Polaris ATV Junkie!
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Westerville, Ohio
I've had good luck with the $50 dollar ropes from Amazon with free shipping. I use them often and they've held up well. Also try your local dealers.
When you unspool the cable and get to the end of it, you will see exactly how it's done. There is a llittle hole in the drum that the cable goes through and an allen screw that tightens down on it.
You can't use the screw with the rope or it will chew it up. You run enough rope through the hole and lay the running end all the way across the drum sideways. Then you wrap 1 or 2 layers of duct tape over it to keep it in place. Hold tension on the rope as you wind it in and it will hold it self when you put a load on it. Like the cable, you have to leave a full layer on the drum. I can't really see my drum so I painted a black stripe on the rope to let me know when it gets too far out.
Make sure you also replace the fairlead. A fairlead that was previously used with a cable will usually have a lot of burrs and nicks on it that will chew up a rope pretty quickly.
2011 Sportsman 500 HO Touring: Polaris 3500 lb. Winch, Kimpex Adventure XL Trunk, 7" Passenger Foot Risers, UNI Foam Filter
2006 Sportsman 500 X2 EFI: Superwinch Terra 25 w/Synthetic Rope, Kolpin 4 gal Gas Pack, 3" Passenger Foot Risers, 3-Headlight Mod, K&N Filter
SOLD 2010 Sportsman 300: Polaris 2500 lb. Winch, Kolpin Rear Seat (for the dog), UNI Foam Filter
SOLD 2006 Sportsman 700 Twin EFI: 27" Mud-Lite XTR, Superwinch Terra 35 w/Synthetic Rope, Polaris HD Front Springs, OEM Front Bumper Guard, WES Rear Seat, Kimpex Fender Guards w/Footpegs, 3-Headlight Mod, K&N Filter, Symtec Heated Grips
Last edited by AKStew; 11-21-2011 at 10:55 AM.