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Receiver Winch Mount

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I bought a Winch for a specific problem that I had. Since I had it I decided that I wanted to be able to hook it up to my Truck. I did not like any of the winch bumpers so I decided to go the receiver approach. That way I could use it on the truck, tractor, trailer, whatever.

I bought a receiver winch mount and a front receiver for my truck. I installed the receiver on my truck and the first thing I noticed was how low it was. The receiver ended up just below to bumper (bottom of first picture). I didn't really like that but I figured I could live with it. But when I tried to hook up the winch it would not connect because the winch would hit the bumper.

At this point I decided that I had enough and that I was going to rebuild the receiver so that I could have it behind my license plate.

I marked out where I wanted it and started measuring.


Turns out that I needed to mount the new receiver 1 3/4 above the cross bar. I just happened to have some 1 3/4 square tubing that I used as a spacer.

Once I was convinced I had it in the right spot I welded the spacer in place.


I knew that the 1 3/4 tube was a little light so I reinforced everything with 1/4" and 5/8" plate. I also added a place to bolt the power connector.


I put a coat of paint on it, and wired up my power and now I have a much cleaner way to mount the winch


When not on the truck the license plate covers it up. It is an easy removal of two screws and I can mount it up. I may make a folding license plate mount so that I don't have to take the license plate off. But it works for now.


Anyway I thought I would share it with you guys.
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That looks really nice. You need one of the old 60s model spring loaded license plate mounts.
I rigged up a winch mount for my winch to hook up to the receiver on the rear of my pickup some time back. Then about 3 years ago, I replaced the stock front bumper with an all steel replacement bumper that had a hitch receiver built into it. So now, I can use the winch on the front or rear. This also allows me to utilize the winch on my gooseneck trailer by hanging a snatchblock from the gooseneck.

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