okay.. really getting frustrated at this stall in the project
i would have liked to have been farther along than i am now. delays on my side..ok. delays on product
so with the HEMI swap in the proverbial 'holding pattern,
' i decided to pull in the trailer and do some repairs, maintenance and upgrades. last year i installed the XRC 8000 onto the trailer that i had originally planned to put on my LJ. we needed a winch on the trailer to pull up dead police cars and broke jeeps
etc so it worked out. on one of the last trips out, the winch would not free wheel and to top it off, it would not power 'out'. power 'in' yes. so figured i should dig into the problem.
i peeled back the wire boots to find the motor studs all rusty underneath.. yay michigan.
i opened the solenoid power box and observed heavy corrosion in there too...yay michigan.
i then opened the solenoid unit to find what...yep heavy corrosion and rust.. yay michigan.
i popped the end cap off and got the clutch lever to release... yay..period.
i did a search to find that..as suspected.. the solenoid units are junk. well atleast the 1st editions are. seems they changed to a poly unit lately versus the cast unit in my gen 1 winch. looks like i will be ordering some new cole-hersey or ramsey style solenoids and making a new powerpack. if you dont have a cover for this particular winch.. i highly recommend purchasing one -$15 ebay--- would have eliminated a whole bunch of repairs over here. my buddy informs me thats what they call a 'preventative maintenace [PM]' measure.
what can i say.... i have been spoiled with the warns ive had over the years....
so decided to add a set of trailer deck lights up front and thinking of tucking a set of 4" round LEDs-clear- at the back. i am working on adding an auxiliary 7 way plug in the very rear of the trailer to allow us to plug in an extra set of magnet mount tow lights.
we are going to put those magnet mount lights on the back of whatever is on the trailer so they are higher up into the field of veiw for the following driver. im sure a few, if not alot, of us have experienced this.... your following the/a trailer on the highway and find yourself sub consciously focusing on the brake lights on the trailered vehicle at eye level...instead of the brake lights on the tow trailer sitting 12" off the ground. especially during the day.
i love etrailer when it comes to this stuff. prices are pretty good and they ship quick. i ordered a set of LED tailights im going to fab into a magnet version and the parts to add landing pad jacks to the rear of the trailer to stabilize it during loading and off loading. yeah those jacks will help when you 'swear' you locked the coupler down and now you have a 3D racing stripe in center of the tailgate on your shiney black ford pickup...
yeah so during all this trailer mayhem.... the discussion about moving from a 35' bumper pull to a 45' gooseneck has surfaced.. hmm 1 more jeep on the trailer.. and 2 atvs...
darnit..... i need to get this HEMI moving so the mayhem will....aahhhhh stop. yeah thats it.