Ive been looking at this one for a month now so really looking forward to your opinion on the install and function.Yes it just replaces the plastic portion of the factory bumper with metal hidden winch mount/bumper… I’ll post a pic once I get it installed…
Agreed...I am not a fan of the "Bubba Gump" look either. We just don't have a lot of in between for our trucks. Waiting to see how it turns out too.It is a hidden winch. It comes with compromises. You have to use a remote switch and will have to remove a bit more bolts to gain access for maintenance/repairs. It is up to each person to decide if this is the right type for them. There are plenty of Bubba Gump looking bumpers to choose from for those that don't like a hidden option.
A winch is a high maintenance tool. Especially if it gets used. They can and do bind during recovery processes. What are you going to do then? Drop half your front end in the middle of a bog? This design is 100% for the aesthetics and not for practical use. I don't understand why they did not at least put some kind of access plate on it? Then it could work. I am not going to encase a winch behind a friging bumper that must be removed for basic use, care, and maintenance. Each to their own, it will look bad ass until you need to use it or care for it.
This is correct. And there is more to it. Yes, I have been involved in winch recoveries many times. I don't want to sound snarky, but this is my 5th 4wd vehicle. I push them all hard. I have had my TB for 12 months and 10,000 miles. Over 1000 miles is off road. It is my passion. I have a lifetime of experience from southwestern deserts to the Rocky Mountians. In this video from a previous post you can see my Trail Boss off road.Winches have to be properly maintained. The cable or synthetic cable must be wound properly with adequate tension. You need to be able to see the spool (in my opinion) to make sure this is done properly. It’s also VERY handy to be able to access the free spool level to pull line out…
It’s not about “failure”. It’s about proper usage. That setup might could be great with some access. Like I said I like the look, just questioning the functionality.
You both brought up good points against it. I am trying to gather data points that can help to determine if the trade-offs are worth it.
I asked for a lot more things that just failure rate but you seem not willing to answer/talk to any of them? Why? Have you actually not needed a winch in all the off roading you do? It does not look like you have added a winch to your current truck, why not? If you had winches on your previous trucks, how often did you need them for a recovery? How often did you need access to the winch other than the free spool lever? You have knowledge here that I do not have so please educate me.
It takes 6 bolts to get access to it so at home this is a non issue. On the trail there is a chance that it could be not possible to access the bolts depending on the situation and that would suck bad. How often is what will make or break the kind of setup.
Have the extension under the hood to attach the remote .. will take a pic tomorrow and post ..rough country 12K winch :Ive been looking at this one for a month now so really looking forward to your opinion on the install and function.
What brand winch are you going to use?