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    Downside Synthetic Line

    We all know the positives with synthetic Winch Lines. There are a couple of downsides to them . The one i mention often is the ice build up from melting snow seeping into the fibres and then freezing.
    Here is a prime example.

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    throw some salt on there. The stuff is meant for a marine environment and won't bother it at all.
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    The easiest solution is to just throw a winch Cover on . But then i would not have been able to take the picture showing what could happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisbuilt View Post
    throw some salt on there. The stuff is meant for a marine environment and won't bother it at all.
    but marine grade doesnt last for ever... would the freezing and thawing have an affect on the rope? i am a fan of synthetic... just wondering if it would affect the lifespan much.
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    at some point the expanding ice within the fibers has to take its toll on the rope
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    Toss a cover on it and I wouldn't worry.
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    cover deffinately...

    it doesnt affect the cable as much... i am taking it?
    that much ice and snow would freeze up a cable too... wouldnt it?

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    A steel cable is a tighter weave with thicker strands, less areas for the water to get into and hold.
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    gotcha... thanks

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    plus with a steel cable, could you not just give the good ol heave hoe seeing as its not going to damage the steel.
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    The synthetic rope is a hollow core. so this makes it particulary vunerable to freezing and fusing together. if i tried taking the rope of now ( winching out) i would damage the individual fibres on the strands. I have been waiting for it to get cold so i could take a picture and post this to show what can happen with synthetics as a lot of people know all the good points but do not realise there are some downsides. I am not yet ready to run the rope over sharp rocks to show the fraying as this is something everyone knows.Cheers

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    hey duncan, what are some of the good points about synthetic lines? i havnt been paying much attention to them.

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    Everything that Chris built said . plus it is easy to just roll up if you know you have another pull coming up after the last one just toss it on the hood/ or wherever saves having to spool unspool constantly if you are in that type of terrain. and to a lesser degree it is easier on your winch as beleive it or not it draws less power using a synthetic as opposed to steel the last point is a relativelley minor one but it is still a plus. The downside is operator experience more so than the product itself as there is a certain amount of care that needs to be used when rigging a synthetic line to make sure you take into account any areas that could possibly fray/damage the fibres.
    As for cleaning them it is a breeze just unspool it and chuck it in a clean garbage bin with nice soapy water and rinse it of and your done.
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    those are some good points, i will defenitly be getting one when mine breaks. i also like how the fairhead is so much smaller, looks cooler too

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    Another note with synthetic line & fairleads is that the fairlead has to be very smooth, polished pretty much. there's special fairleads that can be bought for synthetic line as well.

    If you use a regular fairlead with synthetic line, the surface imperfections can wear the line.

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    The biggest concern with the Roller fairlead is the chance of the rope getting caught in the edges of the rollers at the corners where they overlap and binding
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    thats why people ditch the roller fairlead and go with a billet alum hawse fairlead, worth every penny
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    When Running a Hawse Fairlead, make sure it is rounded on both sides.

    Another benefit, I like is you can throw it to shore or out of the mud. I can get a 50 foot toss with a 3/4" clevis on the end. Better than getting wet and muddy....

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