The Best Winch Line For Your Jeep Wrangler – Steel Cable vs Synthetic Line

The Best Winch Line For Your Jeep Wrangler – Steel Cable vs Synthetic Line

I’m Ryan from, and today
we’re gonna talk about winches, specifically the difference between a synthetic line and
a steel cable, but also some of the other features of winches, as well. We’re out here in the middle of a two-day
wheeling trip as you can tell by all of the mud and the dirt on the Jeeps behind me. So make sure you subscribe to the YouTube
channel to check out those videos. We did a build on a Dune JKU and a couple
of other comparisons that I think you’re really going to like. But today is all about winches, so let’s get
into it. So there are a couple of different decisions
to make when purchasing a winch but the biggest one is going to be the type of line that you
want on your Jeep. Now, the traditional line is going to be a
steel cable like this, and most of that line is going to be relatively the same diameter
and have the same braking strength. It’s going to be very, very strong. There are a couple of pros to having a steel
line like this and one of those is that they don’t require a ton of maintenance. You don’t really have to worry about them
when they’re on the front of your Jeep. You can run one and until it starts to fray
or start to look pretty ragged, you won’t have to change it out. This is gonna hold up really well, and it’s
going to last a long time. Now, one of the big downsides to a steel cable
is that while it’s under load, it’s stretched out, it’s going to be storing energy and if
that line breaks under load, it’s going to snap back. It can hit someone. It can cause damage or injury, and of course,
that’s something that nobody wants to see. There are ways to mitigate that by using a
weight in the middle of the winch line to help be a little bit safer, but you’re never
going to get rid of that problem. But that is where a synthetic line comes into
play. This synthetic line is going to have roughly
the same strength as a steel cable. It’s still going to stretch when it’s under
load just like steel will, but if this were to break, even under load, it falls right
to the ground. It’s completely harmless. A couple of the other benefits to a synthetic
line are the fact that it’s lighter weight. It’s not going to kink up or give you a splinter
like a steel cable will. And because it’s lighter weight, it’s easier
to drag up a steep hill, especially when that hill is covered in mud. Now, some of the downsides to synthetic is
that it is a little bit more difficult to maintain. You are going to have to make sure that you
keep it nice and clean. It’s not going to last as long on the front
of your Jeep, and when you are changing it out, it’s also going to be more expensive
than steel. So definitely some trade-offs. In my opinion, synthetic’s the way to go. It’s worth spending a little bit extra money
to make it even more useful and also a lot safer. Now, once you’ve decided what line you wanna
choose, another decision that you’ll have to make is going to be what weight capacity
you want the winch to be able to pull. Now, the general rule of thumb for a winch
is that it should pull about one-and-a-half times of the loaded weight of your Jeep. So here we have a two-door JK. It’s a pretty light Jeep. There’s not a lot of armor on it. And we have this set up with a 9,500-pound
winch from Barricade. Now, this winch is going to be more than enough
for this size Jeep and this weight Jeep. If you do have a bigger four-door JK, like
this one is, or a four-door JK that’s loaded down with a ton of armor. Maybe you like to get your Jeep buried up
to the axles in mud, then a higher pulling capacity is going to be what you want, and
this has a 12,500-pound pulling capacity. So, of course, this one is going to be a lot
stronger. When you’re looking at winches, a couple other
things to consider are how waterproof they are. This is Rugged Ridge’s Nautic winch. This is a new series of winches from Rugged
Ridge, and this solenoid pack is completely waterproof and also dust proof. So, if you have it mounted here, you dunk
the Jeep underwater, you’re driving and it’s raining, you don’t have to worry about water
affecting these electronics. This one over here by Barricade, not as well
sealed up. You’ll actually see a lot of people mount
these remotely, put them up under the hood to try and keep them dry, because again, it’s
not going to be waterproof. The Nautic winch over here, also, is going
to have a lot of cross bracing. If you actually get up close and you look
at the body of this winch, it’s going to look a lot beefier. It’s going to be a lot stronger than that
Barricade one because of that cross bracing that’s built into it. Something else to consider with winches is
going to be your line speed. Now, depending on how you use your winch,
you’re not going to be as concerned with having a really fast pull, although it is a nice
convenience. Some of the more expensive winches on the
market, even under load, are going to pull pretty quickly. Some of the less expensive more budget-friendly
winches are going to pull a little bit slower, again, depending on how often you use your
winch that may or may not be a big consideration. Now, one of the newest things that winches
are doing is coming with a wireless remote, and that’s what we have here on this Barricade
winch. Up on the front here, you have a switch, so
you can turn the winch off completely, turn it on for the wired remote, or turn it on
for the wireless remote. Now, the downside to a wireless remote is
always that you have to keep batteries in it. But as long as you keep the batteries fresh,
this is going to be a way that you can winch from inside the vehicle, or a safe distance
away, without having to worry about being within 12 feet and having that tether. But your batteries die, you drop this in a
mud puddle, you do have your backup of your wired remote, which is always really nice
to have. Now, this Rugged Ridge winch does not come
with a wireless remote, but they do give you a remote that has a nice long 12-foot cable,
so you can stay well out of the way of the danger zone while you’re winching. I do really like this remote. As you can see, it has a really substantial
