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Unread 01-21-2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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8274 Warn winch

I have found a cheap OLD 8274 Warn winch. I believe its one of the first ones. It does not even have a remote control. Its a hand operated. To winch in you hold a lever to engage the motor. Has anyone seen a conversion kit for this to turn it into a remote controled winch.

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Unread 01-21-2009, 07:34 PM   #2
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Perhaps you could rig up a control cable to it (kinda like a choke cable, only heavier duty), and operate it from inside your Jeep.
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Unread 01-21-2009, 11:11 PM   #3
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You sure it's a 8274?

I've got a Warn 5687 that at first glance could be mistaken for a 8274, but it's kinda the granddaddy version. No power out, hand brake, simple cable control.

I've also got a Warn 8375 that is a clone of the 8274 minus the freespool feature.

There's a couple nice writeups on rebuilding 8274's if you Google it. I'm in the process of trying to get my two winches up and running again (got them both for free).
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Unread 01-22-2009, 11:14 AM   #4
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I will see if i can get a model number off of it. It looks like the 8274 i used to have. Thanks for the info.
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Unread 01-25-2009, 08:29 PM   #5
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I am rebuilding a warn 5721 to go on my 48 willys. I just converted it from the lever switch (connecting the high current battery cables together) to a solenoid operated in-cab switch. It isn't too hard.

The biggest concern should be the condition of the motor itself. The windings and insulation might very well be dry rotted. Mine was. It was about 150$ to rebuild the motor, 50$ for the solenoids, 20$ for the switch and wiring, etc. By the time you finish it you could have bought a M8000. I wanted an old one b/c it was going on my 48 willys, but I don't know your situation.
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