Re: WARN 8074 Winch
Thats what I have on my Jeep. Correct predecessor to the 8274, and it can be converted to be basicly an 8274 if you want. When I thinking about buying mine I e-mail warn and got this
"the 8074 will work in the same mounting plate as the M8274. The M8074 does not have the clutch option, so you can not freespool the winch, otherwise the two winches are the same. You can purchase a complete new upper housing and clutch knob assembly for the 8074 to convert it."
Basicly the things I have found to be different, 1. the winch motor is not reversable, 2. the 8074 has a hand brake which I hear wears out and is the biggest problem (supposed to be easy to replace) As far as free spooling I might have my terms wrong but I think my winch does freespool (push in a lever and the drum turns just by pulling the cable, no electricity involved). Overall I am happy with my winch, someday when I have extra $$$ I may convert mine to an 8074 but for the wheeling I do now it is fine. I definately could see problems if you are trying to winch off a hill fooling with the brake could be a pain. Hope this helps,
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