8WHEN the free-spool is engaging and disengaging, re-attach the gearbox end-plate. If you’re hoping to not open it again for another 5-10 years, use silicone or a fresh gasket. If it’s your first time pulling a winch apart you may want to re-check it after its first use, so re-use the existing gaskets for now.
If you want to clock the housing to re-position where the free-spool lever is, now’s the time. The bolt patterns are rarely symmetrical, so you may need to clock it slightly further than desired. If you’re not clocking the lever, then re-align the punch marks you left before. Dab a touch of antiseize on each bolt and install finger-tight, then tighten in a star pattern. Do the same on the centre section if the ’box is a two-piece item.