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    Winch Cradle

    Hey folks,
    I just put a non-winch compatible bullbar on my D1 and want to know if i can get a winch cradle to site between the chassis rails to filt a winch, then just cut a slot in the bullbar for the guide and winch rope.
    Has anyone done something like this before?
    My bullbar has crush cans, but i presume that the sideways pressusre of the winch rope on it wont move it?

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    Yep, I have towbar receivers front and rear that my winch on cradle slots into. I also have 350A? Anderson plugs and under bonnet isolators activated from within the cab as part of my Traxide 160 kit.
    My front bar is a winch type with a custom made receiver inserted, but the principle will work for you
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    Gavin,
    Apologies for going slightly off track. How have you set up the wiring for the winch when in use at the rear of the car? I have the traditional "winch-on-the-bulbar" setup but many the occasion when it would have been easier to pull the car out of the bog the way it went in, rather than go through it.
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    2 isolators and running separate 70 welding cable to front and rear 350A Anderson plugs which are attached to the respective steel bars. Obviously the winch also has an Anderson plug. I also have dual batteries using Tim's Traxide system. Make sense/
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    Thanks Gavin,
    Where did you get the winch cradle that converts a winch to fit into a reese hitch? I am looking at one of those Domin8r winches.
    Thanks

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    Just Google 'removable winch cradle' or 'portable winch mount'. There's a heap on eBay:
    Portable Winch Mount: Towing & Hauling | eBay
    Scott

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    Thanks for the info.
    So no one has used a cradle that sites between the chassis rails and then just feeds up through the bullbar? I dont really want to have to store the winch in the vehicle have to attach it to a reese hitch each time i use it.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnius View Post
    Thanks for the info.
    So no one has used a cradle that sites between the chassis rails and then just feeds up through the bullbar? I dont really want to have to store the winch in the vehicle have to attach it to a reese hitch each time i use it.
    Thanks
    ARB airbag compatible bars use a cradle that sits between the chassis rails so that the winch is not mounted to the bar, its easy enough to get one made up.
    A mate made one out of 10mm plate as a discreet winch mount for his rangie, you would then only need a slot and either a hawse or roller fairlead bolted to the bar.


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    Thanks loanrangie! That mount is almost exactly what i am after.

    Do you think i would i need two fairleads - one on the cradle and one on my bullbar at the front? Or could i get away with just the bullbar one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnius View Post
    Thanks loanrangie! That mount is almost exactly what i am after.

    Do you think i would i need two fairleads - one on the cradle and one on my bullbar at the front? Or could i get away with just the bullbar one?
    1 is enough.

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