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Old 12-08-2010, 01:34 PM   #1
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Does anyone use these? Are they necessary? Recommended?


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Old 12-08-2010, 01:44 PM   #2
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Definatly recommended. Keep in mind it is an electrical device and exposed to the elements. A good winch can be a decent investment and any added protection would be worth it.

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Old 12-08-2010, 02:36 PM   #3
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I agree with the concept or protecting them. But the Warn Power Plant cover is made of neoprene. So basically it will keep dust and dirt off of it. Seems like it is more of just keeping it out of the sun and getting road crap on it as you drive.

I am just curious if others have them and what they think.
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:37 PM   #4
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A vinyl cover would be better I would guess. More water resistant
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:00 PM   #5
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A vinyl cover would be better I would guess. More water resistant

I agree but I have only found the neoprene ones for the Power Plants
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:19 PM   #6
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I agree but I have only found the neoprene ones for the Power Plants
If youve got a sewing machine you can pick up some vinyl and make one. If I ever manage to save the money for a m8000 thats what I'm going to do. Its not very complex a thing to make
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:26 PM   #7
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If youve got a sewing machine you can pick up some vinyl and make one. If I ever manage to save the money for a m8000 thats what I'm going to do. Its not very complex a thing to make

You lost me at sewing machine... lol
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You lost me at sewing machine... lol
Lol good luck finding one. As you said the neoprene sounds like not much protection. Surprising they don't make avinyl one
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I use a neoprene cover for my winch. It seems to do fine. Bumpers look cooler with the winch uncovered, but I definitely think covering it is a good idea for protection from dirt, etc., plus it prevents nosey troublemakers from messing with it.
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:14 PM   #10
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Why not get one when you spend all that money on a winch. A few extra bucks is worth the protection.
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:19 PM   #11
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Anyone use locking fasteners to bolt down the winch?
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:23 PM   #12
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I live in cincinnati, my winch is WELDED lol
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:30 PM   #13
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When I lived in Chicago, I welded all the bolts during the winch install. All the bolts, from the vehicle frame to the the winch.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:49 PM   #14
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I live in cincinnati, my winch is WELDED lol
Haha, good idea. :P
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:11 PM   #15
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Ive completely submersed my winch and it runs fine. If you want a prime example of why you dont need a winch cover, look at the winches we used on our vehicles in iraq, you dont get a dustier environment and those things never fail as long as you maintain them properly
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I need a winch cover as well.

The only way to steal my winch is to take my bumper off but you will most likely catch some lead in you a$$ instead.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:35 AM   #17
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Ive completely submersed my winch and it runs fine. If you want a prime example of why you dont need a winch cover, look at the winches we used on our vehicles in iraq, you dont get a dustier environment and those things never fail as long as you maintain them properly
I'm with this guy. I constantly dip mine ine water and while a cover sounds nice it's not really protecting much. Besides it would be a pain to always mess with and a possible thief magnet.

Now for highway mostly driving I agree it would keep the dirt down and most importantly keep some synthetic line from fading. In the end like was mentioned if you use and maintain your winch properly I don't think you would lose much if any service life compared to a similarly used covered winch. Let your hardware hang out I say.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:28 AM   #18
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I have the neoprene cover on my car trailer winch and a Warn vinyl cover on the M8000 on my Jeep. Since I fired all the guys in my motor pool, I can't pull into the garage and have the guys go through them a couple of times a month, therefore the covers!
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Ummmmm isnt neoprene waterproof? Isnt that what wet suits are made out of?
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:18 PM   #20
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I have a RR 10,500 lb. winch w/synthetic line mounted on an XHD bumper. I have my solenoid mounted over the motor to allow better visibility/access of the spool. I also have a RR winch cover to help keep the sunlight and other elements off the winch/line.

I didn't like the way the cover would collapse from the wind. I made a filler from 1/2" thick closed cell foam layers that I cut to fit and glued together. I have cutouts for the levers and the top layer is full length with a cutout for the wire connectors on the solenoid. This keeps the cover top flat and prevents it from collapsing from the wind when driving on the highway, as well as providing protection from the top side. It works well and is easily removed/installed when using the winch.

