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Offline NL800

Winch cable
« on: March 21, 2016, 12:05:09 PM »
Anyone change out their steel winch cable with synthetic rope? How hard was it to install?
2014 Terralander 800 EPS
Elka Shocks
CFMOTO Windshield
Front and rear cargo boxes
Garmin eTrex 20 GPS
Wasp Action Camera
Rear Winch


Offline IVIaniac

Re: Winch cable
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2016, 01:53:27 PM »
It's a pretty easy install. I've had to change winch cables on the trail before and was successful.

The hardest part sometimes is being able to reach the spool, sometimes you have to take the winch off to get it started. Also, while you have the cable off put a stopper on if you don't have one already, if you do this make sure you pass it through your fairlead before spooling it.

For what it's worth I still use steel cable instead of synthetic rope. I ride in the mud and I worry about mud, dirt, grease, rocks, tree limbs and water ruining the synthetic rope. The biggest advantage of synthetic over steel is the breaks aren't as violent. To accommodate this I always put a sweatshirt, tree limbs or something on the cable while winching make everyone stand away from the winch and I operate the winch from remote when possible. I also replace the cable at the first sign of wear (usually 2 years, it depends on how much plowing I do for winter).


Offline Cosmosdan

Re: Winch cable
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2016, 07:44:11 PM »
Some I have done have a steel ball as a wedge to hold the end of the cable in the spool. Watch out for it so you don't loose it.
2013 Z6 Trail
Iron Baltic skid plates
UE Boom Speaker mount
RZR 800 Shocks
Mostly stock trail riding
25g. Rollers and A1

2016 Outlander max 570
Too new for mods yet


Offline Flipper

Re: Winch cable
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2016, 12:39:40 PM »
I changed out mine.  Pretty simple, just had to remove the rollers.  The end of the cable on mine was held in by a set screw.  Since I never used the winch, I was able to reuse the rollers with the synthetic since there were no burrs.
2015 Zforce 800EX EPS
Synthetic Winch Rope (Orange)
36" LED up front
12" LED out back
Pyle 600 watt 2 channel Amp with Bluetooth
2 Polk Audio speakers
1/2 windshield
UNI air filter

2006 Polaris Sportsman 700 Twin EFI