I have a 300lbs Viper winch and it has seen some serious mud and water. I used a dialect grease(think thats how you spell it) on the connections and I also pulled the line out all the way sprayed the inside with general purpose grease just to help repell water a bit and then put a leather glove on filled my hand with grease and ran the cable through my hand as i put it back in, and every couple of rides I pull the line out and just spray it down. It has worked for me so far !!!!