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OJK12
02-03-2013, 05:04 AM
So I got a smittybilt X2O winch and got a cover to keep it dry and the synthetic line out of the UV rays and out of the salt! I was talking to a friend that goes to a lot of jeep jamborees who says the instructors there don't recommend covers because although they are supposedly sealed the cover causes condensation which rots them out from the inside. He says the instructor claims even with UV rays it takes 5 years to hurt the line by which time it should be replaced anyway. Is this true? What is the best thing to do to protect your winch and line. I'm open to suggestions!

TheDuff
02-03-2013, 05:26 AM
So I got a smittybilt X2O winch and got a cover to keep it dry and the synthetic line out of the UV rays and out of the salt! I was talking to a friend that goes to a lot of jeep jamborees who says the instructors there don't recommend covers because although they are supposedly sealed the cover causes condensation which rots them out from the inside. He says the instructor claims even with UV rays it takes 5 years to hurt the line by which time it should be replaced anyway. Is this true? What is the best thing to do to protect your winch and line. I'm open to suggestions!

I was gonna run a cover on mine, but I am at the other end of the country. I could see the point in a cover retaining moisture, but not having one on during heavy rain, through mud, snow, ect. just seems worse. maybe run the cover while on the trail or parked out in the weather, then let it dry out after? I'm curious to see what the pros say on this also:)

Jersey_Devil
02-03-2013, 05:04 PM
I run a Warn XD9000i and I keep my cover on all winter long unless I need to use it (after all wheeling trips I put cover in the washer) I like keeping it covered during the winter so it don't get wet and freeze, and so salt don't corrode anything.... during the summer months I usually keep the cover off cause its only rain u really need to worry about, winches are designed to be covered in mud and dirt so I just power wash it (summer & winter) to get all the dirt outta the lil spaces but mine also has a sealed control box, getting mud in a normal winch box is probably bad so I'd keep ur cover on on the trails unless u need it (driving on the street in like showing off the winch uncovered lol.... Hope this helps

OJK12
02-04-2013, 02:21 AM
Thanks for the input. I think I'll just run it in the winter and off for summer.

bl17z90
02-04-2013, 02:41 AM
I'm not trying to hijack but i would like to add to that question. Is there any real advantage to having the winch down in the bumper? I like it for looks but it also seems like if it sat on top i would restrict airflow and be more prone to getting hit by things.

JKAnimal
02-04-2013, 03:01 AM
I have a winch with synthetic line and I keep to covered. I like to keep as much dirt out as possible. We don't have bad winters and I haven't noticed any issues with condensation. Personally I think it will help prolong the life of my costly investment.


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MTG
02-04-2013, 03:11 AM
I'm not trying to hijack but i would like to add to that question. Is there any real advantage to having the winch down in the bumper? I like it for looks but it also seems like if it sat on top i would restrict airflow and be more prone to getting hit by things.

Restricted airflow is the big one. 👍

Altonymous
10-30-2015, 01:11 PM
Any advantage/disadvantage to running just the line cover vs. the entire winch cover?

I was looking around for a cover that didn't scream ... Big expensive winch sitting right here.. but couldn't find one. All of them say WARN Zeon.. it's pretty damn annoying.

(Planning to recess mount it with a JCR Mauler.)

DWiggles
10-30-2015, 02:10 PM
Any advantage/disadvantage to running just the line cover vs. the entire winch cover?

I was looking around for a cover that didn't scream ... Big expensive winch sitting right here.. but couldn't find one. All of them say WARN Zeon.. it's pretty damn annoying.

(Planning to recess mount it with a JCR Mauler.)

I have a warn Powerplant in my LOD bumper and I bought a cover for it. It does what its meant to, but it does not fit between the winch and the bumper on the passenger side. I am a little disappointed with the fit on my setup, but I still have it on my winch for daily use. I personally feel that a cover vs. a winch bare makes no difference... factor55 winch lock if your worried about it! :yup:

Chad
10-30-2015, 02:41 PM
I ordered a plain black cover for mine off of amazon. They have a bunch of them at low cost.

shadowpaige64507
10-30-2015, 02:47 PM
I had one sent to me by accident being I didn't order it. It came with some UV protectant but I assumed it would be a while before needing it. I was wrong, 3 weeks later is was already bleached by the sun. I don't like the look of the cover but I like keeping it on when going through car washes or during the winter with salt on the roads.

