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Choosing the Correct Size Winch Rope for Your Winch?

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It’s finally time to replace that worn out old steel winch cable? Or maybe your wanting to replace your current winch rope with one of ours? How do you choose the correct size winch rope?  What size diameter and length will fit on my winch? Many people assume that when they are purchasing a new winch rope for their winch,  they can get the largest and longest size they can find.  This is absolutely not true and can cause major damage to your winch.  If you want to know the details of this issue continue to read on, or you can go straight to our Winch Rope Conversion Chart to see what size winch rope is recommended for your particular winch model. If you don’t see your winch model, feel free to contact us!

Why the Correct Diameter Size Winch Rope Matters

Winch rope comes in many different size diameters and lengths to fit many different brands and sizes of winches. Let’s look at why it’s important to determine the correct size winch rope in both diameter and length. I will use a common 9,000lb winch for example. From the manufacturer, let’s say this winch originally comes with 100 feet  of 5/16″ diameter steel cable.  While you can simply use the exact same diameter and length in synthetic winch rope, it is common practice to increase the diameter size of the winch rope to gain an increase in breaking strength and working load capacity.  5/16″ steel cable is rated at 9,800lbs which is just above the maximum pull strength of the winch. 5/16″ synthetic winch rope is around 12,000lbs breaking strength. But, the most common size used on winches ranging from 8k to 12k is 3/8″ diameter for the reasons mentioned above.  Our 3/8″ synthetic winch rope has a breaking strength of 20,000lbs!

Why You Need to Choose the Correct Length Winch Rope

What about the correct size winch rope length? The “Rule of Thumb” we go by is for every size up in diameter over the original size winch cable or rope, you reduce the length by 15 feet. This allows you to run the larger, stronger size diameter rope while still maintaining the pulling power of the winch. Each layer of rope added on the winch drum reduces your winch’s pulling power.  Remember, the first layer of rope on the winch drum is where the winch can achieve its maximum pulling strength. The correct length also keeps from overloading one side of the winch drum during angled pulls. Very rarely do we get lucky enough to have consistent straight pulls. If you overload one side of the winch drum during an angled pull due to too much length of rope, the rope could come in contact with the winch’s tie-bars which can damage your rope and destroy the winch. So what do you do if you need more length from your winch rope? Check out our winch rope extensions!

 

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Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches

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If you are looking to replace your worn out cable or synthetic winch line on your Warn Zeon Winch, then look no further. Tactical Recovery Equipment offers a Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches. All TRE Replacement Synthetic Winch Ropes are made of Heavy-Duty, 12 strand UHMWPE synthetic rope. Each 3/8″ Synthetic Rope has a breaking strength of 20,000 lbs. The Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches are available in 85 ft. ,100 ft. & 125 ft. lengths, depending on which Zeon model you have. Each synthetic rope comes with 8 ft. of black durable Polyester sheathing to protect your synthetic rope against abrasion on a rock, or sharp tree. The Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches has two options for the winch termination, the standard tube thimble or a Safety Thimble.

*When ordering please write in the notes that it is for a zeon winch, and we will create the loop that will be needed for installation.

Optional Safety Thimble

The “Original” Safety Thimble II was the first “Winch Thimble”, designed and used in the off-road industry. The Safety Thimble II has been in existence since 2004 and is the safest winch termination for all synthetic winch lines. Not only does TRE offer 10 Synthetic Winch Rope colors but also 5 different colored Safety Thimble II. Each Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches ropes comes pre-assembled, along with all the hardware needed for an easy installation. Continue reading Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches

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Safety Thimble: Uses Less Connection Points with a Bow Shackle than the Competitors

Safety Thimble - winch thimble

Safety Thimble: Uses Less Connection Points with a Bow Shackle. One of the most impressive features of the Safety Thimble is the shape of the “eyelet” in the thimble. This purposely designed eyelet was originally designed for use with 3/4″ Bow Shackles (usually misnamed as D-Rings, but can also be referred as an Anchor Shackle). The eyelet on the Safety Thimble uniquely allows a 3/4″ Bow Shackle to be inserted into the Safety Thimble using either the “pin” end or the the “loop” end. Why is this significant? Because this allows the use of only one Bow Shackle to be used in a recovery. Winch Thimbles designed with just a round eyelet requires the user to use 2 Bow Shackles to make a connection. As everyone is aware, using less connection points reduces the amount of breaking points during winching. Less breaking points means less chance of a catastrophe happening while you are winching under a load.

