Installing winch into genuine Nissan bullbar

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Hey guys iv been trying to instal a ironman9500 pound winch into my 2000 Nissan patrol genuine bullbar. It all bolts in ok but the winch sits to low. It's that low that to fair lead bottom roller sits at the top of the winch cable when spooled up. Any ideas???
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 07:46

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 07:46
Is there room to shift the top holes up to lift the winch up a space. ie you will have 6 holes to choose from. Us the middle holes for the fair lead.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 09:09

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 09:09
Relocate the roller fair lead down.
You will have to drill new holes about 20mm up from the original holes. This would be better than trying to lift the winch up.

BTW is there a steel plate that goes between the chassis rails that the winch is bolted to?

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Reply By: Navara09 - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:17

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:17
I cant move the fairlead up because it is already sitting to high. And i really dont want to be drilling any holes as i can weaken the material. If i flip th winch and hav it spool from the top the cable will be in the eight spot.
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Follow Up By: Member -Ted - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:28

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:28
So why not flip the winch? When I had my patrol the winch motor was on the right hand side looking at the front of the vehicle, not sure about yours though.
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Follow Up By: Member - Darren & Janella (WA) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:47

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:47
x2 as above, you'll have to flip the winch on a genuine Nissan steel winch bar. Had to do that with my Tigerz11 winch. You will most likely need to rotate the gearbox too so that you can access the free spool lever. Another thing to check, not too sure about the Ironman winch, is that if it has drain holes, which will now be sitting at the top after the flip, you'll need to block these off.
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Follow Up By: Navara09 - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 11:51

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 11:51
Darren youve had no problems with your winch because it has been flipped?
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Follow Up By: Member - Darren & Janella (WA) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:09

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:09
No mate, no problems.
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Follow Up By: Navara09 - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:41

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:41
Ok then thanks for that. Just wasnt sure if it would ruin the winch or put it under more strain. And it doesnt look like it has any drain holes on the winch
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Follow Up By: Member - Darren & Janella (WA) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:52

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:52
The Tigerz11 has no drain holes either. The rope/wire will be going in and out the same way from the drum, albeit upside down. People that I know in the same situation with their winches being upside down have not repotred any issues, be they Tigerz11, Ironmans, Warns etc... (pretty sure the Warns have drain holes).
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Follow Up By: Navara09 - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 13:01

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 13:01
Ok then thanks for the help much is appreciated
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 03:26

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 03:26
If the Ironman is a new model its waterproofed so no drain holes.

Flip it as required, makes no difference other than rotating gearbox as discussed above and thats the same for all winches.

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Follow Up By: jrzoo - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 05:26

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 05:26
Hi. My Superwinch X9 is 'flipped' on a Patrol genuine bar and it spools from the top - BUT the instructions are pretty clear that the winch should spool from the bottom not the top??

I have searched forums etc but cannot find if there is a valid reason for this?

It would save me a bit of work to just leave it and I note that most of you who have done it say no probs.

Anybody know why it should spool from bottom??

All I can imagine is that most winching would be getting up an incline and the line would probably be in the right place spooling from the bottom and angling up?? but I am not an engineers bootlace. Any ideas

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