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Aftermarket Bumper, winch mount or not...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by cnew, Jan 25, 2012.

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1)Winch mount & no winch, or 2)No winch mount

Poll closed Feb 24, 2012.
  1. Yes Winch Mount

    17 vote(s)
    94.4%
  2. No Winch Mount

    1 vote(s)
    5.6%
  1. Jan 25, 2012 at 4:34 PM
    #1
    cnew

    cnew [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone,
    Making the final decisions on an aftermarket front bumper and need some input. I have already decided on the Elite bumper but can't decide if I should get the winch mount or not. I'm not planning on getting a winch but just don't know what looks better. Both options look good to me so I was wondering what the folks here think. Can't decide if it looks dumb having the mount and no winch or if I should just keep the upper part of the bumper solid.
    One of my main concerns is that if I don't get the winch mount will there be enough air coming in to keep the engine cool. I'm planning on moving back to Az so this could make or break my decision.
    Just wondering what you guys think any help would be appreciated.
    FYI not getting the hoop if that changes your opinion at all.

    Thanks

    No Winch Mount.jpg
    Winch Mount.jpg
     
  2. Jan 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM
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    186000mps

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    Go with the winch mount. Just because you don't think you need it now, you will be glad its there if you decide later down the road you want it. Inverse..you will be kicking yourself in the ass if you want it and don't have it. My $.02
     
  3. Jan 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM
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    Twistedfreedom

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    If you don't get the winch mount at least get the 2" receiver so you could use a hitch mount winch system
     
  4. Jan 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM
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    Winch mount...whether you plan to utilize it or not.
     
  5. Jan 25, 2012 at 4:46 PM
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    no worries about air getting to the radiator. doesn't sound like you wheel much to get a winch, i have used my winch to pull out a bus, my wife, a polaris ranger, a trailer with a car on it, 3 vehicles and myself a few times in the last 6 months. well worth it for me. most of it was people sliding off the road due to ice. best investment on my truck. i would get the mount just in case you need it down the road, you have invest money already what an extra $50 on top of the build. JMO
     
  6. Jan 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM
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    Twistedfreedom

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    the mount is included in the price with most plate bumper builders
     
  7. Jan 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM
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    Go with the winch mount. There's always winches on sale on CL.
     
  8. Jan 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM
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    Thanks for all of the posts so far. All of the info I need without any BS. I did figure if I got a winch I would be helping others more than myself, not that that is a bad thing!! I have a hard time thinking about taking my truck off road and beating the shit out of it just for shits and giggles though. Starting to realize you only live once and you cant take it with you when you go so I guess I should drive it like I stole it.
     
  9. Jan 25, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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    Have em fab a simple removable cover to hide the fairlead hole until you're ready to use it.
     
  10. Jan 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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    this is my plan, and get a 2" winch cradle that can be moved from front to rear. Sometimes you would rather have it on the back of the truck I would assume

    Justin
     
  11. Jan 25, 2012 at 8:46 PM
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    Get the winch mount. You never know, you might want it later...
     
  12. Jan 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM
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  13. Jan 26, 2012 at 3:53 AM
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    +1 on the above.
     
  14. Jan 26, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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    Winch mount it is. Thanks. Gotta love this site!!
     
  15. Jan 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM
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    This is what I did. Lets me winch from the front or the rear without having to lug around an extra 80lbs on the front suspension all the time.
     
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