Kraken Stealth General Use by Dan Lykens

So we’re guessing since you are reading this, you, or someone near you has purchased a Kraken Stealth. Thank you! We are going to go through general operation of a Kraken Stealth. For purposes of simplicity, this manual covers the Kraken Stealth 301. Both the 212 and 420 operate similarly.


The Kraken Stealth runs on standard non leaded gasoline. If you are storing the machine for any time, also put a little bit of fuel stabiliser in the tank. To fill it, pull off the cap and pour some gas inside. We recommend not doing this around fiery environments. Also, make sure your Kraken Stealth has oil. It’s a four stroke engine, so you don’t have to mix any oil in the fuel.


Now that the winch is all good and gassed up, it's time to start it up. To start the Kraken Stealth, engage the choke, turn on the gas, and make sure the kill switch is set to ON. If this is confusing, just match it to the images below. Give the cord a really good rip, and start it up!


Now that the winch is started up, move the choke back to the running position. You are now ready to start pulling people. With the rope out and the rider ready, push back the throttle to speed up the winch and start pulling in rope. To stop, push the throttle all the way to the front. This is also the time you would apply the break if your machine is equipped with one. Don’t run the rope so far that the handle hits the fairlead as this causes damage to the machine. Also don’t apply the break while the machine is under throttle, only hit the break with the throttle in its lowest position.


As the winch driver, always try to keep the line under tension while pulling it in. If the rider drops the handle, stop the winch. If you do pull the rope in without tension, it can get tangled. To undo a tangle, the cover on the spool can be removed. To remove the cover, unscrew the two wingnuts on the front of the machine. Take care not to lose the wingnuts or washers. The bottom of the cover is held with strong magnets. Pull directly up on the cover with the wingnuts off and the cover will come off.


After getting any tangle out of the line, put the cover back on. Do not cut and retie the line to untangle, it is expensive and requires splicing to put together. When putting the cover on, make sure it is in front of the magnet for proper security.


If the optional T handle is with the machine, it needs to be inserted in the back during travel and operation. To attach the handle, insert the small section of the handle into the back of the Kraken Stealth trailer hitch. Align the holes between the trailer hitch of the Kraken Stealth and the T handle and insert any standard ⅝” hitch pin.



And with all your new found knowledge, go out and shred. Happy Winching!


-The Kraken Team


Engine Operation and Care on a Kraken Stealth by Dan Lykens

"This engine has so many knobs and buttons!"

Engine Operation

No need to panic, we can work through this together. The engine on a Kraken Stealth winch has 4 main controls, the Kill Switch, Gas Shutoff, Choke, and Throttle.


The Kill switch kills the engine. The engine will not run or start when the kill switch is engaged, as it disconnects the spark plug in the engine. No sparks, no booms. On the 212 and 301, it is a red switch. On the 420, it is a key.



The Gas Shutoff turns off the flow of gas to the engine. If it's not on, the engine will not have fuel and will stop running, which is no fun. We do recommend that if you are going to store your winch, turn off the gas with the machine running until it stops. This will burn the rest of the gas out of the carburetor and other little parts that can get gummed up from letting the gas sit. 


The Choke is helpful when starting the engine on your winch. It restricts air getting into the engine to make the engine run rich. Turn it back under normal operation.


Best for last, the fun stick! The Throttle controls the speed of the winch, and controls the gas going into the engine. Crank it back when the winch is running, and have a good time! Just remember to lay off the throttle when the handle is dropped to avoid:
a) Spooling in line that is not under tension; this leads to tangling.
b) Sucking the handle into the fairlead on the front. This is not good under any circumstance.

Engine Care

The best winches are working winches [citation needed] so to keep your winch winching, it is important to take care of the engine.

 If you plan on letting the machine sit in storage, it is possible the gas can gum up and clog all the little bits in the engine. There are ways to prevent this.
1) Turn off the gas after use, and run the machine until it stops. this burns the extra gas out of the carburetor and such.
2) Throw a little bit (around an ounce) of fuel STA-BIL-izer with a full gas tank. We reccomend the bottle that looks like this:

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There is also maintenance schedule that goes with the machine. After running the engine for 20 hours, we recommend changing the oil. If you generally use the machine at above freezing temperatures (above 32° F), use 10W-30.  If it's generally below freezing (Below 32° F) use 5W30. Below are some other good practices to follow.


Strapping Down a Kraken Stealth by Dan Lykens

The one question we get a lot with the Kraken Stealth is "How do strap it down?" There are many creative ways, but here are the ones we find the most effective.

1: Ratchet Strap to a tree/pole/immovable object
This option works well, and requires 1-2 ratchet straps. The first ratchet strap goes through the square tube in the front of the winch. If you can back the winch up against an object, it makes it steadier, although it is not required. A second ratchet strap can go through the tie downs on the optional rear T handle


2: Auger/Stake into the ground
If you can not find a large object to strap the winch to, the winch can be held in place by putting augers/stakes into the ground. The T handle is required to hold the machine down using just augers. It is possible to ratchet strap to the augers if you do not have the T handle. Also, dense ground is needed for using augers; sand or loose rocks makes securing the winch difficult.   


3: Use in 2" Trailer Hitch
If you have a car or truck with a two inch trailer hitch, the winch can fit directly in the hitch of the vehicle and be run while held in place by the hitch. It also makes getting in and out of a spot really fast - if you need to do that for any reason.