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    8274 warn winch debate

    Are these winches over rated and over prize? I've seen them go for $800-1200 used on Kijiji. And yes there are not too many, I could only guest because they work when you need them and everyone keeps them for that reason!

    I'm sick and tired of my un dependable 12000lb Titan and Rough Country?

    When you buy them used, what would I expect to replace?

    How much did you pay for yours?
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    Pics 8274

    OLDIE everyone like PICS

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    Last edited by PRIORITY 4; 10-01-2016 at 11:48 PM. Reason: pics

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    Best winch by far - however fitment can be an issue on a lot of rigs these days and even Warn doesn't design their bumpers around this winch. I have a brand new one (8274-50) for my CJK8 project and a Warn bumper that I cut up to lower the winch and make it fit. Here on the west coast though 500 is the going rate for a good used one - I have seen issues inside the gear box from really old ones that got water inside thats about the only issue. you can also put a XP motor on the old ones to upgrade them to a stronger bigger HP motor.
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    Thanks for posting Al. I haven't got the winch on hand yet but it's the one on the pic I posted. This winch is going on my crawler therefore I have to build into my bumper. It's good to know XP motor upgrade. I probably run it stock till the motor dies.

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    Looks to have not lived too hard a life, I'd say crack it open, make sure it's not full of water and rusty in the gear box. Maby check the brake friction material and then add some fresh oil. Possibly pull the motor off to check that all the brushes are free and coat the brush holders in dielectric grease to keep em that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drizit View Post
    Looks to have not lived too hard a life, I'd say crack it open, make sure it's not full of water and rusty in the gear box. Maby check the brake friction material and then add some fresh oil. Possibly pull the motor off to check that all the brushes are free and coat the brush holders in dielectric grease to keep em that way.
    Great observation DRIZ. The winch was used to winch up games ie. moose and deer into tree. After that it was put away in the shed.

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    If the money is reasonable and there's no cracks in the gear case I'd jump on it. Take the top half off and see if it's still got gear oil inside, if it does and you can't see any cracks outside its probably OK.

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    I've had my 8274-50 for 16 years. I can't complain about much. The 8274 definitely has some quirks all its own but it is hard not to love it. It is underrated as an 8K and is ridiculously fast which makes it great for self recovery.
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    I've had mine since 2003 and its been on my tj, xj, buggy and now 4runner. I don't thing I'd trust any other winch its been great and if anyone is stuck everyone usually looks to me first because of that winch.. Big thumbs up for the 8247. And I like it so much I have a spare too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drizit View Post
    If the money is reasonable and there's no cracks in the gear case I'd jump on it. Take the top half off and see if it's still got gear oil inside, if it does and you can't see any cracks outside its probably OK.
    Winch is reasonably price, un fortunately it's too far from me to see it. I guess I'm going to roll the dice and take my chances!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stickybongsmoking View Post
    I've had my 8274-50 for 16 years. I can't complain about much. The 8274 definitely has some quirks all its own but it is hard not to love it. It is underrated as an 8K and is ridiculously fast which makes it great for self recovery.
    Awesome post
    I think your rig is a lot heavier than mine too. I hope the one I'm buying has the larger motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRIORITY 4 View Post
    Winch is reasonably price, un fortunately it's too far from me to see it. I guess I'm going to roll the dice and take my chances!
    If the price is right, there is nothing that cannot be rebuilt/refurbished by you at home. All 8274 parts are readily available and you can do it yourself. If an 8274 is what you want, I would not hesitate if the price is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farookismail View Post
    I've had mine since 2003 and its been on my tj, xj, buggy and now 4runner. I don't thing I'd trust any other winch its been great and if anyone is stuck everyone usually looks to me first because of that winch.. Big thumbs up for the 8247. And I like it so much I have a spare too
    Perfect I like hearing all the positive experience. But I again did you buy new or used? How much did you pay?

    Farook do you have the 5Hp motor?

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    Cheyne
    Did you buy new or use?

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    Great winch. Like Cheyne said every part is replaceable right down to o-rings. If you swap motors you may need a splined pinion gear depending on age. And if the solenoids are bad a contractor is a nice upgrade.
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    ^^^^^^ You have one of these bad boys too right?

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    Yup, Scotty and me both do, sunk into the bumper. I need a couple parts for mine and seems amazon is cheap for all i need. FYI




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    Quote Originally Posted by PRIORITY 4 View Post
    Cheyne
    Did you buy new or use?
    I have bought them new and used.

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    I got mine used. I paid $500 for it. The one i have looks old from the condition but works mint. I think 4-600 for a good used one is a fair price.

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    When I was looking a dead one was about 300, a working one was 600-1000+

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