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product comparison - HIDDEN Winch Mounts

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by savethewheels, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. Mar 8, 2018 at 10:08 AM
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    savethewheels

    savethewheels [OP] Well-Known Member

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    This thread will compare all the different Hidden Winch Mounts for 3rd Gens.
    If you have any information or input that's currently missing (features/weight/etc), please comment! Also please feel free to provide commentary if you have one of these installed.

    CBI Offroad
    http://www.cbioffroadfab.com/products/3rd-gen-toyota-tacoma/t3-tacoma-winch-mount/
    Features: no recovery points
    Weight: ? lbs
    Price: $375

    Pelfreybuilt
    www.pelfreybilt.com/product/16-tacoma-hidden-winch-mount/
    Features: no recovery points
    Weight: ? lbs
    Price: $475

    HWMS
    www.hiddenwinchmounts.com/store/#!/2016-Toyota-Tacoma/p/73555417/category=21280122
    Features: recovery points option (+ $190)
    Weight: 40 lbs
    Price: $490

    SDHQ
    http://store.sdhqoffroad.com/2016tacomahiddenwinchmount.aspx
    Features: features recovery points
    Weight: 50 lbs
    Price: $530

    U.S. Off Road
    www.usoffroad.us/store/bumpers/toyota-tacoma-2016-2017-winch-mount/
    Features: semi-hidden; doesn't require cutting bumper, features recovery points
    Weight: ? lbs
    Price: $499
     
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  2. Mar 8, 2018 at 10:17 AM
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    AtlasPilot

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    The HWMS weighs 40# as said on their website.
     
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  3. Mar 8, 2018 at 10:20 AM
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    Woodrow F Call

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    The US Offroad one.... it seems like it would be hard on your winch line.
     
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  4. Mar 8, 2018 at 12:14 PM
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    savethewheels

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    Agreed :anonymous:
     
  5. Mar 8, 2018 at 1:43 PM
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    Dirty Harry

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    Are there rear bumper solutions?
     
  6. Mar 12, 2018 at 11:11 AM
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    savethewheels

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    Thanks -- I updated the original post!
    Still waiting on @CBI Offroad Fab and @Pelfreybilt to chime in with their product weights.
     
  7. Mar 12, 2018 at 11:27 AM
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    RushT

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    Does the recent Warn semi-hidden count? Winch is hidden, but there's a bit more obvious going on out front.
     
  8. Apr 17, 2019 at 10:51 PM
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    thedriza

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  9. Apr 18, 2019 at 4:17 AM
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    SSO is a great option, probably 120lbs with a Smittybuilt X20C.

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  10. Apr 18, 2019 at 4:38 AM
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    Cudgel

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    Good thread.

    I have never been able to decide if a permanent front mounted winch or a receiver mount is ideal for that rare case I need to self recover from behind as well. Since I try not to be off road on too technical a trail alone it further complicates the winch option.
     
  11. Jul 11, 2019 at 1:03 PM
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    awwbugman

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    Anyone know if you can run a lower bumper light bar (even if brackets were modified) with a SDHQ or CBI hidden winch mount?
     
  12. Jul 13, 2019 at 7:28 AM
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    Doubt it. I don't think the bracket mounting points are the issue. A winch occupies the same space as the light bar would. I have the lower bumper lightbar and it takes up all the space down there along with the transmission cooler.

    Probably best thing to do is move the lightbar up and behind the grill.

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. Sep 17, 2019 at 10:29 AM
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    notlefty Probably Wrong

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    Which mount is pictured here ?

    TIA Steve
     
  14. Sep 17, 2019 at 11:25 AM
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  15. Oct 10, 2020 at 7:09 PM
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    I know this thread started a couple years ago, but still popped up when I was exploring winch mounts. If you are shopping for one, I recommend not using RRW (Relations Race Wheel). They offer an incomplete product, not stated on their website. Customer support is not the greatest. Look at more reputable manufacturers.
     
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  17. Oct 11, 2020 at 4:07 PM
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    GreyBaldTaco

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    What's incomplete about it?
     
