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post #1 of 147 Old January 7th, 2013, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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WINCH! Innie or Outtie?

Whats the consensus?

For LOOKS and even more important, FUNCTION, do you prefer your winch to be mounted hidden in the frame or exposed on the front bumper/brushguard?
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post #2 of 147 Old January 7th, 2013, 10:53 AM
 
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Re: WINCH! Innie or Outtie?

My 800 it was in the stock location. On my XP I built a bumper to hold it. IMO the stock location sucks if you use your winch. If you have a winch for that just in case time you need it ok. If you use it on most rides or if you tend to need it in a hurry often move it out on the bumper. Stock is hard to get to and if your stuck in mud it's almost always under water when you need it. Which means your sticking your hand down in the munk hunting it.

Btw just cause its on a bumper doesn't mean it's unprotected. Infact I think it's better for them

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Re: WINCH! Innie or Outtie?

i've had mine in both places. the only plus to having it behind the bumper in the frame is that its closer to the axis of the front wheels which is the best place to pull from. HOWEVER, it exposes it to a lot of mud and water and you can't see the cable when you wind it back up so its very easy to bind or break a cable. Thats why i have mine on a bumper now. All of this is functional reasons. I couldn't care less about how a winch looks. Thats not what its on the vehicle for.
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post #4 of 147 Old January 7th, 2013, 10:57 AM
 
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Re: WINCH! Innie or Outtie?

I have mine in the factory location. As soon as I can afford a nice bumper, Id like to move it out.
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Re: WINCH! Innie or Outtie?

I wanted mine out of the mud, so bought a bumper to set it on,, also, have ruined winches from "element" eposure, wanted to reduce that mucha s possible.

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post #6 of 147 Old January 7th, 2013, 11:02 AM
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Re: WINCH! Innie or Outtie?

My RZR S and Sportsman 850 XP both have the factory (inside mount) winch mounts and i hate them both. I'm getting my new Outback bumper for the RZR tomorrow. I can't wait to relocate my winch. So tired of trying to blindly find my winch when its underneath mud and junk.
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Must have a very strong bumper & mounting to put on bumper. Will rip bumper & mounting location off or bend parts of frame.
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Re: WINCH! Innie or Outtie?

For those that don't like it being that low because it's burried in the mud when you need it, why not just connect the hook to the bumper before you go mudding so its easier to get to?
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For those that don't like it being that low because it's burried in the mud when you need it, why not just connect the hook to the bumper before you go mudding so its easier to get to?
Kind of hard to find the free spool switch. also you wind up all of that mud into the winch cable.

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For those that don't like it being that low because it's burried in the mud when you need it, why not just connect the hook to the bumper before you go mudding so its easier to get to?

You still have to reach the side of it to reach the free spin release. Which is as bad if not more of a pain then getting to the hook

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Re: WINCH! Innie or Outtie?

I love it on on the bumper for function and looks - I had it in the stock location prior 2 rzrs and is a PITA all around there
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Re: WINCH! Innie or Outtie?

whenever i finally get one its going up on my EMP bumper

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Here's a H/D Winch Mount Here: https://www.rzrforums.net/polaris-rzr...-rope-new.html
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Re: WINCH! Innie or Outtie?

I prefer the winch to be mounted on the bumper for ease of use, but I have mine installed in the factory location for strength.

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Re: WINCH! Innie or Outtie?

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Must have a very strong bumper & mounting to put on bumper. Will rip bumper & mounting location off or bend parts of frame.
Totally agree. Most of these A/M bumpers are designed to just look good and are held-on with little more than someones imagination. Functionally, optimally, and in the best of all worlds, the winch NEEDS to mount directly to the frame. My two-bits............

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