toggle switch on it. It feels pretty good in your hand. Some of the less expensive winches on the
market, they feel really cheap. It feels like you’re gonna break this thing,
even if you just have it thrown in your center console. So that’s something that I really do like
about this winch. Now, as far as winches go, they’re all really
going to install in a very similar fashion. You are going to have to either install a
winch mounting plate on your factory bumper or have a winch ready bumper like we have
on both of these Jeeps here with us. But once you have that in place, these are
just gonna bolt down with four bolts, and there’s only really two wires that you have
to run up to your battery to get these things powered. So the install is going to be pretty simple,
and you can have a winch installed on your Jeep to get you out of a sticky situation
pretty easily and pretty quickly. What we’re gonna do now is actually take these
things out, hook ’em up, and show you how they pull. Of course, it’s gonna be pretty similar in
this comparison, but I do wanna show you a couple of different ins and outs between these
winches. Now, we got ourselves midway up this trail. This is a spot that you may very well get
stuck. These rocks are really slick, maybe you broke
something. We probably could have made it the rest of
the way up this, but I do wanna show you how you use these winches in the real world and
some of the benefits to having synthetic versus steel and vice versa. So when you are working with a steel cable,
you always wanna have a pair of gloves with you, synthetic, as well. But steel is much less forgiving, even if
you don’t have a frayed line, which of course, you shouldn’t be winching with a frayed line
anyway, you can still get pinched, bit, end up bleeding from a steel line very, very easily
and very, very quickly. So we are gonna have gloves on, that is first
and foremost. Now, any winch these days is going to have
both an engage setting and a free spool setting, so we can put this in the free spool setting
just by adjusting the clutch here. And that’s gonna make it very easy for us
to pull out this line all the way up to the tree we’re gonna hook to. So we got ourselves up to the tree that we’re
gonna hook to. Of course, anytime you are winching off of
a tree, you do wanna use a tree saver. So the next step is going to be taking the
tension up on the line, taking the slack out. I’m gonna go do that now, and you might wonder
why I’m bringing the rest of my recovery bag in this D-ring with me. What I’m actually going to do is take the
line here, and I’m going to use this D-ring to attach the rest of my recovery bag onto
the line. The idea is that if the line snaps, it’s going
to hit this point where there’s weight on it and it’s going to then fall to the ground. It’s still not going to be as safe as a synthetic
line, but this is one of those things that you wanna do every time you’re using a steel
cable to add a little bit of safety. So, now that we’ve done that, we can take
up the slack on this line. I just have to go over to the winch and turn
it on wireless mode. We’re gonna go ahead and spool the winch in
a little bit. So now we’re set up, and we’re ready to go. It’s time to actually do the pull. I’m gonna take the wireless remote up around
the corner here and get myself into a safe location just in case anything were to happen
to this winch line. We do have Eric still inside the Jeep. With this wireless remote, he would be able
to very easily control the winch from inside the Jeep. If you’re winching by himself or, of course,
stretch the cable, use that one. But because we’re both here, I’m gonna do
this, he’s gonna do that, and we’ll get this Jeep up the hill. We go slide our bag forward a little bit,
so it doesn’t get stuck up in the fairlead. Okay. So, Eric, hold on the break. We’ll take the tension off the lines, pull
the rest of the weight in, and we’ll be back on our way. So now we have the next Jeep in the line-up
again, probably could have made it up this hill, but we got him stopped here, so we can
show you some of the differences between that Barricade winch with the steel line and this
Rugged Ridge winch with the synthetic line. So with the synthetic line, you don’t have
to be as worried about pinches, about splinters, but gloves are always a good idea, anyway. And the first step is going to be popping
this winch into free spool mode and pulling the line up to the tree. Now that we’re up here, go ahead and clip
it in on our tree saver that we already have set up from the last spool. Now we can head back down and take up the
tension on the line. So we’ll go ahead and get the remote hooked
up here. So now, we can go ahead and bump in the winch
line, put a little bit of tension on it, and we’re not gonna use a flag on this line, because
again, that synthetic line is going to be safe. It’s not gonna snap. If it were to break, it’s not gonna snap back. It’ll just fall to the ground nice and safely,
and it does make it very easy set up as well. I’m gonna stand to the side just to be safe,
get out of Dan’s way here. Go ahead and bump this in. What I am gonna do is give Dan the remote. He can handle the actual winching in, just
make sure it’s not gonna get bound up on anything, this 12-foot cable here. I’m gonna go up top to the hill. That way, I can keep an eye on the rigging,
and I can also spot for Dan. Of course here, not much is gonna get hung
up on, but in a tougher situation of having a spotter in front of you is definitely gonna
be helpful. All right. We got into a pretty good spot. You can stop there, Dan. I’m gonna go ahead and grab the remote back
from Dan, again. I’ll take the tension off the line, clean
things up, and he can be on his way up the trail. So that’s it for this video. Obviously, there are a lot of decisions to
make when purchasing a winch, not the least of which is whether to get the steel cable
or spend the extra money for the synthetic. I gave you my opinion on both and a few of
the pros and cons. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel. We have other videos like this, some great
Jeep content, and you’ll be able to see the other videos that we shot this weekend while
we were out on the trail.