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  18. Oct 11, 2020 at 4:36 PM
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    Here is the link to their site, and I'll also copy and paste the content of their website:

    www.***********************/products/hidden-winch-mount-tacoma

    The power steering cooling lines run in front of the radiator. I had seen other installation videos where other manufacturers provide a bracket to relocate them further back so that the mount can be installed over bolt threads where the crash bumper sits (crash bumper needs to be removed). During my first attempt, after spending several hours removing the bumper (it was my first time so there was a learning curve for me), i couldn't figure out how their winch mount was suppose to mount flush on those threads. I later found out about the relocation brackets. So emailed customer support, and said they would make brackets for me. It's a little suspicious that they have to make brackets. I would think they'd probably forgot to include them, and should have them readily available? Especially because this this is a "high demand product." But whatever, it took another week to receive them.

    I emailed again asking if there's any thing else I should need before attempting a second install, tips, anything else I should know. They assured I was good to go, and that it should be self explanatory. Today, I gave it a go. Got down to the bracket install portion, and of course, I was going to need additional hardware. Not sure if this was on me. I thought I would be reusing factory hardware to mount this thing, but anyways, no mention that I needed to purchase bolts to secure the power steering lines to their bracket. When to local hardware shop, purchased the hardware. Continued with the install. What they didnt take into account is that the mount should've been a different size on the driver's side. It should've been longer, and not the same size as the passenger side. The problem is that the bolt I just installed hits another line (I'm not sure what kind this is, but it has a light grey jacket over it, and there's two). I attached the picture to it. So, I called it quits at that point. I wasted 2 days on this. I'm not one to be dramatic at all, and I really did my best to see if there's another way around the issues, but I was done. Other manufacturers take everything into account, and tell you what specific modifications the buyer is responsible for. I was surprised when I read RRW's description cause it seemed too easy. I figured I support a local shop. Should've followed that gut feeling. Sorry for the long explanation.

    Here is what their website says. The part that states "Utilizes all existing OEM hardware - no special hardware needed to install" is completely false.

    Due to the high demand for this item, please allow 1-2 weeks for production (laser cutting, bending, powder coating, and packaging. Please be patient as we strive hard to maintain the best quality in each process.

    Maintain a low profile and mount a 9-10k lb winch to your Tacoma frame for use during your next weekend offroad adventure. This mount houses the winch in the most ideal location which optimizes space and placement.

    We designed this kit so that you will NOT need to trim your plastic bumper cover. All you need to do is cut out a small hole for the fairlead entry/exit.

    Specifications

    • Design: CAD Designed with reinforced gussets throughout. Utilizes all existing OEM hardware - no special hardware needed to install.
    • Material: Thick 3/16 inch steel plate
    • Welding: Professionally MIG welded
    • Compatibility: Fits most winches up to 10,000 lbs (we recommend Warn or Smittybilt)
    • Weight: 20 lbs
    • Finish: Sand blasted and powder coated in a satin black finish
    • Make: Designed and made in Southern California

    BENEFITS
    • Does not require any cutting of the actual bumper, only a hole in the lower valance• Lightweight design means your front end will not be weighed down the way it would be by a large metal bumper
    • Super rigid design has virtually no flex
    • Mounting a winch is a must have upgrade for any serious weekend off-roader• Ideal for those wanting to keep the stock bumper intact for the best factory look• Cost effective way to properly mount a winch to your truck frame
    • Low profile, most stealth way to house a winch• Comes already powder coated and ready to install
    • Mount a 9-10k winch behind your OEM bumper• We designed this mount to place the winch at the most optimal location for ultimate function, to save space and to fit most readily available winches

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  19. Oct 11, 2020 at 5:06 PM
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    I've got the SDHQ. I've been super happy with it, no complaints at all. I bought me a Warn 8274 for my land cruiser so I picked up another Ultrahook a few weeks ago. Trying to decide if I like the orange or green better on the Taco...lol

    Install.jpg
    Orange.jpg
     
  20. Oct 11, 2020 at 5:11 PM
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    Man that looks great! I have the Warn Evo 10-S. How was the mount install with the SDHQ? Did they send all the required hardware? All I wanted was exactly what you have, haha
    I guess the plus side is that I can get that fender off a lot quicker than the first time around, haha
     

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