• 8,000 pounds: Ideal for 2-door Jeeps and lighter SUVs. • 10,000 pounds: Ideal for 1/2-ton pickups, 4-door Jeeps, and larger SUVs. • 12,000 pounds: Ideal for 3/4 and 1-ton pickups and all types of large frame rigs that require longer and heavier pulls.
Steel Cable vs. Synthetic Rope
Steel Cable: Best used in highly abrasive terrains, such as in mud, rocks, and sand
Pros: • More durable. • Requires less maintenance than synthetic rope.
Cons: • Steel may rust, requiring you to wear gloves when you operate it, to avoid sharp burrs. Lightly coat the line with WD-40 or chain oil to prevent rust. • Steel cables are heavier than synthetic rope. The rope may kink.
Synthetic Rope: Good for vehicles that are sensitive to weight
Pros: • Lighter, higher breaking strength, more flexible. • Safer to handle without gloves. • It can float, so it's good to use in mud or bodies of water.
Cons: • It can hold water, so the rope may freeze in icy weather, or add weight. • May be weakened by UV exposure, chemicals, heat, and abrasion. However, this can be prevented with a protective anti-abrasion sleeve • Must be properly maintained by spooling it out and washing it from time to time, especially after using it in sand or mud.