  • LakuFoek DM says:

    So, wich one?

  • Thoreau says:

    11 minutes of video, and I did not see one wench.

  • Garrett Abell says:

    You had me at Jeep Winches lol.

  • 2big 2fail says:

    the first thing you realize about off roading in a jeep is it that it's painfully slow, you go about 4 mph so avoid the temptation to just jump out and walk at 5 to 7 mph you will need at least twice the normal amount of alcohol and more important is the fact jeep people seem to like a good trail break down where they get to test their self sufficiency and proceed to work on the broken down rig for hours but not before an hours long confluence of ideas as to what the best method of trail side repair would be best

  • James Bonanno says:

    Ryan,I do have a question. For your first rigging I noticed you used the shackle or what some Call d-ring. At the second rigging I notice you just put the hook through the tree saver strap. Which method is proper? I've been told whenever you can use less Steel in a rigging it is best to do so. Looking forward to your comments.

  • John Covacci says:

    What is the front bumper that is on both jeeps?

  • Matt Collier says:

    what front bumper is that?

  • tangled Line says:

    Seems kinda slow..whats the fpm?

  • James Bonanno says:

    Thanks for the response. Keep up the good work.

  • SEEtheREPLAY says:

    Genital rule of thumb; never heard that one before. lol

  • rcguymike says:

    No info on properly re-spooling the cable properly after use? Does synthetic line still have to deal with that?

    I've also heard that sand/mud can get between the strands of the synthetic and slowly cut it from the inside. Do you have to wash it out if you've been winching through mud/muck?

  • BiO811HazarD says:

    Does anyone know what side rails are on that orange JKU?

  • chaseon4wheels says:

    On the orange Jeep the passenger fog light is off center btw

  • Максим Юровицкий says:

    The best winches in Ukraine

  • sjanov94 Sjanov94 says:

    I️ know this is off topic but what size tires ars on that 2 door. I️ have a 2 door same color as that one and I have 35s but those tires look a lot bigger.

