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Old 07-12-2005, 06:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ordered winch.. what size plate steel??

Ok so just ordered a Ramsey Patriot 15k. it is going under the bed of my truck and will exit out the back. I am going to attempt at mounting the roller fairlead into my rear bumper...

so my question is what size plate steel would you recommend for the winch.
I figure I am going to mount the plate to the bottom of the frame. This will allow, when pulling, the back of the plate to lift towards the frame... if I mount it in the [ part of the frame then I feel it will put more stress on the bolts....

also going to put steel in front and on the sides so only the top and back is open. This should keep most of the mud out. However I will cut a access panel into the bed to be able to clean it out...and free spool....
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Why not buy a winch mtg. plate?I guess if I had to make one I would use 3/8".
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Why not buy a winch mtg. plate?I guess if I had to make one I would use 3/8".

guess I could price one.... whom makes them? just goto vendor site like Ramsey?
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for you people saying 3/8"s... why?? wouldn't that then just make the frame the weak spot (which is where its going to be anyway.. and i hardly doubt that 1/8" would be adaquate.)

seems as though you need to think more about frame re-enforcement than a mounting plate at this point in time.
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true... didnt think of that....



I did find this... but doesnt look that sturdy....


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http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...1&storeId=6970
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Uh, I think that the Patriot 15K mounts to its 'face' and not on its 'feet'? Before you go buying something, Id find out for sure. I do know that my RE12K is a face mount and not a foot mount. I think all of them over 9K are face mounts. Something about the case not being able to withstand the stress of the side loads or something.
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for $40 I would buy it and be done..
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for $40 I would buy it and be done..
I just realized that that is for the 24" one as I need a 36" one...
think my frame rails are 33" apart... from outer to outer...

thus if that is front mount.. that will still work..
If I mount a plate steel to the bed... weld a front and back to make my own [
put box steel down low and on top to brace it.....

since it is 36" apart.. i am assuming it will flex more...
I just wasnt sure what people out there have done as I see people buying winches.... most people buy a winch bumper and I guess they are re-enforced enough and no problems with that... however my hidden way is more to not add winch bumpers for better approach and departure angles... the back of my truck already sticks out enough....

thanks guys.. guess I will have to wait 2 weeks for it to get there then fab with it here....
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just bought the one from northern saved a bunch of time It is plenty sturdy i think it is 5/16 wighs about 15 lb. I have no way to bend that thick of a plate to make the fairlead mounting place. I think it is universal too my Milemarker bolted right on, and there are several other patterns on there.

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I overbuild everything. I would prefer not to rip off my winch when pulling at 9000 lbs. of force or greater. you could go smaller if properly braced. But I wouldn't go any smaller than 1/4. Which I still think is kind of small. But that is my opinion.
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I used the Harbor Freight Mount on my Tacoma.

1/4" plate, pretty burly.

1/4" or 3/8" would be fine

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for you people saying 3/8"s... why?? wouldn't that then just make the frame the weak spot (which is where its going to be anyway.. and i hardly doubt that 1/8" would be adaquate.)

seems as though you need to think more about frame re-enforcement than a mounting plate at this point in time.
The frame thickness may be 1/8" but it would be much stronger if he boxed the frame.

I run 3/8 on my front and rear winches. What he did sounds kinda like how my rear winch is setup.

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Old 08-16-2005, 06:58 AM   #15 (permalink)
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got my mount plate yesterday...

fazios steel....

12" wide c-channel
2" lips
35" long

FRICKEN HEAVY 3/8 thick!!!!!!!

just trying to cut the ends into a flat plate to bolt on... need a dayumn torch... anyone wanna cut it fer me???

oh yeah and only $40!!!!!
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