TDS Goldfish winch refurb
Goodwinch shows us how to breathe fresh life into a well-used winch
How to strip and rebuild your winch
Winches are, without doubt, high up on most of our wish lists as Land Rover owners. Whether used for work or play, having a winch on the front (or rear) of the vehicle makes it even more versatile, from dragging heavy objects around to recovering others, or yourself, from a sticky situation. As with any mechanical component, however, they must be maintained and kept serviced.
The mag’s long-suffering Defender 90 has had a Goodwinch TDS Goldfish fitted for some years now, and in that time it’s not had an easy life. Between spells of being battered by the elements (we should really fit a cover...), it’s been fully submerged in the silty ponds of Tixover and Yarwell quarries, sustained blows from branches, covered in mud, and used in anger more times than we care to remember – but it still works perfectly whenever it’s asked.
Having subjected it to such abuse, we’ve loaded it up and headed to sunny Devon to see David Bowyer and his team to see what goes into servicing a winch, diagnosing problems and improving performance – and we expect to pick up some valuable pointers along the way.