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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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I am currently driving a 2015 TH, and have been looking into adding a winch to the arsenal of gear I need to take my car properly off road. I have read all the threads regarding mounting the RRO front bumper options, and one in particular by Kenndowl featured a front mounted 2" receiver. I know it might not be a popular idea, but I don't want the added weight of the winch on my front end all the time, mostly because I don't see myself needing the winch unless I am planning a real trip. What I would like to do is get a cradle for the winch that mounts into the front or back receiver, and allows me to store the winch in my garage until I need it. I have looked into the different RRO bumpers, which splits between those designed for the winch, and those designed to not allow a winch mount internally. Would I be alright getting the nonwinch bumper/brush guard/skid plate mounted, having a 2" receiver added in somehow from a metal shop? My main concern would be whether or not a nonwinch bumper would be able to sustain any real weight in the event I was using that hitch to pull.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 02:54 PM
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according to RRO's website, the non-winch bumper is NOT strong enough to push/pull anything. you'll rip it off the front of your car. it is for this reason that i bought the winch bumper and also a cover plate for the hole. i do not plan on running a winch at this time, but i wanted it to be as strong as possible, and also be easy if i ever upgrade in the future.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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What about the possibility of the front receiver? Would it be terribly hard to incorporate that into the bumper? I couldn't find much on the topic, in terms of safety for mounting the winch cradle and not trashing my front end. I would love some examples if there are any at hand.
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I have a Rhino Side-by-Side that came with a hitch receiver winch, and front and rear receivers. This thread just reminded me of that. thanks. I just thought of getting the TH wired for the winch (Front and Rear Connectors that match the Rhino) Then I just need a front receiver. NICE. Thanks for Idea. I'll let you know what I come up with. Like the idea. Just need a Front Brush Guard that can handle a 2" receiver that is strong enough for a winch.
First Step is to get Wired for Winch front and rear with quick connects. that's it and I can use it in the rear.
Step two is adding brushguard with receiver to front. then I will be full winch ready.
Seems like a cheap, easy plan? ordering these today and putting a call into my Stereo shop guy...
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Are you going to look into the RRO Bumper/brush guard, or do you have another one in mind? I know the winch bumper should handle a pull when mounted properly, but I have no idea whether or not there would be room to add a 2" receiver onto that without risking damage to my TH or the bumper. I would guess it should be fine, but I don't have much experience with this kind of thing.

Good luck with the wiring! It sounds like you have a pretty good lead on getting this project rolling.
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