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Posted: 6/30/2015 11:20:25 PM EDT
So slight backstory, looking at a new ride. Looking for "offorad" use so thinking Subaru Crosstrek/Forester or a Mazda CX-5. No rock crawling here, no need for it.

That said, whether you are on a bike or a big rig, some times its good peace of mind to have some recovery gear. Browsing some lightweight options and came across a video that has a really nifty portable winch/mount. I love the execution of it, but I can find no info anywhere. I suspect it might be a custom job.

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3:15 is where the winch assembly starts, with a close up of the process at 3:53.

Has anyone seen a winch mount that attaches to the tow recovery point of a vehicle like that? Everything I can find, or that I'm aware of is a receiver mount.

Any info would be great!
Link Posted: 6/30/2015 11:26:04 PM EDT
Looks like some harbor freight crap.

Just make one.
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Yeah a welding metal shop could throw one together pretty damn quick I'm sure.
Link Posted: 6/30/2015 11:28:06 PM EDT
It's nothing more than some fancy shackles and pins mounting to factory recovery points?

I don't get it?

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Yeah a welding metal shop could throw one together pretty damn quick I'm sure.
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Yeah a welding metal shop could throw one together pretty damn quick I'm sure.


Pretty much, but why wouldn't you just make a mount for a rear hitch?
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Yeah a welding metal shop could throw one together pretty damn quick I'm sure.



If you were closer I would do it for a 6 pack.
Link Posted: 6/30/2015 11:34:28 PM EDT
Just get a Warn portable winch plate and some chain and shackles.  Way more versatile.  

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It's nothing more than some fancy shackles and pins mounting to factory recovery points?

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It's nothing more than some fancy shackles and pins mounting to factory recovery points?

I don't get it?


gives you a straight pull from a larger angle, you aren't relying on the fairlead or hawse to get the line on the drum.

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I've never seen a recovery point recessed into the plastic of a bumper.

very common. Look for bumpers with a little square panel in it - that's what it is.
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To be specific, the plate the winch is sitting on seems to be unavailable anywhere. Every winch mount plate is either permanently affixed to a vehicle or is specifically designed to mount to a tow hitch.....ie...a class III receiver.

I thought it was interesting to see one which didnt mount to only a tow hitch.


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And as stated above I prefer that method as it gives you a straight pull from the winch.
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To be specific, the plate the winch is sitting on seems to be unavailable anywhere. Every winch mount plate is either permanently affixed to a vehicle or is specifically designed to mount to a tow hitch.....ie...a class III receiver.

I thought it was interesting to see one which didnt mount to only a tow hitch.
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To be specific, the plate the winch is sitting on seems to be unavailable anywhere. Every winch mount plate is either permanently affixed to a vehicle or is specifically designed to mount to a tow hitch.....ie...a class III receiver.

I thought it was interesting to see one which didnt mount to only a tow hitch.

yup. the market is criminally underserved. I mostly use my hi lift and a come along with some line for recovery.

couple straps to set a pick and you should be able to pull straight even if you're off angle
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Its a screw in job. To keep the lines of the vehicle all nice and pretty for Sally Soccermom they have removable tow hooks. I suppose for pulling out of a snow bank it works fine. I dont think I'd trust it if I had one of those CUVs ass deep in some thick Ole Miss gumbo though. Especially considering you find them on unibodys. I know, unibody is a hell of a stiff body, but I just dont trust yanking on one like I do a frame. Not by a long shot.
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Some newer vehicles have a small hatch in the back bumper. You open it, and screw in a big eye bolt, and get a solid connection to the unibody.
 
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doesn't support the winch. pain in the ass to use.
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This, but you need several good recovery points on both ends to tie to. I have a like 1500 lb rated one that hooks over a trailer hitch ball.
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doesn't support the winch. pain in the ass to use.
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doesn't support the winch. pain in the ass to use.


I've used it quite a bit, and I disagree about it being a pain.  It's been pretty damn handy in my experience.

YMMV, obviously.  

The other point is that's an already fabbed plate that would need minimal additional work to come up with the system shown in the video.  

