The best of the best: Rockstomper synthetic winch rope.
As seen, tested, and proven, in competitions the world over,
in extreme climates and terrains from Iceland
to Australia, in the mud, snow, sand, and rocks.
No more of this:
Spidertrax aluminum Hawse fairleads for synthetic winch ropes.
Mounting hardware included.
Specifically for synthetic ropes--not for use with steel cable.
Three sizes available: Standard (top) with 10" on-center
mounting holes and a 7 1/4" slot, for standard winches,
6" on-center mounting holes and a 4 1/2" slot
for Warn M6000SDP winches and some utility winches,
and 4 7/8" on-center mounting holes with 3 1/8" slot
for ATV applications.
Fullsize or SDP, $50 plus shipping; please specify size. ATV, $35
We strongly recommend the use of an aluminum Hawse fairlead with synthetic
Iron fairleads, because of their typical rough-cast finish, should not
be used with synthetic rope.
Synthetic rope weighs less than a quarter what steel cable weighs, won't
take a "set" or stay all wound-up like cable will, can't
develop sharp frays, dosen't conduct electricity or heat (won't freeze
your hands in the winter), won't rust, doesn't kink, doesn't recoil, doesn't
stretch, doesn't store energy, etc.
Destructive shop testing has shown Amsteel Blue to not recoil when pulled to break.
We use only premium quality AmSteel(r)-Blue in our winch lines.
Like the idea, but worried about abrasion resistance?
All of our full-size (80 feet and longer) primary winch ropes include, standard, a
ten foot long, close-fit (still easy to slide by hand) abrasion guard. Short
lines (under 80 feet) include one five foot abrasion guard.
Extension lines do not include abrasion guard.
Abrasion guard shown in yellow; black is standard.
Some alternate colors of abrasion guard available by special order; call
Don't like having to pay attention to the abrasion guard, to avoid
wrapping it into the winch drum stack?
Our abrasion guard is flexible and compact enough to just wind in
with the rope. Comes right back out when you unspool the rope, no
fuss, no worries.
Also shown in the same picture: 1/4"x100' winch line on
Warn M6000 SDP. Full winch capability, mini winch cost and
Remember, as with all our products, the real quality is in the details.
Note the use of a quality, heavy-duty rope thimble.
Also note the extra-large terminal end, with the rope taped prior to being
crimped into the terminal.
Please note: terminal end fitting is intended to aid in spooling
rope onto the winch drum ONLY!
The retainer bolt on most winches simply threads into the side of the
winch drum, which is not strong enough to hold a significant load.
We recommend keeping a minimum of 8 wraps of synthetic line on the
winch drum at all times, to prevent overloading the small retainer
Because the friction of the rope on the drum is necessary to prevent
the rope from overloading the retainer bolt and spinning on the drum,
any sleeve or other material that could allow the rope to slide more
easily, should not be placed on the bottom layer against the winch drum.
Worried about maintainance?
Rip up an abrasion guard, we've got more, for only $6 for a 10-footer, or $3.50 for a 5-footer, each.
We're now carrying multiple sizes of synthetic rope.
Got a hard to fit application? We're happy to work with you on special
sizes of rope, odd lengths, high strength or low clearance issues, etc.
Synthetic ropes 80 feet long and longer include a 10-foot abrasion guard, one end looped with HD thimble, and terminal end fitting, unless otherwise specified.
Ropes shorter than 80 feet include one 5-foot abrasion guard; otherwise are the same as our longer ropes.
Please note: Although the strength of 1/4" Amsteel Blue is very high, we
recommend it for winches 6,000 pounds and under only.
Only common lengths are listed--if your application calls for an
unusual length of line, it's no problem. We gladly custom-cut line
to your specifications.
Winch extension lines (both ends looped) also available:
5/16" x 25' extension line, 13,700lb Amsteel-Blue rope, $49
5/16" x 50' extension line, 13,700lb Amsteel-Blue rope, $97
5/16" x 75' extension line, 13,700lb Amsteel-Blue rope, $143
5/16" x 100' extension line, 13,700lb Amsteel-Blue rope, $191
3/8" x 25' extension line, 20,400lb Amsteel-Blue rope, $66
3/8" x 50' extension line, 20,400lb Amsteel-Blue rope, $129
3/8" x 75' extension line, 20,400lb Amsteel-Blue rope, $192
3/8" x 100' extension line, 20,400lb Amsteel-Blue rope, $256
Extension lines come with both ends looped with a thimble, no abrasion guard.
As with our winch lines, only common sizes of extension lines are listed. If you'd like a special length, please call for a quote.
Winch Rope Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Some of the more common questions about winch rope.
What about heat from the winch drum?
Heat is generated in planetary winch drums (Warn laydown-style, Ramsey planetary winches, most Superwinches)
only under "Power-Out" condition. This type of use drives the winch motor against the
brake (note references by winch companies about "Automatic Load-Holding Brake"). This is
similar to driving your vehicle with the parking brake engaged.
Doing so will generate heat if you were to use it extensively in this mode. Similar to driving your
vehicle with the parking brake engaged, you can drive out of a parking space without causing problems,
but if you drove for significant distance, you would quickly wear out the brake. The same is true for
your winch. The "Power-Out" function should be used for relieving tension on the rope, not
for extended distances, nor for lowering a load--4WD winches are not designed to be used as hoists.
Our testing has shown that powering out for 10-20 feet is not a problem, but will cause excessive wear
to the winch brake, so we recommend using the "Power-Out" to relieve tension only.
No winches currently made, if used correctly, will heat the drum on "Power-In" use.
Can I use my roller fairlead with rope?
Many of our customers do; the roller is susceptible to damage, and if damaged, can damage the rope.
We recommend the aluminum fairleads because they are nearly impervious to the type of damage that
causes roller fairleads to fail.
Can I use my snatch block with rope?
Yes, as long as it is not burred-up from steel cable.
How does synthetic rope hold up to UV exposure?
Amsteel Blue has a proprietary urethane-based coating, factory-applied, to help it resist
UV radiation. Additionally, Amsteel Blue was not actually designed for the 4WD industry;
it was developed for offshore commercial fishing purposes, where it would be exposed to
nearly-constant sunlight. Because of these design criteria, it resists UV exposure very
How does your rope compare with XYZ company's product?
We have tested many varieties of rope currently on the market, and supply what we feel to
be the best material for the application at hand. Because a large number of companies sell
synthetic winch rope, from a variety of sources, we have opted to supply you, our customer,
with as much information as possible about our product, in order to let you make the most
informed decision possible. But we often don't know what another particular
company is selling, so we can't tell you about their product.
Need a shorter or longer winch line? We have it on spools, and
can accommodate any need up to 600 feet.
Because of the unpredictable and potentially abusive loads placed on recovery gear, it
is not returnable and carries no warranty.
Rope (wire, synthetic, or otherwise) is a wear item, and must be inspected periodically for wear,