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Hidden winch mount help (I've searched)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sandawgk5, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. sandawgk5

    sandawgk5 3/4 ton status

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    I am looking to dump my front bumper and put my winch between the frame rails and just make a fairlead holder to bolt to the frame horns. I am looking for anyone who has pictures of how they built there frame mount and any things you would have done differently. I am thinking about using a piece of 8" C Channel (I think that is what it is called) that is 1/4" thick to mount the winch on but I am a little confused on how to mount that assembly to the frame.

    Any help you guys and gals can provide is appreciated:D

    Ira
     
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    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    Give me a case of beer and a place to plug in my welder / grinder....

    Consider it done.


    Really I have looked into the same thing, however I have no winch as you know. My eventual plans are for a 1/4" plate bolted to the lower and outer section of the "C" frame.
    Winch bolted ot the 1/4" plate then a smaller 1/4" plate for the fairlead in the front.
    Add a few gussets here and there to suit.
     
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    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    Kinda like this without the goofey wing things on the side
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    There is always beer when you are here and you know where the welder plugs in:D . I wonder if we could use the metal in my existing bumper to make the new mount:thinking: . Maybe have to get a little bit more 1/4" but the whole center section is made out of 1/4" and the current mount plate is as wide as the outer edge of the frame rails.

    Ira
     
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    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    I bet we could use the metal.......But why would you want to loose that sweet custom fabbed bumper:haha:

    Post up a pic so that someone other than me and you know what I am talking about.
     
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    Ill see what I can find:doah:

    Ira
     
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    I prefer this one for a full frontal
    [​IMG]
    and this one for a profile
    Pfrontcut.JPG
    and this one for the "Total Package":D
    Ira_Notch_4.jpg

    Ira

    Ira_Notch_4.jpg

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    That bumper is syck!! Train style!
     
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    Ya it works pretty good for pushing rocks out of the way and also wrapping around and punchin out my marker lights:doah:

    Ira
     
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    If we cut it up, what are we going to stand on when we need to re-install a PS hose..:haha::haha::haha:




    You brought that one on yourself by posting that last pic.
     
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    Focker:D . PS pump is easy to reach through the drivers wheel well. There was more than 1 reason to remove my inners:D

    Ira
     
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    This is how I did mine so it doesn't stick way out.
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    How did you attach it to the frame? I was looking at mine and the frame curves up on the end and I can not see how to get the mount to sit flat on the frame lip. Maybe I am thinking about it wrong.

    Ira
     
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    How about we mount it to the bottom of the frame with a spacer of sorts to keep the mount level?
     
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    I took some 3/8 plate steel and ran it down the frame rail as far as I could and bolted it with 5 grade 8,s. Then I took another piece of 3/8 and across the front between those frame rail pieces and cut a section out of the center for the cable to pass through. After that I welded a flat plate to the bottom of the front plate and the side plates for mounting and strength and mounted the winch on top of that. I put the braces on bottom that you see just for extra strength and a place to mount tow hooks. Then there are two 1/4" straps (if I remember correctly) to the crossmember just to stop any deflection under load. As far as the bumper I just used 4" "C" channel and sat it directly in front of the front plate and welded it top and bottom and attached another piece over it. Haven't finished the ends yet though. Just gonna put two 45'a to cap it off.
     
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    Ya that is what I was thinking of doing. I am not really looking for a bumper per say just a plate to mount the fairlead to once the winch is up in there. The hard part is seeing how to visualize the mount itself. We can take a look at it when you come over again. Dont forget your sawzall and grinder:D . I can go ahead and remove the winch and bumper so I can start try to see how things will fit up.

    Ira
     
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    Yeah, I would remove it since it will be a little easier to picture what needs to be done.
    I'll try to make time to get over there after school someday.
     
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    I am going camping this weekend and need to drive the truck to Camp Pendleton so I will not be removing it until next week but the Diff covers should be here Tomorrow so come by anytime. I am not sure what my work schedule is gonna be but I prolly wont be getting off until 1530-1600:( .

    Ira
     
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    When you get the covers in let me know. We need to know what size hole saw is required to make the hole for the fill plug.
    I am looking around here (Temecula) for hydro hoses also.
    Just to be clear, we are needing:
    4-48" 3/8 hoses, 2500Psi
    4- -6, 90deg fittings
    4- -6 to 3/8 npt adapters
     

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