Switching from cable to synthetic rope

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Hello all. So I have a cable winch. Smittybilt 9,500lbs. Can I just buy a Synthetic Rope and swap it out? I’ve hear that non factory Synthetic Rope Winches that use cable heat up the drum. Therefore almost melting the Synthetic Rope when you do a rope swap. While the factory Synthetic Rope ones have an “extra” cylinder that keeps the rope cooler. Anyone know?





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Welcome to the forum!

Yes. It’s the exact same winch. Just get the synthetic rope from Smittybilt and you should be fine.

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I remember being told newer x20 Smittybilt 9500 syn rope models had external brakes not in the drum. It only takes 140* to damge syn rope.
 

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Perhaps because the Smittybilt X20 is submersible, there’s a difference between cable and rope versions...?
 

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Watch out for anywhere the cable has marred the drum. This can wear the rope.
 

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