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Old 03-08-2013
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Just picked this thread up on a search of the forum. That's a pretty sweet idea for a hidden winch mount. Two questions for you, though: 1) Have you still got the measurements you used to build it? 2) What does the completed mount weigh (minus winch)?

I was hoping you wouldn't mind me stealing/copying your idea, so any details you could give me on fab/install would be awesome. Thanks.
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Sure you can use my idea, I didn't have any measurements. trial and error. first measure between condenser and closest bumper point. make sure you have room for winch. I made plate the width of frame horns and as deep as half inch of condenser to bumper mounts. center winch on plate use jack to raise as high as you can in between frame, measure for side plates. frame of truck has holes already in frame rails, one has to be enlarged to accept 3/8 bolts. on front of plate I used 1/4" angle for both bracing and mounting hawse/roller. Next after all this is fabbed the true strength of the plate is made with a angle gauge measure bottom of plate to cross brace for lower control arm. If memory serves it was 165 or so. might be less, built this thing over five years ago. this plate ties the winch mount to the frame and gives pulling strength. I've actual pulled 36k lbs. with no issues to winch plate. all pieces of plate were cut from 1/4" plate steel and angle. all bolts grade eight. hope this helps ,look at pictures and good luck.
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That helps a lot. Thanks for the info. I can't believe that this thing ha pulled 36k lbs.... I never would have guessed. 1/4" plate's beefy stuff, but man...
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oh, forgot to mention, with winch and synthetic rope, still able to pick up and put in bed, so around 80 to 100 lbs. I triple lined with two pulleys, to pull a stump. I was chained to big oak in front yard, bent my receiver and ball mount. Was like duh, not rated for that much weigh. feel free to ask any more questions, always happy to assist my ranger brothers from another mother.
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