  • Dayday Isa Shmurrda says:

    seem like he struggled more pulling out that synthetic line then he did the steel line lol steal line is stronger and last longer

  • streetstomper says:

    Thanks for the video, I just picked up a 12000 pound winch with synthetic rope…
    Here's a Video of mine.

  • Claudia Suarez says:

    Your videos are very informative! Thanks so much for educating people. I myself am looking into getting a winch on my TJ so I am learning here.

  • Suboptimal says:

    When you're winching, does you just keep the Jeep's transmission in Drive? If so, does the driver apply any gas? I originally thought you winched in neutral but that seems like a terrible idea on a hill.

  • Tacoma FAN says:

    Very good explanation! Im new to winches so i just bought 13000 lb with syn rope just for my safty!

  • neo 71665 says:

    Synthetic falling straight to the ground when breaking is a myth that just won't stop. It doesn't store energy and snap like a steel cable. Anybody that says otherwise is clearly just spouting off the same salesman lines they were told.

  • Navrak 120797 says:

    I’ve seen synthetic rope cut a bloke when it snapped under load , he required stitches to a deep cut and the rope had a dampener on it . synthetic rope is as dangerous as wire

  • broncokonco says:

    Ropes under tension do not simply fall when they snap. Do not operate a synthetic line under that assumption.

  • genconex says:

    Synthetic Line will snap and fly back at you. It doesn't fall to the ground. Source: 20 years in the Navy and buddies who lost limbs from synthetic line.

  • MrMan says:

    Jeep….Jeep….Jeep……Winches are attached to other 4WD's or should I say there are other 4WD's
    apart from S#*T box …..JEEP's

  • Jim Holmes says:

    Who's paying you to say Syn-rope is Better? It's not. It's crap! I belong to a Jeep club, we go on off road group trail rides every summer. The syn-ropes are crap, junk, shit! Get Steel!!!

  • maxstal says:

    I was really set on getting synthetic after a friend got it on his rig and i used it for the weekend.

    But then i found out that the synthetic has a shelf life and is compromised by sunlight and dirt, and that is a deal breaker for me.

    I have several winches on multiple vehicles and trailer, and it's steel for me.
    I want durability and years of use.

  • OverlandTT says:

    I remember the synthetic line used to cost hundreds less than steel!

  • Chris W says:

    8274 and done

  • myvidss says:

    absolutely under no circumstances what so ever should a heavy steel shackle be used to as a winch line dampener. a purpose made winch line dampener by Warn is less than 50.00 dollars. do not use anything metal as a dampener. There's no such thing as a little bit dead. I also see another problem in this demo. he is winching from outside his rig which means the vehicle is in neutral. if you lose tension on the line or something breaks where is that rig going to go? straight down the hill. if you winch like this attach a runaway line!!

  • Lunch Money Hustle says:

    Anybody looking for a winch let me know I can get good prices specially in warn winches

  • Ryan Dammeier says:

    DO NOT BUY A BARRICADE WINCH! I live in Oregon and had mine on my jeep for a little over a year and now its a hood ornament bc it doesn't work.

  • Master Basser says:

    you ever notice how these "EXTREME" channels only show themselves driving on terrain that the family van could easily traverse? Seriously, went off roading in the family van, most sketchy shit ever but hella fun.

  • Al Cyr says:

    Picked up a 9,500 lbs winch for my '80 Powerwagon. Probably should of went with a 12,000, because I also picked up a set of Dana 60 axles, and a NP 205 transfer case. Just adding more weight to an already heavy truck. Any input about lubricating the winch line with penetrating oil. Live in central Alberta Canada. Lots of -30C to +30C, road salt, mud and dust.

  • J Slik says:

    Whoa, only a single weight point and while under load with a metal cable, Ryan adjusts the weight bag while in line with the cable. Safe practices haha

  • Mary Poppins says:

    I want to switch my winch to synthetic but like you said a lot of money

  • Mac Daddy says:

    Great video!

  • 4x4Scout says:

    Highly suggest using a soft shackle instead of a heavy steel shackle to attach your bag to the rope.

