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Unread 05-06-2011, 07:22 PM   #1
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Warn Front Hitch Writeup

Just thought I'd do a little writeup on my hitch install. I picked it up here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQN1CC/ref=ox_ya_os_product
WARN 61768 Multi-Mount Front Receiver

The install was really simple and took about a half hour. It comes with pretty good instructions as well but I thought some color photos would be nice.

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Unread 05-06-2011, 08:48 PM   #2
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Nice...that is pretty much what I did too...
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Unread 05-06-2011, 08:55 PM   #3
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That's not a bad price. I'm still leaning on buying a whole front bumper.
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Very nice. I want to do that to my WJ eventually. A front receiver is much more versatile than recovery hooks. Thanks for the pics!
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i may be very wrong, but i could almost swear that i have seen these for like $75 somewhere :/
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Unread 05-06-2011, 09:45 PM   #6
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i may be very wrong, but i could almost swear that i have seen these for like $75 somewhere :/
There's a Curt Mfg hitch on Amazon for ~100 but even though the vehicle config thing says it fits a WJ, it does not.
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Unread 05-07-2011, 12:53 AM   #7
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am i the only one not seeing any photos?

nvm realized that the second part of the link was seperate from amazon
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Very nice. I want to do that to my WJ eventually. A front receiver is much more versatile than recovery hooks. Thanks for the pics!
Ditto. Good job.
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Well, I finally dropped the hammer on a front hitch, portable mount, and winch as well. Mounting a winch on a WJ is always so prohibitively expensive since we can't just bolt on a winch plate like the Wrangler guys. Trying to keep the total under $600 with wiring, can't see spending any more on it for only occasional use (for me). One thing I like about the concept of a portable winch mount is that the cheaper winches (which typically don't hold up well to the elements) don't have to STAY out in the elements year-round. Just put them on when you need them, no need to drag them around with you on the daily drive with the rain and sand and grit. In the snow, keep it in the back in case you need it.
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Well, I finally dropped the hammer on a front hitch, portable mount, and winch as well. Mounting a winch on a WJ is always so prohibitively expensive since we can't just bolt on a winch plate like the Wrangler guys. Trying to keep the total under $600 with wiring, can't see spending any more on it for only occasional use (for me). One thing I like about the concept of a portable winch mount is that the cheaper winches (which typically don't hold up well to the elements) don't have to STAY out in the elements year-round. Just put them on when you need them, no need to drag them around with you on the daily drive with the rain and sand and grit. In the snow, keep it in the back in case you need it.
Yup...same thought here.

4WheelParts is having a sale on 8000 lb winches (Smittybuilt) for $299 (everything but the cradle included) and a portbale winch cradle for about $89...they also have a submersible version of the 8000 lb for $399....
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Just got back from picking that very unit up from 4WP. I have heard all sorts of bad things about 4WP but had nothing but good experiences there.

PS: Use coupon code CC5OFF to get an extra 5% off
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Which one did you get, the submersible X2O version?

Did you also get the winch cradle?
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Just got back from picking that very unit up from 4WP. I have heard all sorts of bad things about 4WP but had nothing but good experiences there.

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Post some pictures and share as I'm on the fence with front hitch but like the flexibility of using it as recovery point and winch. Do you thing it could be also use as jack point with high lift jack ?
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They work great front and rear. Don't work well as a jack point if your thinking of lifting the front two wheels. It has no stability side to side in the front. Very dangerous. Added tow bar brackets to mine and towed it behind my motor home.






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