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Old 06-05-2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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Syntheitic Line care

I bought a smittybilt xrc 8 comp several months ago and last weekend got the chance to put it to the test.

So today I was out cleaning the Jeep and got to pulling the synthetic cable out to redrum it.
2 things I noticed and have questions.

#1. The line is CAKED in mud. Pretty much the full length. Just hose off? Only "rope" I'm used to using is climbing rope, and mud and debris are the death of climbing rope (causes abrasion, etc) so I wasn't sure if I need to REALLY clean it, or just hose it off and wipe it down with a rag.

#2. Several flat spots on the line now. Wasn't sure if that's something to be concerned about. I had noticed flat spots when using the winch to pull, just checking if this is normal.

Thanks for the help.

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Old 06-05-2011, 11:06 AM   #2
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Flat spots are normal if you winched without the rope being on tight enough like if it was used and then not rewound straight while under 250-500 lbs. of load. Even my top-of-the-line Viking 3/8" winch line will do that if I use it again without having rewound it under load after a previous use.

Yes dirt can grind into the fibers so I would simply rinse the entire rope until it is clean again.
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