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you are also going to run into a lot more drum heat running backwards. The drum heats up a WHOLE lot more while spooling out on a winch. Since you will be running it backwards, might want to check into that.
Here is from ShockWorks website
What about heat from the winch drum? Heat is generated in planetary winch drums (Warn laydown-style, Ramsey planetary winches, most Superwinches) only under "Power-Out" condition. This type of use drives the winch motor against the brake (note references by winch companies about "Automatic Load-Holding Brake"). This is similar to driving your vehicle with the parking brake engaged. Doing so will generate heat if you were to use it extensively in this mode. Similar to driving your vehicle with the parking brake engaged, you can drive out of a parking space without causing problems, but if you drove for significant distance, you would quickly wear out the brake. The same is true for your winch. The "Power-Out" function should be used for relieving tension on the rope, not for extended distances, nor for lowering a load--4WD winches are not designed to be used as hoists. Our testing has shown that powering out for 10-20 feet is not a problem, but will cause excessive wear to the winch brake, so we recommend using the "Power-Out" to relieve tension only. No winches currently made, if used correctly, will heat the drum on "Power-In" use.
Last edited by Jscwerve; 05-21-2010 at 08:37 PM.