Post up some info on the stuff. I need a synth rope and might need some of that other stuff too
Probably just the synth rope for now. Just spent too much money on trail cams and other stuff.
Will do. I started installing the wireless system last night. First problem, and also my first complaint with my Rancher, is that I can't find an appropriate place to mount the box. The contactor has taken most of the available space in the electrical area. I think that I might be able to reroute and tidy up the area then wedge it in there, but it's gonna be a job. The other problem, and I haven't confirmed this, is that it looks like the wireless reciever will have to be activated before the handlebar mounted controls will work. The handlebar switch currently controls the contactor...the reciever installs between those two components (unpulg the switch, plug the contactor and the switch into the reciever). In other words...on the outside...it looks like a series connection. If this is the case, I will build an adapter pigtail that will allow parallel control of the contactor. I use the winch a lot for plowing snow...I don't want to have to activate the wireless system to use my winch the old school way.
My first impression of the rope is pretty good...it's definitely some solid stuff. My two biggest concerns with this are 1) using it with a snatch block, and 2) corrosion of the fairlead rollers.
I've seen mixed reports of using synthetic rope with snatch blocks, and what I've found is that if you're careful not to let the rope roll off the pulley and get wedged between the pulley and shackle, and you use a new, burr free snatch block, you should be ok. Just the same, I will probably buy a snatch block made specifically for synthetic rope
in the near future.
The corrosion concern comes from all the salt they put on the roads in the winter. I trailer my Rancher to and from my hunting ground every weekend. The spray from my tires has caused my current fairlead roller to start to corrode. The rollers themselves aren't too bad yet, but the bracket is starting to rust...and it is less than a year old.
I just keep reminding myself that the rope, be it wire or synthetic, is a wear item and has to be replaced eventually anyway. I'll just do what I can to get the most out of it.
Haha, I just got on here to search the forums about the synthetic ropes, and here you guys are already talking about it. I am going to order a new synthetic rope and hawes fairleed. I have a Viper Max 3500lb, by Moto Alliance.
I was reading the literature that came with my rope last night and Warn recommends using a roller fairlead with their synthetic rope.