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Bleeding purple
TCU Fan
Athens, Texas
Member since Sep 2007
23353 posts

Winch cable Metal or synthetic?

which and why?


Ole Geauxt
LSU Fan
KnowLa.
Member since Dec 2007
40339 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
synthetic makes winch quite a bit lighter on front bumper,, I likey. no pricked fingers, either.


Nado Jenkins83
New Orleans Saints Fan
Land of the Free
Member since Nov 2012
8017 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
Go synthetic. No memory and doesn't get shards of cable in your hand.


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eng08
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2013
2639 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
If synthetic put a cover on it, uv degradation will kill it and if your buying vectran or spectra line it's freaking expensive.
This post was edited on 6/23 at 4:26 pm


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Ole Geauxt
LSU Fan
KnowLa.
Member since Dec 2007
40339 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
I need an 8k synthetic, if you know where I can "steal" one?


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Judge Smails
LA-Monroe Fan
Native Son of NELA
Member since Mar 2008
4819 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
quote:

no pricked fingers


Mine got me once before I put a set of work gloves inside my driver's side door panel. Lesson learned.


Ole Geauxt
LSU Fan
KnowLa.
Member since Dec 2007
40339 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
packed "mule" with "cargo" a few minutes ago.


Judge Smails
LA-Monroe Fan
Native Son of NELA
Member since Mar 2008
4819 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
quote:

packed "mule" with "cargo" a few minutes ago.




I'll buy Great Valu ketchup in bulk for you


Ole Geauxt
LSU Fan
KnowLa.
Member since Dec 2007
40339 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
only if we're eating fish tomorrow.


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Hammertime
UNO Fan
TGI Fridays
Member since Jan 2012
21452 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
I'd go synthetic, but wash the mud off of it after you use it, and like the other poster said, use a cover. Steel cable is basically no maintenance

Also, one will kill you and the other one will just pop you like a towel

Everyone I know with synthetic uses Amsteel
This post was edited on 6/23 at 5:10 pm


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TexasTiger01
LSU Fan
Huffman, TX via Pierre Part, LA
Member since Nov 2013
2959 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
I liked my Amsteel syn cable. It popped once due to my improper use. Just tied a good knot in it and kept using, try that with steel cable.... UV rays do take their toll in it though....


Bleeding purple
TCU Fan
Athens, Texas
Member since Sep 2007
23353 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
consensus is synthetic.

the price difference sucks though.


MrCoachKlein
USA Fan
Member since Sep 2010
8542 posts
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re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
Saw a metal cable snap when I was younger, they scare the shite out of me


eng08
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2013
2639 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
Google a YouTube video: dangers of Synethic lines.

I dunno if it's still up but it's freaking scary. The potential energy stored in some synthetic lines is crazy.

The equivalent steel cables would just snap or would be so big they are immovable. Also corrosion is a huge problem.


NYCAuburn
Auburn Fan
TD Platinum Membership
Member since Feb 2011
34384 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
Only way you go steel is if you are using it on a winch that has already used steel and scratched the drum or you can't afford synthetic.

If you go synthetic, make sure you cover it.


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NYCAuburn
Auburn Fan
TD Platinum Membership
Member since Feb 2011
34384 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
quote:

I dunno if it's still up but it's freaking scary. The potential energy stored in some synthetic lines is crazy. The equivalent steel cables would just snap or would be so big they are immovable. Also corrosion is a huge problem.


greasemonkey
Alabama Fan
Macclenny Fl aka south JAWJA
Member since Aug 2012
2642 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
If you dont already hsve a wench, go on ebay and buy a viper w syn cablecin the biggest size they have.
I think the last one i got was a 5500lb for 269$ w mounting brackets.
This is on a 900 Ranger Xp.
We're pretty rough on a wench and have not had problems.
Don't buy the gorilla brand theyre junk


DownshiftAndFloorIt
LSU Fan
The devil dreams on an idle horse
Member since Jan 2011
43182 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
Spectra rope is the answer here.

I have steel cable on mine and I hate it. It's heavy as frick, has pokies all over it, might kill me if it breaks, and it just all around sucks.

Did I mention it's heavy and pokey?


shawnlsu
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2011
7532 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
Synthetic cause its not heavy as fawk pulling it out


4WHLN
USA Fan
P'ville
Member since Mar 2013
2784 posts

re: Winch cable Metal or synthetic?
Synthetic here and have no complaints. It has several benefits like everyone stated before me.


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