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Redneck Rope Synthetic Winch Line

Article written by MoabMan

Date Added: 06/10/2006

During Easter Jeep Safari we at MoabJeeper Magazine are always on the look out for cool new things or that something that makes you scream ?I gotta have it!?

Now winch ropes are not new and if you have ever priced one it ends up not being high on your list to get when you have a perfectly good working cable. Now thanks to Redneck Concepts you can move the winch rope to the top of your list of ?must haves?.

At $155 Redneck Rope is a steal; cable of the same size will run you $100-$140. Warn?s (and many others) synthetic rope average at $600.

So what gives? Why the huge disparity in price? These are exactly the questions I asked Grant Reid of Redneck Concepts.

To paraphrase my conversation with Grant, there is no real justification for the price disparity. It simply does not cost that much for the synthetic compound that makes up synthetic ropes. In his opinion it has more to do with the brand name applied than the cost of the materials.

I also asked Grant about the dual compounds of the Warn rope vs. Redneck Rope. Grant assured me that I would not have any problems with melting the Redneck Rope and I made him aware that I would try to.

For those that don?t know, the first 30? of the Warn synthetic rope is made of a high temp resistant crystal polymer to guard against melting the first row of coils when the winch heats up.

Grant had one final recommendation, which is true for any winch rope, DO NOT USE A ROLLER FAIRLEAD! The rope can be cut if it makes its way into the corners.

Field testing?

First let me say that Grant was correct and I did not melt the rope. For testing purposes, I kept the winch good and heated as it intermittently cut in and out due to overheating. The Redneck Rope never became soft, sticky or affected in any way.
Another characteristic of rope is how it acts under load. Because the material is soft and flexible it will cause a bird nest under severe load. With a cable this could be a real problem. Once the load was off the rope I could simply tug the rope (by hand) out of the bird nest without a problem.
Because I hate surprises I should mention that the underlying layers of rope became quite misshapen. I thought I had found a problem with the rope, but I was wrong. With a simple tug the rope went right back into shape.

Final Thoughts

Besides the obvious weight savings of unloading 100? of cable, winch safety is greatly improved. Anytime one vehicle is pulling another there is the risk of the cable snapping. If you haven?t seen it happen let me tell you it?s a scary sight. The cable becomes a whip and can cut through flesh like the proverbial knife through butter. If a winch rope breaks, it falls to the ground like a noodle.

Redneck Rope is a quality product, a safer product, stronger than cable and costs almost the same as a cable replacement.

Purchase / Vendor Info

Vendor Name: Redneck concepts
Address: P.O. Box 1201
Liberty Hill, TX 78642
Phone: 1-866-4x4step
Contact Person: Grant Reid
E-Mail Address:
Website: www.REDNECKCONCEPTS.com

Our Thank You's!

Article UPDATE

Grant, of Redneck Concepts, updated MoabJeeper Magazine today addressing the issue of ropes pulling out from the mounting hardware. All Redneck Ropes are now assembled using an epoxy to solidly secure the rope to its mounting hardware. Grant says to date it has no longer been a problem.

MoabJeeper Magazine would like to thank Redneck Concepts for keeping us apprised of product improvements.

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