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Built a front receiver and got a winch!!!

So the other day i was at Sams Club, and on the clearance rack they had a champion 10,000lb winch for $299.00. I hade some birthday money on hand and i couldnt pass it up. It's mounted on a 2" hitch mount plate and came with 85 feet of winch cable, the controler, and front and rear wireing conectors. Hears some pics!!!

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hitch off our old minivan

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cut off receiver and welded it to a 2x6 stainless steel 1/4wall piece of scrap my buddie had in his shop.

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I tested it out the night i put it on, held up great winched me out of a deep hole that i was framed in. What do guys think?
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wow dude! thats cheaper than a china HF winch... i like the hitch mount really cool!
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Looks nicely done, and sure is a nice thing to have on the trail.
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Nice man. If I had any money left over I'd probably get a winch lol.
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nice! i need to keep my eyes open for one of those. winch is one of the next things i plan on doing on my truck
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Dude, you stole that think @ $300, go back and grab one for me.
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That thing is only $300? I'm not so fond of having a winch on a 2wd, but i'd sure rock a hitch mounted one! Since I'm usually the one who needs drug lol
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You welded it to the tow hooks?? Good deal
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i want a winch :( looks good. i cant wait til i have my front receiver
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I didnt notice that before, i thought it was supported between the frame. Just using that stock tow hook crossmember, if you end up using all the umph that winch will kick out. I bet money you'll twist that stock crossmember like a pretzel!

square crossmember ftw
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Yeah I wouldn't trust it much pulling straight on the tow hooks. What I plan on doing is putting a piece of square tubing between the frame rails that butts up to the front crossmember than weld the tube to that.
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Yeah I wouldn't trust it much pulling straight on the tow hooks. What I plan on doing is putting a piece of square tubing between the frame rails that butts up to the front crossmember than weld the tube to that.
Yea. I could pull a house down with the current way my hooks are. (well i have pulled a good tree down lol). But the stock crossmember I cut out, that had stock hooks were tweaked bad. Everytime (3x) i used the front hooks, i had to get the HUGE prybar out and tweak the hook back down. Also with adding that front crossmember to mine, I immediately noticed a stiffer front end while driving.
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I'd like to build a custom front bumper for my truck but i cant till im out of school. I was home for the weekend and built that so i could use the winch. so ill run this set up till next year or untill i break it. lol
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10k lbs winch for $299! dang, thats a killer deal! Hope it works out for you
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That looks great! Good deal too.
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nice grab. they never had that in any of the sam's around here.
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I love having it on my truck, i get tons of looks now. plus with the body lift i just did i sit level with full sized trucks. lol
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wow! looks really good!
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That was a huge piece of stainless steel. Lots of money right there. It would have been better looking if you bumped the hitch up a few inches so you didn't have to cut your valance. How did you weld the hitch to the SS plate?
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That was a huge piece of stainless steel. Lots of money right there. It would have been better looking if you bumped the hitch up a few inches so you didn't have to cut your valance. How did you weld the hitch to the SS plate?

I got the stainless for free cauz it was scrap. I uesed stainless welding wire in a mig welder.
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Awesome dude. So lucky you can have that.
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thats very nice way to mount it.

lol 2 bad i diddnt think of it before i redid my bull bar :(
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Nice idea.

Doesn't look like stainless filler metal to me. I call BS.
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