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I got a 12,000lbs winch from my Dad and decided to use it on a receiver carrier so that I don't have to haul it around all the time. This sucker is heavy. Bathroom scale said 93lbs! I got the CBI front hitch mount, ran Warn quick connect plugs to the front and rear and wanted a place to mount it out of sight when not using it and to avoid approach/departure angle issues. I bolted a bumper mount receiver plate into the bed and use a locking hitch pin to help prevent theft. On the underside of the bed I used a 1/4 piece of plate steel that is 12" wide and 5" deep. I wanted to spread out the stress on the bed. I guess my question is how strong is the composite bed? There is the normal play in the receiver tube and I am concerned that when bouncing down the trail or trying to clear a obstacle all that weight moving around in the tube could crack the bed. I do plan on getting some synthetic winch line which should save me about 30lbs but I just want to be on the safe side with my new truck haha. I included some pictures and any input or experience would be much appreciated.












 

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Hard to tell by the pics but if you drilled the bed and sandwiched it with a steel plate on the underside of the composite bed, I'd say that's a recipe for destruction.

Suggestion, sell it and by an appropriate sized winch (4 ton) and bolt it on the front of your truck. Reinventing the wheel only makes for a ruff ride
 

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I can think of a few guys that have broken the beds. One was showing how tough they were and hit it with a sledge, which of course went right through. The others broke them in the corners from overloading them. For storage, I think you are fine, but would expect it to crack on the edges of the plate if you do a lot of washboard roads. Even if it does crack it's nothing you can't fix with some epoxy and fiberglass.
 

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I was thinking the same thing. I will just have to take it easy when its mounted back there. It feels really strong, but there is no give in that type of bed. it wont just bend a little. It will just break.
 

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Anyone else have experience with the bed breaking or cracking due to bolting things to the bed?

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Another guy over on TacomaWorld has the same exact setup as me, mounted the same except he used two 2" x 12" strips of metal as washers to mount the winch, and i just used the one 5" x 12" plate. He has used this setup for years and wheeled the truck hard with no issues at all. I even PM'ed him to look at this post I started and asked his opinions. If you back it with a strong large piece you will be just fine. The "bed cracking" issues I have seen have never been a result of mounting something to it. Only from caps and really hard "hits" to the truck.
 
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