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Old 04-19-2006, 11:27 AM   #1
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Default Winch mount help? Warn 8274 = grill cutting?

My bumper was originally designed for a winch with a remote solenoid. I found a decent deal on a Warn 8274, and I am hoping to jam it in there somehow.

Measurements according to warn website are 15 inces high by 8.5 inches deep. Which basically covers my entire grill, since my winch tray is only 6 inches deep.
http://www.warn.com/truck/winches/src/M8274-50.shtml

Has anyone done any grill trimming to fit a winch? Pics?

My grill overhangs the area above the bumper by 2-3 inches. Here is my bumper. Sorry about the pics, best I have on hand.



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Old 04-19-2006, 11:31 AM   #2
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Instead of going back toward the truck with your trimming, have you thought about cutting and expanding the area of the bumper?

By this I mean cutting out the winch tray, in the front, enlarging the cavity designed for the winch and re-boxing it making it larger?

I think this would have a greater potiential for looking better than to cut up your grill.

At first I thought it might be easier, but thinking further into the idea, it would probably be a little bit more involved (cutting and welding) but if you have the resources. I still think it would be a better solution.
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have you remove the grill and placed the winch in to see? I ahd the same prob with the first winch bumper we built. thought we had it taken into acct but once got wnch, would have required cutting up the grill. I decided t ojust make new bumper.
dependong on how the mounts are maybe lower mounts to lower mounting plate t oallow more room. if as low as can be I only see 2 good options-new bumper or cut up or remove grill. other option would be sell that one and pay difference for non-intergeted winch.
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As pretty as the truck is I am not totally opposed to cutting the grill or the bumper if it comes down to it.

One of my other concerns is cooling. If I block the grill with a winch, will it cause the truck to overheat?

I can't really lower the mounting surface, without a major rework of the bumper, just below the mounting surface it begins to angle back. Besides the fact that i would have to pay someone to cut up a bumper that originally cost $1000
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I didn't know the situation with bumper-cost, if friend helped etc. jsut trying to offer some options.
I to had the concern about cooling. are you an auto or manual? if auto do you have a stack-plate type cooler (not tube and fin)? I don't believe your summers get as hot as here in Phx. those I know that have blocked the grill area some don't have cooling problems. don't forget the fan will pull the air around the winch. you will lose more of the ram air flow at speeds.

If me, think I"d try mounting winch with grill off. maybe even block little more of rad with something (reduce more air flow) drive around both city and hywy. note the temp guage. does it seem normal for the current outside temps? if so, you probably be fine. Also might want to start looking for another grill, if might sell truck in future.
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I think I would save myself a huge headache, by just buying a winch that fits. I saw a good deal on a 8274, and was salivating over the thought of having one on my truck. But it would probably just be a huge PITA to get mounted. Really the only advantages I can see to the 8274 are the length of line and super fast no load retrieval speed. Just trying to talk myself out of buying it anyway
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I have a pick of one but I am at work. I will try to post up the pic tonight when I get home.
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