Performance modifications for the Warn M8274 high mount

We are asked many times over what are some of the best mods that can be done to the Warn M8274 high mount?  Below is a list of some [not all] of the mods commonly applied to the 8274 to make it more relaibale and perform better.

Is your favorite mod missing from this list?  Drop us a line and it it's a good one, we'll add it in...

Low to medium budget

  • Replace solenoids with Albright contactor pack
  • Upgrade to Warn 6HP or BOW2 motor
  • Drill and tap the brake shaft / main shaft
  • Pin freespool lever to prevent accidental disengagement
  • Replace cable with rope and a decent hook
  • Add drain and fill holes - 3/8 BSP is a common size - drill and tap housing accordingly [note don't let the bottom plug travel too far into the lower hosuing otherwise it will foul on the main gear]
  • Brace bars at rear of winch to stop flexing
  • Install lower housing seal kit
  • Service brake and add HD brake disc material

8274 high mount fill and drain plugs 8274 high mount fill and drain plugs

Medium to high budget

  • Replace freespool lever with Gigglepin upgrade
    • Heavier duty casting to withstand physical knocks
    • Oil filler plug for easier oil changes
    • Heavier duty M6 mounting bolts
    • Larger knob for ease of use
    • Screw in lock mechanism to eliminate the chance of accidental disengagement


    Gigglepin freespool lever

  •  Replace main shaft/brake shaft with Gigglepin HD kit  
    • Made from EN36 [increased strength] to stope breakages
    • Shimmed gears to prevent breakage
    • Enlarged bearing surfaces to spread loads evenly
    • Circlip replaced with cap and bolt
    • Upgraded cam gear for better engagement

    Gigglepin brake shaft

  • Replace standard drum with Gigglepin air freespool

8274 Gigglepin freespool drum

  • Run single BOW 3 with big alternator, great batteries and big cable or;
  • Gigglepin top hat with Warn 6HP or BOW2 or Bow2 Plus motors

Gigglepin top hat



Open Cheque book

Complete Gigglepin winch


Gigglepin GP100

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Last Updated
31st of January, 2015

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