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Old 07-09-2008, 12:33 PM   #1
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Synthetic Winch Line

Hello.

Id like to order an Amsteel Blue synthetic winch line.
The line comes with a 10' chafe guard.
Is that chafe guard long enough to cover the whole 1st layer to protect it against the heat from the brake in the drum?
Is 19600 lbs (8.9 tons) brake strength enough for a 12.000 lbs (5.4 tons) winch?

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Old 07-09-2008, 05:35 PM   #2
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Amsteel Blue synthetic winch line is a brand used by many, you should have no worries.

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Nicolas, the chafe guard you speak of goes on at the end of the line to help protect your rope from rubbing directly on rocks and trees.

Some people don't like rope. They think it breaks too easily. Personally I'm running rope on my junk and I've used my winch more than most on this board with no problems in 2 years. Just to prolong the life of your rope though try to not let it rub on things. No matter how strong it's breaking strength is, it is weaker than cable when is drug across rocks.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:55 PM   #4
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I know that I have to protect the rope against rubbing.
But a synthetic rope is safer, easier to handle, easier to repair and lighter than a steel cable. IMO there are more advantages than disadvantages.

If I use the winch for roping my jeep down a very steep hill the brake in the drum becomes hot. Thats why Im a bit worried about the rope because the smelting point of the dyneema material is only at 140 C or 285 F.
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Old 07-11-2008, 03:02 PM   #5
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I just ordered a 3/8" x 100' viking combo line. the first 25' are heat protected with a melting point of 900 F.

do you know how I have to maintain a synthetic winch line? Is it enough to clean it in the washing machine every time I ws in deeper mud?
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Just spool it out some and spray it off. You won't have to worry about hooking up to something stationary to get a good roll on it. There shouldn't be a reason you'll need to take the line off unless you break it or hurt it in some way.
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ok thanks.

i cant wait until the winch line and the new solenoid arrive...its only 3.5"x3.5"x2.5" small and it fits under the hood.


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