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Is there a way to install the harbor freight universal winch mounting bracket with stock bumper?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TheWorstMechanic, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. Mar 16, 2017 at 5:13 AM
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    Haven't been able to find any info nor come up with any answers on my own with almost my entire front taken off. There's two spots that'd be perfect I think if the radiator hose or tranny lines weren't in the way of mounting onto the chassis.

    I know a winch bumper is the way to go but can't afford it on college wages and I hate bull bars as well so that's out of the question. I'd love to be able to make a custom mount but I don't own a welder. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

    The little kid in me wishes mounting to the crash bar was a viable option. This is for the badlands 12k winch as well.
     
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    Ya, didn't think so. I've exhausted countless options in the last few days. Universal my ass haha. Thanks for the input though.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    I was curious too when I saw the uni mount at hf. Let us know if you find anyway to make this work
     
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    You could also look at Mobtown's recovery bar. Then you would just need a hitch mounted winch cradle.

     
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    Maybe look at the Curt 31313, front 2" receiver, they will be less expensive.
     
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    They are quite a bit cheaper but when you mount anything in them it really messes up approach angles.

    I have the Mobtown recover bar as well and love it... I looked into the HF universal plate as well because I used it on one of my old trucks... but there is no option for installing it without significant welding/fab work... Made the decision to get the mobtown bar easy.
     
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    That winch mount is excellent (dammit!).

    Oops! For 2nd gens. Oh well.

    Have a good one.
     
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    That's the one I have planned for long-term. I can't justify the weight of a plate bumper or the cost of an aluminum one. I was looking at the US Offroad offering, and may still go that route if only for the shackle mounts.
     

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