  • James Bonanno says:

    As Ryan stated there are pros and cons to both types of recovery system line. You make the decision for yourself. To say synthetic rope is inferior is an incorrect statement, it has excellent pulling power and he went over the disadvantages as far as maintenance, where you can be more lazy with your cable. I run steel cable and have considered synthetic rope a few times. The consumer can now make the informed decision. Start acting like a bunch of men instead of some cackling hens. And the reason wreckers with their recovery equipment rarely use synthetic rope is they do not want to deal with maintenance and cleaning they want to move on spray a little lube and be done with their cable. When you have a Jeep or another off-road vehicle you won't be using recovery equipment as often so maintenance won't be as high as it would be in the wrecker recovery game. Stay safe on the trails gentlemen.

  • JeepJeep234 says:

    Cable dampeners are a false sense of security. They do absolutely nothing to prevent the cable from whipping. And sometimes if it grabs the dampener, it's a projectile.

  • chloe osborn says:

    I run the same bumper as the jeeps in this video and am looking to mount a light bar just like the one on the orange jeep on the tube. Can you tell me the length of the bar and how you mounted it.

  • Jr Kierstead says:

    6:28 if the glove does not fit, you must acquit

  • Cole Martin says:

    synthetic line, winch cover is a good idea

  • Alan Kita says:

    Just wanted to say that wireless remote controls are not a recent addition to self recovery winches. The first ones were introduced over 25 years ago.

  • Boss Frog says:

    He used a metal shackle to hold the bag as a damper? This guy is a professional right?

  • EvilMouse068 says:

    Theres alot of dangerous misinformation and unsafe practices in this video…

  • QQTrick1QQ says:

    A lot of winch info, very little line info, different sizes for different uses, real world breaking strength, bad vs good products….

  • Thatairplanegeuy says:

    Why do you do things backwards??
    You put the line that requires the most maintenance on the winch that requires the least. Then you handed the driver the remote winch controller rather than letting the wireless winch owner use his wireless controller 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Ramie Harris says:

    Synthetic line under tension concerns me a hell of a lot more than steel cable, but , im guessing you got paid for that nice little advert for rugged ridge.

  • Richard R says:

    Protip for keeping synthetic lines from rotting in the sun: spray the line with 303 aerospace protectant every six months or so. You don't even have to unwind it. Just spray the spool with 10-12 squirts and let it just dry.

  • chefmarcos says:

    He is in the wrong places when winching there. You shouldn’t stand so close to the cable anywhere along it’s length. Even with a dampener. Ridiculous.

  • chefmarcos says:

    I have steel cable on my 2010 sahara unlimited. Proper care is waaaaaay easier with the steel. Synthetic would require a washing and drying everytime you get it dirty. That would be a major pain in the… to maintain my steel i pull it all the way out, wash it down with a brush, rinse and let dry in the sun. Then pull it back in under tension by draggin another car up the street. Tightly wind onto the drum while spraying every inch with wd40 as it goes in.

  • Dr Edward Druschitz says:

    one thing so few people cover is using a snatch block to double your pulling power so you can you can use your 8k winch to pull 16k of weight and not buy a new one. assuming you have a long enough cable.

  • Slightly Operational says:

    Please be careful with all lines

  • joe t says:

    You keep using the expression "going to be". My question is, "when?"

  • rx7wyaw says:

    Synthetic is amazing stuff but I would worry about UV damage, abrasives in the rope, and abrasions from use. Sand, mud, thorns, rocks, etc are too common to avoid even for pavement pounders. I guess I think there’s more of a safety threat in the 2-5 ton of vehicle that is in a precarious situation when a cable does give out rather than the cable itself. Use your head and whatever your feel safe with. If you can’t get situated to feel safe then don’t get involved.

  • cfltitan says:

    Probably could have made it up this hill?? Lol more like probably could have made it up in 2wd or in a crossover SUV. Jesus I've seen driveways worse than that.

