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?
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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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.