Originally Posted by MitchellI73
Next would be: Wire Rope or Synthetic? I don't think synthetic goes to 12,000lbs.. If it does, would it bind up on the spool when under force?
You can get synthetic strong enough to rip your truck in half. 3/8's can run up to 17k or so which should be more than adequate (note that not all synthetic brand's are equal). Both steel and synthetic have their good and bad points. Short article on comparing them in Dec 2012 issue of FourWheeler. It is tough to keep the sand/grit out of the synthetic. I ended up using 50' of sleeving (hydraulic hose cover) with my 8274 line on the 3B.
No difference on the spooling in my experience. The rope is a lot easier to handle than the steel. A lot of sources will say hawse fairlead only for synthetic, but acetal co-polymer or delrin fairlead rollers, IMO, work better than the hawse. Just make sure there is minimal clearence between the rollers in the corners.
spend the money on the Warn. You will not be sorry.