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Old October 31st, 2011, 02:37 PM   #1
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Question Front Mount Reciever Winch

Wondering what experiences and draw backs to doing this everyone has experienced. The truck is a '91 F-150 with the 300-6cyl and the TTB front end. I am planning to run a 4" lift. The reason I see behind doing a set up like this is that I trail ride with smaller trucks quite frequently, also The truck is something that currently is a DD. My thoughts behind this set up is that 1. the ability to change the position based on the situation I am stuck in, 2. There is a Large chance the truck will be a DD for years to some so I can remove the extra weight easily, 3. I can remove the winch when I am not wheeling and leave it indoors at home to save from corrision, 4. I also go to school in Flint so I would leave it at home or bring it inside since it could disappear if I left it on a bumper mount, 5. The ability to switch between differnet trucks/trailers. The draw backs that I can see is that I am limited to the rating of the reciever, and I am not sure that in hard off angle pulls the mount could twist. Are there any other reasons why I should/shouldn't do this? Thanks
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Old October 31st, 2011, 03:04 PM   #2
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<------ Curious as well. I would like to mount one like this on mine and also use it on trailers etc...
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Old November 6th, 2011, 11:26 PM   #3
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What type of wheeling do you do? One obvious dis-advantage I could see is killing your approach angles in the rocks, hills and tighter trails. It doesn't seem like much to move to the rear for your approach but then again, the possibility of having to move its location several times a day will wear on you.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #5
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Well it depends I have a 3 body lift in a 80s Chevy truck and I took and cut the ends off the receiver and welded it in between my frame rails. It sticks out right under my bumper and doesn't decrease my approach angle.
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Mine works great, I did it for a lot of the same reasons you are considering it. My front receiver was built specifically for mounting a winch on a cradle and carries a manufacturer's rating of 9,000# straight line pull. At a 45 degree pull the rating drops to 4,500#.

As you can see in the pic it sits up above the bumper. My Jeep is daily driven, and as such I don't do anything crazy with it...much...but the cradle has never been in the way of anything I was willing to do in my daily driver.

As a practical matter, I am much happier after downsizing the winch to a compact competition model w/synthetic rope. It brings the overall package down in weight by more than 1/3 over the old 10,000 winch w/steel cable that I used to have.
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The approach angle is going to be affected alittle but nothing that I could not live with. I am not very serious into the rocks yet, it will probably be R&V, TT, Mounds, and seasonal road for a while. I would like to try this for a while and see if when I build a new bumper I want to hard mount it or leave it removable. Currently I am going to run the stock bumper with a receiver that was custom built and sits with the draw tube right in the middle of the frame rails vertically. From what has been said it sounds like it will be a good option as long as I pay attention to the approach angle. If it matters I am looking at the Mile Marker 10500 Hydraulic.
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A hydraulic winch won’t be very practical if you are trying to make it removable.
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