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My winch line got frayed and needed to be repaired or replaced. Being the frayed end was less than a foot from the eyelet I figured I'd save some money and just try to repair it myself. I've never repaired synthetic rope before so I decided to go to the interwebs to see what was involved. Turns out it's repairable! I did some research and felt confident enough to give it a shot. There are tools to help feed the rope back into itself but it isn't necessary. All though I'm sure it will make it easier to do. Probably would result in less blisters on my hands too.

First thing! Lets make some winch rope soup!
The cleaner the rope, the easier it should be.(at least that's what I tell myself)
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Then I cut out the bad section and feathered the end a bit. This is done to help the rope feed back into itself. (I could have feathered it better but hey it was my first attempt at this). You don't just cut the end on an angle. You have to count the threads and cut every other thread. Sounds harder then it is though. Tape the end up so it slides easier inside the sleeve.
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depending on how big of a loop you want will determine where you make your splice back in. There's a formula for it.
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This next part was the hardest by far. You need to snake the rope back inside itself for a set length. How far you go in will depend on the thickness of your rope. This is where the specialty tool comes in handy, cause you're literally doing a motion like you're milking a cow. Hard to explain but not hard once you get the hang of it.
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After I got it feed through to where it needs to go. You have to poke the end out to remove the tape/specialty tool
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After that you feed it back inside itself and do what they call a locking stich. The only purpose of this is to stop the rope from backing out with zero load on it. Slid the rock guard back up and you're done
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If you're going to attempt this please do some research on your own before trying this. It was easier than I though (after the obvious learning curve) and I saved some cash for another project. Also handy to know if you break a line winching.
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Thanks for posting. I'm still running cable, but I know many people are using synthetic. Good to know it can be repaired and not just replaced!
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Thanks for posting. I'm still running cable, but I know many people are using synthetic. Good to know it can be repaired and not just replaced!
The rope is a lot easier to handle vs the steel cable. If the frayed part was closer to the middle I would have replaced it. Would have lost too much rope length.
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The rope is a lot easier to handle vs the steel cable. If the frayed part was closer to the middle I would have replaced it. Would have lost too much rope length.
I may not be keeping up to date with the latest, but my feeling is when tow trucks start using synthetic rope I'll consider it.
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I may not be keeping up to date with the latest, but my feeling is when tow trucks start using synthetic rope I'll consider it.
Each has its advantages and disadvantages. I like the safety aspect of it. But it is more likely to get damaged vs it's steel counter part. I use a rash gaurd on mine to protect the first few feet. Thats what the green sleeve is in the picture.

I like your feeling on the tow trucks though. Never thought about that it's a really good point. Maybe due cause they are more durable and used more often then someone wheeling.
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