Just a quick comment on replacing the cable on a Polaris Winch. I replaced my cable on my 2010 850 XP Sportsman this weekend. I made a replacement cable (50' of 3/16") at Lowes using their swagging tool and an aluminum swag and curved cable guide. Removing the old cable was fairly easy on my winch the cable was pushed through and then bent back over and pushed back into the same hole. There was a small disk (similar to a ball bearing except flat on opposite sides) that rode in the middle of the loop. Just drove the old winch line out one side and then pulled it free from the winch being careful not to lose the small disk. Then pushed the new cable into the winch and then looped it back around into the same elongated hole. Pulled the cable until the loop was small enough to hold the disk and then inserted the disk and pulled the cable tight seating the looped cable with disk in the loop in the winch cylinder. Once the cable was pulled tight I just had my wife work the winch control and I held the cable taunt until it was wound tight on the spool. Assume it would work the same with sythetic rope except you may actually want to use a similar size ball bearing instead of the disk. I also removed and greased the fairlead rollers. Works great and was under $20 to replace. If you switch to sythetic either replace the fairlead or sand the rollers smooth so you don't snag the rope on grooves cut by the cable.