What size winch would anyone recommend for a 1500 ext cab 4x4???? I tired breaking down the vin # cause I know it should be 1 1/2 times the vehicles gross weight...the 6000 to 700lb range is just too vague
An extended cab 1500 is around 6500lbs potential with passengers, fuel, cargo.
I would get at least a 9000lb winch, preferably a 12,000lb Warn. It will be slower, but definately pull almost anything. If you run mud a lot, get the M12000. My buddy was stuck in a deep mud pit and two Rams in tandem couldn't budge him with just straps.
Used the M12000 and he got out, barely. Had to anchor the winch truck and he was on dry ground slightly higher than the stuck truck!
Has anyone seen the hidden winch kit which mounts the winch behind the front bumper and the front license plate flips up to reveal the winch roller fairleads? Ive been pricing bumpers with winch mounts and they are fairly expensive. I like that its a stealthy installation also...
I found it! Its made by WARN...but, it's only available for Chevy/GMC and Ford!!! It's called a semi-hidden kit which mounts behind the factory bumper!!! That sucks!!!
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What ya gotta do is a) use a welder, ot b) find a buddy with one (I have one if you're close by BTW). Buy a piece of steel plate, bolt winch to that plate then weld the plate to your frame.
It isn't the professionl install way, but it protects the winch from the bottom because of the plate. A few of my friends have it mounted like that and never had a problem with it coming out (even under HARD winching).
I know that WARN also makes a platform type thing (sorry, bad terminology) that you can bolt your winch to. Then add a 2" reciever to the front of your truck. You could then use your winch in either the front or the rear of your truck if you need to (cheaper than buying two winches) and you can also remove it when not in use. Which would cut down the weight of your rig a bit and save on the weathering of your winch...this is my plan anyway...when I can afford it.
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