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Installing a Winch on Gen 5

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I bought a winch and winch bumper and installed on the Gen 5. Terra 45 with synthetic line. Rated at 4500 lbs. The entire set up replaces the factory bumper beam and adds about 30 lbs.

I'm not sure I would have bought it new. I'm sure there are better uses of my money; Car related or not. For what I have in the set up I think it's worth it.

As it stands now it's all done. Wiring and the control harness.

I might pick up a second controller to install on the bumper after all. Not sure. I'm going to have to see a real world need for it before I do that but I'm not against it either.

The only real hiccup I have is I expected the winches face plate to protrude or be flush with the bumper. However, it was not. It was actually recessed. So I only cut the opening enough for the line to feed through plus an extra 1/4" or so. I might add a trim piece over it to give it a finished look or I might look into a faux/flip up license plate bracket so that it's completely hidden.

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I would definitely add something to the bumper to protect the painted finish.

with my come-along I keep some old bicycle tire tubes and vinyl garden hose sliced open to protect things from the cable. (like painted car parts or nice trees)
@bradze would be proud, as it came out of his 2011 wagonqueen family truckster.

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I would definitely add something to the bumper to protect the painted finish.

with my come-along I keep some old bicycle tire tubes and vinyl garden hose sliced open to protect things from the cable. (like painted car parts or nice trees)
Yea, I was thinking like a U shaped rubber trim piece that goes around the opening. Then looking into false license plate brackets too.
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Yea, I was thinking like a U shaped rubber trim piece that goes around the opening. Then looking into false license plate brackets too.
on a NYC car I saw a large rubber protector to stop cars from catching the license plate on a bumper.
(all the cars on the street there have bras and rubber panties as people rub and push cars all the time when parking).

I would think you would be looking for some slippery plastic or rubber though, so the cable does not create friction and damage the item or grab at it.
maybe spraying it with silicone would help before winch use.

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on a NYC car I saw a large rubber protector to stop cars from catching the license plate on a bumper.
(all the cars on the street there have bras and rubber panties as people rub and push cars all the time when parking).

I would think you would be looking for some slippery plastic or rubber though, so the cable does not create friction and damage the item or grab at it.
maybe spraying it with silicone would help before winch use.
I saw something like this when I was in Manhattan earlier this year. It's a bumper in front of the bumper.

We don't require front license plates in WV so I was thinking more something like this.

It would look like it has a front license plate holder but isn't in use.

Not sure I'll go that far or not.
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I wouldn't use rubber or other soft material to try to protect the paint from a winch's cable or line because the tensioned cable/line would likely cut through the protection-er. Instead a replaceable aluminum piece attached to the car and with it's oblong hole smaller than the corresponding hole through the bumper or bodywork.

I THINK that the piece I'm talking about is called a 'fairing' but honestly, the name of it escapes me just now.

The piece is aftermarket made for winch users and are available in most any 4x4, off-road, or adventure oriented outlet.... mostly they're just bigger.
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I wouldn't use rubber or other soft material to try to protect the paint from a winch's cable or line because the tensioned cable/line would likely cut through the protection-er. Instead a replaceable aluminum piece attached to the car and with it's oblong hole smaller than the corresponding hole through the bumper or bodywork.

I THINK that the piece I'm talking about is called a 'fairing' but honestly, the name of it escapes me just now.

The piece is aftermarket made for winch users and are available in most any 4x4, off-road, or adventure oriented outlet.... mostly they're just bigger.
Fairlead. I have one installed. The problem is it's currently completely recessed behind the skin of the bumper.

I expected it to protrude or be flush so this creates a minor issue I'm trying to account for.

I cut the opening wide enough for it to be used and even added some extra width for some extreme angles.
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Wow, nice ! You need a prerunner style bumper next
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Wow, nice ! You need a prerunner style bumper next
I've thought about ways to get a better approach angle out of the bumper but not an all out steel bumper.

Just don't think it would work with what I would want.

I keep coming back to chopping the lower half, removing a section, and putting it back on. Essentially closing up the lower opening.
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I've thought about ways to get a better approach angle out of the bumper but not an all out steel bumper.

Just don't think it would work with what I would want.

I keep coming back to chopping the lower half, removing a section, and putting it back on. Essentially closing up the lower opening.
True ! Cutting off a part of the lower half of the bumper would be a good functional approach to get a better approach angle. On our cars a the added weight of steel bumper would be an over kill.

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