By Larry Walton
I’m sure you realize that your truck is one of the best tools you own. Not only does it get you to the jobsite or to the lumber yard and back, it hauls the other tools and supplies for your projects. You can improve the working capability of your truck by adding a winch. Not only can a winch help you recover when you’re stuck, you can perform a number of other lifting, towing and pulling tasks as well.
In fact, spend some time logging and you get a good feel for just how much work you can accomplish with the aid of wire rope and some blocks. I use my winches for pulling trees and shrubs, for dragging firewood logs to the road, for big game retrieval and for lifting heavy objects with the aid of an overhead block.
We recently installed a new 9.5ti Winch by Warn Industries on our project F-250.
Warn’s Trans4mer Grille Guard/Winch Mount Kit made it possible to use the stock bumper for installing the winch, which meant an aftermarket bumper was unnecessary. I felt confident that the mounting design would be sturdy. The winch mount connected solidly into the frame at the tow loop locations, with added bracing going back into the frame and into the bumper as well.
All of the parts fit well, and the only milling needed was drilling a few holes. While Warn’s engineers did a great job on their precision parts, the installation instructions needed a little help. Here’s how we got it done.