Link Posted: 6/30/2015 11:58:53 PM EDT
Don't worry. If you get the Subaru a couple big strong lesbians will help you get it unstuck if it comes to that.
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Some newer vehicles have a small hatch in the back bumper. You open it, and screw in a big eye bolt, and get a solid connection to the unibody.
 


Thus not "recessed". That Lesbaru's tow hook was recessed inside the profile of the bumper.

Also that looks like an ATV winch
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If it comes to that I'll just get the truck out.

Its the long walk back to the truck that concerns me.
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Ah I only off road with real ladder framed SUV's and trucks.
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Its a screw in job. To keep the lines of the vehicle all nice and pretty for Sally Soccermom they have removable tow hooks. I suppose for pulling out of a snow bank it works fine. I dont think I'd trust it if I had one of those CUVs ass deep in some thick Ole Miss gumbo though. Especially considering you find them on unibodys. I know, unibody is a hell of a stiff body, but I just dont trust yanking on one like I do a frame. Not by a long shot.


Ah I only off road with real ladder framed SUV's and trucks.


Me too.

But I sure as fuck dont need lifts, mud tires and lockers to go get the kids from school and pick up the mail. And I'd sure like better than 3 miles to the gallon to do it! Well, you get the idea. A good CUV/AWD rig would meet 99% of my life requirements. For the 1%.....Well, I have the truck.
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 12:52:53 AM EDT
I would guess it something like this.  http://www.amazon.com/WARN-63172-Multi-Mount-Winch-Mounting/dp/B000BQQQUQ.

It was a Warn winch, but probably an ATV winch.  

The part that hooks to the recovery point might be a custom job
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But I sure as fuck dont need lifts, mud tires and lockers to go get the kids from school and pick up the mail. And I'd sure like better than 3 miles to the gallon to do it! Well, you get the idea. A good CUV/AWD rig would meet 99% of my life requirements. For the 1%.....Well, I have the truck.
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Its a screw in job. To keep the lines of the vehicle all nice and pretty for Sally Soccermom they have removable tow hooks. I suppose for pulling out of a snow bank it works fine. I dont think I'd trust it if I had one of those CUVs ass deep in some thick Ole Miss gumbo though. Especially considering you find them on unibodys. I know, unibody is a hell of a stiff body, but I just dont trust yanking on one like I do a frame. Not by a long shot.




Ah I only off road with real ladder framed SUV's and trucks.




Me too.



But I sure as fuck dont need lifts, mud tires and lockers to go get the kids from school and pick up the mail. And I'd sure like better than 3 miles to the gallon to do it! Well, you get the idea. A good CUV/AWD rig would meet 99% of my life requirements. For the 1%.....Well, I have the truck.


You going to winch yourself out of the school or mall parking lot?



 
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My car has a knock-out you have to remove, then screw in the supplied eyelet for recovery. And, oh yeah, it's only in the back bumper.

 



But, FPNI, just make one. Hell while you are at it OP, use a 2" receiver to make the winch mount then put a 2" receiver hitch in front and back of the vehicle for ultimate versitility.
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 1:10:44 AM EDT
If one spent that much time rigging up around here 20 jeeps would crawl over you
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Its a screw in job. To keep the lines of the vehicle all nice and pretty for Sally Soccermom they have removable tow hooks. I suppose for pulling out of a snow bank it works fine. I dont think I'd trust it if I had one of those CUVs ass deep in some thick Ole Miss gumbo though. Especially considering you find them on unibodys. I know, unibody is a hell of a stiff body, but I just dont trust yanking on one like I do a frame. Not by a long shot.


Ah I only off road with real ladder framed SUV's and trucks.


Me too.

But I sure as fuck dont need lifts, mud tires and lockers to go get the kids from school and pick up the mail. And I'd sure like better than 3 miles to the gallon to do it! Well, you get the idea. A good CUV/AWD rig would meet 99% of my life requirements. For the 1%.....Well, I have the truck.

You going to winch yourself out of the school or mall parking lot?
 


Pff you wish. Have you seen the local park? Shit, half the parking lot isnt even paved. ITS NOT PAVED!!
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