TDS Gold­fish winch re­furb

Good­winch shows us how to breathe fresh life into a well-used winch

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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.

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