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Old 12-16-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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Stretching Synthetic Rope

First time winch owner and I went with Warn Spydura Synthetic Rope. The manual says to use a flat surface and moderate brake pressure and make sure one layer of rope doesn't sink in to the one below. I was planning on either using my driveway or street as they are both on a pretty good hill to wind my rope on to the drum. How critical is this "stretch"? Certainly doesn't sound very scientific. Beyond making sure the rope does not overlap or one layer sink in to the other, is that all I really need to worry about?

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Old 12-16-2012, 01:43 PM   #2
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I've worked with/around winches my whole life. Keep the slack out of the line and make sure it winds evenly and you're good to go

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Old 12-16-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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I didn't stretch my rope. The first time i used It i was on my side. To say I didn't give a rats ass how it rewound would be an understatement.

The outer wraps sucked all the way down to the hub melting some rope along the way.

It is best to pre stretch your rope. No doubt.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:54 PM   #4
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An easy way to get the right amount of tension on the rope so it's tight enough is to pull your parking brake on several clicks & winch your Jeep to an anchor point... like to another Jeep. A couple-hundred pound load is about right.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies and ouch JP.

I don't think the parking brake on my 8.8 rear end is meant to be used that way, the pads are separate from the regular brake pads. I don't think they like rolling resistance. Guess I'll just go with the moderate brake pressure.
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pulling the Jeep for 100 feet isnt going to kill the park brake shoes.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:40 PM   #7
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when I rewind after a day of wheelin I rewind up a slight incline in my long drive
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pulling the Jeep for 100 feet isnt going to kill the park brake shoes.
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I don't think my e-brake could provide enough resistance to tension a fishing reel...
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I don't think my e-brake could provide enough resistance to tension a fishing reel...
Then you should probably fix that

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