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Installing a winch on front rail of bed? 2021

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by Benjammann, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. Apr 13, 2021 at 9:06 AM
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    Benjammann

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    Looking to install this winch on the front rail of my 2021 Tundra bed in order to move a generator up and down ramps. Are there existing mounts I could slide into the tracks in order to do this? I'm only pulling around 200lbs. Even mounts that I could machine flat and or drill mounting holes into would work. Any ideas?
     
  2. Apr 13, 2021 at 9:12 AM
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    I don't think there are any mounts, but if I was rigging something up, I would make a brace that ties into the tie down points in the front of the truck bed. Then I would get dolley wheels and bolt them to a wood pallet. Strap the generator on the pallet and let the winch do its thing.
     
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    Strapping a dirt bike can bend the front of the bed. I would think it is better to try and use the bed bolts to mount the winch. They are meant to hold a load at least
     
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    I was just thinking about this, all my dirtbike buddies trucks have a bulkhead bowed to almost touching the cab. Some have put a board across the front to reinforce. I would mount a with directly to the bulkhead even with the bed rail system. Going to factory tie down points on the sides or the bed mounting bolts seems much more solid.
     
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    Nice idea. Are the bed mounting bolts meant for this type of thing? Or is it just taking advantage of them? Do the bolts need to be replaced with longer versions to account for the material thickness? Anywhere I can view a pic of these bolts without going out to my truck (I'm at work)
     
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    So the bed mounting bolts are intended to be used like this? I can just unscrew them and put a mounting plate?
     
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    i have no idea if they can handle it, im brainstorming with ya. The front of the bed box isn’t that strong was my point. My assumption is that a plate mounted to the floor of the bed would be much easier to reinforce and secure
     
  9. Apr 13, 2021 at 11:40 AM
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    The only issue with that is the winch wire will rub the tailgate since it's so low. Mounting on the front rail would fix this. At the moment I'm actually still leaning towards a piece of angle iron attached to the entire (or most of) the front rail with T-slot screws, so that the force is distributed over the length of the rail, interacting with multiple screw points on the rail. This would form a solid unit, strengthening the rail more than it is by itself. I did read the example of the dirt bike attachment distorting the rail, but this was likely due to the single point attachment, and possibly having the bike exert more of a sudden force from tipping. I don't care to calculate it, but I'm talking about a 200lb generator on big wheels rolling up a ramp. I'd be willing to bet it does not distort an angle iron reinforced front rail. Still going to think about it and consider all options of course.

    Thank you very much for all the ideas!
     

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