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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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How to Choose the Correct Size Kinetic Recovery Rope – Tactical Recovery Equipment

Mega Recovery Rope = 1.5" Kinetic Recovery Rope

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.

How to Choose the Correct Size Kinetic Recovery Rope:

3/4" Kinetic Energy Recovery Rope - 18,000 lbs.Choosing the correct size Kinetic Recovery Rope makes a big impact on your recovery. The strength of kinetic ropes are determined by the diameter of the rope. There are many different diameters to choose from 1/2 Inch all the way up to 2 Inch. When choosing the size of your Kinetic Recovery Rope, the breaking strength should be approximately 3 times the weight of the vehicle you are pulling. For example if the Jeep or truck you are recovering weighs 4,000 lbs., you would multiply that by 3.0 (4,000 lbs x 3.0 = 12,000 lbs.) which means you would need a rope with a minimum breaking point of 12,000 lbs., which would be our 3/4″ Kinetic Recovery Rope that is rated at 18,000 lbs. Since most of the time you are choosing recovery gear to help recovery your own vehicle is is best to choose a diameter or strength that corresponds with the weight of your own vehicle.

Features of our Kinetic Recovery Ropes: 

  • Made from Heavy Duty double braided Nylon.
  • Urethane Polymer Coating to protect against abrasion, water and UV.
  • Heavy Duty eye loops on each end to make connections easy.
  • Available in many diameters and strengths.
  • Ultimate transfer of the pulling vehicle’s kinetic energy by elongating up to 30%
  • Absorbs jounce upon take off unlike cables, chains, or standard tow straps

 

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Kinetic Recovery Ropes – Heavy Duty Snatch Ropes

1/2" x 25 ft. Kinetic Recovery Ropes

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

  1. What is the weight of the vehicle you will most likely be pulling
  2. 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.

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Rock/Tree Strap – More than Just a Tree Strap | Tactical Recovery Equipment

Rock/Tree Strap

TRE’s Rock/Tree Strap made by Tactical Recovery Equipment can be used in a variety of ways for off-road recovery. Our Rock/Tree Strap is made with 12 strand SK-75 Dyneema synthetic rope, that is fully sheathed in a durable orange nylon. The orange nylon sheath allows the use of this strap to be rubbed on rough surfaces such as rocks or trees. Each Rock/Tree Strap has a breaking strength of 23,500 pounds. Each Rock/Tree strap has a closed eye loop on each end of the rope. Each eye loop is used for a  connection point while using soft shackles or D-Rings. TRE’s Rock/Tree Strap comes in the lengths of 10 ft and 20ft. Now don’t let the name “Rock/Tree” strap fool you, TRE Rock/Tree strap can also be used for straight line pulls, and as a winch extension. Continue reading Rock/Tree Strap – More than Just a Tree Strap | Tactical Recovery Equipment

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Jeep Recovery Rope – Kinetic Energy Recovery Rope

3/4" Jeep Recovery Rope

Jeep Recovery Rope –  Kinetic Recovery Rope with 18,000 lbs of pulling capacity can pull you out of just about any situation including mud, sand, silt, or snow. Our Jeep recovery rope provides superior performance, strength and safety compared to conventional tow straps or chains. It’s 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 recovery your Jeep.  We use a double braided Heavy-Duty Nylon rope that features a urethane polymer coating making them resistant to UV, water and abrasion. Our Jeep Recovery Ropes are commercially braided and spliced with heavy duty loops on each end allowing multiple ways to make connections, such as D-Rings and Soft Shackles,  no matter what type of vehicle you are trying to recover. Our Jeep Recovery Rope is 3/4″ in diameter and 25 feet in length. We have tested and determined that this jeep recovery rope is the perfect specification for all Jeep Wrangler JK, TJ, Cherokee XJ or any other vehicle weighting up to 6,000lbs.


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Kinetic Energy Tow Rope

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Kinetic Energy Tow Rope with a 32,000 pound Pulling Capacity

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Our Heavy Duty Kinetic Energy Tow Rope with an amazing 32,000 lbs of pulling capacity can pull you out of just about any situation including mud, sand or snow. These Kinetic Recovery tow Ropes provide superior performance, strength and durability compared to conventional Tow Ropes. It’s ability to stretch under load allows it to use it’s own kinetic energy to help reduce the amount of energy needed to recovery your vehicle. These Heavy Duty “snatch ropes” use a double braided rope and feature a Urethane Polymer Coating making them resistant to UV, Water and Abrasion. Our 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. Continue reading Kinetic Energy Tow Rope

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Soft Shackles

Soft Shackles in use at Winter 4×4 Jamboree

During this last Winter 4×4, we were able to use our TRE Soft Shackles in recovery. They easily replace a D-ring, so if you or the person you are recovering doesn’t have one, no problem. These soft shackles will not only replace the D-ring, but they are much more versatile. You can wrap these around virtually anything; roll cages, bumpers and whatever else you can find. With a breaking strength of 25,000 pounds and light-weight, these tools are easy to use and will get the job done.

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Soft Shackles are made from 3/8” synthetic winch rope with a breaking strength over 18,500 lbs. Each soft shackle has an inside diameter of approximately 7 inches. Soft Shackles are used in many situations instead of a steel shackle and are considered a high strength replacement for most situations requiring the use of a steel shackle. Soft Shackles are made from the same high strength synthetic winch rope in use on a lot of winches to give you the same advantages of high strength, light weight, and ease in handling. Soft Shackles are used in many situations instead of steel shackles and are considered a high strength replacement for most situations.

Some of the Advantages of Soft Shackles:

  • Light enough to float
  • Stronger than steel cable in equivalent sizes
  • Can be wrapped around objects that steel cable and shackles cannot without damage to your vehicle

Uses: 

  • Can be wrapped around a roll cage to upright a vehicle
  • Can be attached to an anchor point the same way a steel shackle is used
  • Can quickly be wrapped around a bumper, axle or anything else for a quick pull
  • Can be used in place of Anchor Shackles and D-ring shackles in just about any application

Note: Soft Shackles are made of the same synthetic rope as winch rope and are susceptible to cutting and fraying. Please replace rope if you notice any of these.

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