WJCO
10-30-2015, 02:55 PM
Any advantage/disadvantage to running just the line cover vs. the entire winch cover?

I was looking around for a cover that didn't scream ... Big expensive winch sitting right here.. but couldn't find one. All of them say WARN Zeon.. it's pretty damn annoying.

(Planning to recess mount it with a JCR Mauler.)

Based on your post, I assume you have the Zeon? I have the Zeon as well. I was planing on getting just the rope cover at first, but almost all the reviews I read said that it is near impossible to get the cover on there when the rope is on the drum. I will eventually get a neoprene cover for the winter soon.

On another note, I've personally never known someone who has had a winch stolen off of a vehicle. You could always weld a cap around one of the bolts if it makes you feel safer too.

mds22
10-30-2015, 03:16 PM
Based on your post, I assume you have the Zeon? I have the Zeon as well. I was planing on getting just the rope cover at first, but almost all the reviews I read said that it is near impossible to get the cover on there when the rope is on the drum. I will eventually get a neoprene cover for the winter soon.

On another note, I've personally never known someone who has had a winch stolen off of a vehicle. You could always weld a cap around one of the bolts if it makes you feel safer too.

It would be easier to steal my whole front bumper than remove my winch. Doubt that will be a problem I can protect against

Havoc40
10-30-2015, 03:33 PM
Based on your post, I assume you have the Zeon? I have the Zeon as well. I was planing on getting just the rope cover at first, but almost all the reviews I read said that it is near impossible to get the cover on there when the rope is on the drum. I will eventually get a neoprene cover for the winter soon.

On another note, I've personally never known someone who has had a winch stolen off of a vehicle. You could always weld a cap around one of the bolts if it makes you feel safer too.

Happened to me as well. I bought both the rope and neoprene cover for my Zeon. Planned on using the rope cover for summer, and the neoprene for winter. For the life of me I couldn't get the plastic cover on. I notched out the bottom to clear the thimble which helped, but still couldn't get the cover to fully seat.

WJCO
10-30-2015, 03:39 PM
Happed to me as well. I bought both the rope and neoprene cover for my Zeon. Planned on using the rope cover for summer, and the neoprene for winter. For the life of me I couldn't get the plastic cover on. I notched out the bottom to clear the thimble which helped, but still couldn't get the cover to fully seat.

Not surprised. Even with that rope stretched and spooled, it sticks out slightly and is very close to touching the top rope housing above the drum on mine.

sjd78
10-30-2015, 06:49 PM
I have the neoprene Warn Zeon cover and it does bleach out quick, even when using the UV protectant. However it does a good job at keeping the crap off the winch and protecting the synthetic line from uv rays.

WJCO
10-30-2015, 06:55 PM
I have the neoprene Warn Zeon cover and it does bleach out quick, even when using the UV protectant. However it does a good job at keeping the crap off the winch and protecting the synthetic line from uv rays.

This is most likely the option I'll be going with.

DWiggles
10-30-2015, 08:26 PM
This is a powerplant, but here's how my cover fits. Overall, it does its job and keeps the sun/weather off the winch.

Altonymous
10-31-2015, 02:15 AM
Thanks for all the replies everyone! Was a big help. I'll go with the full cover.

OhNoTheJiggies
11-22-2015, 11:33 PM
Late to the party... was wondering the same thing... just wanted to say thanks for the info.

WJCO
11-23-2015, 01:04 AM
I just ordered a full cover for the Zeon this week. Should have it tomorrow. I'll post pics.

