- Oct 27, 2015
- The Free State of Florida
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So, can a Warn 8274 winch be installed without mods to an OEM bumper? And can the OEM electrical system/harness handle the load without upgrade?
That sounds like the way I'd go. Maybe an 8274 is too heavy to be mobile, but get a winch that can be picked up and be stored in the bed of your truck. And then design a mount on the winch that will slide into ball mounts that you have mounted to both the front and rear bumpers. It's out of the way, it can be used on both ends of the truck, and you don't have a front fairlead getting clogged with debris. I say all this with just ideas floating around in my head on how I'd like a winch on one of my rigs. Never done it, so reality might say it's a bad idea. Wouldn't be the first time!So exploring options, including a rear-mounted unit or one that mounts into a tow ball receiver.
Fair enough and good that you are using it. Well, I live in and grew up in Africa and we have always used Cruisers in proper off road conditions very far from any form of civilization or help. A Warn roller fairlead could not care less that you are driving through grass, shrub, thorn trees, bushes, water, mud, etc.WL wire runs through the harness in this rig.
I drive my rig through lots of tall grasses, weeds, brush, etc. when I’m using it for what it’s for, to haul stuff to the cows in the high country as well as fencing materials, stock tanks, …. via roadless terrain. This is my utility vehicle. Volume and weight requirements forgo using something like a side-by-side. The amount of material that would get jammed into the fairlead subsystem mounted on the bumper is unfathomable. I’ve managed the years so far without a winch but there’s been a few times one would have been handy - maybe. So exploring options, including a rear-mounted unit or one that mounts into a tow ball receiver.