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Old 10-18-2006, 02:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mounting winch "feet forward"

I have this Tabor 12000lb winch:



I am putting it into a road armor bumper that mounts the winch feet forward meaning the four mounting bolts go into the front of the bumper veritcally instead of there being a horizontal plate for the winch to bolt onto.

The instructions for the winch show it mounted feet down and say "mount it this way only."

It looks to me like it will work fine clocked what do you think?
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would say that feet forward would be stronger than the standard mounting. I would NEVER mount one feet backward. My boss has a winch setup this way, it for utility purposes, not recovery, but it scares the crap outta me anyhow.
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeap - feet forward is stronger than feet down!
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Old 10-18-2006, 05:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My Warn 12k had pads for forward and down, I used them both
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Old 10-18-2006, 07:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I dont' know anything about winch internals other than the solenoids, but strength isn't the only reason it could say feet down only. There could be an internal lubrication issue of some sort that I am not aware of.

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Feet forward well be fine.
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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wtf are feet?
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I think the 8274 is the only one that shouldn't be mounted feet forward due to lubrication.
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Maybe the electricals are affected? Vents?
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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feet forward and feet down are both fine to use i was told. Then again mine is mounted feet up
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I think the 8274 is the only one that shouldn't be mounted feet forward due to lubrication.
The 8274 can only be mounted feet forward, there is no other way to do it w/o haveing the gear oil run out the broken free spool cover

I dont know anything about the tabor, but maybe they say not to mount it like that because the the free spool houseing is not clockable, if it can't be turned like most planetary winches, it will be very tough to get to with the winch mounted feet forward.

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wtf are feet?
the winch mounting points
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anyone remember the thread where someone mounted a warn 12.5 feet down and it broke in half??
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Old 10-19-2006, 09:20 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Yeah, I think BlackJack made that post.

Anyway, you should be able to clock that winch, but I have no idea who even makes the Tabor winch, but i'd call and ask them.
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the winch mounting points
I don't have a winch on my rig, and I guess I haven't looked too hard at truck winches. But on my ATV, I had a winch, and the mounting points were on the bottom of the winch. Maybe that's why I'm confused.
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Warn says to mount the Tabor 12k foot down because most foot forward mounting plates have the larger holes for the 8274 and m12. They have a concern that the winch could shift on the bolts at higher loads and create some issues. This does not seem to be a problem with any of the 9.5k and smaller planetary winches, just the 12k. IMO, if you can come up with a way to reduce the hole size without weakening the mount I see no problem with mounting it foot forward.
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