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Old February 10th, 2012, 09:57 AM
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square tube for winch spacer?

So I'm mounting an 8274 onto an ARB bumper. The challenge is that you need to space the winch back 1.5" to clear the bottom rail of the brush guard. There's a good write up in the tech articles section in which the author specifies using Aluminum block to do this. My political science degree didn't cover much metallurgy, so I'm wondering if I can use some aluminum or steel tube that I have lying around or if the spacer needs to be solid to avoid (for lack of a better engineering term) getting crushed.

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Old February 10th, 2012, 10:02 AM
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Solid is ideal, but but required. You'd have to be working at extreme loads far beyond the capacity of the winch and weight of your truck to crush 1.5" square tube (unless it's REALLY thin wall). My suggestion is to sleeve the holes. If you want, get it all cut and roll down to my place and I'll weld in the sleeves.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 10:04 AM
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Thanks, I may take you up on that!
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I would think you could get away with some heavy wall tubing, especially if you sleeve the mounting holes.

Like you, I was planning to install an 8274 on my ARB bumper before changing to a Rockware bumper and still have the blocks of aluminum in the garage that I will sell you for what I paid...pm if interested.
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I used chunk of aluminum bar for a past bumper. solid and light.
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