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Warn Hidden Winch Mounting System

what's up guys/gals?

I've been talking to a guy from Warn trying to get them to look into producing a hidden winch mounting system for Rangers. I need everyone's help on this. the more people we have, the greater chance we have in getting this to become a reality.

If you guys think you would be interested in this please post it in this thread. I wanna take the numbers i get from here as well as a couple of other forums and send them as feedback to the company.

I know a bunch of us are really wanting a winch, but don't want cut the bumper, or put on a front receiver and lose the ground clearance, or don't have the tools or time to build our own, and this is a perfect alternative!

so help everyone out and put your comments in here!

below is the e-mail i received from Warn :
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Rob,
Thank you for your email suggestion about a hidden mounting kit for the Ford Ranger.
I will forward your request for this type of mounting kit to our mounting system design team for review.
Thanks,

Rich Kadwell
Technical Customer Service Rep.
Ph# 800-543-9276
Fax# 503-722-3000
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From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 1:43 AM
To: Warn Customer Service
Subject: Support: Warn Hidden Winch Mounting System

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Rob Smith

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316-737-2208

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Date Submitted: 12/04/06 01:43 AM

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Warn Hidden Winch Mounting System

Hello Sir/Ma'am,

I've been an avid outdoorsman/off-road enthusiast as long as I can remember and for my dad as well as myself, Warn has always been a mainstay on all of our vehicles. Your company is to offroading, what Ford or Chevy are to the automotive industry.
I would however like to make a suggestion to your great company. I currently own a 2002 Ford Ranger XLT 4wd and to date the only front winch mounting options that we have available is either a complete custom fab mounting point, which usually involves chopping the front of your truck to pieces, or a front receiver which takes away from departure angles with numbers that almost make it not worth putting on, or the final alternative is to add a very large and bulky bumper that has a winch receiver. I personally would love nothing more than to see you break into the mid size market and offer some products for those of us who don't have the F-150's or 1500's or the Excursions and whatnot.
I would like to say that you are guaranteed that I am not the only one who would be interested in this product. I am a member of several Ford Ranger forums that have members totalling in the range of roughly 10 thousand people. And many of us are all faced with the same dilemma.
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you have something on your nose. its brown. its like a brown smudge
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you have something on your nose. its brown. its like a brown smudge

ha ha!!!

not my fault, that i sugarcoat ****! if it gets my point across what's the difference!
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I would definitely be interested...
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interested
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Interested myself as well...
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good deal...keep on posting...i'm gathering some pics and info up on this
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I would definitely buy one.
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I would buy one!
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not interested for one on my truck, but if i had a Ranger that i offroaded, then i would be....

so you can count my votes as interested....i am always welcome to help get more stuff made for our Rangers...
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I wouldnt buy one for a long time but I am interested!
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I think that would be Sweet. I have been thinking about making my own but I dont really have the "know how". I think if i found a nice set up I would buy it.
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What do you mean by a "hidden" winch mount? Something recessed, and out-of-the-way?

That can be a real problem if you run up on your winch cable and get it "bird nested" in there. Personally, I'd prefer a "working winch" to be out where you can get at it.

The big superduty we wheeled with that one time had a winch back behind the bumper and all -- but if anything gets jammed, it would be one hellacious pain in the butt to remedy it.

Plus, assuming I'm getting this at all -- where is there room for it on a Ranger?
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I think he's talking about something that perhaps would fit behind the front bumper? I agree there's not a whole lot of room back there. I'd prefer a sort of low-profile bumper that could handle a winch, but any sort of Ranger accessories would be a great thing to have!
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i think the best style would probibly require the front bumper to be cut to keep it back far enough, kinda a mix of a push bar/skid plate/winch mount
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I'm interested!
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I think it will end up being somethin like an ARB bumper. I like them but there are a lot of BL and then that makes a problem too.
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I would be interested if my winch wasnt going away tommorrow. Would have been a nice option for mounting mine though.
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just buy a hidden hitch front receiver and mount it UPSIDE DOWN
this eliminated the loss of aproach angle as the receiver comes out just at the bumper
also having the winch on a removable plate keeps it from crapping up in the weather and you can keep the weight off your front end until needed
not great close ups but my front plate is on a receiver mount
winch stayed nice an cozy in the back as it was not needed that day (sawred had a new one he wanted to use)
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Neil he also has a BL which hinders the use of alot of those mounts without cutting the valance.
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that's part of the main problem with body lifts, they only lift the body...
good for cheep ground clearance, but the important stuff like suspension and frame still is sitting near factory level
you're right Bill - having a body lift makes for valance cutting, but that has to be done for the tow hooks anyway
reality is you pull from/by the frame and that is where any hitch has to get its solid mount
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i think the best style would probibly require the front bumper to be cut to keep it back far enough, kinda a mix of a push bar/skid plate/winch mount
That's exactly what I did with mine, as a matter of fact:



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i appreciate all of the feedback on this. It's good to see all these points of view...

the reason i'm going after warn for this is because i want something that is hidden. I'm not gonna chop up my bumper or the front of my truck. I still owe too much on it. I'm not gonna put on a front receiver because of my body lift.

but you all have some good input
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Hey, Rob, I keep forgetting to tell you how great your avatar is! I love that!

I guess the question still remains of where it goes to be hidden? I think you'd have to mount it very low down for that to work and that has it's own issues I should think.
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Hey, Rob, I keep forgetting to tell you how great your avatar is! I love that!

I guess the question still remains of where it goes to be hidden? I think you'd have to mount it very low down for that to work and that has it's own issues I should think.

lol..thanks john! i've got a bunch of those if you want me to e-mail them to you?!

from what i've seen, the mount will drop down about 5-6 inches below the left and right frame horns...it'll be a little low, but not enough to interfere with your approach angle

there is a good example of one in months issue of four-wheeler magazine
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