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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-02-2005, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Questions about winch cable

How can I keep my winch cable looking new. The winch is mounted behind the stock bumper but is still exposed to the elements. We have been having rain and with trips to the snow the cable gets wet. There is almost no room for a cover, I mounted the winch as high as possible, the cover would get sucked into the fan. I was thinking about just spraying some wd40 on the spool and then cleaning the cable when it gets warm again. I was afraid that this will cause the cable to become super dirty. I just don't want the stiff corroded cable. The cable is supposed to be galvanized but is showing signs or corrosion.
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Get rope, one of my best mods.

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Rope just doesn't seem like it will be very durable. I am not really concerned with the weight if the cable. It would be hard to keep the rope clean and it just doesn't seem long wearing.
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Well neither does corroded cable :P
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Keep clean? Psshh, mines covered in mud and never has a problem... Trust me, if you have ever had 100 feet of cable out that you are trying to deal with and then you do the same with rope, you will never go back [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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I see what you are saying. I have had almost 100 feet out and it was all over the place. I was on jeepforum.com and in their vendor area there was a guy from ewinches.com. He is offering free shipping on everything and discounts if you buy it through him and not the web site. They have a lot of different rope. I'm not using this for rock crawling or anything but can you still use a snatch block with the rope?
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<font face="Comic Sans MS">You could always buy a few cans of rust inhibitor. It's a waxy substance you spray on metal things. Just unspool it, spray the entire cable with it and spool it back up again. Sounds like a hassle but I think it's cheaper than replacing the cable with something else...</font>
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Like WD40. I wouldn't want to get it all greasy and then have all the summer dust and sand gunk the hell out of it. Don't mean to sound like a weiny but I just wanted to protect the cable so that it will have a longer service life.
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Yes rope works with snatch blocks.

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You say there's no room for a cover, but could you fit a soft cover over it? I know Warn makes soft covers as well as the hard molded covers. Just a thought.
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