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Old April 29th, 2016, 12:04 PM
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Steel or Synthetic?

I'm ordering a Superwinch this weekend and would love everybody who has winching experience input.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 12:14 PM
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Old April 29th, 2016, 12:51 PM
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Dave, I hear putting the syn away wet is bad.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 01:08 PM
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Dave, I hear putting the syn away wet is bad.
Interesting, I've never had a problem w/years on lines that get used in all conditions and spooled in when the winching is done.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 01:23 PM
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have to make sure to get a good brand with synthetic as not all are created equal. blue steel is a good option at a fair price. you also have to take care to ensure you cover it when not in use and to clean it after use. dirt will quickly become an abrasive over time and will damage the line. A good neoprene cover for your winch will help avoid that.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 01:28 PM
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I ordered line over 10 years ago from an outfit in Oregon that supplied the Navy. It was purple and has held up very nicely so far. I do unwind it and clean it with a hose once or twice a year.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 01:49 PM
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I have both on different trucks, but will transition them all over to Synthetic soon enough. Synthetic line makes me feel much, much safer while winching. Especially on my Koenig Winch that I have to operate while literally standing next to the spool.


Olympus Off-road ( Arachni Synthetic Winch Line ) has some very reasonably priced options although it looks like lots of other people have now heard about them and the lead times are long.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 01:51 PM
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At the risk of repeating myself ....

Synthetic hands down. I did the 3/8" line in 85' from Materpull with the safety thimble end and love it. And if you need the coolest hawse fairlead on the planet to go with your synthetic line, you know where to find me!
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But the safety factor for yourself, bystanders, vehicles, etc should be reason enough to go synthetic. I also highly recommend the "Soft Shackles" that Erik/Justin @ Lucky8 have, it's all I use whenever possible:
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Old April 29th, 2016, 02:04 PM
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Based off what you posted on FB Dave, I def think there is very good value with the TS 9.5, hence why I not only used it on my LR3 but got a second one for Coyote after her EP9 got wonky (it needs a rebuild b/c one of the studs corroded).

As Garrett noted over there, the controls are pretty good and at that price point I don't think you can go wrong-the line seems very good.
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As noted over on FB too, I've used Coyotes for a self recovery a month or so ago, it was a little slower than my EP9 in terms of seat of the pants spool speed (i.e. not scientific) but winching fast really isn't a concern for me. I would note that I hate the hook it came with, hence my commentary about buying a warn hook from the start b/c the super winch one is f'ing huge. In the case of Coyote I just re-used my EP9's masterpull line since it was about a year old and was already setup with a good hook.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 02:09 PM
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Synthetic. Steel is horrible to work with.

Choose a diameter that has a breaking strength at least double the rating of the winch. Rigging and attachment points should have a breaking strength at least 3 times that of the winch. Take into account if they will ever be used with a double line pull (like a snatch block) and rate them 6 times or higher for that use.
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Warn 9.5CTI-s on the front of my rig. has been very easy to work with on the trails.
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Putting syn away wet isn't bad for the line, its bad for the winch drum. Ie it will rust due to the moisture held.
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Synth... My white - blue steel line has been great no issues with the ep 9.0
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I run 3/8"85' MasterPull line on my Viking GS-9 (Superwinch EP-9).
I ran steel on my first Warn Tabor winch and I'll never run it again.
Synthetic is so much better in so many ways.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 10:04 PM
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Been running marlow's synth line for years, no issues. Haven't even had it freeze up in VT, which can be an issue


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I'd say this depends more on usage .
If your cable is going to sit in the southwestern sun and only get used once every so often... I'd go with steel.
Yeah, I know, the new synth lines are UV resistant... Ok.
If you think you'll use it often enough to justify it...get synth.



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Old May 3rd, 2016, 03:30 PM
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$421 with a $50 coupon:
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I'd say this depends more on usage .
If your cable is going to sit in the southwestern sun and only get used once every so often... I'd go with steel..
Put a cover over it.....
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Put a cover over it.....
Yeah, I told myself I'd do that back in 2003...

That Superwinch is a good deal for $421.


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