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Old 09-26-2013, 07:05 AM   #21
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Ive completely submersed my winch and it runs fine. If you want a prime example of why you dont need a winch cover, look at the winches we used on our vehicles in iraq, you dont get a dustier environment and those things never fail as long as you maintain them properly
Those are WARN winches, too bad the ones on the HMMWVs are 24V or I might have to acquire one!
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I never cover mine and it always works great.
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Ummmmm isnt neoprene waterproof? Isnt that what wet suits are made out of?
Wet suits don't keep you dry - they are for warmth. Water comes in and your body heat warms the water between you and the neoprene to help with insulation. There is a dry suit that keeps you dry and is used for cold water diving.

Now, back to the resurrecting this thread

I'm about to pull the trigger on a Warn 8000s and am considering a cover to reduce/minimze UV light on the synthetic rope to increase longevity.

Comments on that rational?
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In the great white north I'm thinking the cover is more to keep snow, away from the cable. If snow gets on the cable or line then gets some sun, melts and water slips down through the coils and then re-freezes you got one solid mass of ice that prevents the winch being used. Keeping synthetic line out of the sun has got to help too. I know the line is treated for UV but no UV is even better.
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I live on the Canadian prairies, I have an uncovered winch with synthetic rope.
The rope you get is 'usually' marine grade. I don't see sailors covering their lines up and protecting them from the sun/water.
But if you want to spend money on something you don't need....fill yer boots
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I bought my Warn neoprene cover off ebay for $25 delivered. It was a pain to install since I have an AEV bumper. If it wasn't for the synthetic line I would have never covered it. The summer sun around here can be brutal. $25 is a small price to pay if it extends the life of my sythetic line.
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Read through about dozen articles, rope manufacturer websites (marine and non), etc. All say that sunlight breaks down synthetic rope but all either have a rope cover or a UV inhibitor rope coating to reduce the effects of UV light on the syn rope.

The other issue is dirt, sand, etc imbedding in the rope causing abrasion of the rope or roughening up the fairlead creating more abrasion which weakens the rope.

General rope care instructions (synthetic or not) are to keep as free as practical from dirt, abrasion, sun to maximize life.

So, sounds like there is some rationale/logic behind a winch cover to minimize exposure to sun and dirt other than when the winch/rope are in actual use. The real question that I couldn't find an answer to is: Does covering the rope/winch extend the life to the point that one would notice compared to an uncovered rope/winch?

Reading through a number of posts on the topic it is clear there people who post tend to have a very strong opinion on either side. (1) Waste of money from personal experience (I've had a winch for "x" years and never had a problem" and/or the marine rope analogy or (2) A cover isn't expensive so why not protect the expensive winch/rope?

I'll most likely opt for a cover based on the fact that a cover is relatively cheap and what seems (to me) like common sense: everything else lasts longer when protected from sun/dirt compared to sitting out in sun/dirt. With that said, there will be plenty of opinions negating this which of course is fine since there doesn't appear to be a definitive answer. At the end of the day, it boils down to whatever the person chooses to do vs. a right/wrong answer.
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Wet suits don't keep you dry - they are for warmth. Water comes in and your body heat warms the water between you and the neoprene to help with insulation. There is a dry suit that keeps you dry and is used for cold water diving.

Now, back to the resurrecting this thread

I'm about to pull the trigger on a Warn 8000s and am considering a cover to reduce/minimze UV light on the synthetic rope to increase longevity.

Comments on that rational?
I think that is good rational. I noticed on my winch the electric cords are starting to fade from the sun. The red anyway. It is starting to turn pink. If I had synthetic rope I would certainly cover it.
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Ive completely submersed my winch and it runs fine. If you want a prime example of why you dont need a winch cover, look at the winches we used on our vehicles in iraq, you dont get a dustier environment and those things never fail as long as you maintain them properly
Synthetic winch lines can be prone to U.V. breakdown over time. Best to cover it, if you can.
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Ummmmm isnt neoprene waterproof? Isnt that what wet suits are made out of?
No Sir, neoprene wetsuits are not waterproof. The idea of a wetsuit is to absorb water and then let your body, heat up the water absorbed/held-in the wetsuit to keep you warm. When I was young I use to surf all the time and I use to fill gallon milk jugs with warm water to pour into my wetsuit right before I paddled out in the winter. The warm water would give you a head start on your body warming up the water in the wetsuit on those very cold days. They do make dry suits but I don't think they are made out of neoprene.
If you want to waterproof neoprene, you could use Neverwet or something of the sort to waterproof the neoprene.

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