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Warn Rebuild....is It Possible?

Discussion in 'Winches' started by Mark T., Oct 27, 2016.

  1. Oct 27, 2016
    Mark T.

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    So I'm not ready yet but I am keeping my eye out for a Warn winch to mount once the jeep is back together. I have been wondering whether the Warn winches can be rebuilt and if so what level of competence is needed. I'm about a tear-down-the-engine-and-replace-the-head-and-other-parts technical level but not prepared to do anything requiring me to measure stuff in the tight tolerances or figure out electrical outputs yet.

    Anyone ever rebuilt one of these or am I just better off to save up for a new one?
     
  2. Oct 27, 2016
    tarry99

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    Yes , most can be rebuilt.........and most parts are just bolt on.
     
  3. Oct 27, 2016
    DrDanteIII

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    yeah, pretty easy. I rebuild my $150 8274 in an afternoon. most parts are available.
     
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  4. Oct 27, 2016
    Daryl

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    With all the cheap imports killing the resale value of old winches, it is common now to find nice winches really cheap. I have seen several 8274 in working condition for less then 300 in the last couple months.
     
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  5. Oct 27, 2016
    Mark T.

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    This is great news! Thanks. Now off to find a rebuild parts supplier. Maybe Warn has some kits.
     
  6. Oct 27, 2016
    tarry99

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    I think Herm the overdrive guy might be the only person around that still has some parts for the old winches.......
     
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  7. Oct 27, 2016
    DrDanteIII

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    Daryl

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    Other then new motors, there really are no parts available for older Belleview style Warn upright winches. 8274s still have support from Warn. Herm is trying to get some pieces re-popped but it is a slow boat from China-literally.
     
  9. Oct 27, 2016
    jeepermc

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    Last I checked, Warn still had a rebuild/service dept.
     
  10. Oct 27, 2016
    Daryl

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    Not for the old Bellevue uprights.
     
  11. Oct 27, 2016
    jeepermc

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    That's correct.... Unless you know somebody... And my somebody quit a little over a month ago.
     
  12. Oct 27, 2016
    tarry99

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    Share..............From Where?
     
  13. Oct 27, 2016
    jeepermc

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    One of the guys that worked in the rebuild shop at Warn. They don't officially do anything older than an 8274. So really, Daryl is correct. My original response was "in general" because the original post was "in general". Daryl was specific on his post mentioning the older Belleview's. I just happened to post under his post so it was assumed I was responding to his statement about the older winches, when in reality it was just a general response to the OP about Warn having a rebuild shop.

    but to answer your question directly, I inquired with my friend about going through one of the older ones for my 6 at one point. He said he could freshen one up if I picked one up. But as cool as the older ones are, I wanted the nicer features of an 8274. Never made either happen, but he did refresh the two 8274's I have on the flatty's.
     
  14. Oct 27, 2016
    Mark T.

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    Wow! So I checked out the Warn Winch Rebuild link above. Not going ot lie, there are way too many options there for me. Where can I go to find out which winch would be best for a CJ5? Any that I should avoid?
     
  15. Oct 28, 2016
    jeepermc

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    Classic for a CJ-5 is the 8274. Any of them will work though. I'd run a minimum of an 8k winch.
     
  16. Oct 28, 2016
    Tumbleweed

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    The rule of thumb for a winch size is 1.5 times the gross weight. Roughly for a CJ5 would be about a 5-6k winch. However, a 6k winch and a 8k winch are priced and sized about the same. There are more 8k winches to choose from. The 8274 is a classic for the CJ, but is large, heavy; and much faster and more capable than most need for a CJ. Many import options of 8k winches to choose from at good prices. I would shop around for the best warranty that I could find. All would depend on how much you might use the winch. I have owned and used several of the different import winches, and my take is that they are all about the same quality. I would buy another one if needed.
     
  17. Oct 28, 2016
    Daryl

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    8274 will be the same price now for a good used one as the cheap import crap that every 3rd one burns up on the first pull. it also is hands down the best electric winch ever made.
     
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  18. Oct 29, 2016
    Mark T.

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    Wow good info here. I don't think I can get a warranty on one I rebuild unless I am willing to do the work. LOL Anyone have a picture of one mounted they care to show?
     
  19. Oct 29, 2016
    Mark T.

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    I just googled them and wow they are big. Do they impede the cooling since they have such a large surface area? Do people make some sort of quick disconnect system so they don't get stolen? just thinking out loud here since I am completely new to winches. Maybe there is a winch wiki thread. I'll look.
     
  20. Oct 29, 2016
    Mark T.

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    This is what I hope to do. Sweet!
     

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