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HF slide in winch platform and HF winches...

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Hi folks,

I have a 04 dodge 4x4 pretty stock with mild A/T tires and I think a front leveling kit (I bought it used and I've noticed it sits a bit higher than most similar trucks).  Any way, I got stuck pulling my sisters station wagon out of the side yard.  I'm not a big off roader but this was a huge pain and a little embarrasing.

I noticed I could get a 12k# winch and a slide in mount from HF all for under $500.  They also have a 8k# hand winch for less than $50.

Any TT's out there have any experience with these HF items?  Please share.  I know HF is probably not the best choice for something that will get a lot of use but I'd be using this maybe a few times a year and it would be stored out of the weather in my bed box.  The online reviews (HF's website) are generally good.

Also, how spendy are front mount hitches and do I have to butcher my front/stock bumper/grill area to mount one to my dodge?

Thanks for reading and any replys.

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I thought I saw a HF ad for their 12K permanent mount winch at $299 this month. I'm seriously thinking about buying one just because of it for my Wagoneer. I'm not a big off-roader either, but the guys on IFSJA (International Full Sized Jeep) forum seem to like them for the price. I don't know anything about the hitch mount.

My concern is also butchering the front end, I personally would like to see one that can somehow be mounted behind the front bumper so you only see it if you flip down the license plate. I don't know if that's possible, but that's what I'd like.

 

Do a search on IFSJA.org and maybe Pirate4x4.com

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thanks all.  i'll probably pull the trigger on this set up some time after Christmas.

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Just a quick update.  i've bought everything now (including a front mount hitch) and making a few mods before I bolt it up.  So far the most noticeable and somewhat unexpected thing is how heavy this rig is.  Will definitely be a work out to move from the toolbox in the bed to the hook up spot on the hitch.

One thing I have not figured out yet is how best to run the power lines to the rear hitch area.  I'm thinking about buying some extra long jumper cables and maybe cutting the clamps off of one end and attaching some sort of quick connect plugs.  

Any TT'ers out there that have done this already?  I'm a complete amateur when it comes to any type of vehicle wiring. 

thanks

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