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has any one ever or know any thing about mounting a winch in the bed of the truck or if and how it can be done, id like to know as much about it as possible.
 

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Im sure it can be easily done, probably easier than the front bumper actually. Gonna have to get a bracket that connects to your frame, kinda like a gooseneck ball hitch set up. Then mount the winch to the bracket...Dont know if they have kits or if youll need one made. All I know is that its possible
 

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have any of you fond a rack + the winch, i think a compatible winch is the biggest thing, and also.. would it just hook up to the battery or would it be BETTER to get a spare
 

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have any of you fond a rack + the winch, i think a compatible winch is the biggest thing, and also.. would it just hook up to the battery or would it be BETTER to get a spare
On that link it shows what people have bought as a group and it looks like a nice winch.

I haven't done it, but for occasional use a single battery would probably be ok with the truck running. If used often, dual batteries would be best.
 

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On that link it shows what people have bought as a group and it looks like a nice winch.

I haven't done it, but for occasional use a single battery would probably be ok with the truck running. If used often, dual batteries would be best.
ill take a second look, i think the big problem i have with buying two separate things is i dont get to see how they go together before i buy it,
 

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having it hidden away but easily ready if i need to lend a helping hand. me and a few friends were talking about going muddin and the idea came up. and think it would be handy to have just in case.
 

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Are you talking a winch for vehicle recovery? If so, I'm not sure how much sense it would make. Regardless of where you mount the winch, it needs to be anchored to the frame somehow. As others have suggested, you might as well get a receiver mount and put in a front hitch.

If you're talking a small winch, I have a 1000lb winch that I modified to fit in the utilitrak rails. I attach it to the cab track to assist with getting toys (motorcycle, atv) in the bed. Perfect for loading by yourself. That way, I'm not trying to push 400lbs up a steep ramp. Driving the toys up the ramp is always sketchy. Always worried that the ramp will slide off or I get too much momentum.
 

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An easy way would be to get fifth wheel hitch bracketry without the hitch itself. It attaches to the frame and then u would have two rails in the bed and you can get a bracket fabbed up to attach to that and u would be able to take it in and out of the bed when wanted and it would be hiddwn but with the winch cable coming out of rhe bed you risk damaging your tailgate and the bedsides where the tailgate latches too. You should look into recovery straps they work great as you go to pull they stretch and kind of like a slingshot jerks the othwr truck forward putting alot less stress on each vehicle than a normal chain or tow strap
 
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I think a bed mounted winch is a waste of time and money. I have a hitch mounted winch and it has been used. With a bed mounted winch I seriously doubt that you could do a 90° pull like I did a couple weeks ago to recover myself. (A snatch block wouldn't help you here) A bed mounted winch would also have problems if the vehicle you are recovering is lower down than your bed. The rope/cable would rub against the floor of your bed or the tailgate.

The cradle my winch goes in fit perfectly with my winch. I didn't have to drill any holes and it has two sets of holes to use. Mine looks a lot like the Tuff Stuff cradle found here:
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Here is a thread were I used both my front and rear winches: http://www.titantalk.com/forums/titan-general-discussion/129386-titan-off-road-recovery.html
 
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The only good uses I can think of for a bed-mounted winch would be loading an ATV or riding mower, or pulling a boat up onto its trailer. Using it for anything else would be a PITA.
 
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first off most, and by most i mean about 98% of all your recovery winches use the same size mounting holes. secondly you would have to be level or lower then whatever you were pulling and be straight behind it. if you are higher then what ever you are pulling out it will cut the bed when the line gets tight and starts reeling in. buy a reciever hitch mount or make one. not hard at all. some 1/2 flat plate, on a 2x2 square tubing 1/2-5/8wall and a bolt instead of a reciever hitch pin.
 
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