You have a variety of options when it comes to replacing or upgrading your YJ’s winch
line. One of the most important aspects to consider is the pulling power of your winch versus the strength of the cable or rope you’re using. Just because your winch can free your buddy’s Jeep Wrangler from a ditch doesn’t mean the line or cable has the tensile strength to make a successful recovery. Upgrading your Wrangler YJ's winch cable, rope or steel cable to a stronger version gives you the peace of mind that your cable is up to par. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a cable alternative, synthetic rope is a great way to go. Ropes are man-made from super high strength Dyneema fibers that do not hold as much energy as cables, making recoil nonexistent. However, steel cables are also more abrasive resistant than the rope, but some ropes comes with a tube to protect stress areas. Ropes also float in water unlike cables, but cables do not need to be cleaned as often (or ever). If your steel cable breaks you won’t be able to complete the recovery. If you’re using rope and it happens to break, you can splice it or retie it to complete the pull. Steel cables also do not break under load from the inside out like how rope does when grime and dirt gets inside the weave. Steel cable is also inexpensive when compared to synthetic material but weighs 7 times more and is about 1 and 1/2 times weaker then rope. Steel cable is great for longevity and is cost effective, but to get the maximum in performance, upgrade to synthetic Dyneema rope.
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ
- Islander, Laredo, Sport, Sahara, Renegade Wranglers
*Please see product pages for any exceptions.