winch 12.5 + Platinum install + Blackened grill

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Installed my Superwinch Talon 12.5 a couple weeks ago and blackened the grill while I was at it. Had to trim the front fairing a little (see pic) fits nice and snug in my Metal Tech bumper. I also installed a Sears Platinum Die Hard 34/78DT battery recently and replaced the negative terminal with a Tsunami brass one. The terminal fixed my intermittent starter problems. I had to cut the tie wraps holding the battery cables down to get them to fit the battery. My only disappointment is that the winch is made in China :confused:
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I also run the same 12.5k Superwinch and I wasn't thrilled that it was made in China. I looks like only Warn and Ramsey are made in the USA anymore. Keep in mind Superwinch designs their stuff in house and has a manufacture in China produce them, unlike T-Maxx, Smittybilt, etc who just re-label Chinese designed and built winches. I've also never heard any bad things about Superwinch's reliability so I assume the build quality is good regardless of made in China. I honestly have never used mine and probably never will but I did choose Superwinch due to the low amp drawn under load.
 
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Some of the super winches are made in china, the Husky ones have the motors built by their devision in England and then sent to the US for assembly.

As long as there is to QC on the productions floor it doesn't really matter where it was built. (But I still prefer to buy from just about anywhere else)


Truck looks good.
 
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Thanks for the compliments guys, I had to pull a Tacoma to spool the rope and it pulled it like nothing to where I had to pull the parking brake a bit.

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Looks great.

How'd you blacken your grille? Prep? Paint?

Greentruck,

To prep it removed the grill, side marker lights, and other chrome parts.
I sanded it with 120 grit sand paper Masked the parts I didnt want painted with blue painters tape and started painting with plastic spray paint from Home Depot not sure of the brand maybe Krylon or Rustolium it was satin black color though. I added about 5 to 6 coats, and on the emblem I then coated it with some hammered paint from Rustolium dark grey color.

Anton
 

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