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Warn Rebuild....is It Possible?

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

  1. Oct 30, 2016
    Twin2

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  2. Oct 31, 2016
    jeepermc

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    There are different ways to mount them. You can sink them into the bumper a bit.

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  3. Nov 1, 2016
    Mark T.

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    I really like that top mount. Thanks for the pics!
     
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  4. Nov 3, 2016
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    Anything you hang in front of the radiator will impede cooling to some extent. That said, if your cooling system is up to snuff, you won't notice the winch.

    I like to mount them low-bottom of winch at the bottom of the bumper. That minimizes air flow obstruction, places no rotational force on the front of the frame horns, and usually gives you a slightly better pull angle. The higher the winch is mounted, the greater the downward force applied. Not usually what you want dragging something out of the mud.

    A couple of photos of the latest iteration of the winch mount on my 3B. It is set up so either the 8274 or the older Belleview/Warns can be mounted.

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  5. Nov 4, 2016
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    I know they are a new style but I like the Warn vr8000 I put on the CJ6. I have had M8000 Warn winches previously and they've all been great to me and they don't look all modern like a Xeon. I think I paid less than 475 for my vr8000 and it has worked great. I use it more for utility and log work but it has dragged quite a few vehicles so far with no issues. Much slower than an 8274 but cheaper and lighter too.
     
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  6. Nov 4, 2016
    jeepermc

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    Absolutely nothing wrong with an M8000 or the equivalent VR series. I used an M8000 for a few years. My only complaint was how slow it was, but I was used to an 8274. It would just keep pulling and pulling and pulling.
     
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  7. Nov 7, 2016
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    I got a used MX8000 that was pretty dirty. I called Warn and the fellow emailed me a rebuild manual which made it pretty clear how to clean and lube.
    Took it all apart, cleaned, re painted components, greased, re assembled. Control box looked bad but worked OK. Ordered some stickers. Got an new wire rope. Works fine now. Just a matter of assembling the sets of planetary gears correctly. You can do it.
     
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  8. Nov 8, 2016
    johneyboy03

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    Going from a 8274 to a m8000 sure it will be slow.

    But M8000 is still faster than all the china crap out-there.
     
  9. Nov 9, 2016
    Tumbleweed

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    Cheap trick for keeping your winch yours. Don't weld the mounting bolts or nuts. Get an old metal freeze plug that will fit over the mounting nuts. Tack weld it good to the mounting surface. Later on, if you need to remove the winch you can either chisel off the tack welds or grind them off. Most crooks won't take the time to do that. If they can't get a wrench on the nut, they usually can't get it off.
     
  10. Nov 11, 2016
    masscj2a

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    I'd testify for the 8274 and even used, they are simple to rebuild. I'll post pics of my fresh rebuild later. Fast and reliable. Looking for another one right now, to go on my 55 cj5.
     
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  11. Nov 11, 2016
    Tumbleweed

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  12. Nov 13, 2016
    Mark T.

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  13. Nov 14, 2016
    masscj2a

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    I kept mine down low in behind the bumper. I wanted to make sure I had good air flow going to the 4.3 Vortec. I think its important for any motor to have good flow, even 4 bangers.
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  14. Dec 7, 2016
    wasillashack

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    Google "8274 winch rebuild" , "Bellvue rebuild", "5687 rebuild" or the same here. Lots of work around's on the 5687 if you are not concerned with originality. Good luck!
     

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