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Old 05-31-2011, 05:14 AM   #1
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My jeep is a wrangler 1991 sahara edition, and I bought a warn winch serie 9. What do you think, is it a good choice for my jeep?. This winch is coming without cable, what option you thing is better, cable or synthetic rope? Thank you for your help.

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Old 05-31-2011, 07:36 AM   #2
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I changed my winch. I bought the Warn M8000 model. I thik it will be better for my jeep.

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Old 05-31-2011, 07:46 AM   #3
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How much weight does this add to the front end of the JEEP? I'm thinking of a winch for the future, too, but don't need extra weight added right now.
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:51 AM   #4
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I personally like cable because thats what I have delt with and have been used to. I don't know much about the syn cable.

Just make sure you have other recovery gear to do things right.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:51 AM   #5
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I have the m8000 winch on the front of mine and i have used it to pull out an XJ and my dads K5 blazer. I love mine and i still have the steel cable and i would like to switch over to rope sometime in the future.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:07 AM   #6
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The Warn 9 is an excellent choice. Stay with the steel cable until you've gained some experience.
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:10 PM   #7
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synthectic is the only way to go. It's lighter, stronger and doesn't tear up your hands when you can't find your gloves.
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:27 PM   #8
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It also gets cut on rocks and other things if your not real careful. Id still go with wire rope until you've got some experience. Then switch over to synthetic. Sythetic is better after you know what your doing.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:37 AM   #9
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Synthetic! You can get a chafe guard for winch line, aside from being lighter and not shredding your hands... when it breaks... it falls flat, it doesnt recoil and hurt someone or destroy the front of your jeep.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:49 AM   #10
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I'm purchasing a tj with a warn.I think it's mounted to a warn bumper with a lower roller.Is the roller their for to make bumper more rigid.Or feed cable threw for lower pulling,or maybe in case cable breaks it stays away from grill area? I should have looked up myself before adding post.Here's my bumper.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:10 AM   #11
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The rollers are superior to the 1 piece 'fairlead'. All they do (both types) is guide the cable in and off the roller-and gives the cable a smooth surface to 'pull against' when you are winching. Synthetic ropes need an aluminum fairlead so there are no sharp edges to cut the cable-even rocks can shear off a synthetic line. So...if you are doing mainly rock crawling, or most of your winching moments involve rocks and ledges, I'd stay with steel cable. AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A WINCH WEIGHT...not just a sweater thrown over the cable. Something heavy enough so if and when that cable snaps it goes DOWN and not back towards the jeep or people. Think of a steel cable as a giant bungee cord-it is GOING to snap at some time and is strong enough to cut your head off or go right through a windshield. 'nuff said?
I have run a Warn 8000 with the original steel cable for over 5 years now with no problem. Any kinks I have taken out with the 'tree or telephone' trick and I spray oil it every winter and put a cover on it. Seen brand new synthetic lines snap on their first use...and seen wire cables snap with a weight on and they just dropped to the ground.
So...go with what you want-but pick it according to what you do for trail riding and recovery!
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:12 PM   #12
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With a roller style fairlead, the inner derlin bearing get all gummed up or the pins fall out do to losing a circlip and now you have no way of keeping the roller in place. Why run the risk of having a giant bungee cord that can snap back and cut your head off?

For what its worth... Take a look at every comp buggy and KOH rig etc... none are using steel cable. I doubt you can put a worse thrashing on a winch than those guys.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:17 PM   #13
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Dale... that is an approach roller. That is to guide your jeep over obsticles.
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Id go synthetic...everyone Ive talked to...if you end up doing much winching, you'll be glad when you have to string out the synthetic every time rather than lugging around the cable.

@buster like va91yj said, you can buy sheathing for your cable, i believe some ropes already come with it too. Also you can toss a heavy coat or blanket or something under the winch line if its gonna scrape across a rock.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:22 PM   #15
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i found a winch online its a chicago winch the guy says he had it on a jeep but its only 5500lbs do you guys think that is strong enough for a jeep? I dont do any serious wheeling but would it be okay for the occassional mud? thanks!
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Chicago is the brand they sell at Harbor Freight tools. There CHEAP!! 5500lbs is not very much. If your stuck bad it probably wont get you out.
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Like buster said...its not much. When deciding on a winch, you need to look for something that has a capacity around at least 1 and a half times your vehicle weight...which will put your winch around the 8000-9000 pound area for a jeep.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:22 PM   #18
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Ok Thanks alot, I figured 5500 lbs wasn't enough

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