winch cradle behind alloy bull bar

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:54
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hey sports fans.
i am looking into putting a winch behind the bull bar (nissan alloy). i know it wont be possible to hook the winch up to the bar.and that there are cradles out that bolt ontothe chassis.

is it worth doing this (knowing that the cradle wills upport the winch) and would it effect the airbag.
i am seriously considering doing this as the cradle is only $125 from a business on the net and a steel bull bar ranges from $500 second hand to $2000 new.
im stuck on the 'should i or shouldnt i' roundabout.
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Reply By: Angler - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 23:59

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 23:59
I have seen these on a few patrols with alloy bars and they seem to work well. Where on the net did you see them? I am also looking for one.

Pooley
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Follow Up By: Member - Greg T (ACT) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 06:47

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 06:47
i found them at www.tigerz11.com.au

this is the only place on the net that i have found to have them. inc cheap winches.
i gave him a call and he said you can do it,but as long as no part of the winch is bolted to the alloy bullbar,because you will rip it off.

just trying to see if any one else has done this + the questions in the original post
i dont have any association with this website
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Reply By: JR - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 10:18

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 10:18
Watch how strong these cheap ones are, they can twist easily
Proper ones are 8 or 10mm steel, and the fairlead is attached to the mount not the bull bar
I had a thin one and then made one for myself after it bent
JR
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 11:39

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 11:39
You should also consider the legalities of doing this especially on an airbag equipped vehicle.
Anything fitted to an airbag equipped vehicle is supposed to be certified for such.
Insurance companies will use any reason to deny the claim

I wanted to fit a towball at the front but the legalities and concerns about implications of hitting someone and that part contributing to the damage stopped me from doing it.



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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 12:56

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 12:56
Graham

Re your towball

You could always fit a detachable towball....like a HR tongue with slide in bit welded to or into the bullbar or bumper bar.
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Follow Up By: Member - Greg T (ACT) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:20

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:20
your right Graham,
i should look at the legal side of things.
the bullbar does say no not modify on a sticker.

i should bite the bullet and buy a steel winch. then there would be no questions to ask from mr nrma when that greenie jumps out in front of the truck with the no bullbars in the city poster in their hand...VTIC.. sholdnt say those things, i can help it, its the bloke in me.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 13:40

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 13:40
Yeah I know but with all the probs decided to learn to back van a bit better.
May work out cheaper in the end and as its an airbag model have to be careful.
Decided not to bother and didnt have time to go into it to far.



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