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winch mount done. pics

well after roughly 10 hard hours of working on it today, i now have a winch on my truck. its not the prettiest, but it's not gonna break. tomorrow i'm gonna mask off the bumper and stuff and shoot it flat black. the wires hanging in the front are for my 3 KC's. gonna hook them back up tomorrow. also, i think i'm gonna order the "winch saver" for it. i decided to lose the tow hooks for now because not having them on there cleaned up the front of the truck a lot.
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thats cool! i like the innovation and creativity! also good that your not afraid to chop up your truck a little... what winch is that??
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is it bolted to the frame or welded??
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the winch is an 8000 lb ramsey from the late 70's or early 80's. used to be on a tow truck that was barely used. the mount is bolted to the frame with three 1/2" grade 8 bolts. tomorrow i'm going to try it out on something. what made it hard to mount is the winch mounting holes are in the front and back instead of on the bottom.
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looks sweet!! go test it out like i did mine, drive streight into a mud pit you know you wont make. lol
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lol yea, i'll have to go find something. btw: total money in the winch right now is only $280 including all the 1/2 metal for the mount.
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Not bad man. If you cleaned it up and put even some thin sheet metal (or painted diamond plate) over the front it would look 10x better.
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^x2 on the dimond plate painted black would look phucking **** man!
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all that 1/2" plate and a paper thin frame.. haha gotta love crush zones.

i would recommend putting tow hooks back on incase the winch fails or you gotta be yanked..


otherwise it looks good!
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what he said ^^^^

plus if ya get a ****** block you can let your winch work easier

still, a good job

l8r, John
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Not bad man. If you cleaned it up and put even some thin sheet metal (or painted diamond plate) over the front it would look 10x better.
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thanks for the compliments, and i might do some thin diamond plate one day. it would have to be from the front support down though, because i have to get my hands in there to plug the remote, and put it in freespool. i did paint it black today, and it looks 1000% better. i also moved my trailer plugs up so they don't hang down like a sore thumb, and painted my hitch black too.
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Love the function, but I don't like the way it look in there. If nothing else paint all the metal black.
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i painted it black today. i agree it's not as clean looking as the factory bumper, but now that it's black it looks way better. ill get some pics of it if it stops raining
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Look forward to seeing them.
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here's the painted pics.
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Still not beautiful, but that looks so much better!
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Nice, I like the idea and how it doesn't kill your approach angle.
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well it looks ok but i dont really like how you just cut the valance i think you could of done it cleaner but i guess function over form


as long as it works
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well it looks ok but i dont really like how you just cut the valance i think you could of done it cleaner but i guess function over form


as long as it works
well when i started cutting, i tried to trim as little as i could, but there was no way it was fitting without cutting what i did. and i couldn't move the winch back anymore. like i said, it's not the prettiest, but it will work.

but i tell you what, this is the last winch i mess with that mounts on the front and back instead of the bottom.
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i like the location and but im not feelin the hacked up valance....
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that's cool. it's not for everyone. i like it, just gotta find something to try it on.
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i think it looks good. i always think its funny how the people that dont have winches always critisize the way the mounts looks. my winch mount isnt anything special but i know it will hold to get me out of a jam. looks like it serves its purpose. i would put the tow hooks back on so oyu can run a ****** block though. plus its always nice to have a front tow/anker point
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well finally tried it out. my buddy had some (big) bushes and a couple trees he wanted to pull out. no pics, but first two came out no problem, just grunted the winch a little. the next two, which i had a feeling wouldn't come out with the winch, didn't. it just pulled the truck lol. its a beast. so i got in my truck and tried pulling in reverse in 4LO. popped the 3/8 chain. so i winched my cable back up and we pulled everything else out with a 1/2 inch chain off my hitch. BUT, i now know my mount isn't going to break and i have full faith in my setup. couldn't be happier with it.
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