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I want a fabbed bumper for winch

i want to make a bumper that can hold a winch on the front of my truck. but i want this to be removeable so i can store it when im DD my truck but throw it on when i go offroading

would it be strong enough to use the stock bumper location on the front. just taking out the 4 nuts and try and fab somin up?

im just really stuck on where to start. i need recovery points cause i have non at all!
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Get a front mount hitch and get a plate that slides in there so you can easily remove the winch.
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Exactly what I was going to say, a member on here, Levino I think used to make them but he'll send you the blueprints for one.
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theres a winch on craigslist thats y this idea came up. and since i have no recovery points im looking into a fabbed front bumper with winch and a hitch out back.
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If you want to remove it just get a front hitch and a winch plate, thats the best thing for what you want.
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agreed, a 2 inch reciever both front and back and a portable winch would but perfect for your application, just run power cables for the winch to both the front and back, and you can also use a reciever mount shackle for a tow point
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im liking this one, this could save me time and i wouldnt have to remove the bumper completely. would this setup be strong for using a winch. also what kinda lbs should i look at for a winch. like a 3000lb straight line or more?

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agreed, a 2 inch reciever both front and back and a portable winch would but perfect for your application, just run power cables for the winch to both the front and back, and you can also use a reciever mount shackle for a tow point
i havent seen a front hitch for my truck. any links? im on summit site all the time and theres only a handful of ones for me for the rear.

EDIT: i founs a bunch here, check it out. theres one listed for 01-05 500lbs tongue weight. listed for $136. is that the cheapest?

http://www.hitchcorner.com/front-hitch.htm

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etrailers.com has them.
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Whoops it was etrailer.com, sorry bout that. Here's the link: http://www.etrailer.com/fmr-2007_Ford_Ranger+Pickup.htm
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thanks that helps out a lot. what do i attach the winch to that goes into the front mount. do they sell somin for that
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i believe lots of winch companies sell a mount the slides into the reciever, other wise it would be pretty simple to fab one

here's an example of one made by warn:
http://warn.iwebcat.com/_Members/lookups/partdetail.asp

and here is a winch that comes built to go into a towing reciever:
http://warn.com/truck/winches/src/xd9i_multimount.shtml
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link not working gearhead. is this what were talking about?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Remov...em300200177763

http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...002342/c-10101

im liking this one cause u can still use the hitch while the winch is on it
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yep thats the kind thing i was talking about, the winch and fairlead bolt right to those and then you just slide it in your reciever whenever you need it, im thinking about doing that with mine
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well im gonna keep looking around and im glad i dont need to worry about my bumper :)

can anyone help me out on the winch side of things. will 3000lbs straight line be enough for my lil 2wd?
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well i don't know much about winches, but i always figured i'd get an 8000lb. or bigger winch for mine
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You'll need more than a 3k because you truck weighs more than 3k. JCWhitney has the front hitches too.
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ok ill keep my eye open for 8000lbs
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Yeah I'd go for a 9k, I see a lot of those on Craigslist. You have to keep in mind that as more cable goes out the pulling capacity lessens. You'd be fine with a 8k-9k. I think Summit sells the winch plates as well.
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I wish I could afford & justify these goodies! I would love to have them seeing as I am only 2wd:(
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I wish I could afford & justify these goodies! I would love to have them seeing as I am only 2wd:(

thats y i want one, i want to be able to pull myself out if needed!
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Get a front mount hitch and get a plate that slides in there so you can easily remove the winch.
Got any pictures of a front hitch installed? I'm wondering (hoping) if the front license plate would cover up the receiver.
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Got any pictures of a front hitch installed? I'm wondering (hoping) if the front license plate would cover up the receiver.
RazorsEdge has one, try PMing him
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maybe hell see this thread and post :)
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