EDIT: Oops forgot. Can't post pics. My Jeep is in the shop. Forgot.

hinrichs
12-02-2015, 06:12 PM
I wanted to get a cover, more to help and try to keep the synthetic dry and have it not freeze in winter time, which is an issue I had before when I needed to pull line.

mds22
12-02-2015, 09:49 PM
Anyone know a way to keep them from fading and looking so cheap. Serves the purpose but looks like shit when the turn grey/purple

hinrichs
12-03-2015, 02:57 PM
For the guys running the covers, does it keep the winch and line dry? or is it more just for sun protection?

Suprchrgd_rubi
12-03-2015, 03:02 PM
I have the Zeon platinum and bought a cover for it basically to protect the spider rope, have not yet installed either

mds22
12-03-2015, 03:11 PM
For the guys running the covers, does it keep the winch and line dry? or is it more just for sun protection?

My friends Neoprene one did not keep it 100% dry. I think there are some tie down ones that are made from completely water proof material.

Mountainjk10
12-03-2015, 07:55 PM
Anyone know a way to keep them from fading and looking so cheap. Serves the purpose but looks like shit when the turn grey/purple

Buy a scotch guard type product with uv protectant. It will be water proof and fade proof.

WJCO
12-04-2015, 03:52 AM
Just got Jeep back from the shop. Threw the winch cover on. Fits snugly other than on the back where the winch cables and some of my aftermarket lighting wires are. I wanted the cover just for winter, preventing ice build up if I need it, and the de-icing chemicals they put on the road. Here's how the cover fits on the Zeon.

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WJCO
12-13-2015, 01:00 AM
Glad I got the winch cover on when I did.

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WJCO
12-06-2016, 04:53 PM
Thread resurrection. Looks like it's almost one year to the date from when I put my winch cover on last year and just did the same today. But question for those of you running a recessed winch in your bumpers. We didn't buy a cover for the JK and just left it exposed the way it is as it is due to the bumper design. The winch is pretty recessed in there so it's protected more and also would be more difficult to get a cover on it. If anyone else is running a similar bumper with a recessed winch, I'd love to hear some feedback on whether a cover is worth it or not. Here's the wife's Jeep.

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JeepJeep75
12-06-2016, 06:27 PM
233527I don't think I could get a cover on my powerplant, it's absolutely stuffed down into the bumper. Besides, it only rains like twice a year in Southern California.

notnalc68
12-06-2016, 07:32 PM
Thread resurrection. Looks like it's almost one year to the date from when I put my winch cover on last year and just did the same today. But question for those of you running a recessed winch in your bumpers. We didn't buy a cover for the JK and just left it exposed the way it is as it is due to the bumper design. The winch is pretty recessed in there so it's protected more and also would be more difficult to get a cover on it. If anyone else is running a similar bumper with a recessed winch, I'd love to hear some feedback on whether a cover is worth it or not. Here's the wife's Jeep.

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Is your concern the synthetic cable, or just general UV & weather damage to the whole thing? I'm interested in this, too, with how bad this Q-Tec winch looks on my rig now.


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catahoula
12-06-2016, 07:41 PM
I have a cover never use.i have had my cables chalk due to no cover. I guess I like to show off my Engo!😀

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WJCO
12-06-2016, 08:05 PM
Is your concern the synthetic cable, or just general UV & weather damage to the whole thing? I'm interested in this, too, with how bad this Q-Tec winch looks on my rig now.


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My post from last year #29 shows the ice build up mixed with road chemicals on my WJ, pretty bad. So I just want to protect a majority of the rope on the JK more than anything but it's not exposed like the WJ winch is.

notnalc68
12-09-2016, 04:50 PM
My post from last year #29 shows the ice build up mixed with road chemicals on my WJ, pretty bad. So I just want to protect a majority of the rope on the JK more than anything but it's not exposed like the WJ winch is.

You can weld. Have you thought about fabbing a removable, metal cover? Might keep enough ice off, the way it sits.


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WJCO
12-09-2016, 05:02 PM
You can weld. Have you thought about fabbing a removable, metal cover? Might keep enough ice off, the way it sits.


