RE: The number plate on hinges over the fairlead. I'd be careful of doing this if the winch has synthetic rope. I've seen a few synthetic ropes chafe as a result of the number plate swinging back and forth. IIRC, Alex also may have had issues with this.David M wrote:Louis - I think 1 thing at a time or you will never know what caused it. Timing is done so carry some spanners on your trip. If it continues to heat up then remove those spots and see if that makes a difference.
I like Fanus's idea about doing the same as Michael and then put your number plate on hinges over the fairlead.
Edit: Looking at the photos, I see the winch has a cable and not synthetic rope. Still, something to keep in mind.