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I'm thinking about adding a winch to the '24 Hybrid with the FX4 package. Any thoughts about how it might affect the over-all performance of the truck milage, braking etc? I've had them on Jeeps and they really give a sense of security off trail.
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I just finished adding a winch to my truck. (Non-Hybrid). Only had it for about a week so far, so can’t comment on the mileage but, I already carry a bunch of other stuff on my truck so not worried about it.

As far as handling, it’s hardly noticeable. Roads here have been icy and snowed but I haven’t noticed much difference. Obviously it’ll dependon what setup you go with. (Heavier bumpers/winches)
I guess if you’re concerned about weight you could always get one of those hitch mounted setups. I see a lot of those around here.

I do have the Ford Performance/Bilstein suspension so that might help a bit.

Main reason I installed the winch was because of where I live. Having the ability to self recover could be life saving.
 

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Have to believe that all the adaptive cruise sensors performance is compromised by a 100lb winch with mounting system on the front of a truck.
 

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Second the idea of the hitch mount if you can get a front hitch. I have all the parts but haven’t welded them up yet.

Also the PB gets one of the highest front GAWR but that’s still something to keep in mind.

One thing that needs to be be done by a good winch company is a high voltage motor instead of the common 12V which have a dizzying amperage draw.

One can dream that someday there will be a V8 hybrid with a front and rear PTO with a bunch of compatible accessories!


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Hitch mount. I never really considered that. I wonder if you can you power it by the trailering harness? I guess I'll check into that.
 

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They make winch kits that relocate the front center sensor. You cannot use the trailer wiring harness for powering the winch unless your trailer harness has zero gauge (battery cable size) wiring. Winches draw huge power.
 
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They make winch kits that relocate the front center sensor. You cannot use the trailer wiring harness for powering the winch unless your trailer harness has zero gauge (battery cable size) wiring. Winches draw huge power.
Thanks for the info. I thought the trailer hook up would be too easy!
 

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I had a receiver mount winch for my 2012. Installed a front receiver so I could use the winch either in front or back. And keep it stored until needed. I plan on doing the same for my current 2023.
 

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Second the idea of the hitch mount if you can get a front hitch. I have all the parts but haven’t welded them up yet.

Also the PB gets one of the highest front GAWR but that’s still something to keep in mind.

One thing that needs to be be done by a good winch company is a high voltage motor instead of the common 12V which have a dizzying amperage draw.

One can dream that someday there will be a V8 hybrid with a front and rear PTO with a bunch of compatible accessories!


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I have never seen a setup like this. Pretty good idea to mount a windlass/ capstan driven thru a Pto, not limited by your drum capacity, just by how much rope you have on hand.
 

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If you have a 5.0 you can add one behind the factory bumper.

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That looks awesome, was that a custom mount or is someone making that commercially? I did a quick google and couldn’t find a winch mount option like that one, pretty much exactly what I’ve been looking for.
 

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If you have a 5.0 you can add one behind the factory bumper.

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This is definitely something to consider if you’re set on installing a winch in the front. Many more options, affordable options for sure.

Against all recommendations I went ahead and installed mine on an ecoboost and did not relocate the cooler. I think there’s enough air flow that it should be fine. Maybe in an extremely hot environment or up a mountain, towing heavy I could see a problem, we’ll see.

I’ve been monitoring temps with the OBDlink MX and so far no difference. I think the license plate where it clips on in front of the intercooler blocks more air IMHO.

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I'm thinking about adding a winch to the '24 Hybrid with the FX4 package. Any thoughts about how it might affect the over-all performance of the truck milage, braking etc? I've had them on Jeeps and they really give a sense of security off trail.
I have a Jeep Rubicon - totally agree about the security of a winch. But I mounted my Warn Winch to a receiver plate since if I drive into something deep, what am I to do…climb in the mud pit and then drag my jeep to the other side -possibly going deeper into the mud pit? Wouldn’t I rather winch backward??? So I installed a front receiver. I keep the winch inside the back of the jeep so I can winch forward or back. I can winch a buddy from the front or the rear. Plus, in 4 years I have only needed it once. So it is in great condition, no one tempted to steal it, it is not weathered and I don’t have to replace the synthetic line due to weather wear. Lastly, I can use it with other vehicles. I ran a power feed to the front and rear of my jeep thinking I would need it more frequently, but a set of jumper cables with a plug on the end allows me to bring the winch anywhere with a vehicle that has a receiver. Definitely a smart move vs installing a winch - unless you want the cool look factor - which I miss out on.
 

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Hitch mount. I never really considered that. I wonder if you can you power it by the trailering harness? I guess I'll check into that.
No, you cannot - the amp draw on a winch is huge! Buy a high quality set of jumper cables with heavy gauge wire and take the clamps off one end and install a quick disconnect - or wire direct to the winch with ring connectors. When you need to power winch, slide winch mount into receiver and then connect the jumper cables. Obviously the truck needs to be running when using the winch.
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