead too!

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post #13 of 44 Old 03-05-2012, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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I have read nothing but good things about the synthetic rope and believe I'm heading down that road since my steel cable got trashed the other night. Just curious if anyone has had problems with it getting tangled up in the winch if it's not spooled up just right. I know to keep an eye on it but late nights and empty ice chest cause ***** to get overlooked sometimes. Kinda why I need a new one now!
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And thanks for the replies y'all
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If I remember correctly I thought I read somewhere that the rope will not get kinked like the cable will if not spooled correctly. Someone please correct me if Iím wrong.
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