  • Marnie Larocque says:

    Im an old retired logger, an 8000 lb winch is plenty for any jeep. A winch needs 450 amps to run properly and best to use 800 – 100 amp battery. Add a second battery and set it up with a charging isolator and then run a solenoid from positive to positive for emergency boosting and extra battery power when winching, use a automatic release push button switch to engage solenoid. Very important is to know that the first wrap or layer of cable – rope on your winch is rated pull of the winch the second wrap or layer is like shifting into second and you will lose 1500 – 2000 pounds or pulling power in winch, so the 9500 lb winch shown with a full drum could only pull {4 wraps x 1500 = 6000 } 3500 pounds. I only run three wraps on my winches top wrap and second to reach tree or other truck, bottom or first wrap to pull full power! winch only first anad second wrap then let winch cool down, backup or pully to maintain full power. To reach long distances carry extra cables with 2ft chains and hooks on each end, when you shorten { cut your winch cable } put 2ft chain on each end, only pull first and second wrap then let winch cool then while winch is cooling shorten or remove extra cable lengths.

  • Marnie Larocque says:

    with that drum full his winch only has a 3500 – 4000 pound winching capacity, good way to burn up a winch

  • Carlos Larreta says:

    Prefiero el cable de acero

  • Indra Lasan Kumala Video says:

    7:07 big three

  • ROTAXD says:

    You failed to mention that synthetic line is worthless once it gets a simple snag in it (like when it brushes by a pricker bush when simply driving through underbrush) and that UV light will start breaking down synthetic winch line within a few hours. Oh, and if you get it wet it also grows mold and rots. No thanks, I'll stick to my steel cable.

  • Ken Taaffe says:

    Just ask any water skier what happens when the synthetic rope snaps. I've had almost all 75ft of ski rope end up back in the boat when my handle snapped off.
    Anything under tension is holding kinetic energy of some sort. If it hits the ground, then you really didn't have much tension on it yet when it broke.

  • Nelson Williams says:

    I just use my 93 chevy single cab short bead with a standard transmission for off roading works for me lol

  • Anon Ymus says:

    Life hack: buy one of the "worthless" 24v warns from old military humvees. Throw on a cheap 12v motor, and you have a great 8k winch with an extra heavy steel cable and 12k spool for more safety margin. Most people turn up their noses at the "Mil 9 lite," but they are terrific bang for your buck.

    Of course, this only matters if your winch is for use. If you have the usual "for looks" build, then avoid this ugly beast.

  • Art Guess says:

    STEEL, synthetic breakdown sun much sooner and snapback kill

  • Coleen West says:

    The solution is to have a winch stored in your trunk and to bring it out, plug it in, and slid it into an attachment when needed. Carrying it on the front all the time is the problem. Someone need to reinvent the winch. Simple plug and play action.

  • Kur Norock says:

    I see a lot of synthetic lines here in AZ, but I also see a lot of synthetic lines snapping in use simply because one year of AZ dust is more than enough to cause microcuts in your line that severely weaken it.

    Also, in the sharp rocks we have out here, you are going to cut that synthetic line in no time under normal winching operations.

    Plus the AZ sun is murder on those synthetic lines, yes even the more expensive "uv resistant" lines don't stand a chance.

    Unless you take the time to hand wash your line 3 or 4 times a year, (and still replace it every 2 or 3 years anyway) or are willing to pay $350 for a new winch line every year, you are MUCH better off with steel cable in the southwest.

  • Jim O says:

    Dude, what the f. Synthetic is sick a more snap back hazard. Do you guys even know which side the gas peddle is? Jesus. You guys are idiots.

  • Jason Thornton says:

    So I’m asking b/c I don’t know, can I respool a wire winch with synthetic? I don’t know 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Donald Reinholz says:

    Using a steel d ring on your bag just adds to things that can fly through the air and injure or kill you, if the line brakes, just run the line though the handles

  • beastm0de7 says:

    I would have liked if you explained and reviewed the synthetic line vs steel cable and didn't ramble on about other shit, I could care less about your winch systems and your jeeps, I need facts on the synthetic line to make a judgment on whether or not it is better than cable, mainly considering safety and ease of use.

  • Alexandre Valiquette says:

    1:33 This is where the marketing + lack of scientific knowledge = danger

  • utah wanderlust700 says:

    I had my 3/16" synthetic line on my atv snap on me last week. It sure as hell didn't just "fall to the ground". It whipped all 25 feet that were extended into the tree I was winching to. It hit hard enough to knock some bark off the trunk. Definitely would've made a nice welt on the leg had somebody been standing there!

