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Old January 27th, 2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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I have a 8274 winch I tore apart today because the free spool disengage shaft was not sliding in an out properly. There is a ball and spring that hold the shaft in free spool or power drive. When I pulled the shaft out of the housing that little ball shot across the shop and is now gone forever. After looking for a while with no luck I decided to try the ball lock out of a 1/2" drive extension I had laying around. I cut it out of the extension and installed it in the clutch shaft and it works great!! A much cheaper alternative to buying a new clutch assembly.

The ball and spring are not listed in this blow up but they are located in item number 1 (clutch assembly)

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ball bearings can be purchased alone from many hardware stores, just need to know the size, this way you don't have to destroy good tools for this fix.

I'm guessing you didn't destroy a perfectly good tool for this, but the next guy coming along might not have that same bad tool waiting to be chopped up.
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ball bearings can be purchased alone from many hardware stores, just need to know the size, this way you don't have to destroy good tools for this fix.

I'm guessing you didn't destroy a perfectly good tool for this, but the next guy coming along might not have that same bad tool waiting to be chopped up.
What hardware stores carry loose ball bearings. I have not come across one that carries any yet. Need one for the same reason the OP did.
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I have a 8274 winch I tore apart today because the free spool disengage shaft was not sliding in an out properly. There is a ball and spring that hold the shaft in free spool or power drive. When I pulled the shaft out of the housing that little ball shot across the shop and is now gone forever. After looking for a while with no luck I decided to try the ball lock out of a 1/2" drive extension I had laying around. I cut it out of the extension and installed it in the clutch shaft and it works great!! A much cheaper alternative to buying a new clutch assembly.

The ball and spring are not listed in this blow up but they are located in item number 1 (clutch assembly)

http://warn.com/truck/ReplacementPar...srrpl81-82.pdf
I just did the same thing you did on my 8274. Currently doing a semi complete rebuild on it and I can't find that bearing anywhere. For what it is costing me to rebuild this winch I could of bought 2 Harbor Freight 9000 lbs...lol
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What hardware stores carry loose ball bearings. I have not come across one that carries any yet. Need one for the same reason the OP did.
have you called around to any? I think I bought mine at McNabbs in Waterford.

check with bike shops too, lots of old bike wheels used loose bearings

do you know about what size you need? I have several different sizes on my bench at home too.

I would even bet TSC would have them...

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have you called around to any? I think I bought mine at McNabbs in Waterford.

check with bike shops too, lots of old bike wheels used loose bearings

do you know about what size you need? I have several different sizes on my bench at home too.

I would even bet TSC would have them...
I actually find one where I work of all places. There was a part we used to make many years ago that went obsolete. It had that size bearing in it that I needed, so I "barrowed" one...lol
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