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Old 12-19-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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I am the proud new owner of a Warn M8000, and as it is my first winch, I have a few questions...
I live in NY, so we get a lot of snow and rain, so should I cover my winch somehow? Is there any kind of maintenance that I should be doing?

I can't think of any of the other questions I had right now lol, but they'll come to me eventually

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No, and just make sure to run it in and out periodically. Consider remote-mounting the solenoids under the hood, though, as they don't benefit from rain getting in there at highway speed (though the new "solenoids" may be more tolerant than the old mechanical ones, not sure).

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No, and just make sure to run it in and out periodically. Consider remote-mounting the solenoids under the hood, though, as they don't benefit from rain getting in there at highway speed (though the new "solenoids" may be more tolerant than the old mechanical ones, not sure).
What does running the wire in and out do? I thought about remote mounting the solenoids, however a) it would have been more of a pain to wire b/c I would the wires that come with the solenoid wouldn't reach to the winch and b) since the remote plugs into the solenoid, i don't see how it work too well when I actually have to use it

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WARN (and other companies) make neoprene covers for some winches...I THINK the m8000 included. I'd get one for winter, to keep the snow and especially the road salt off the winch and cable.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:27 PM   #5
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WARN (and other companies) make neoprene covers for some winches...I THINK the m8000 included. I'd get one for winter, to keep the snow and especially the road salt off the winch and cable.
Well I know Warn makes a vinyl cover for the M8000, but I don't know how much that would really do, but I guess it would help... though I hate to cover up that beautiful piece of machinery lol
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Well I know Warn makes a vinyl cover for the M8000, but I don't know how much that would really do, but I guess it would help... though I hate to cover up that beautiful piece of machinery lol
I know what you mean...don't know how NY is with the salt, but up here it'll make your Jeep look like it's powdercoated white. Then again, if you've got steel cable and the salt eats it up, you can synthetic, which is safer and will save you some weight.
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Warn does make a neoprene cover but it's VERY expensive for what it is. I got a Rugged Ridge cover for mine (fits a bunch of 8k and 12k winches) for about 1/3 of the cost of the Warn equivalent. Slips right over and bungies into place. Much like you have salt and snow, we have lots of ocean water down here in Florida and the rain makes everything rusted. As soon as I get this winch installed this weekend, I'm gonna cover it.
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If tou have steel cable, a small ammount of penitrating oil the length of the cable will help keep down the corrosion.
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I know what you mean...don't know how NY is with the salt, but up here it'll make your Jeep look like it's powdercoated white. Then again, if you've got steel cable and the salt eats it up, you can synthetic, which is safer and will save you some weight.
That was actually kinda my plan, just wait until the steel is eaten up, then get synthetic, tho they are pretty expensive...

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Warn does make a neoprene cover but it's VERY expensive for what it is. I got a Rugged Ridge cover for mine (fits a bunch of 8k and 12k winches) for about 1/3 of the cost of the Warn equivalent. Slips right over and bungies into place. Much like you have salt and snow, we have lots of ocean water down here in Florida and the rain makes everything rusted. As soon as I get this winch installed this weekend, I'm gonna cover it.
I'll def look into that, thanks!

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If tou have steel cable, a small ammount of penitrating oil the length of the cable will help keep down the corrosion.
That's a good idea, I'll def do that..
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the wires that come with the solenoid wouldn't reach to the winch
You replace them with longer wires. Make sure they are of a large enough guage.

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since the remote plugs into the solenoid, i don't see how it work too well when I actually have to use it
You extend those wires also. That way you can mount the plug where you want.
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WARN (and other companies) make neoprene covers for some winches...I THINK the m8000 included. I'd get one for winter, to keep the snow and especially the road salt off the winch and cable.
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I purchased a WARN cover for my M8000 as soon as I found out they offered one. Mainly, to keep out Winter road-salt out to the extent possible
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I installed a single relay under the hood because I had problems with the normal relays after longer deep water crossings.
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You replace them with longer wires. Make sure they are of a large enough guage.
You extend those wires also. That way you can mount the plug where you want.
Like this.
I was thinking about that... how hard was it to do? Obviously extending the wires from the solenoid to the batter wouldn't be too difficult, but extending the remote plug? How hard was it to take out the female part of the plug from the solenoid? Or did you replace it?

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I purchased a WARN cover for my M8000 as soon as I found out they offered one. Mainly, to keep out Winter road-salt out to the extent possible
Neoprene?

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I installed a single relay under the hood because I had problems with the normal relays after longer deep water crossings.
Smart... what air horn is that? I'm looking to get one of those...
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It was not difficult at all. At least not on my Swperwinch 8500.
Four screws to take apart the solenoid cover and two screws to remove the socket. Extending the wires was a basic cut and splice.
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It was not difficult at all. At least not on my Swperwinch 8500.
Four screws to take apart the solenoid cover and two screws to remove the socket. Extending the wires was a basic cut and splice.
Nice, I'll have to check mine out... though on the Warn the whole solenoid has like a rubber cover over it, so I imagine it may be difficult to take apart, but I'll definitely take a look at it. Thanks!
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Nice, I'll have to check mine out... though on the Warn the whole solenoid has like a rubber cover over it, so I imagine it may be difficult to take apart, but I'll definitely take a look at it. Thanks!
Actually it looks really easy to take apart lol

As far as covers for the winch, I was looking on gowarn.com at the covers they have, and most of them seem like they wouldn't fit b/c my control pack is mounted on top... Warn Soft Winch Cover

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