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Rusty Warn winch rebuild

Mrgreg66

Member
Mar 18, 2019
87
Hayden, Idaho
I have been looking for a good deal on a used Warn winch and have seen a few that look pretty rusty and beat up. I have a bit of experience rebuilding electric motors and I don't mind disassembling and refinishing housings, replacing cables etc. but don't know much about the internal workings of a winch. Any advice on knowing whether a used winch that is not currently on a vehicle is worth restoring or not? any specifics I should look for? Any way to test it?
 
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Drizit

TJ Addict
Feb 18, 2018
1,238
Canada
Look for busted housings and if you can run listen for damaged gears if the winch runs. If not at least spin the drum feeling for crunchy bits.

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LJGreg

Member
Supporting Member
Aug 12, 2018
95
Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada
Lots of people rebuild the Warn 8274 and there are a lot of resources online on how to do it. This is the one I followed.


If I was buying a used on depending on the price I would ask to crack the case and confirm no water had made it inside and the gears were in good shape.
 

Mike_H

Rust Belt Heavyweight
Supporting Member
Feb 28, 2017
4,434
Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Lots of people rebuild the Warn 8274 and there are a lot of resources online on how to do it. This is the one I followed.


If I was buying a used on depending on the price I would ask to crack the case and confirm no water had made it inside and the gears were in good shape.
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pagrey

TJ Enthusiast
Apr 10, 2018
777
Los Angeles, CA, USA
I have been looking for a good deal on a used Warn winch and have seen a few that look pretty rusty and beat up. I have a bit of experience rebuilding electric motors and I don't mind disassembling and refinishing housings, replacing cables etc. but don't know much about the internal workings of a winch. Any advice on knowing whether a used winch that is not currently on a vehicle is worth restoring or not? any specifics I should look for? Any way to test it?
You should be just fine with a used Warn winch. Warn is pretty good with providing all the parts you'd need. Most winches are put out of service have only minor issues. If the winch is just a little rusty and dusty I wouldn't worry, if it is twisted or visibly bent in any way I would pass. I don't think you can test, if it works it is sold as working and expensive. If it has major or minor problems it is sold as not working and cheap, you roll the dice.