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Where the heck you mount a winch on this thing?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by franco802, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. franco802

    franco802 1/2 ton status

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    I am looking into a winch for my K5. When i had my Heep, I just purchased a Tomken winch mount for $95.00 and wholla! Now that I look at my K5, I don't see how the stock bumper would have a place for a winch:confused:

    Do we K5 guys have to change the whole front bumper to mount a winch? If so...who makes them?

    Sorr for being a dumbass, but I did a search but found a bunch of custom stuff people made themselves, that's it!
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=151278

    There are winch bumpers made, including the Warn (eh) and various vendors here (ooo :eek1: :wink1: )

    And yeah, you gotta change the front bumper ... if you put the winch in front of the bumper a la the Jeep, you kill your approach angle something fierce. Jeep people often have some difficulty grasping the sheer SIZE of a Blazer :haha:

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    My set-up...still need a winch though. :doah:

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    Should be about the same approach angle Ira has with his set-up. Under the core support is a great place IMO, and the 'pull' is not putting any weird leverage on the frame.

    Rene
     
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    We put a winch in my father's 79' Chevy with the factory bumper.
    It was a Tulsa winch and fit between the frame rails nicely.
    Then we cut and braced and put the roller fairlead where the front tag
    would have gone. If you live in a state that like front tags you could
    just throw it on one side or the other.
     
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    Yeah Ira and myself put that together one afternoon. It was pretty easy, and could be easily done using a stock bumper as a fairlead mount.
     
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    Mmm, yeah. I shoulda said ... there are/were hidden winch setups for these trucks. Ramsey made one for the 73-80, anyway, and the fairlead goes right where the front plate was. This is it on my truck:

    http://www.slosh.com/ck5/hidden-winch-5.JPG

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    The Warn on my Jeep sat on top, not in front, I had no problems with approach angles(here's a pic)

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    I do understand what your saying though. Because on the K5 it would sit in front if I did the same thing.

    I like the look of a stock bumper with a winch. Not one that sticks out two feet in the air. Just a simple bumper with mounting points for a winch.
     
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    I like that alot, looks bad ass!!! They still make this type of set up??!!
     
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    Eeeeyah, not per se. Apparently nobody bought them, least according to the Ramsey guy I talked to back when I got this.

    Howeverrrr, if you can find a winch with that goofy bolt pattern, the mounting hardware is all angle iron, etc, and I have measurements & CAD drawings of them, should you want to make your own.

    The only weird thing is the bolt pattern, as it bolts in a line along the long sides, rather than the rectangular pattern used by the newer winches.

    OTOH, the older Ramseys seems to how up now and again and be fairly cheap; I seem them on tow truck beds, that sort of thing.

    Anyway, there's some info on my Brochures page ... go to

    http://brochures.slosh.com/index.shtml?blazer

    and click on Hidden Winch down in the left under "Miscellany."

    If you want the CAD stuff, welcome to mail me on dremu-at-yahoo-dot-com.

    -- A
     
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    Under the core support works really well unless you have an 8274 :doah:

    Some pics of mine are at the bottom of Sandawg's post
     

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