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Mounting a receiver hitch tube on Westin Sportsmans grille

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Gipster, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. Apr 11, 2013 at 7:08 AM
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    Gipster

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    Hi All,

    Purchased a Westin Sportsmanship grille for my '02 Tacoma. I also traded for a Warn 8k winch. I was planning on doing a receiver hitch on the front, and using the winch at both ends. I was looking at the mount the winch came on - it was 3/16 steel and the attachment points to the frame were 1/4. The Westin grille attaches the same way. What I was considering was welding the center of a receiver hitch in between the uprights of the Westin Grille. I have an old hitch as a donor. I realize this will not be as strong as a true receiver hitch, but I don't do any heavy off roading. What do you folks think?

    Thanks in advance

    Jim
     
  2. Apr 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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    Box Rocket

    Box Rocket just trying to help

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    This. A Westin is nowhere close to strong enough for serious winching.
     
  3. Apr 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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    Justus

    Justus fucks not given

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    I believe someone tried to use there's as an anchor point last week and buckled the grill guard.


    If this is a typical brush guard, that's all theyy are rlly meant for is small stuff......they are more powerful looking than people think. Proof is there after seeing a few in low speed accidents, ppl rear ending someone with a brushguard, that vehicle bumps car in front of them......guard folds back and demolishes front end.
     
  4. Apr 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM
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    yea...don't do it.

    Not strong enough for winching. You'll need a full on bumper for that.
     
  5. Apr 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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    Mounting the grille guard to a front mount receiver hitch? Has anyone tried the Curt front mount? I wanted to mount the receiver up a bit for approach clearance. What do you lose with the front mount receiver hitch in clearance?

    Thanks

    Jim
     
  6. Apr 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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    Just take the brush bar off it looks like crap anyway
     
  7. Apr 11, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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