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Synthethic winch cable...fitment question.

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I have a Warn 8000xi winch and my steel 5/16" cable is about shot. I am going to go with a 3/8" synthetic line to replace it.

Does anyone know if 100 ft of 3/8'' synthetic line will spool up completely on the drum? If it was 100 ft of 5/16" then I wouldn't be concerned...but with the thicker diameter line, I am wondering (?).

Also, I am considering the Viking combo fire line, but can't decide if that's overkill. The first wrap of this line is heat resistant to 450 degrees (I think). Has anyone experienced a synthetic winch line "melting" onto the drum? I never realized that heat may be an issue with synthetic line, however...if anyone has seen this happen ...please advise. Thanks for help on this.
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Thanks for the info WTF- LOL. Do you think that there is a lot of heat build up all the way down the line or just at the spool? The all red Fireline is a little expensive especially with needing a new alum fairlead as well. I guess that there could be a lot of heat build up inbetween the sleeve/ line protector and the line itself if it is resting on a rock or around a tree or something. Any thoughts on this? The other one is (I believe)called the Fire Line Combo- because it is a combination of the fire line and the standard line...I think(?)
This is some great added insight. After some more research...it is almost making it more difficult to decide...lol

$159.95 Viking Trail line/ 5/16" x 100' + 10' line protector/ 13,700 lbs
$178.00 Master Pull line/ 5/16" x 100' + hook & 12' drum protector/ 14,500 lbs
$204.95 Viking Combo line*/ 5/16" x 100' + 10' line protector/ 13,000 lbs
* first wrap is Fire line
$209.95 Viking Trail line/ 3/8" x 100' + alum fairlead & 10' line protector/ 19,600 lbs
$214.95 Viking Fire line/ 5/16" x 100' + 10' line protector/ 13,000 lbs
$246.00 Master Pull line/ 3/8" x 100' + hook & 12' drum protector/ 23,000 lbs
$269.95 Viking Combo line*/ 3/8" x 100' + 10' line protector/ 18,000 lbs
* first wrap is Fire line

So those are my choices- The $209.95 Viking includes fairlead (which I need) the others do not.
I dont quite understand the Master pull units that have a "drum protector". Not sure if this is for heat from the winch or to ward off abrasions?
Also am not sure what advantage/ difference there is between the ($9.00) crush proof thimbles and the safety thimbles ($35.00) with the Viking units?
The option of a hook on the Master Pull units, seem unsafe...Not sure about that as well?

Any more advice or opinions on this stuff would be very much appreciated also. Thanks again...
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Thats what I was thinking as it specifies that the "protector" in this case, is actually located at where the first wind is...at the spool. I think the Viking w/ the combo 3/8" fire line may be the best solution. Kinda funny...The two least used things on (most) jeeps are the two things that should really be the best quality...The winch/ cable, and the roll cage...lol
I beleive that it is planatary gear driven as well...Advantage of the 9.5ti is that it is driven by a Bosch new generation motor and that it uses a thermometric indicator that lets you see via LED indicator, the operating temperature of the motor.
I'll agree on everything but the camera anology. More is better if you want clear prints that are BIG. Why settle for 5x7 when you can go 12x18 or larger...
As for the camera...Whatever Alec says! :D

TEEJ- The only Master Pull and Viking synthetic lines that I've found are all 100ft. As John suggested, I am a little intimidated to use a line that is actually two lines spliced together, as with the Viking Combo line. It seems that while 3/8 line may not ness pull a lot more load than the 5/16... it would seem like some added piece of mind to have the 3/8 if one of the outer braids were to become shredded or melted, as suggested by WTF_LOL.
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