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Help putting Winch back together

Just serviced one of my old Lewmar ST16's (single speed). Everything went back fine except that the Collets (retaining clips) are riding a little bit high and don't want to go back in their slots. I reviewed the diagram and everything seems correct. I tapped the Collets in with a plastic hammer. The winch functions, but the durm has more resistance than it should. Pictures of the Collets in place, and the Collet slots with the drum removed below. Thoughts?
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Never mind!

Figured it out. The Upper and lower Crown have a male/female tab that has to mesh for proper positioning. I didn't have them in position, so the male tab was holding the Upper Crown (the piece in the first picture that reads "mar" and 16) up slightly on one side, and it was rubbing on the Feeder Arm.

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A useful trick to ensure one gets their winches back together (aside from laying out the parts in the order they are removed) is to keep a small digital camera handy and snap a pic as each part is removed. When reassembling the winch one can just sequence back through the snaps to double check how things go together. I service our winches annually and since we have many of different sizes, I keep a flash disk for the camera, with the sequence for each winch in separate folders, in my nav table. It comes in very handy, especially now that my memory is beginning to weaken.

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