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    If my winch came with 3/8" x 100' of wire rope, can I install 5/16" x 100' synthetic rope on it?

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    There are a few things to consider.

    If you are asking if it will fit the drum, then yes it should fit with room to spare (3/8 is larger than 5/16).

    If your question is more to do with strength and load capacity then the answer is maybe (you need to compare specs of the synthetic and make sure it is at least rated equal to the power of the winch... ideally it should be stronger because synthetic loses strength with use).

    If you are concerned about the fairlead, don't be. Most wire winches use a roller fairlead while synthetic typically use a hawse style but I know plenty of people that have continued using their roller fairlead after switching to synthetic rope.
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    I'm a wire rope person but in my limited research with synthetic I seem to recall some concerns with winch drum overheat from the brake system. It might be good to give that some review if it's something of concern - or not.

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    Thank you. I thought it would, just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something and it would fit the drum. Capacity for the synthetic is around 11,200lbs and my winch is rated for 9,500 so I'm good there.

    I'm a wire rope guy myself but my bumper and winch is already set up for synthetic. I'm debating on whether it's worth the hassle and cost to change the fairlead out for wire rope vs. slapping a new synthetic line on it.

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    Synthetic is a bit pricey, much cheaper to stay with the wire and get a different fairlead which is a fraction of the price.

    That being said, I love my synthetic! Light, easy to pull, easy to work with, no fear of it snapping and whipping. Recently I had to use mine to hook to a tree behing me. It slid nicely over my skids, steel would have been brutal!
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    How well does synthetic stand up to our brutal sun and mag chloride? That's my main concern, that and it getting soaked with water and freezing while hunting.

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    husky390 previously posted:
    "Thank you. I thought it would, just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something and it would fit the drum. Capacity for the synthetic is around 11,200lbs and my winch is rated for 9,500 so I'm good there.

    I'm a wire rope guy myself but my bumper and winch is already set up for synthetic. I'm debating on whether it's worth the hassle and cost to change the fairlead out for wire rope vs. slapping a new synthetic line on it."

    Spend the money and go synthetic. I learned it's many valuable benefits through the years and really only run it now. Safety, strength, and ease of use and repair make it so much better than steel wire. Most brands come with abrasion guards which should be used. Yes, the sun can and will kill the rope. That said, I still have and use my original Amsteel fiber rope on my little blue shop truck. I originally made it up (worked for Rockstomper at the time) in 2001. Yup, you read that right, I have used the same rope for over 15 years. Proper care, maintenance, and use, and fiber can and will last.

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    Agreeing with Aaron about the longevity even in bad conditions. I have a friend who uses sythetic on his flated to hail his truck around. It's unprotected, sits in the sun, is dragged over rocks, steel, water, etc and it's still strong. Looking at it you'd think it's worthless. Every year he says he'll replace it but never does.
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    Just run the wire rope through the Hawse fairlead.

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    Brucker previously posted:
    "I have used the same rope for over 15 years. Proper care, maintenance, and use, and fiber can and will last."

    What kinda maintenance and care does the fiber need? And, how often?

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    Rinsed of debris, no harsh chemicals, after uses that get dirty. I love my synth lines! They do have rope with a treated drum end or sleeve for retro.
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    The abrasion protector cover that goes over the last 5-6 feet of line, if wrapped around the drum on purpose to cover the naked synth line coils will also provide some protection from UV (sun) damage.

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