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Unread 07-14-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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Questions about this here winch

Long story short, I found a Warn M8000 winch in my grandmothers garage and she said I could have it. Pretty stoked since I already have a warn front bumper and mounting plate.

Anyway, I think its at least 10 years old, that said it looks to be in mint condition aside from the cable having a few little kinks. Is there anything I should look for before I fire it up to see if it works? I know they need to be taken care of and I'm sure it hasn't been run in at least 10 years. I cant find the controls, I will have to but one, are the plugs the same/have they changed at all over the years?

It currently has the quick disconnects because its on a hitch bracket right now. Are those cool to keep when I permanently mount it?

Lastly, my biggest question, I found a power interrupt kit with it. I have figured out what it does but cant find much about them otherwise. Should I bother installing this - do I need it?

Thanks for the responses and Im sorry if any of these questions sound novice or have been answered before. I cant find much info on this elsewhere

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Unread 07-14-2013, 08:38 PM   #2
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Is the serial number still legible on it? It should be on the right hand side of the winch where the free spool clutch lever is.

There have been changes throughout the years and knowing that will help you find what you need. I don't remember the site offhand but there is one that sells many Warn parts and had diagrams and part numbers for each range of serial numbers. Contacting Warn would also be a way to find out what you need.

If it were me, I would take the planetary gear assembly off (where the free spool clutch lever is), clean up all the old grease and put in new stuff (the Warn CS rep I talked to said to use grease with moly) before I started running it.

I would also get rid of those connectors if you don't plan on having the winch removable/portable. They just add an extra spot for a potential voltage drop.
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