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Re: Synthetic Winch Line?

Whichever synthetic you decide to go with, I highly recommend getting a safety thimble. You can order it pre-installed on the line or weave it in yourself. Also, remember that sunlight is the harder on synthetic than anything else.

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If you want the best then go to a logging supply store. We loggers are switching to "blue line" by the masses. IMO it would be silly to buy a packaged line from an off road company. If you go to the logging supply store you will have a dealer that will be able to service your line if it gets cut. Plus, you will be buying a line from people that know about putting lines to the test. I had one snap while pulling a set of logs and was able to get it spliced the same day.
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Re: Synthetic Winch Line?

another thought about the logging supply store; when you buy the line have them slice a loop at the end to include a steel ring, make sure they line the loop with a kevlar hose. This cost me 30 bucks and I have not had a break at the end since installing the protective hose. The synthetic line will fray without the protective hose causing a serious weak spot. This is cheaper alternative to the safety thimble that Woodsman showed us. The thimble is a nice looking piece of equipment though and shouldn't be considered "safety" equipment as much as "necessary" equipment. The synthetic line is very slick and the very best of knots will slip when a big load is placed on them.
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If you want the best then go to a logging supply store. We loggers are switching to "blue line" by the masses. IMO it would be silly to buy a packaged line from an off road company. If you go to the logging supply store you will have a dealer that will be able to service your line if it gets cut. Plus, you will be buying a line from people that know about putting lines to the test. I had one snap while pulling a set of logs and was able to get it spliced the same day.
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Re: Synthetic Winch Line?

That logging supply idea is interesting. Any sources ? I checked Baileys but didn't see anything there.

Just to confirm, the main idea behind the safety thimble is that it allows you to reel in all the synthetic line without losing your finger or hand. Having all the line on the winch helps protect the line from sun exposure and keeps a clean front-end without need to hook it to a front shackle or tow point.

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Matt, the other advantage of 3/8" line is that you would be pulling from closer to your drum (fewer wraps) than with 5/16" line, and there's a lot more torque and pulling power the less wraps there are on the drum. Unless you winch out of rivers or lakes where you might really need a long line, 80' is plenty for most Texas obstacles. Even if you did need a long line, you could just carry an extension line.
X2. Also, the 3/8s I received from Viking is rated to 19K lbs. This could be important if you use a snatch block. Good luck.
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Any town worth living in has a supply store for logging equipment=) The store I use is in Springfield Oregon- Roberts Supply. However, if you do a google search for logging supply in your area you are sure to find one. Roberts has well over 50 spools of various thicknesses. The line is so light it would ship well but I would prefer to find something around your area so that it can be professionally fixed when it breaks.
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Amsteel Blue synthetic line is as tough as it comes, they have a web site. This is the line used for controlled studies at Oregon State University college of Forestry.
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Re: Synthetic Winch Line?

Not many logger supply places in Austin but I will look online to see what I can find. I am liking the thought of less line on the drum with an extension in the back of my FJ to use if needed.

I did speak to Thor at Winchline.com and he said using a steel roller fairlead is prefereable to a hawse fairlead as long as there are not burr marks on the rollers. His suggestion was to pull the rollers and polish them smooth before using the synthetic line.

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Re: Synthetic Winch Line?

Out of curiosity from this post I checked the ratings on my Winchline line and found this at the bottom of the page. Thought you guys might like to see it.

Buyer Beware: There are variations of very strong synthetic ropes that we have seen on the market. These can include Amsteel rather than AmSteel-Blue (both can be blue and virtually indistinguishable) and Dyneema SK-60 available as well. Viking Offroad will never substitute synthetic ropes of lesser strength or quality. We always use genuine AmSteel-Blue™ (Viking Trail Line) for our winchlines.

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