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Old Oct 09, 2012, 08:00 AM
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Ryan,

If you are looking at the old red painted LSF winches, those were built by Mike Wade in Michigan ... he can probably tell you the most about how they were put together and maintained.

Mostly, you want to keep them clean. Blow out the motors with compressed air, clean the stators and brushes, aerosol contact cleaner works well and replace the brushes when you see uneven wear or they don't fully contact the windings (or if they get "sparky"). The Real Balls require VERY LITTLE grease in the end cap and the grease fitting in the mounting collar was all marketing, the channel doesn't go anywhere in the early ones we had on the LSF winches ... I can't speak for the newer models but it's unlikely the Winch Doc has changed something that has worked so well over the years.
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