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Old 02-16-2017, 04:11 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone put a winch in the front bumper of a 91HB, i want a winch but i dont want a aftermarket bumper
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Old 02-16-2017, 05:27 PM   #2
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I built a front hitch receiver between the frame rails on mine. Used some beefy plates extending out and up, then bridged them with 2" pipe to hold the square tube receiver.

Then, slip a hitch-mount winch plate in it, and run the cables to your battery.

Some pictures of mine after I added more pipe to the outside of the mount to make it a functional bumper.









Should give you some ideas.
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It would have to be a real small winch to fit inside the stock bumper
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Not only that, but the stock bumper is just tin. A winch needs a good structure to mount to.
With a receiver, you have teh option of removing it when you are not wheeling. Store it safely in your garage when you don't need it.
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Those are some old pics Mark. 8-9 years old.
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Yup, I wasn't saying to mount it to the bumper, a custom mount would definitely need to be made.
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You're right, Dave. Old pics, but I think they illustrate my point pretty well. You can see the Calmini idler arm in the one shot.

I still have the same arrangement, but now it's bolted to flanges that I welded to the Chevy frame horns. I didn't want to confuse anyone with the non-Nissan frame section.
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