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Old November 6th, 2007, 11:34 PM
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ARB Bumper and winch question

Can a winch be installed in the ARB D90 bumper after the bumper is installed on the truck? Or do you have to install the winch at the same time as the bumper?
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Old November 6th, 2007, 11:55 PM
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Hmm, I'll take a look at the ARB on my 90 tomorrow... I know on a D2 w/ the ARB, you can remove the winch w/o taking the bumper off.. and with my RTE on the D2 you can easily do it.. It's not like it goes behind the grill or anything so it should slide right in..
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Old November 7th, 2007, 12:00 AM
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Thanks Ryan, I will be installing an ARB and want to know if I can easily upgrade my winch at a later date, or if I should do it during the initial install.
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It's vastly easier to do it with the bumper off the truck, especially if you're going with a bigger winch.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 08:36 AM
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I wouldnt even bother trying - Its not that hard to pull the ARB on and off. It would be too easy to bash the grille or screw something up.
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I didn't have any issues installing my winch after the ARB.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 01:10 PM
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Gary it can be done but its a pain snaking it in. On mine I had a 9500 HS with the intergrated solinods . I had to rotate it on its side to make it fit. Much better do install with the bumper off.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 01:35 PM
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Thanks for all the comments. There doesn't seem to be just one answer here so I will have to decide when I get the bumper and get ready to install it.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 04:27 PM
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It can be done. Here is a few tricks.

Get some silicone calking and use it to glue the square nuts in place on the winch itself. This will eliminate the need try to hold them in place.

Squeeze under the truck with winch on your chest.

Bench press the winch up and align the holes with the nuts.

Have lovely wife, girlfriend or Bar Wench tread the bolts onto the nuts.

Yes it is easier to do it with the bumper off, but if wife/girlfriend/bar wench is your lifting partner it may be better to handle lighter loads.

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Old November 7th, 2007, 05:25 PM
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LOL!

Touche' Jim.


It's probably easier to drop the ARB and then install the winch, al beit with a helper monkey. I already had my Warn 9.5xp properly turned, so I could access the clutch, thus all I had to do was lower it into the cradle with one hand and insert the bolts with the other [in the foot forward position]. I'm fortunate that Warn isn't far away and had them turn it at the modest price of $0.
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