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!
If you just purchased a new TRE Synthetic Winch Rope to replace your worn out, kinked, frayed, and rusty steel winch cable, you may be wondering how it will attach to your winch drum. Most standard self-recovery winches use a screw on style drum attachment on either side of the drum flange. Many times these are in the form of a crimped on electrical lug, a pressed aluminum tube, or a crimped terminal in the case of steel cable. While the drum attachment screw should never see a load, these inferior style winch rope drum attachments leave a lot to be desired. Also, very few, if any synthetic winch rope resellers include the necessary hardware to help finish off your installation! You can damage your winch if you use an attachment screw that is too long!
So you’ve already made the switch to synthetic winch rope or plan on making the switch to synthetic. Or, you have used your new synthetic winch rope and it failed almost immediately? How about you see abrasion on the rope and you have no clue how it happened? Chances are the fairlead mount opening on your winch bumper is the incorrect size for use with synthetic winch rope. The fairlead mount is where your Hawse Fairlead mounts to and your synthetic winch rope passes through from the winch drum. During the winching operation, your winch rope will pass through your winch fairlead opening. While the Hawse Fairlead acts a guide for your winch rope, it is rare to get a perfectly straight pull all the time. So the rope must come in contact with a smooth surface on angled pulls to avoid abrasion which damages the synthetic winch rope. If the first thing the rope comes in contact with is the mount opening before the fairlead surface, you have a huge issue. The single most important feature of your winch bumper is the fairlead mount opening size when making the switch to synthetic. Many winch bumper manufactures overlook this detail. The correct winch fairlead mount minimum opening for synthetic winch rope is 1.75″. We typically see openings of 1″ to 1.25″, this is simply too small for using rope and must be addressed. Don’t risk breaking or damaging your new winch rope by overlooking this!
Off-Road Recovery In Canada!
One of our Brand Ambassadors @ kratos.jku got called out for an evening rescue recovery. Looks like this truck attempted a river crossing and had a slight miscalculation. Matt was able to position his Jeep behind the truck by crossing the river himself, enabling him to perform a more direct in-line recovery. Continue reading Off-road Rescue Recovery Eh?! In Canada with kratos.jku
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
Choosing the correct size Kinetic Recovery Rope all depends on the vehicles weight. Kinetic Recovery Ropes, sometimes called snatch straps are the perfect recovery tool to use when pulling a vehicle out of deep mud, sand, snow or silt. Kinetic Energy Recovery Ropes have the ability to elongate under load by 30%, much like a rubber band, which allows it to use it’s own kinetic energy to help dislodge a stuck vehicle. Kinetic Recovery Ropes are safer than chains, cables and standard tow straps and and are also stronger. There are a variety of diameters and lengths depending on the weight of the vehicle that is being recovered. Kinetic Recovery Ropes from Tactical Recovery Equipment are made from Heavy Duty double braided Nylon that is coated in a Urethane Polymer coating that helps protect the rope against abrasion, water and UV rays. Each kinetic recovery rope comes with heavy duty eye loops at each end allowing multiple ways to make connections no matter what type of vehicle you are trying to recover.
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.
Winter 4×4 Jamboree 2018
An off-road event like no other, the winter 4×4 Jamboree gets bigger and better each year. This Winter 4×4 Jamboree 2018 marked the fourth year that Tactical Recovery Equipment has attended while being a silver sponsor and vendor. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect with a warm 65 degrees on Thursday and Friday. The Weather then turned into rain and snow on Saturday but that made it better for the mud puddles!
Kinetic Recovery Ropes can pull you out of just about any situation including mud, sand, silt, or snow. Kinetic Recovery Ropes provide superior performance, strength and durability compared to conventional recovery and tow straps. The Kinetic Recovery Ropes ability to elongate, up to 30%, under load allows it to use it’s own kinetic energy to help reduce the amount of energy needed to recover your vehicle. TRE uses a double braided nylon rope that feature a urethane polymer coating making them resistant to UV, water and abrasion. Our recovery ropes are commercially braided and spliced with heavy duty loops on each end allowing multiple ways to make connections no matter what type of vehicle you are trying to recover.
Kinetic Recovery Rope Features:
- Urethane Polymer Coating to protect against abrasion, water and UV
- Heavy Duty eye loops on each end to make connections easy
- Ultimate transfer of the pulling vehicle’s kinetic energy by elongating up to 30%
- Absorbs bounce upon take off unlike cables, chains, or standard tow straps
- All TRE kinetic recovery ropes have Orange eye loops
TRE currently offers Kinetic Recovery Ropes in many different strengths depending on the weight of the vehicles being pulled.
Our 8500 lb capacity Kinetic Recovery Rope is perfect for UTV and side by sides weighing up to 4000 lbs. This rope is 1/2″ diameter and 25 ft in length.
Our 18,000 lb. capacity Kinetic Recovery Rope is perfect for Jeeps and other vehicles weighing up to 7,000 lbs. This rope is 3/4″ diameter and is 25 ft. in length.
Our 32,000 lb. capacity Kinetic Recovery Rope is ideal for large heavy Trucks and vehicles weighing up to 15,000 lbs. This rope is 1″ in diameter and 30 ft. in length.
Our 46,000 lb. capacity Kinetic Recovery Rope is for big heavy vehicles and construction equipment weighing up to 25,000 lbs. This rope is 1 1/4″ diameter and 30 ft. in length.
Factors on choosing a the right Kinetic Recovery Rope
There are a couple things you should keep in mind when determining which Kinetic Recovery Rope is right for you
- What is the weight of the vehicle you will most likely be pulling
- Are you pulling or snatching a vehicle that is stuck in deep mud, sand, silt or snow ( Kinetic Ropes are not made for towing
Also for Kinetic Recovery Ropes bigger is not necessarily better. These ropes are designed to be effective when they have the ability to stretch to help recover a vehicle. If you choose a rope that is too large of a capacity for the weight of the vehicle you will not get the Kinetic energy needed to be effective during the recovery. We suggest for most off road vehicles the 18,000 lb. rope to be the most effective.
If you would like to see more description of each of our ropes, then please check out this link Kinetic Recovery Ropes.