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post #1 of 10 Old 08-07-2020, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I have had a zeon on my jk for the last 4 years. I use it 4-5 times a year but never really spool it down to the last wrap on the drum. Well, I recently bought a new Zeon for my TJ and while spooling the line on using the hill in the back yard, I decided to respool the JK line also. When I unwound it to the bare drum I found it was corroded with white oxidation all over the drum and first wrap of winch line heat guard.

Has anyone had this problem, I assume most people haven't spooled theirs down to the bare drum very often.

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So, I was spooling the winch line on my TJ and I figured while I had the tree savers hooked up I would respool the JK winch line. When I ...
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The thing is I never would have known because it looked totally normal the 10-15 times I've used the winch in the last few years because I don't usually spool it down to the bare drum.

Anyone else with a zeon want to unspool their winch to the drum for a little science experiment?

Good time for a little winch line bath.
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Have you contacted Warren? i would guess it was wet for a time? I have a 10s and use it well each season. Have never used all the line but have had it out about 75%.

Ill pull mine and check. But here in AZ rain is rather rare and the heep is a off road jeep 99%. Sits in one of garages until its put on a trailer.

Oxidized perhaps the drum should be coated with a good Polyurethane epoxy?


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Have you contacted Warren? i would guess it was wet for a time? I have a 10s and use it well each season. Have never used all the line but have had it out about 75%.

Ill pull mine and check. But here in AZ rain is rather rare and the heep is a off road jeep 99%. Sits in one of garages until its put on a trailer.

Oxidized perhaps the drum should be coated with a good Polyurethane epoxy?


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I have contacted Warn, They are opening a help ticket, but they said they had never heard of this before.

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I have contacted Warn, They are opening a help ticket, but they said they had never heard of this before.

I have a run in under two weeks on the Dusy Ershem and since that is no place to have anything go wrong. I will be checking to see if my spool looks like that. Not that it wont work but still, not good. I wonder if there may a chemical in the ropes shield that is causing that kind of electrolytic corrosion ?

just a hypotheses. Ground issue?

I'll get back on this thread when i pull the line all the way.

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I have a run in under two weeks on the Dusy Ershem and since that is no place to have anything go wrong. I will be checking to see if my spool looks like that. Not that it wont work but still, not good. I wonder if there may a chemical in the ropes shield that is causing that kind of electrolytic corrosion ?

just a hypotheses. Ground issue?

I'll get back on this thread when i pull the line all the way.
from my understanding of Arizona weather, I would hope that yours looks brand new under the line. Yall get rain like 2 times a year right?

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from my understanding of Arizona weather, I would hope that yours looks brand new under the line. Yall get rain like 2 times a year right?

Yea.... BUT its only 11am and its 110 in shade and should get just under 120. So i just spooled it out all the way and winched up hill to load it. Spool looks like it did when i put it in close to four years. That just reminded me why i NEVER wheel in this heat and go to places like Dusy this time of year.

But if i recall the only two times this line got wet. But both times i am sure that dried well coming to the hellish heat of AZ.

Not sure how hard it might be pull these apart for a new spool. Bet its a pain too. Heck just to remove mine you must pull it with bumper as a unit. Anyway at least i know its all good line still looks good down deep no kinks or binds. My drive way is very steep so its a pull too. I need some lemon aid now. great drink when its hot.

maybe just wrap a bit of Emory cloth and clean it down while its spinning?

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Thanks for checking, anyone in the southeast want to check their winch drum for me? I found a few instances on other forums.
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