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OHRanger 12-15-2010 12:01 PM

winch mounting question
 
so i want to put a winch on the front of my truck, since it is only 2wd and since im in ohio i tend to slide and ive had multiple times where it would have come in real handy in the snow, is there anywhere to mount a winch on the front without replacing the bumper and if i do have to replace the bumper is there a cheap bumper or way to put the winch on without losing clearance so i could really use some suggestions

sgtsandman 12-15-2010 12:30 PM

Re: winch mounting question
 
What about a front hitch and hitch mount for the winch? I'm not sure if they are available for a Ranger but they are for other trucks. It might fit in the opening of the bumper...

RangerJustin 12-15-2010 12:44 PM

Re: winch mounting question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sgtsandman (Post 268824)
What about a front hitch and hitch mount for the winch? I'm not sure if they are available for a Ranger but they are for other trucks. It might fit in the opening of the bumper...

This is your best/easiest option. You can go to etrailer.com or go to a local shop and have them fab one up for ya. The hitch point will pop out through your valance opening, unless you have a body lift.

etrailer 12-20-2010 01:13 PM

Re: winch mounting question
 
There is one hitch available for a 1998 Ranger, Curt # 31019. The skid shield would need to be removed and it will not fit Canadian built 2WD models. We have a note on that hitch about not fitting models with a front cross-member. I'm not sure what that's about. You can determine if it was US or Canadian built either on the build sticker in the door sill or checking the VIN.

Here's a link to the instructions so you can see how it installs and you can check to see if there's anything on your Ranger that would be a problem for installing.

http://www.etrailer.com/instructions.aspx?pn=31019

fox091 02-01-2011 09:58 PM

Re: winch mounting question
 
I have a 2005 FX4, wondering if there was any way I could mount it to the front without too much modification?

etrailer 02-03-2011 09:18 AM

Re: winch mounting question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fox091 (Post 313968)
I have a 2005 FX4, wondering if there was any way I could mount it to the front without too much modification?

There are a couple of hitches available for a 2005 ranger. Again the Curt 31019 and Draw-Tite also has their 65024. The Curt instructions are in my previous post, here are the Draw-Tite instructions. Again you may have to lower the plastic radiator shield or skid plate.

http://www.etrailer.com/instructions.aspx?pn=65024


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