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<<<Undercover Winch* Mount >>>

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TacoREX, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. Jan 14, 2016 at 12:01 PM
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    TacoREX

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    UPDATE 2019-01-07: Out of stock until further notice

    Pricing starts at $400
    Shipping to Con-US runs around $75

    *** This winch basket is designed around the Smittybilt XRC-9.5 gen 2 (Model No. 97495 or 98945) any other winch with standard mounting pattern (4.5" x 10") will fit, but I cannot guarantee fitment of the solenoid controller. ***

    Backstory:
    The idea was to build something that didn't weigh down the front of the truck so much that ball joints would need replacing every 6 months. Also to give a "stock looking" truck some much needed self recovery power, plus I like the stock bumper and the way it looks so much more than the aftermarket "rock crawler" bumpers. I choose to build this based around the Smittybilt XRC Winch to offer a budget recovery system to Tacoma owners.

    Please feel free to post comments, opinions, etc. And yes for those of you who want a serious rock crawling, rock bashing plate/tube bumper, they are out there; I just didn't want to build one of those.


    Some rough specs:

    Built around 01-04 Tacoma
    100% accessibility to winch controls from grill, no need to open the hood, crawl underneath, etc.
    Designed for the reuse of stock skid plate & recovery points.
    2x2" x 1/4" frame extensions
    1/4" gusseted winch plate
    approx weight ~ 30lbs
    *Designed around the Smittybilt XRC-9.5 gen 2 (Model No. 97495 or 98945)*
    Total weight with winch = 110lbs +/-




    FYI the winch inevitably adds weigh to the front of the truck, I found that over the first year the front springs sagged under the weight a half an inch +/-. I installed some toytec springs on bilstein 5100 shocks and with the OME leafs in the back I have a level truck with a mild 2.5" lift.

    A few more pics can be found here


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    Last edited: Jan 7, 2019
  2. Jan 14, 2016 at 12:05 PM
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    4x4Banger

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    Idk what you have in mind for your front end but this looks pretty chill @YotaGurlIAm
     
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  3. Jan 14, 2016 at 12:30 PM
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    YotaGurlIAm

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    Definitely dig it, but I'll get a bumper before the wench probably
     
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  4. Jan 14, 2016 at 3:57 PM
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    This is totally my style!! I like the idea of recovery, but i don't like most of the aftermarket bumbers, their weight, or having to modify the suspension to accommodate that weight. This seems like the perfect compromise!! I wanted something like this for the fj I had but never got around to it and the tacoma has other priorities at the moment. Awesome idea!
     
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  5. Jan 14, 2016 at 4:06 PM
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    Thanks jbandt, I know there are lots of options out there for bolt on recovery winch plates but this works best for me. Remember, any substantial weight you add to the front of the vehicle will of course affect the handling. For example my 2.5" lift with the adjustable Bilsteins will soon have to be rebuilt by replacing stock coils with OME 2881 coils. After 226K and 6 months of having the winch on the front they are starting to sag a little, maybe 1/2"...

    Thanks again!
     
  6. Jan 14, 2016 at 4:11 PM
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    DustStorm4x4

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    How much does it weigh, in total?
     
  7. Jan 14, 2016 at 4:39 PM
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    I'll have to put the assembly on a scale to check, in lieu of actually doing that my best guesstimate is a 100lbs (give or take). Weight would be substantially less with synthetic line, somewhere in the neighborhood of 15lbs from what I've read.
     
  8. Jan 15, 2016 at 5:48 AM
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    What would it cost to build me one? I might give it a try. I like the idea. Might pay for itself from one deer hit. I average about one a year in these parts. That front bumper is nothing more than "looks" anyway.
    What about free-spool? Looks like if you rotated the end gear housing 90 deg. to the front you might be able to fashion a handle to access it from the front.
     
  9. Jan 15, 2016 at 7:00 AM
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    Everything is accessible from the front, if you follow the link to the extra pics in the specs area you see how it's mounted. As for cost to build, it all depends on what you have access to. Raw metal is fairly inexpensive ($50-$100), figuring out the bolt pattern, welder, cutting tools, drills, etc. is what makes it costly. I haven't done a write-up on designing one and don't plan to, but here is a link that might help if you wanted to build one yourself. I strongly considered this style but wanted to preserve as much approach angle as possible. In regards to "deer protection" this winch plate replaces the lower cross member on the front of your truck so unless the dear decides to jump up from under your truck at a 45 degree angle there is really no added benefit.
     
  10. Jan 27, 2016 at 10:56 PM
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    No further interest? 6 votes, that's it? No as popular an item as I would have imagined. Suggestions anyone?
     
  11. Jan 28, 2016 at 11:27 PM
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    Interested!!
     
  12. Jan 30, 2016 at 6:53 AM
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    I am definitely interested.

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  13. Feb 29, 2016 at 5:06 PM
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    I am interested.
     
  14. Feb 29, 2016 at 8:11 PM
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    I would like that mounting spot just to have a 2" hitch positioned up like that. Don't have use for a winch but would like to be able to move by boat around with a front hitch. I don't like the crop of hitches that bolt below the bumper.
     
  15. Feb 29, 2016 at 8:13 PM
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    assuming without looking at that price point the winch is included?
     
  16. Mar 1, 2016 at 6:38 AM
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    I should have a couple built by the end of this week or next for those of you who were serious. These will be bare metal and priced at $260. I'll post some pics when completed and you can send me pm's accordingly! Let's get a few of these out there and get more people winching!
    With this design there isn't enough support for a centered receiver, but I'm sure I could put something together that would eliminate the winch option and have a receiver only in its place, send me a pm
    This is a winch mount only, designed to allow someone on a budget, or a person (like me) who likes more of a stock look to install a winch on the front of their truck for under $600-650. But feel free to weigh in at the poll at the beginning of the post
     
  17. Jun 19, 2016 at 9:00 PM
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    Im having some trouble looking at the how its on the truck is it bolted or welded and obviously theres cutting of the bumper but what of other brackets do they have to be cut also,
     
  18. Jun 19, 2016 at 10:33 PM
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    Directly behind the plastic shell (aka bumper) there is a metal reinforced bumper which is replaced by the winch bracket. 2x2 extensions bolt to underside of the frame incorporating the tow hooks and also the face of the frame where the metal reinforced bumper was previously bolted.
     
  19. Jun 20, 2016 at 8:26 AM
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    This is something I would be interested in.
     
  20. Dec 2, 2016 at 1:26 AM
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    Where did this end up. What's the status? I'm interested.
     

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