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Re: Tying the winch into the snorkle?
The only part of the winch that can be sealed is the motor. I had the motor on my Warn M8000 rust out. I got a replacement motor and sealed it. Then, I tapped a pipe thread in the motor housing and installed a Barbed fitting. Then, I ran a vent line up to higher ground. That is exactly how HMMWV Warn Winches are designed (with a vent line between the winch motor and the air intake). I don't think you would need to do this if you religiously clean and re-grease your winch but, where I live, salt gets all over the winch (since it sits right on the bumper). After a few years the motor starts to corrode and then it's time for a new motor. Just remember, those vents/drain holes are there for a reason: when the motor gets hot gas had to be able to escape. If you can keep out the water by sealing, you still need to allow for venting.