Winch on alloy bullbar

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 09:31
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Hi I have a 3.0 patrol turbo diesel and an alloy bar from Nissan
Can I fit a winch to the body just behind the bullbar?
Someone told me I need a steel bullbar but I am suer I have seen winches on alloy ones.

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Reply By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 09:53

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 09:53

I believe Nissan supply the alloy bull bar as a non winch bar.

Would'nt you also need to cut a hole in the bar for the fairlead? Nissans winch bar is a steel bar as an accessory.

I suspect your information from "someone" is suprisingly! correct.

A phone call to your fiendly Nissan spare parts counter may clarify your question as well.


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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 10:58

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 10:58
Peter, if your alloy bar has the hole behind the number plate for the roller then it's winch compatible. If not it is usually possible to add a steel winch cradle & adapt the alloy bar to suit. It would be unlikely there is a cradle direct off the shelf so would need an engineering workshop to fabricate. Possibly less fuss & cheaper to sell the old bar & buy a winch compatible model. There are plenty of alloy winch bars around but they do need to have the extra heavy mounting brackets.
Cheers Craig.........
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Reply By: fergus - Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 11:22

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 11:22
Thanks Guys I had a chanch to get down to the local 4wd Megastore and the guy there said it was not got to add a winch to that bar becouse of the Driver side airbag.
so I will just have to settle for an armstrong winch for the time being.
Thanks again
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred L (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 13:07

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 13:07
There was some discussion on this thread about 6 months back. As a result I mounted a winch on the frame behind the bar (plenty of space with bolt threads already mounted on the chassis) and cut a hole in the alloy bar for the guide/rollers. The steel plate I had cut was 10mm but somebody said that a 6mm was good enough. In hind site I agree. There was no hassle and easy to install except I had to rorate the clutch handle for easier access. Whole job exluding the winch cost about $60. Happy to let you have more details if you want. I have used the winch a couple of times with no problems so far.

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Reply By: Member - Ed. C.- Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 21:01

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 21:01
TJM have (or used to have have) an "off the shelf" winch mounting cradle for Patrols...
completely independant of bullbar.. (B'bar can be removed if necessary, leaving winch & fairlead in place)... This cradle is attached to the chassis rails via pre-existing captive nuts...

Obviously, said cradle would be made to suit TJM bars, & the winches they sell...
My Ox (hydraulic) is mounted this way, behind a T15 alloy bar... Works fine:-))

With a different make of bar, it should be only a matter of cutting an opening for the fairlead in the appropriate position...

Regards, Ed. C.
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