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My '13 850 XP Touring came with, I assume, a Polaris winch. I should look for a label.
The cable is already shot. I have barely even used it. Im sure there was some operator error trying to get it wrapped up when I did use it but it seems as though it is frayed in some spots, its rusting and the whole units needs some lubrication somewhere. Pretty squeaky.
I think I am going to swap out the cable with synthetic rope. Fairleads are still new no burrs no need to replace them unless they won't work with synthetic rope.
I wondering from somebody who has done it what kind of a pain in the balls this is going to be? Any suggestions on which rope to buy? Is 50 ft max length? Is there any other parts needed to make it work? Would love to add a remote as well but not neccessary.
 

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if you go to synthetic ..either get a aluminum hawse fairlead or a synthetic roller fairlead...switching over is not hard....

this guy is a member here...i got my rope from him...good deal....
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he sells rope fairlead combos also....
 

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When I switched over I replaced the metal rollers on my fairlead with the UHMW type. Then it's just a matter of winding in the new rope after you strip the cable off the spool. There are several threads on here about it, some have pictures.

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I buy from Phil at Warrior Unlimited also....good prices and fast shipping. He's a member here.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. So it's pretty straight forward then it sounds like. Definitely a must do for me. I just need to educate myself on the different fairleads. When I get on the pc I will check that website a little closer. I appreciate it.

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when I got my rope from him i got the UHMW type fairlead...used a bit of teflon grease on inside of rollers...they roll easy an no signs of any abrasion...
 

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You will be just fine using the factory roller fairlead.....as long as there are no grooves in the rollers from the cable.
If you have wear on the rollers, it would be best to replace them
 

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i just bought a syn cable from warrior last week, was on sale for like $43. i haven't installed it yet, but will after im done plowing this spring.
 

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My '13 850 XP Touring came with, I assume, a Polaris winch. I should look for a label.
The cable is already shot. I have barely even used it. Im sure there was some operator error trying to get it wrapped up when I did use it but it seems as though it is frayed in some spots, its rusting and the whole units needs some lubrication somewhere. Pretty squeaky.
I think I am going to swap out the cable with synthetic rope. Fairleads are still new no burrs no need to replace them unless they won't work with synthetic rope.
I wondering from somebody who has done it what kind of a pain in the balls this is going to be? Any suggestions on which rope to buy? Is 50 ft max length? Is there any other parts needed to make it work? Would love to add a remote as well but not neccessary.
I'm in same position you are in. I did a little research and found it's not difficult at all to replace the cable. I'll be doing mine in the next couple of weeks when I get the chance. Update us on how things went when you get it done. I'm going to check out the recommendation you received on getting the synthetic rope also.
 

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I personally would not use a metal roller fairlead on synthetic....the slightest burr cuts it..they rust an that wears rope also....i have both the aluminum hawse and the synthetic roller fairlead and I love the roller on much better....not a single fray in the rope and its used alot...and no friction...seen on alot of the 4x4 truck forums those using rope are going over to the synthetic rollers over the aluminum..
 

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I just bought my cable from Phil too. There are multiply colors available as well. I ordered it Thursday. But, I have not heard anything if its been shipped yet. I talked to my dealership. They say it takes about a half hour to do. Its easier with two people. One to hold the button on the winch and the other to feed the cable back and forth. I have to buy a new bottom fairlead. I'll change mine this spring too. Another thing that I read about the rope. 1.) Its stronger. Its stretches. 2.) Its 1/7th the weight. 3.) If it breaks, just retie a new knot. And, go. 4.) When it breaks. The cord does not fly back at you. It will just drop to the ground.
 

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I personally would not use a metal roller fairlead on synthetic....the slightest burr cuts it..they rust an that wears rope also....i have both the aluminum hawse and the synthetic roller fairlead and I love the roller on much better....not a single fray in the rope and its used alot...and no friction...seen on alot of the 4x4 truck forums those using rope are going over to the synthetic rollers over the aluminum..
Really? Damn I just bought the Polaris auto stop with the hawse fair lead. I'll keep my factory Polaris roller one, and buy the UMWH or whatever the abbreviation is for those rollers later on.
 

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Rally you just buy the kit with just the rollers....and use your polaris one with the new rollers....its like 25.00 ....when the rope and rollers move together ..no friction or riding one spot like on the aluminum...I have aluminum on my suzuki and broke rope ..the synthetic rollers will get a good work out this spring beside the plowing this winter
 

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Subscribed, I am gonna get a synthetic rope, soon.
 

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So I just got around to making a purchase. I used WarriorUnlimited as suggested by Al53.
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I bought 50 ft of rope the billet fairlead and the bumpstop. Just under 100 with shipping.
Once I get it in and not riding the sled I will install and update all on how it went. Thanks for the replies.
 

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good millpond....he sells good products....with synthetic rope there is amsteel and amsteel blue...Blue being the better it has a higher tensile strength......

here is some info on it Samson Ropes: Amsteel & Amsteel Blue

lots of the ebay sellers just sell amsteel or plain dynema rope...why so cheap...the best is Plasma rope...very expensive..lol..the strands look like that yellow poly rope..thick...50 feet of 1/4 " was like 250...way over kill...haha....
 

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Here's a question........I see there are winch ropes available with a "terminal end" installed.
How is this attached to the drum? Bolt and nut?
 

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the terminal end looks like battery terminal end..the drum or drum side has a threaded hole...you just secure with a round head bolt...some winches dont have that...they have a run thru slot...run cable thru it..then across the drum...secure with some thing like duck tape and spool over the tag on the spool..suppose to prevent slipping
 

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Thanks,......just ordered a set of rollers, a plow rope and a new synthetic rope from WarriorUnlimited. Will have a spare on hand if I need it. Decided to get the terminal end aded to the rope.
 

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Darn it,.........dealer ran the synthetic rope over the top of the spool when they installed it last year.
Guess I need to fix that this weekend as well.
 
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