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The break actually occurred on a straight pull and the way it mangled the lug plus the location of the break, I'm 99% certain that the lug caused the break. As far as the 3/8 goes, with the big winch I would probably go with the larger line. The Milemarker should come with 3/8" steel cable so you shouldn't have any problems with capacity.
Dang, the rope actually messed up the lug? Impressive for the little guy, at least he took a chunk out of the lug before going down!

As for 3/8", I talked to MP about it and they said I would be well within the limits of the 5/16" with a 10.5k MM, but I'm not sure I really want to go longer. Shorter rope on the drum means stronger pulls, and do I REALLY need 125'? I think I'll be putting Amsteel (lower cost, way less usage on the Ranger) on the Ranger and the MP on the Rubicon.
As long as you think it was the lug and not the rope I'm sticking with the 5/16".
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WOW ! Thats some serious MUD.

Hey Tom if you need a hand maybe cleaning up the carpet or something let me know I can come give you a hand.
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This is what worries me about taking my poor truck to Wharton. John you got a lot more ground clearence than most of us. The worst part about being an XLT is having carpet and not vinyl.
Even with the vinyl there is still insulation stuff under there with gets a musty mold smell when it gets wet, I already thought about a carpet to vinyl mod, its not worth it. Its only worth it becasue it wont stain on top but you still don't want to get it wet.

Luke what MODS do you plan on doing ?
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Dang, the rope actually messed up the lug? Impressive for the little guy, at least he took a chunk out of the lug before going down!.
I would offer you a pic of the lug but it's already boxed and on it's way to MP for repair. I asked them if they could terminate it by just sealing the end rather than a metal lug and I'm hoping that it comes back that way. Worse case, I'll have my brother tie a knot in it. He climbs for a living and can tie some incredible knots.
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As for 3/8", I talked to MP about it and they said I would be well within the limits of the 5/16" with a 10.5k MM, but I'm not sure I really want to go longer. Shorter rope on the drum means stronger pulls, and do I REALLY need 125'? I think I'll be putting Amsteel (lower cost, way less usage on the Ranger) on the Ranger and the MP on the Rubicon.
As long as you think it was the lug and not the rope I'm sticking with the 5/16".
I actually ordered 125' of Amsteel before deciding on the 100' of MP. The extra full wrap on the drum takes like 20% of your capacity and on the 6th wrap, you've got very little to begin with. At some point, I may buy some MP extensions but I don't want to put more on the drum plus I've always got 30' of strap with me as well.

Like I said, I'm 99% sure based on what I saw that the lug caused the failure. There were 80' of line that it could have snapped along and it broke right at the drum.

Ben, I apreciate the offer. If the weather breaks at all today I'm going to move the carpet back outside and spray what's left of the padding to get any mud out of it and then I'll be reinstalling it once it's dry. I've already got everything apart and the seats back in so I'm good for now. I'll be removing the cover from my passenger seat today to see how it fairs in the washing machine and if it does okay, then I'll do the driver side. I think I'm going to pull the door panels off today as well to clean the mud out of the doors. There's no more water coming out, but that doesn't mean there isn't mud.

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Skidplate/shovel:
Oh my gawd!

I can't imagine HOW you did that..
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I can -- he probably just drove like me or his brother...
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Least the skid plate did it job once.
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karrbass4life, it doesn't matter how big your truck is, someone bigger always tears up the holes. In Wharton, there are people running around on 44" boggers that run thru some of these holes tearing them up. The one I was in was so soft on the bottom that it probably would have eaten a set of 44" tires. Would a huge lift and big tires have gotten you thru John's hole?? Maybe. But remember that John's truck is about 5" taller than mine.
G-DAMN IT!!! Guess imma have to run 56" lol. (I know not humanly possible, not to mention my gf would hate me for making it a job to get in and out of the truck). O well how tall is n3els truck? Like 5" over stock with/without those new 35" tires? 44" boggers are evil, but cool looking. Guess it will be Baja Claw's for mud there.
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The approx 5" includes the extra height from the tires. In the front it's closer to 7 and in the back more like 6.

Overall I'm getting somewhere in the vicinity of 3.5 to 4" overall without the tires in the mix. It's hard to say since there is so much variation in ride height between even seemingly identical trucks.
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The skidplate has done it's job on several occasions actually. The latest time, it took a BIG hit and conformed to the front crossmember which made the leading edge point straight forward. When I got into the thick and deep mud, it scooped into the mud and that was all she wrote. I have more pics I'll post in a few minutes.
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I'd say the cleanup was a success. Tomorrow, I get to clean the engine compartment. That should be fun.
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Looks cleaner than mine Tom. Great Job How did washing the seat cover turn out?
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looks better than before

Tom, I ordered 4 line locks and your name is on one of them
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The seat covers turned out great. I had been using upholstery cleaner on them forever and it never seemed to get the stains out but in the washing machine with some regular detergent and oxy-clean and except for the lint, they look good as new. The lint is actually foam from the inside of the seat covers and it comes off with the vacuum, I was just in a hurry to get it back together.

Getting the seat covers off is a pain in the butt, however it is doable and doesn't take too long. Once the seat is out you need to separate the back from the bottom by removeing 4 bolts of varying torx sizes. The back is real easy, simply disconnect the plastic connector at the bottom and roll it inside-out as you go up. On my seats, there's a velcro-like stuff attached to the foam to hold the cover in place but that wasn't a problem. For the bottom, there are plastic clips all along the edges. The best way is to compress the foam to get as much matterial on the side you're removeing as you can and then slide the clip lff the frame. Lots of effort, but in my case, the reward was well worth it. A hint for reinstalling the covers.. I turned the back inside out and sprayed it with Fabreze and rolled it onto the seat. Trying to cram the whole thing over the seat inside-right would have been terribly difficult.

Neil, thank you!! I tried getting in touch with the place but the website wouldn't work for me. You are the man!!
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Now how about you take that CB OUT of your truck Tom!
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Good job Tom, that did not take long to do.
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Carl, that one is MINE!! Yours is in a box in my basement.

Ben, it really didn't take that long at all. I imagine that if I'm smart about it, I could get it done in one day. There's only like 10 bolts to get everything out.
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Thats kind of like when I got water in the cab, I thought it would take awhile to get it all out but it didn't
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[QUOTE=TBarCYa]Carl, that one is MINE!! Yours is in a box in my basement.
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I though you asked in an earlier post if I still wanted it after you cleaned it out? In any case take care of BOTH of them so I can get ONE!
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Hahaha... They were both in the truck when it got wet. One hanging from the dash, and the other under the driver's seat. I'm gonna swap mics and run yours for a little while to make sure it's working good before I give it to Dem.
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Oh Tom I ment to tell you. If you need to clean the CB alcohol is the best electronics cleaner ever. If you have to take it apart and go at it with Q-tips or an old tooth brush and alcohol.
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Thanks Ben, I'll give that a try.
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I like it just fine.. havent used it but about 5 times..
For me I couldnt justify the extra 60-70% that masterpull costs.

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