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I plan on getting a smittybilt 8000lb winch in the near future and I was wondering how you guys think i should mount it up. I have a front hitch and i found this to hold the winch itself



all it says is 9000lb weight capacity but it doesn't say anything about the thickness, just says "welded carbon steel construction". I'd like to have something that incorporates teh front hitch because i'd like to take it off when I know I won't be using it for a long time.

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I wouldn't cheap out on junk built overseas with inferior steel. If I was buying it, I'd try to get one from a US manufacturer.

Make sure your hitch pin is capable of holding that and it won't shear under 9000lb+ loads. Remember, you might need to use a snatchblock in the future for heavier loads and you'll want to have a pin that'll hold up to that weight. A rear reciever shackle is necessary as well. You'll find yourself having to anchor your truck to trees behind you almost every time.


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I wouldn't cheap out on junk built overseas with inferior steel. If I was buying it, I'd try to get one from a US manufacturer.

Make sure your hitch pin is capable of holding that and it won't shear under 9000lb+ loads. Remember, you might need to use a snatchblock in the future for heavier loads and you'll want to have a pin that'll hold up to that weight. A rear reciever shackle is necessary as well. You'll find yourself having to anchor your truck to trees behind you almost every time.


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any links to US manufactured one? i can't find a thing lol and I'm covered front and rear with receiver shackles, 2 3"x30 straps, high lift, etc. i just want a winch haha

edit: i see some "promark offroad" ones on ebay but it doesn't say where its made
http://www.promarkoffroad.com/winch-...nch-mount.html

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I finally bit the bullet and bought a Superwinch. It was well worth it. Maybe not American made, but even Warn sources a lot of their components from overseas.

I'd have a look on some offroad sites and see if anyone offers anything that's actually built here. It may be impossible to find anything that's actually American made?

Having handles might be nice too?

This one looks nice but may still be built overseas and is probably really expensive no matter where you buy it: Warn Industries - Mounting Systems: Multi-Mount Winch Mounting System

This one is ****! Pro Armor A040200 Universal Trailer Hitch Multi-Mount

Hidden Hitch 6495 - Hidden Hitch Front Winch Mount Receiver Plate - Quadratec
Surplus Center - HITCH RECEIVER PORTABLE WINCH MOUNT
Reese 6495 Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver Winch Mounting Plate


As for connecting the winch, I went with some quick disconnects used for stick welding cables. They work GREAT and you know they'll handle some serious amperage draw.

You'll also want a short chain for hooking under a vehicle. Say about 2 to 3 feet long with hooks. Or a choker chain.

Then if you're going with a cable winch, you'll want some sort of cable blanket or possibly have someone make one for you with pockets in it for rocks/etc.. For your tougher pulls..

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sweet, thanks. Ill probably go with the Hidden Hitch one since I'll still be able to put my receiver with shackle on the front of it. As for the winch itself, I won't be in situations that ill need a whole lot of power even the HF one got good reviews but thats just too low haha

if i was going to spend the large sum of money i'd definitely like to have a mile marker but they're $$$ lol
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When owning a winch, the thing is EVERYONE will want pulled out. You'll get calls from your idiot buddies at 2am. You'll have people flagging you down in winter. The list goes on. I'm too nice to say no usually. Maybe you'll fare better then I...


I'm super happy with my Superwinch. The first pull I did with it was pulling trees out of the ground while anchored to my buddies truck. It hardly made a noise in protest, and didn't slow down very much at all, if any. GREAT investment. lol


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When owning a winch, the thing is EVERYONE will want pulled out. You'll get calls from your idiot buddies at 2am. You'll have people flagging you down in winter. The list goes on. I'm too nice to say no usually. Maybe you'll fare better then I...


I'm super happy with my Superwinch. The first pull I did with it was pulling trees out of the ground while anchored to my buddies truck. It hardly made a noise in protest, and didn't slow down very much at all, if any. GREAT investment. lol


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lol screw that. I shut my phone off at night haha. Im basically wanting it to get myself out if im alone. Anyone else will have the highest luxury of being pulled out with my tow strap haha
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I knew we'd hear that sooner or later. There's always ONE. lol



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haha ya.. WARN makes really nice high quality receiver hitch plates. MADE IN USA!
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