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Can no longer buy brushes from Warn for 8274??

Discussion in 'Winching and Recovery' started by John McVicker, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. John McVicker

    John McVicker SILVER Star

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    Does anyone know where to get a new set of brushes for an 8274?? Or the brush apparatus that includes the 4 brushes.

    Because of a flub up by me, I now need new brushes for my 8274. Called Warn in Oregon expecting to place an order and was told they no longer offer just the brushes for sale. Said that now you must buy an entire new motor...$200-300 depending on where I buy it. Said this was a new policy that just started about 2 years ago.

    If you've ever been inside an 8274 you know these aren't 'regular' brushes that you can expect to find like you can for a drill or a generator etc. But surely you shouldn't have to buy the entire motor when you need only brushes.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. 1911

    1911 chupacabra SILVER Star

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    Not for obtaining brushes, sorry - but if you end up buying a new motor, I highly recommend getting the motor for a Warn 9.5XP instead. Twice the horsepower of the 8274 motor, and a direct bolt-in fit (though you may need a new spur gear for the motor shaft, depending on the age of your 8274). I futzed around with my old original motor and a different (ChiCom) replacement motor, before finally buying the 9.5XP motor. The 9.5XP motor was a major upgrade and solved all my non-start problems with my 1978 8274.

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  3. John McVicker

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    Good info. I've thought about going this way. It just seems odd that Warn decided to do it this way.

    Thanks
     
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    That is just sabotage and bad customer service, good policy to not buy warn anymore :flipoff2:
    If you measure them there must be a way to get them from www or a skilled electro store.
    CARBON MOTOR BRUSH 31.8MM L, 18.9MM W, 7.9MM THK QTY 4 BRUSH 646 #61600 | eBay


    I forgot to measure mine: (o no I did measure them :barefoot:length 22x 9 high x18 wide mm is the brush size)
    24 Volt series 9: Warn mrv-c-3, M39333 D Bosch 491
    This motor has two small white wires and those are for the thermal switch WAR78354 on type WARN 9.5 and 16.5 TI (if that thermal switch fails only winch out and not in bypass it)
    Warn_Thermometric Cut Out Switch WAR78354 thermal
    In my motor I found a thermostat clixon # 63TM0110045
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  5. John McVicker

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    I will always have a Warn, but I agree with you that it's a bit heavy handed to make you buy the entire motor when all you need is new brushes. Mine is a 12v.

    Might be able to find the brushes somewhere...but...these are very unique with the braided copper wire attached to the brushes. And the ones I need (9 o'clock & 3 o'clock in your picture, I think) are also attached to the positive stud that has a 2g cable attached to it.

    Well, this stud has those braided copper wires attached to the bottom of the stud. So a total of 3 copper wires attached to this stud. I think this is where the problem will be in trying to find the proper brushes. But still hoping someone will have the answer.
     
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    It's puzzling to me why they would do this to their de facto flagship product.
     
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    I bet somewhere, there are new brushes! If you find them buy a couple sets and post where you found them.

    Whats sad is we now live in a disposable world, where replacement, not repair is how it's done! Plus, fewer people have the knowledge to make repairs, and many so called mechanic's are really only parts changers. So bolting on a new motor fits their skill set.

    But, to be fair to a company like Warn...The cost to manufacture, stock, pay inventory taxes, sell, package and ship a $10-15.00 part likely exceeds the cost of the part!

    The world has changed, and in may ways we are the dinosaurs who still expect to fix things...
     
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    Just as an FYI, my electrical friend has located some brushes that 'may' work on the 8274 motor...may not. We ordered them last night and once we get them we will check them out and let you know.
     
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    A few years ago I replaced the brushes in the original motor on my 8274, and as you say they were not available from warn. I called around and eventually found a store that had lots of different brushes. I think it was in Tacoma, WA. Anyway, I drove there, showed them what I needed and they found a set that were different, but I was able to make them work.
     
  10. John McVicker

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    Good to hear. That's what I hope to accomplish with the brushes we bought. We've got them but haven't gotten to work on them yet. They appear that with some minor mods they might work. Once we get after it, I will report back if they work or don't work.
     
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    Just curious, what one would expect to pay for just brushes? Plus cost of soldering them in.
    I think it's hard to grasp, but a 1978 winch motor is ~40 years old. Perhaps even Toyota
    doesn't make all our parts any more either?
    I would look at the above mentioned upgrade, in technology and power output. my .02
     
  12. John McVicker

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    I agree about going to the Albright Connectors. But I fixed my 8274 with the brushes from a 'spare' 8274 I had laying around.

    Hopefully these brushes will never need replacing. I'm just trying to find a fix for a just in case...and to maybe get my 'spare' 8274 up & running.

    The brushes we bought were dirt cheap on Amazon. About $11 for a pack of of 8 brushes...or so we thought when we placed the order. In actuality we got 16 packs...8 brushes to a pack. Kind of crazy, but that's what we got. The welding will take about 5 seconds each. Even if you had to pay someone to do the welding, all in all it will be MUCH cheaper than buying a new motor.
     
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    Haven't forgotten this thread. As stated above we have some brushes that may...likely actually...work. As soon as we test our theory I will get back & let you know.
     
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    Please do that, and sight-unseen, I'll buy a pack from you if you think they might work.
     
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    Will do.

    The brushes actually do fit...and they have the 2 copper wires attached to the ends...all good. But take a look at hj60's picture in post 4 of this thread and I will try to explain the 'issue' we need to overcome.

    The brushes in his pic at 9 & 3 o'clock, those attached copper wires go over to and are attached to the bottom of the square positive stud sticking out of the winch motor cover. You can't actually see this stud in his pic but it's there. We think it can be done, but it's going to take some 'figuring'.

    That's what we are working on and my electrical helper is going out of town, then I'm going out of town, so it will be a while...but we will get back to it ASAP.
     
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    You running one of the Prestolite motors with the keyed shaft? Call this guy: 360-256-3843. He rebuilds 8274 & Bellview winches and probably has parts around. He carries the relays we need for 8274 that Warn no longer supports. The accountants must have killed the good support that made us loyal to the WARN brand. Good luck!
    Parts and Accessories | Herm The Overdrive Guy
     
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