What first brought me to this forum was a writeup on waterproofing the XRC8 solenoid. Now, for the life of me I can't find it (it's not even showing up under my posts, or through a forum search even though I have no thread cutoff date).
I've had my XRC8 mounted on my truck for a couple years now, but never used the truck or the winch (it's been a shop whore because the motor went and I was slowly swapping the drivetrain). One day I decided to pull the winch solenoid to make sure it was sealed properly, but to do so I had to unspool the cable a bit and disconnect my hook. When I tried to unspool the cable the solenoid failed spectacularly. It only clicked, so I started the truck thinking that maybe some more power would coax it along. As soon as I started it up, the winch decided to unspool almost the whole drum before I could shut the truck off and get the battery disconnected. I pulled the winch from the truck and opened up the solenoid to find MASSIVE CORROSION. Enough that there's a pile of powdered corrosion on the bottom of the case.
I've contacted Smittybuilt numerous times with no response back from their tech department. Even tried their Facebook page with no luck. I contacted the distributor that I purchased the winch from and they only want to sell me another solenoid. It did have the little clear rubber seal, I just removed it for the pictures.
I officially regret purchasing two of these for my truck. Anyone else have a similar experience?