Trail Fix for Synthetic Winch Line

By Jeep Experts

Things normally go flawed at least handy time….or so it appears.  You can prep your Jeep as a lot as you need however generally issues will break on the path.  Nothing is bullet proof and all the pieces can break.  It could don’t have anything to do with a missed upkeep schedule….however it could have all the pieces to do with poor inspection practices.  Or….it might be that you just didn’t heed the recommendation about ensuring your winch plate opening didn’t have any sharp edges on it. 

Whatever the rationale, this write-up runs by a restore state of affairs for your winch line.  Jon, proprietor of, did a variety of these repairs on the WERock occasion in Globe, Arizona this previous month.  He did a number of on the TXT Racing automobiles and spent a while exhibiting me how it’s carried out.  I’ve carried out one since then and it labored similar to it was suppose to. 

Note:  This method is for Amsteel Blue 12 strand line, which is used for making Viking winch line.

So…..the road has failed close to the top the place your winch hook is hooked up.  It seems fairly ratty at this level and reattaching the thimble and hook at this level wouldn’t be a sensible choice.  You should return down the road till you get to a degree the place the road is in higher situation. 

Work your manner again from the top of the road till the road high quality is trying higher.  Cut the road at this level and discard the minimize off portion.

A metallic blunt pointed fid is used to splice the road.  For 3/8″ line, it’s about 8″ lengthy.  If you don’t have a fid with you, a BIC ball level pen will work as an appropriate substitute….most are about 2″ shorter than the fid so maintain this in thoughts if you happen to use it for making your measurements.  Measure again one fid size from the top of the freshly minimize line and mark it with a Sharpie marker.

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At the mark you simply made, mark three pairs of strands within the line, as proven above.  Once, marked, you’ll minimize them after which pull them out of the road.  The level in doing that is in order that the top of the road turns into tapered for its insertion into the road within the following steps.

OK….you’ve them marked so let’s get going.  Using a pointy scissors, snip every of the 6 strands and pull them out of the road.  To make clear, you’re pulling 6 strands, every one about 8″ lengthy, out of the rope. 

Trail Fix for Synthetic Winch Line

Using the fid as a measure stick, measure 3 fid lengths from the top of the road and once more put a mark on the road utilizing a Sharpie marker or piece {of electrical} tape (our marker died so we began utilizing tape).  We’ll name this mark #2 (for future reference). 


It is time to connect the free finish of the rope to the top of the fid.  We used some electrical tape though duct tape (everybody has that of their Jeep, proper?) would work simply as nicely.  This can be the equal of “threading a needle” besides that the rope is a bit too huge to string into the fid so we’ll tape it to the top which will probably be simply nearly as good.

If you plan to make use of an abrasion guard on the very finish of the winch line, now can be the time to string it onto the rope earlier than you thread the rope by the thimble eye.  It could also be obligatory to place a few snips (utilizing the scissors) on the finish of the guard in an effort to get it to over the rope….it may be a really comfortable match. 

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Thread the fid by the thimble eye and again out the opposite aspect of the attention.  The thimble eye proven in here’s a tube kind and offers higher winch line safety than a daily thimble eye.

Pull the road by the attention till mark #2 (electrical tape we placed on earlier) simply comes out of the attention.  The finish of the road (about 3 fid lengths lengthy) will now be threaded down the middle of the rope.

Trail Fix for Synthetic Winch Line

Push the top of the fid between the strands of the rope and begin it down the middle of the winch line.  You are actually going in direction of the winch, so to talk.  If you bunch of the winch line a bit, it’s simpler to get the fid to seek out its manner down the center of the winch line.  Take your time as you fish the fid by the middle of the winch line.  You don’t need the fid’s level to “come out” between the strands…..maintain it completely throughout the middle of the winch line.

Work the fid down middle of the winch line when you slide the winch line alongside the newly inserted rope.  Having an additional hand or two, whereas not obligatory, can come in useful. 

Continue to clean the outer line over the newly inserted piece till all the line has been ran down the middle of the winch line.  You ought to have the ability to see the #2 mark simply buried on the level the place it goes into the primary line.  Push the fid out of the aspect of winch line, take away the tape, after which clean all the pieces again into place.  The finish of your line, the place it attaches to the thimble, will probably be slightly “fatter” for 3 fid lengths.  This stuff works just like the outdated “Chinese finger pull”.  The winch line, when put underneath stress, squeezes down onto the interior line and grips it firmly in place. 

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Since this was a path repair, we didn’t sew the top of the road collectively, which Samson requires for the Amsteel Blue rope.  Their site reveals the best way to sew the road (simple sufficient to do).

That is about it.  After you’ve carried out a few them, you’ll discover it fairly straight ahead.  Samson has good data on their web site for finish to finish line splicing.  I’ve not carried out one but however have learn by their write-up. 

Many due to Jon from for giving me a primary hand demonstration of the best way to splice a thimble eye.

Good trails and keep in mind to TREADLightly!

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