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Old 06-26-2014, 10:33 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I am going to start by saying I am new to trucks. I have spent my entire driving career building mustangs and have finally gotten myself an 04 fx4 NBS. Now as a guy that is new to trucks I am interested in installing a 3000 lb utility winch on the front of my truck that we somehow acquired. I don't NEED this winch however if I can make this free winch work it would be nice. it is some cheap Canadian Tire winch however it would be handy as this is daily used truck both for work and recreation. I have searched websites and forums to no avail but my question is can I mount this winch to the front bumper hidden behind it and run the line out the gap and use it without ripping the front bumper off? As I have stated my skills are in making cars go fast so I am not educated on the strength and rigidity of the front bumper. worst case is I will install a front mount hitch and get a winch on the receiver but I would rather use materials and supplies I currently posses. I don't need a winch so bad that I am willing to pay a couple grand however if I do have one I would like to maintain reliability and not be nervous to tear off the entire front clip of my truck.. thank you all in advance and I hope this makes sense!
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Can I bolt a winch to my front bumper..?
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If I were you I'd take all the risk and worry out of it and buy a winch mount for your hitch receiver, then only mount it when you need it. Sounds like a hell of a hassle for a winch that MIGHT fit that MIGHT tear your bumper off that you MIGHT not even use.
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Alright that's a good idea. thank you so much!
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i have a 9000# badland winch with the harbor freight hidden winch mount and it works great! had to do some minor adjustments to the bumper but nothing too major.
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3000 LBS winch isn't going to help you much. That is better suited on an ATV
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