I recently came into a smoking deal on an older Warn X8000i winch, but its going to require a decent amount of TLC to get it ready to mount. I've been looking for a winch to switch between my Jeep and car/equipment trailer, and I believe this one will fit the bill perfectly.
Here are a few pics. As you can see, it has seen better days. The solenoid cover and remote are missing, but everything else appears to be there (with exception to the fairlead and mounting plate).
Here are a few of the solenoid assembly and associated wiring. I haven't had a chance to test the solenoids, but was told everything worked correctly. Its been sitting in a shed for quite some time now, out of the weather, but had spent its previous life on the front of an 18' car hauler.
Any suggestions on how to clean these connecting bars?
At first, I was unable to get the winch to go into "Free Spool", so I went ahead and pulled the planetary gear assembly. The internal gears look OK, but the grease has all hardened and deteriorated. It will certainly have to be cleaned, and I'll likely have to pull the gears to figure out why it won't go into free spool mode. Any suggestions?
Once the end assembly was off, I could remove the cable. The cable was in fair shape, but had its share of nicks and frays. Not sure what I will do with the cable, but I am leaning towards replacing it with synthetic line.
Drum is in decent shape, but need to be cleaned up a bit. I will likely repaint the assembly once I've got it back into correct working order.
I haven't had a chance to actually test the motor, as I am not sure how to go about it without the remote. I've considered doing away completely with the top cover, and simply doing a remote install of the solenoids inside the engine bay of the Jeep. Only problem with this is, I can't easily switch it between the Jeep and the trailer....so, it looks like I will have to find the cover.
Anyone rebuilt a winch similar to the X8000i? Anything I need to look out for? I already have Warn on speed dial, but haven't called yet.