  • Hellas Boy says:

    NOT TRUE, a synthetic line or any rope under tension WILL absolutely maim or kill you if it breaks. Ask some Navy guys about that. Also introducing another piece of metal to dampen the line in case of breakage? This is terrible advice….

  • Jason StClair says:

    Yo wench get me a beer 🍺

  • whatroads4x4 says:

    saw a video of a guy wheelin, not sure what type of rope/chain he was using, but shit snapped, broke his windshield and tore his face up. either way…i think you can be screwed.

  • tullgutten says:

    Every type of cable or line synthetic or not can be a deadly weapon under tension, you're lying for telling something else.
    Several people has been killed and cut to pieces from synthetic lines also

  • Otto Jones says:

    What a goofball

  • empty pockets says:

    I've seen a couple videos of what happens when a steal line snaps.. you couldn't pay me to use a steal line!!!
    They can literally kill you.. no thanks I'm good.

  • Ryan L says:

    Harmless ok put rope under max tension stand next to it and cut rope with knife. As it simply falls straight to the ground you should be good to go. Steel cable for the win….rope gets dirty you must wash the rope, rocks will destroy a rope, sun will damage a rope, then you have a huge price difference. Properly maintained cable will last a lifetime with average use.

  • EngelWulf says:

    Do they sell hydraulic systems that uses pto?

  • arniruna says:

    bla bal bla

  • Aaron Wahl says:

    To bad those aren't Warn!

  • TRiddle 55 says:

    I feel out of place watching this video… I’m a Land Rover guy lol, 2001 discovery

  • Eric Visser says:

    Should have talked about duty cycles. You can't keep the power on indefinitely without over heating a winch. Also should have talked about spool size. A winches pulling capacity decreases when the amount of line you have out decreases due to reduced leverage.

    Nice video otherwise! I really enjoy watching the Extreme Terrain content.

  • Yeet Yeet says:

    Dude the red Jeep is pissing me off bc it’s missing a D ring. Idk if it’s meant to be like that but it is pissing me off

  • skooterbob says:

    What brand front fenders are on the Jeep on the left?

  • Rafael Mancia says:

    Steel cable has proven to be the best i own both and i will always buy steel cable

  • Dawsen Noyes says:

    Isn't really related but I'm looking for a heavy duty winch to put on my truck but warn has 15,000 pound winch and Smittybilt and super winch have 17,500 pound winches for almost half the price which would be better?

  • Allan Wagner says:

    You should not tell people such nonsense !!
    Synthetic line stores energy also and will snap back and harm or kill someone the same as cable !!!
    You are wrong !!!

  • Allan Wagner says:

    Lost subscriber 👎👎👎👎

  • Tim Norton says:

    Go Warn and dont forget about alternator output and 2 batteries is also ideal

  • Msw 96 says:

    You’re correct in saying that synthetic line is not as dangerous as cable but….. I strongly disagree in saying that it’s harmless and it will just fall to the ground. it still stretches and holds energy and recoils hard when it breaks. I’ve personally seen synthetic line break and go through windshields, especially when there’s a shackle hooked to the other end of it. Speaking of shackles why would you use a shackle to hook your cable to your tree strap? just use the hook on the cable or a soft shackle. you’re adding another piece of steel that doesn’t need to be there. Same story with the shackle holding the recovery bag on your line, ditch that shit and get some winch blankets.

  • Jason Zee says:

    Leave the rope alone to much bad about steel for me. Let the Ausies use the rope

  • john Kemple says: here is winch line breaking

  • Rare Solid says:

    This is not correct information. Synthetic ropes snap and fly back just like steel cables do!,!

  • Bathrobe Carpenter says:

    Synthetic is saf-ER. You can still knock an eye out if it fails, and if it’s the rigging that fails, the metal shackles can fly and hit you. Always stand clear.

  • 1fsttoy says:

    Sorry but you are mistaken when you say that synthetic is completely safe and does not snap back when breaking. Yes it is safer, but it still can snap back. Watch this video

  • American Citizen says:

    Why the hell do people who claim to know about off roading continue to say that synthetic rope just falls to the ground? There is still energy built up in the line that has to go somewhere. It can still hurt you, stop peddling that bullshit line.

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