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Good call. Not a bad idea. I would probably use stainless so I don't have to deal with rust. I'm trying to decide if it's even worth it. Then again, it would be one more thing the wife would want painted pink..... :icon_crazy:

TrainWreck618
12-09-2016, 07:44 PM
My winch cover faded fast, but is still holding up well. I don't like the look of it, but it does keep it clean for the most part. I know one thing, when this one breaks down I won't buy another..

Ddays
12-09-2016, 08:13 PM
Glad I got the winch cover on when I did.

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I run a cover in Winter only so that if I'd ever need to use my winch I don't have to deal with cleaning up this ^^ mess before I can unspool. :icon_crazy:
You probably can't even get a cover down over your winch in that LOD bumper though so you may need to fab some kind of shield. At minimum I would
fab up some kind of plug for the fairlead. That would probably keep the majority of the junk out of the spool area.

jagrubb99
12-09-2016, 10:46 PM
I run a cover in Winter only so that if I'd ever need to use my winch I don't have to deal with cleaning up this ^^ mess before I can unspool. :icon_crazy:
You probably can't even get a cover down over your winch in that LOD bumper though so you may need to fab some kind of shield. At minimum I would
fab up some kind of plug for the fairlead. That would probably keep the majority of the junk out of the spool area.
Yeah, i run this same bumper and honestly i dont think you will have a problem. Because the fog lights sit in front of the fram rails in this bumper, there is a pretty good didtance between the drum and fairlead so im not sure how muvh buildup you would get on the winch. I guess if it got bad you could fab something up or get a fairlead mounted license plate, i assume it would do the same thing. Sorry i cant really comment with experience, no snow down here in South Alabama. Lol

WJCO
12-10-2016, 12:58 AM
The bumper was pretty nasty today, but the only dirty part of the winch was the top. The rope was fine. I'll keep an eye on it, but it looks like we may be good without one.

Breer
01-09-2017, 05:39 PM
I just bought the Zeon winch "rope" cover. The little piece of plastic that covers the drum only. I remembered seeing in this thread that they were a pain and didn't fit, also all the reviews on pretty much every website say the same thing. I didn't want the fading cover so I gave it a shot. For what it's worth, it fit first try. Huge PITA to get on but, it's there. I have the Zeon 10-S. Just figured I would throw it out there.

Also, when I spooled the rope on I had the jeep on flat ground and pulled the jeep towards an anchor point while it was in neutral. Wasn't uphill and not much of a load but I guess it was enough.

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WJCO
01-09-2017, 05:44 PM
I just bought the Zeon winch "rope" cover. The little piece of plastic that covers the drum only. I remembered seeing in this thread that they were a pain and didn't fit, also all the reviews on pretty much every website say the same thing. I didn't want the fading cover so I gave it a shot. For what it's worth, it fit first try. Huge PITA to get on but, it's there. I have the Zeon 10-S. Just figured I would throw it out there.

Also, when I spooled the rope on I had the jeep on flat ground and pulled the jeep towards an anchor point while it was in neutral. Wasn't uphill and not much of a load but I guess it was enough.



Thanks for posting that. Glad you got it on. I love how clean it looks. I really wanted one but I heard so many people having issues getting in on. I have a 100 foot rope on mine and my wife has an 80, so maybe we'll try it on hers sometime, may be easier. Of course with her winch being recessed, it wouldn't show much anyways.

Breer
01-09-2017, 05:52 PM
Thanks for posting that. Glad you got it on. I love how clean it looks. I really wanted one but I heard so many people having issues getting in on. I have a 100 foot rope on mine and my wife has an 80, so maybe we'll try it on hers sometime, may be easier. Of course with her winch being recessed, it wouldn't show much anyways.

Mine is 100ft also. It's not making contact with the line or anything, it was just hard to get on because it doesn't bend at all... I needed a screw driver to get the tabs in place. I bet it would be a challenge to get the lower tabs in place on a recessed winch.

You can tell where I put the instructions but maybe easier to understand what I'm saying.

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