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Winches and theft security

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ftn96, Jan 29, 2002.

  1. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    What if any or some of the things you all have done to keep your winch from getting stolen?
    Im currently looking at fabing a box around the winch with a folding lid. This will also protect it from the elements and bug splatter and such. But the primary issue is to keep the bastard. Im not passed wrapping it with logging chains several times and then putting on a "plutonium" coated krytonight pad lock, but the box idea sounds like a better idea?

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  2. Glock Girl

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    I have welded on small pieces of tubing with an ID slightly larger than the bolts head, (but not welded to the bolt). That way there is no tool that can get on there but I can still grind off the welds and remove the winch. Chances are if someone can run a grinder without getting attention there is little security you could have to keep it on there..

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    Well, I had thought about tacking the bolts, but that will work.
    I'd still like to box it in for protection from the elements though and to prevent vandalizm. But I know I cant make the box too big as it will block my air flow into the radiator.

    **WARN**ing, Something winching this way comes! [​IMG]
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    i did basicaly the same thing i used a piece of angle iron to cover the bolt heads so like you said no tool can get in but i just grind the welds off if i need to get it off

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    Ok, keep'm coming!!! [​IMG]

    **WARN**ing, Something winching this way comes! [​IMG]
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    Don't tack weld the bolts. You'll weaken it and possibly causing it to shear off during hard pulls. I would suggest something like Glock &amp; Hog suggested. That's the best way for theft deterent. Then just put a cover over it to protect it from the elements. WARN even sells some covers, vinyl or hard plastic, to cover their winches from the elements. Kinda spendy though last time I checked.
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    I was just looking at my new bumper. I bought Boss's Warn Classic in which I am doing some mods to. When it is done and I have the winch mounted probably the only way to get it off will be to take the entire bumper because it won't come out of the bumper straight up. Everybody said the Warn classic has weak ends but I don't think mine will when I get done with it.[​IMG]

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    On a side note, you could also padlock the loop in the end of the cable to a tow shackle or something else solid. It may not keep someone from getting your winch but it would keep hooligan pranksters from unspooling your winch.........or worse........

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    If I had a winch (which I dont [​IMG] D@^^N IT!!!] I would put 2 foot of logging chain on the bumper and put a BIG mean ugly dog on the other end. (Even if she does divorce ya she'll be so sick of looking at the winch she'll let ya keep it [​IMG]) Just a thought!! [​IMG]

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    You could do multi mount and keep it in the cab, or take it in with ya! [​IMG]

    I dunno how its set up, but gaurding the bolts is a great idea. I think some bumpers, like the WARN one Shawn Spickler has doesnt like, has gotten rid of it I think) doesnt let you take the winch off without taking the whole damn bumper off.

    Well, good luck, I'm going multi mount and its riding in the cab with me.

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    I contemplated the multi mount but backed away at the end and went with the KMA bumper. The front kicks ARSE but the rear is a shade better than exceptable. [shrug]
    If you all pull up recovery.htm at mywebpage you can see some pics. Ahh, hell, here is the clicky for you lazy bastards.
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    Last time I checked (it was a while ago) you could order high grade security bolts from McMastercarr or Grainger. I was gonna get some for my winch along with mounting it inside my bumper. The bolts are a bit more expensive than regular hex heads, and you have to buy the special socket (and an extra if your like me and loose them) but for a winch it'd be worth it. I'd rather spend an extra $10 on bolts than have to get a new winch.

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    I'm using a reciever mount so I can lock it up inside the truck and pull it out when I need it. Yes, it's a heavy mug, but I'd rather do that than pay for a new one. A buddy of mine's got stolen right off his truck down here in po dunk town not too long ago [​IMG]

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    When I HAD my winch it was set up on a hitch mount so I could go from front to rear with it. I had a hitch lock with a pad lock and angle iron so it couldn't be clipped off. Come back to my truck 6 hours later.... not winch. The whole thing still goes unexplained, it was just gone, no busted lock or anything. Did I mention the truck was parked next to the department of public saftey? All I can say is I have no luck, and if I ever get another one, it will be locked down at least three different ways.
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    My temporrary solution ( I went to Bakersfield the weekend after I installed my winch) was JB Weld. I was going to weld them or put a plate like the others were talking about but I took my K5 outa town before I could do anything so I got paraniod(we were drinking and spending the night down there) and whiped out the JB weld and completly covered two of the 4 bolts. JBWeld dry very hard so it would take some "time" to get them off. Time is a theafs worst enemy, if the job takes too much time they may not try it...?? Someday I will have a more permanate solution!

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    [​IMG]MFAO!!!! Thats the best one I've heard all day.

    Im gonan go with the angle iron and a chain and padlock for right now. But Im gonna build me a metal enclosure some how or another. Somehting (for example) like as if I were gonna take a tool box, cut the bottom out of it. Then weld or contect it some way or another to the mount plate Encloseing the winch. And put a pad lock tool box latch. Now, should I try to attemp this exact process, the problem would be finding a tool box deep enough for the winch to fit in.
    But that is the general idea anyway.

    **WARN**ing, Something winching this way comes! [​IMG]
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    One more thing I just thought about. the entire bumper is held on by 6 bolts. So if they wanted to they could just take the entire freaking bumper, winch and all and drop in the back of a truck and go. Probably in less than 5 minutes. Which brings up my next question. ........

    Would it be a bad idea to go ahead and weld the bumper brakets to the frame in addition to the 6 bolts?

    **WARN**ing, Something winching this way comes! [​IMG]
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    I was gonna post something about people stealing the whole bumper. I think it comes down to this: If they want something, they will get it, or die trying[​IMG],
    If you weld the winch to the bumper, they steal the bumper. If you weld the winch to the bumper and the bumper to the frame, they take the body off and steal the frame. [​IMG] If you weld the winch to the bumper to the frame to the body they steal the whole truck...

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    I've seen many people that weld their bumpers to the frame. It's not uncommon at all. So, no worries going that route.
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    not to worried about them taking the whole bumper as I am about the whole truck, I have mounted two kill switches and a battery dissconnect on my truck, but did that stop them nope rollback will take your truck with no problem. Then they have all the time in the world to rip your truck apart. Now I am not saying don't protect your stuff just remember that if they really want it they might just take the whole darn thing. Jesse

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