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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-25-2016, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Rope or cable

For you ATV with plow owners which system do you prefer. I recently purchased a used quad with a more than I realized used winch rope. While plowing it broke twice. Easy to repair but I was wondering which is really more durable?

Should I replace the rope with new rope or get cable and make sure I treat it with oil on a frequent basis?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-25-2016, 02:44 AM
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Re: Rope or cable

I use a Warn with 50' 3000 lb.nylon belt. Never a issue with plow or getting unstuck.

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Re: Rope or cable

After messing with the factory cable on both my winches I replaced them with synthetic winch ropes.... no more kinked cables for me. I run 3/8" and buy mine on ebay.

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Re: Rope or cable

I have a rope on my ranger with the automatic shutoff. it works great but I have cables on my other quads. both have their advantages and disadvantages.
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Re: Rope or cable

Thanks for the input guys. After evaluating and considering, I chose to get cable and make sure I do regular maintenance. More importantly, the dealer also gave me a roller which wasn't on the quad.

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Re: Rope or cable

Rope would be fine for plowing but I've seen them break when winching a heavy load.
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Re: Rope or cable

I have a rope and it works great, Cables tend to get slightly frayed and always stab into your fingers.
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Re: Rope or cable

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I have a rope and it works great, Cables tend to get slightly frayed and always stab into your fingers.
I keep gloves in the bed in case I have to handle the cable. I think that is cables biggest downside.

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Re: Rope or cable

I notice that you had no fairlead roller when you bought your atv? That alone would cause a rope or cable to go bad quickly.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-19-2016, 01:22 PM
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Re: Rope or cable

has anyone ever taken off the factory fairlead and installed a pulley instead? its supposed to correct the broken winch line issue.
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