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How To Install 2010 Ram 1500 hidden winch

Discussion in '4th Gen DIY' started by wagunner, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. wagunner

    wagunner Junior Member

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    So, I have searched everywhere, and couldn't find any info on this, so the following is my solution.

    Problem: I wanted a winch, but didn't want a huge winch bumper. I don't plan to take this truck wheeling, but I do live in farm country and getting stuck or needing to pull somebody else out is common. I also don't want a 2" receiver and 'removable' winch, because likely it'll be sitting at home the day that I need it. I want to know that its always there, 'just in case'.

    There is an enormous space behind the front bumper, so I set out to get a winch in there.

    I started with 2.5" angle iron across the mounting bolts for the tow hooks. this gave me a surface to start working from. my target is to get the fairlead to come out through the opening below the license plate. I removed the original to hook bolts, and replaced with longer bolts of the same size.
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    I then took a harbor freight winch cradle I had from a previous project and cut it to fit on top of the angle iron, and between the bumper mounting brackets.
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    after a lot of measuring, and repositioning (don't forget, the winches aren't centered, my warn is offset by an inch or so). I managed to get it to sit really close to center, but the fairlead is still off center by about 1/2". only noticable when comparing it to the location of the license plate. I used a couple pieces of 1/4" plate for spacers to get the height just right. And after I was happy, I drilled and bolted the cradle to the angle iron.
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    next to add a little support to the front of the winch mount. I used a couple small sections of the angle iron, and drilled 1 hole in the side of each bumper mounting bracket. this is mostly for stability, as the bolts through the tow hooks will take the force of the winch.
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    Now for the fairlead. I decided to use synthetic cable and a hawse fairlead. more sleek look, and lighter weight. I used 1.5" tubing for the stand-off brackets, and needed bend the lower part of the bumper 'lip' down slightly to make enough room for it to poke through.
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    Time to weld! While the whole thing could probably be bolted together and be plenty strong, I wanted to weld everything together to make it rock solid. then throw some paint at it.
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    Re-installed the mounting plate, bolted in the winch, notched out the plastic 'filler' piece for a finished look, clocked the winch clutch lever to the back so it can be turned by reaching under the bumper, re-installed the plastic airdam, used a wireless winch controller so I didn't need to re-locate the control box.
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    I used an 8,000 lb warn winch, and feel that this is sufficient for my winching needs. If I regularly took this truck off road, and had a 10-12klb winch installed, I'd probably be looking for additional bracing, but am confident in this setup.

    I will take additional 'finished' pics when the lighting is better so they can be as clear as possible.

    I hope this is helpful for anyone wanting to do something similar.
     
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  2. MoparMulisha

    MoparMulisha Senior Member

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    Awesome write up!
     
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    Very nice. Now have my own idea. So much hate. Only because I'm about to spend more money on my truck.
     
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    warn makes them for the previous year Rams, just not ours. So I was inspired to make it myself.

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  6. wagunner

    wagunner Junior Member

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    slightly better photo of winch mounted in place.
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    ran the wireless controller up to the firewall and mounted the box. love the wireless controller.
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    Rijrnnr and R.L.K. like this.
  7. UneasyJmitchell

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    Now youll have to help those Fords and Chevys outta the ditch, LOL. Nice build nevertheless.
     
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    Looks great!
     
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    You are my hero Wagunner... I have a 2013 Sport and I have the same Harbor Freight mount that I was thinking of doing something similar with. My first thought was that I wanted under the front bumper and have the cable come out from behind the license plate for a totally hidden setup, but ended up mounting it on a removable hitch plate because I did not think it would fit in there. I will have to look again now. Thanks
     
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    awesome, you dont even need a job anymore, just install winches all day to make a living.
     

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