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Old 10-22-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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Which winch

So as soon as I have the funds I plan on buying a winch. I am contemplating a 10k or 12k. I am torn between cable and synthetic. The weight and safety of the cable are the downfalls of the cable, and the water collection and abrasion issues cause me to turn away from synthetic (I may need it in cold/snow and as synth holds water, it would not be useful in these conditions. If I go cable, i plan to buy a damper for safety and have a wireless remote. What are some thoughts on wire vs synth? I have read alot and seems it is just preference, but If I am safe, I think the wire will be better in my situation (rocks, snow, brush). Also any thoughts or feelings of a 12k vs a 10k for a JK? I figure if it is not all the way out, the 12k would be better as the weight limit is dependent on how many times it is coiled. Also am wondering if all winches come with the wiring or is this something additional to buy. Also wondering if I should pay someone to hook it up vs doing it myself. I am pretty good with electrical, but from reading, I see alot of fires starting due to improper wiring. How much would/should it cost to have someone else wire it up. Finally, what should I put on the bolts to make it permanent to prevent theft. Thanks and sorry for all the questions

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Old 10-23-2013, 01:54 PM   #2
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A synthetic rope requires a lot of care and aren't generally as strong. But a cable ads a but of weight to your rig. Most winches that I've ever seen have come with the wiring. And it is rather simple to hook it up. As far as security, if your worried out it take it off when your not using it. If someone wants it bad enough they will get it no mater how much you spend to stop them.

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^I'm going to go the opposite direction with this, and say that cables have a lot more problems.
1. Rust
2. If they snap, watch out ! You MUST weight them when using them
3. Weight

Synthetic ropes are generally rated for 20k lbs (3/8) and are much safer. Most people who originally go with cable eventually upgrade to Synth. I don't see how synth requires a lot of care or how they're not generally as strong... I would say the opposite. Yes, synth will absorb water. But cables will rust. I have seen a few tips/tricks on this forum and the internet on how to effectively use/maintain synth in the snow.

Have to give some mad props to viking offroad for their winchlines and safety thimbles.

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Old 10-23-2013, 02:42 PM   #4
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My winch came with wire. It was a pain to work with and seemed to always want to kink up when it was spooled out. I switched to synthetic rope. I've used it for 3 recoveries in the past few months and handling and rewinding have been a breeze compared to wire. I think if you work with wire rope enough you get used to handling it and learn how to keep it from kinking up but I prefer the synthetic.

I don't have any experience using a wireless remote but I would be concerned about the batteries in the remote going bad over time and not being available when you actually need to use it.

Concerning winch types I have a Warn 9.5cti that I bought used and it has worked great for me.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:45 PM   #5
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Forgot about all the kinking and twisting and annoyingness from having dozens of feet of line coiled up and then straightened out.
Probably better to get a really long wire for your remote instead of wireless. Or just go synth...
Plus, I bet someone out there makes a Red synth line, so the OP could color match the Jeep !

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Old 10-23-2013, 06:32 PM   #6
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Thanks pretty sure Im going Engo 10k synth or recon synth.
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Thanks pretty sure Im going Engo 10k synth or recon synth.
I would encourage you to find a good used winch from the upper end Warn or Superwinch lines rather than buy a cheaper new winch. I've had first hand experience with the new cheaper winches not being reliable (solenoid problems). Additionally you'll be glad to have the faster line speeds of the upper end winches. You can often find a good used pro line Warn for just a couple hundred more than you'll pay for a new Engo or Recon.

I'm not trying to be elitist it's just that a winch is insurance and when you need it, you really need it to work,

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