Safety Thimble: Uses Less Connection Points with a Correctly Designed Eyelet

Here is how you would have to connect a winch thimble that uses a round eyelet. It even looks ridiculous doesn’t it? To not embarrass our competitors we used our thimble as an example.

Safety Thimble II:
Not the way to make a safe connection.

Here is how you would correctly connect to one Bow Shackle that is attached to a bumper with a Safety Thimble II.

Safety Thimble II: Bow Shackle connection
Using a Bow Shackle with a Safety Thimble II

Safety Thimble: Uses Less Connection Points with a Bow Shackle

Hopefully this illustrates one of the highly thought our designs that was incorporated in the “Original” winch thimble, the Safety Thimble. So if you have a thimble designed with just a circular hole for an eyelet, make sure you always carry 2 Bow Shackles ( D-Rings) or your thimble will be useless to you when you really need it. If your thimble has the correct eyelet, but does not say “Safety Thimble” and has the TRE Logo on it , then you purchased a product that has purposely copied ours, as we are the “Original” Safety Thimble, since 2004.

The “Original” Safety Thimble was the first “Winch Thimble”, designed and used in the off-road industry. The Safety Thimble has been in existence since 2004. For over 14 years, its well thought out design has made it unbeatable in Safety, not only for the user but also for your winching equipment such as the synthetic winch rope and Hawse Fairlead. In fact it is designed so well, that many competitors are now starting to copy it into their poorly designed products. Safety Thimbles are 100% made in the USA. The Original Safety Thimble can only be bought through Tactical Recovery Equipment or its authorized dealers.

The Safety Thimble II was precisely made for “USA’ made 3/4” Bow Shackles and Soft Shackles.

 

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Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope for Warn 8274-50

TRE Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope for Warn 8274-50

Tactical Recovery Equipment offers a synthetic replacement winch rope for Warn 8274-50 winches. The Warn 8274-50 winch was originally sold with 5/16 wire cable.  We recommend for synthetic winch rope to upgraded to a 3/8 x 100 ft. synthetic winch rope. This upgrade give your winch ro[e a breaking strength of 20,000 lbs. which is more than double the strength of the original 5/16 cable, allowing you a significant safety factor while winching.   All TRE Replacement Synthetic Winch Ropes are made of true Sk75 Dyneema 12 strand synthetic rope with a breaking strength of 20,000 pounds. Our Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope for Warn 8274-50 comes with two options for a connection point; Safety Thimble II or a standard black steel eyelet. Each synthetic rope comes with 8 ft. nylon sheathing as well as our newly designed replacement drum attachment. TRE offers 10 different colors of synthetic rope, as well as each rope comes pre-assembled and ready for installation. Continue reading Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope for Warn 8274-50

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Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches

TRE Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches

TRE Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches are available for all models of Smittybilt winches. Our winch rope is made of true Sk-75 12 strand synthetic rope with 20,000 pounds of breaking strength, Each Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches can be purchased with a Safety Thimble II or standard steel eyelet and also comes with 8 ft. nylon sheath and a replacement drum attachment. Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches is available in 11 colors as well as the appropriate length depending on your Smittybilt winch model. Replacement Winch Rope  are a direct replacement rope that comes pre-assembled and ready to install. Continue reading Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches

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Winch Rope Extensions – Increase the Length of your Winch Rope

