I really enjoyed the Romanian mountain adventure I did a couple of years ago, but it was tough on my 110’s Warn 9.5Ti winch. I did more winching on that one trip than in all the seven years I’ve owned the Land Rover.
I can’t remember when I fitted the synthetic winch rope, but it’s certainly been on there a long time, and it came back from Romania looking decidedly the worse for wear. I was impressed with what it had done; day after day of winching the heavily laden 110 up some very steep slopes.
We used my pulley block a lot to ease the load, but there were times when I wondered how the rope managed to survive. So I visited David Bowyer’s Goodwinch stand at LRO’s 2014 show in Peterborough.
David – one of the UK’s top winching experts – sells Dyneema 12-strand synthetic winch ropes made to his own specification and they have a reputation for strength and durability in tough conditions.
He recommended the 11mm by 27.5-metre rope, fitted with a large yellow safety hook. This cost £216 (the yellow hook is an extra fiver).
I’ve done a lot of work on the Defender in recent months, so I’ve only just got around to fitting the new winch rope. It’s an easy job; my only concern was whether the rope-securing screw would be tricky to undo. The hex head was filled with crud, so I cleaned this out before attempting to undo it. Also, the winch drum was slightly rusty, but I cleaned that before spooling on the new rope.
I put the rope on as neatly as I could and it does look a treat now. It’s ready for action on my next series of adventures – although I hope that I won’t need to use it quite as much as I did in Romania.