Well it looks like the smitty is going to win. It turns out I can grab a deal from the guy with the smitty who happens to have a zr2 winch specific mount, so its a no brainer. I'm picking the winch up monday, but I couldn't pass up this deal today so I got a new rope from Chetney.
However this rope came with no terminal end. Would a copper terminal crimped on the end work? Like this.