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So the second ride on my machine I decided to see what it would take to get stuck. I did... I got to use my winch without a problem. My question is, is there a proper way to retract the cable so it doesn't cross over it self or is it just never the same once you use it?
 

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You'll never get it wrapped up like new. You can move the cable slowly back and forth side to side to wrap it more evenly though. Do yourself a favor and buy a synthetic rope before the cable starts splintering.
 

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Not really. A good practice is to keep it clean and attach the bike to something solid and put it in N and let the winch pull the bike forward. This keeps it wrapped nice and tight.. As far as the synthetic thing they are nice to have/use but for me till my cable is completely wore out I wont buy one. I dont fix things unless they are broken.. My buddy has had his warn winch on his atv for 8 years and he prob uses it at least 2+ times a month plus for lifting the plow and his cable still looks great.
 
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Not really. A good practice is to keep it clean and attach the bike to something solid and put it in N and let the winch pull the bike forward. This keeps it wrapped nice and tight.. As far as the synthetic thing they are nice to have/use but for me till my cable is completely wore out I wont buy one. I dont fix things unless they are broken.. My buddy has had his warn winch on his atv for 8 years and he prob uses it at least 2+ times a month plus for lifting the plow and his cable still looks great.
I like attaching to something solid to keep it tight as well, after you clean it.

Sorry, but I don't believe a winch cable that is used 200+ times, plus for plowing, isn't splintered, kinked, or broken several times. Just sayin'....

Not saying a synthetic rope is perfect by any means, especially for plowing. I use a cable for plowing so when it does break, and it will, you can fix it. I've tried the warn "plowing rope". Useless.
 
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With the synthetic rope is it a pain to get it to free spool out like the cable is once it gets wet and some mud in it? I have cable now and i try to keep it clean as possible but im constantly in and out of water and mud, it seems like i can rarely get it to free spool.
 

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free spool

Mine never did since new I would be curious about rope!
 
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