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I'm about to spring for a winch mount and winch for the FJ. I don't do anything too crazy offroad or use it as a recreational offroad vehicle. I do however frequently travel through some areas with little to no cell service, basically no population/help for miles, and some extremely poorly maintained "roads" which equate into washed out two tracks going through creeks and ditches where four wheel drive is not only appreciated but often necessary. My goal for having a winch is simply to use it as a lifeline for these areas in case of getting stuck or to pull a downed log/tree out of the way since I won't be able to call in for backup. I don't need massive rock and tree protection as I'm not going to plow into these anyway. I don't really need a brush guard for deer or anything either because I have

That said, does anyone with a US Offroad or Lucrum type of winch mounts have any complaints or regrets?
 

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I've run US Offroad bumper for a few years without any issues on my previous FJ. Light weight and maintains oem look. I've pulled several jeeps and FJ's out of mud. Great winch bumper in my opinion. Maybe @FJQueue can share his opinion since he also has been running the bumper for a couple of years.
 

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I put a Metal Tech Stronghold on my brothers 13TT. if you decide to do this just make sure the winch you buy will fit and that you can access the controller plug. also make sure you clock the clutch handle so you can reach it.
i had to mount the control box under the hood because i could not find any way to mount it by the winch. i already had the Warn M8000. i had to make and run all of the power cables to the control box. had an extra $125.00 in # 2 cable and ends. you would also need a crimp tool and shrink wrap to make the cables if you need to relocate or move the control box.
also when you route the power cable any place it could rub through the insulator on the cable put a sleeve over it in that area where it could rub through.
for what you are doing this would be a good option. the Metal Tech Strong Hold weighs 48 lbs so with the winch it was under 100 lbs if you have synthetic winch line on the winch.
the only draw back is if the winch has issues you have to take the whole front bumper off again to Access it. and you still have the same approach angle as the stock bumper.
 

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US Offroad with a Warn 10K for about 3 years. Used it 3 times. Keeping the stock look up front and lighter than a full bumper. No issues.

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I was planning on a VR10. I don’t need tons of high end features but I do need reliability and a basic lifeline for the if and when.
My Warn is a VR10S (synthetic rope). No installation or usage issues with the US Offroad mount. I'd do it again, even the silver powder coat. :)

Control pack mounted on top, remote plug behind grill, easy to get to. Clutch from the front.


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I was planning on a VR10. I don’t need tons of high end features but I do need reliability and a basic lifeline for the if and when.
My Warn is a VR10S (synthetic rope). No installation or usage issues with the US Offroad mount. I'd do it again, even the silver powder coat. <img src="http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />

Control pack mounted on top, remote plug behind grill, easy to get to. Clutch from the front.


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That looks quite nice. I know what I’m doing for my birthday this spring
 

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I'm about to spring for a winch mount and winch for the FJ. I don't do anything too crazy offroad or use it as a recreational offroad vehicle. I do however frequently travel through some areas with little to no cell service, basically no population/help for miles, and some extremely poorly maintained "roads" which equate into washed out two tracks going through creeks and ditches where four wheel drive is not only appreciated but often necessary. My goal for having a winch is simply to use it as a lifeline for these areas in case of getting stuck or to pull a downed log/tree out of the way since I won't be able to call in for backup. I don't need massive rock and tree protection as I'm not going to plow into these anyway. I don't really need a brush guard for deer or anything either because I have

That said, does anyone with a US Offroad or Lucrum type of winch mounts have any complaints or regrets?
I've been using US Offroad like @BlueRidgeCruiser mentioned. I actually bought it from him! It's paired with a Warn Zeon 10S Winch, and the thing is rock solid. I had to do some modifications to get the winch to fit because I did not want to move the control box. You can't go wrong...and it keeps the stock look!
 

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I've been using US Offroad like @BlueRidgeCruiser mentioned. I actually bought it from him! It's paired with a Warn Zeon 10S Winch, and the thing is rock solid. I had to do some modifications to get the winch to fit because I did not want to move the control box. You can't go wrong...and it keeps the stock look!
I am seriously looking at the same set up, including the Zeon 10S Platinum. What mods did you have to do to get the winch to fit? Thanks.
 

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I am seriously looking at the same set up, including the Zeon 10S Platinum. What mods did you have to do to get the winch to fit? Thanks.
Hey there! I had to modify the vertical mount in order for the winch to fit. I did not want to relocate the control box...since it is a wireless winch, I wanted to keep it all together for a cleaner look in the engine bay. I have photos of my mod for that vertical piece. When I get home, I'll post it for you.
 

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I mounted an Engo 9K winch in my US Offroad mount and it was a tight fit but made it w/o relocating the box. What one learns when doing the mount install is what a chincy, cheesy POS the OEM "bumper" is. Just a big plastic cover, essentially. I plan to build an aluminum bumper around the US Offroad mount soon. Good luck with your endeavor.
 
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