Rear winch mount for 100 Series Cruiser

Submitted: Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 11:25
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Folks,

I have a 100 Series (98, GXL, standard rear bar, with single ARB wheel mounting, top and bottom opening rear doors), and I was wondering about putting a winch somewhere in the rear.

The winch is a 12000lb unit, but it is not real big (think warn X9 size, or premier). I figure I could bolt the mounting plate to the chasis somewhere in the rear, and then cut a small hole in the plastic for the rollers to poke through.

Does anyone know if this has been done, and if so, by anyone in Sydney? Alternatively, are there any engineering workshops out there that would do something like this? I need the front bullbar modified as well, as it is a steel unit, but not winch mountable (I have a second winch for the front).

Also, any hassals I might have? I don't know if it would be too low to be of much use, or if it would be likely to cop a hiding in use.

Is there somewhere else I could mount it? In the rear of the truck, on the floor? In the hole created by removing the spare wheel? I'm tossing all different ideas into the boiling pot, and seeing what comes out.

Any ideas out there?

Cheers

Chris
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Reply By: timber - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 11:48

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 11:48
Chris,

Try this site for another idea

http://www.brawn4x4.com.au/port_a_winch.htm

Cheers

Buggerlux
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Follow Up By: chris_legend_25 - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 12:13

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 12:13
Not a bad idea.

I'd probably have to put a few mounting points around the vehicle, but not too big a deal.

Problem is I already have 2 winches, and a hand winch. It would be nice to have both the big units mounted permanantly.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 12:59

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 12:59
Chris
if we see an extra long wheelbase 100 series driving around we'll know what happened :-)
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Reply By: fatz - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:08

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:08
Chris, give australian auto fashions a go. they made a mounting plate for my winch to go behind an alloy toyota bar. They do a lot of custom work. There web address is:
http://www.australianautofashions.com.au/
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Follow Up By: chris_legend_25 - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:29

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:29
What were their prices like?

I've never had anything like this done before, thats all. Got no idea what to expect.
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Follow Up By: fatz - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 15:26

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 15:26
Chris, cost me $500 to have all the work done on mine. Made the plate, mounted the winch, cut the hole in the bull bar and wired it all up.
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Reply By: Carchania - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 17:58

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 17:58
hi chris

have you tried giving mannell motors a call? they are into doing custom work like what your suggesting. especially the rear winch mount.

cheers mate

Leayton
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Reply By: D-Jack - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 18:16

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 18:16
Get a hand winch
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 00:29

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 00:29
nah mate for the weight if I had too make a choice it would be hi lift hub lifters and bog boards. ( I have a winch and hi lift)
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Reply By: Crackles - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 19:28

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 19:28
A little pessimistic putting one in the back Chris & 12,000lb to boot. Really a waste IMHO as even the most keen offroad drivers would rarely need to winch backwards. Would be far more practicle to carry a Tirfor for that rare occurance & they can also be used to winch sideways as well.
As I see it your options are.....
1.Mount it in the spare tyre position & cut a slot in your chassis for the rope to come out. Would look great, but difficult to lay cable on the drum, opperate the clutch or maintain the winch.
2. Store it in the back then when required slot a purpose built mounting bracket into the tow hitch reciever & connect via an Anderson plug.
3. Sell it & buy a Tirfor ;-)
4. Travel with a mate & let him winch you out backwards.
The only successful rear mount winches I've seen are under the backs of trays between the chassis rails where there is just enough room to fit & opperate.

Cheers Craig.............
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Follow Up By: Noosa Bushtrackers - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 19:49

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 19:49
Good copmments Graig,
Lots of us carry a winch around but not many of them get used to pull the owner out of the Sh.. Mine has only been used for pulling others out.

Many years ago when I was in the Army, we had winches mounted on the front that with a little mucking around could be run under the truck and winch backwards. Never saw it used but it can be done, and could be done on most 4WD's if really stuck and no one else to help out.

A Landcruiser 4WD's only has about 600kg of carrying capacity, why put two heavy winches on that cut down on what else you can carry.
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