Winch Rope Extensions

In the world of off road adventures some times we all need that little extra length for a helping hand. We believe that’s why its always best to have a Winch Rope Extension in your recovery bag because at some point you may need it when you run out of rope on your winch line, which will leave you stranded.  Some of you may ask “Well why another rope?” and the reality of it is because every rope serves a different purpose. The Winch Rope Extensions are another safe way to winch yourself, or possibly someone else out, it can be used with a snatch block, and many other options of recovery. Winch Rope Extensions are made with Dyneema SK75 12 strand rope, which has a breaking strength of 21,000 pounds. Each Winch Rope Extension has soft eye splices at each end that’s protected with nylon chafe guard, as well as 6ft of the rope is protected by Nylon Chafe Guard to help protect against abrasion. Tactical Recovery Equipment Winch Rope Extensions come in 3 different lengths which are; 25ft, 50ft, and 100ft. It also comes in 4 different colors as well; black, red, blue, and orange Continue reading Winch Rope Extensions – Increase the Length of your Winch Rope

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ATV Winch Rope with Safety Thimble – Tactical Recovery Equipment

1/4 Silver ATV/UTV Winch Rope

 ATV Winch Rope with Safety Thimble is available at Tactical Recovery Equipment in many different colors. Our ATV Rope is designed to be used on common winches used on ATV’s and UTV’s ranging in capacities of 2000 lb. to 5ooo lbs. We use Heavy Duty , light-weight synthetic rope. Our ATV Winch rope is rated at 7900 lbs which more than enough to winch your ATV or UTV out of difficult situations. Each ATV Winch Rope comes with a Safety Thimble I already pre-assembled and is the perfect option for safely protecting yourself from injury as well as protecting your ATV winch rope. Continue reading ATV Winch Rope with Safety Thimble – Tactical Recovery Equipment

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Blue Winch Rope – Safety Thimble Package | Tactical Recovery Equipment

3/8 x 100 ft. Blue Synthetic Winch Rope with Safety Thimble II

Blue Winch Rope – Safety Thimble Package

Blue Winch Rope is available from TRE in both 1/4″ ( ATV/UTV Winches) and 3/8″ ( Most Off Road Recovery Winches) and are available in different lengths depending on your winches needs. All of our Winch Rope comes pre-assembled with a winch Safety Thimble, Black Nylon Sheath and New Drum Attachment. If your looking to replace your steel winch cable or worn out synthetic winch rope, then this is the package for you. Continue reading Blue Winch Rope – Safety Thimble Package | Tactical Recovery Equipment

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Winch Rope Package

Winch Rope Package

What better way to update or replace your winch recovery needs on your Jeep or off road vehicle and save money at the same time. TRE is offering a Winch Rope Package consisting of a Safety Thimble 2 along with 85′ of synthetic winch rope, a TRE designed and manufactured standard fairlead,  and all the hardware you need to complete installation including a newly designed winch drum attachment.  Continue reading Winch Rope Package

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Snatch Block by TRE

Snatch Block

The Snatch Block from TRE is the perfect recovery tool to keep with you when off road. It is easy to use and will increase your recovery options when put in a tight situation. If you need to haul a lot of weight in a short distance or increase the power of the winch, the easy to use swing block is a must have. This highly functional single bearing sheave is a revolutionary design that helps make the recovery simple.

TRE Snatch Block Features:

  • Heavy duty self lubricating single bearing Delrin sheave – pulley wheel
  • Lightweight – under 2lbs,
  • Precision made from aircraft grade Aluminum
  • Designed specifically for synthetic winch ropes
  • Easy to use swing block
  • Easy to store due to compact design
  • Anodized black
  • Made in USA

When working with angled pulls, you want to stay safe and improve your recovery. This Snatch Block can be used in a way that protects your rope as well as the spectators involved with the recovery. Increase the versatility of your winch with the Snatch Block from TRE.

*The Snatch Block is made for off road vehicle use only.

Click here to read more about the TRE Snatch Block or purchase one directly from 4LowParts.com

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