I don't know who you got it from but all that I have seen(with syn line) came with a hawse aluminum fairlead. They should exchange it for you I would think. I would use the right one before you damage it.
This brings up a good question, since I have been wondering this myself. I have a warn RT 25, which came with steel cable. I bought the warn upgrade kit, which came with the synthetic line, rock guard and a new roller fairlead. I know that they want you to replace the fairlead you used with the steel as the steel gouges the crap out of the fairlead, and that would fray the synthetic cable. Makes sense. I bought a viper 3000 for Wifey's 660, with the synthetic, and they use the hawse fairlead, and claim that is better for synthetic leads. My questions is, if it really is better, why doesn't Warn use it? They are one of the biggest (and DEFINIETLY most expensive) brands out there, and they use the roller fairlead with all their synthetic winches. It just seems to me that the roller would cause less wear in the long run, as the lead doesn't have to constantly slide against it; it rolls. The hawse fairleads just seem to me like they would wear the cable more...
It will be fine. I have been running synthetic line for over a year with rollers. As long as they are new and have no sharp edges to cut the line you wont have any worries. Mine even has synthetic rollers on it. I don't know where this "getting caught in the rollers" came from, but I have not heard of or seen a post where somebody got their line caught in the rollers. If you look at the way the rollers are positioned, they form a box for the line to go through. I have actively used mine through two winters plowing, so constant winch use and haven't had a problem. I wouldn't worry about it.
I just got in my Viper winch and will install it this morning. I just checked the box after seeing this thread and I received the hawse fairlead instead of the roller fairlead. I also have never heard of a synthetic line getting caught in a roller fairlead.
If you are changing from a steel cable to a synthetic line all you need to do is gently sand down the drum of the winch so there is no burrs, and do the same with the rollers if you choose not to replace it. This seems to be the majority advice on forums, so you really don't need to replace the roller fairlead (new or not). As stated above, people have used synthetic line with a roller fairlead without any problems and if it's bugging you or making you feel a bit nervous then just change it out. You need to enjoy the winch and not worry about it eace:
So what if the roller doesn't roll? What is the difference of pulling a line across a roller that isn't rolling or across a hawse fairlead? You are pulling across an non-moving object in both cases. It is probably still better across a roller since the roller is rounder and smoother that it coming across the edge of the fairlead.
The key point to whatever you use is to ensure there are no edges for the rope to get cut or wear on. Make sure if you are coming from cable, X2 on preping the drum by sanding it smooth with emery cloth to remove any burrs or high edges. If you are concerned about your rollers, replace them. I changed mine out with the synthetic roller for an extra $20 just for peace of mind.
:icon_ goofy:yeah the rollers roll real easyand yeah i myself i would rather have a roller fairlead in all honestly, i really dont like draggin my rope across a piece of metal, id rather it be rolling over thanks guys ! eace:
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hello i purchased a winch at the beginning of sept mainly for lifting my plow and have noticed that it doesn't seem to hold the blade in position. my brother inlaw had purchased the same winch and is having the same problem.his is actually worse than mine for not holding the blade up.any ideas...
I wanted to update the situation to be fair to everyone. The old thread was deleted and I understand why. It was getting out of hand which was never my intent when I started it.
At any rate. I just wanted to tell folks who had read it that I received the replacement Max 3000 for my son's 450...
Emailed, moto alliance asked the difference between winches this is what i got back.
The biggest difference between the Max and the Elite, besides the wireless and standard synthetic cable, is in the gear end.
The Max gear end is made up of a 4 piece sintered alloy housing and the...
Just bought a new Grizzly 550 EPS and I have researched warn and viper and want to go with the viper. I'm only looking into elite for the wireless remote. Is the actual elite winch different than the max? What's the advantage besides the thicker rope