Subaru XV CrosstrekHas anyone ever put a winch on their trek with the stock bumper? Is it possible?Has anyone ever put a winch on their trek with the stock bumper? Is it possible? Owen
Unfortunately I can’t offer you anything more than I’ve seen people do it.
It’s not even a good idea to put a winch on stock suspension, pretty sure you’re going to want to upgrade more than just the mount points unless you want to spend a lot more money down the road.
@Eric what could happen if I don’t upgrade suspension?
You’re essentially adding 500lbs to the front of your vehicle which will squat the front of your vehicle and reduce your stopping distance.
@Owen it’s extra weight over the front, it’s going to sag the front end down and wear out everything in addition to changing handing characters as mentioned above.
@Eric have you upgraded also?
@Christopher 500lbs???? I have warn on the front of mine…I must be Sheerah!!!
@Christopher 500# winch got any pics ?
@Michelle yeah probably more like 200lbs realistically btween the mount and depending on the size of your winch. The trucks I’ve installed them on with steel frame mounts and 12k winches usually come out to be close to 500lbs.
Nope I traded the car in for something that better fit my needs but mods that add that much weight always need suspension upgrades as well.
@Eric the winches that typically are used in these are UTV/ATV winches. Typically no more than 50#s
I had a 500# winch on my atv
Regardless, the total weight it’s added weight outside of the suspension box and it will dip the front end and reduce handling and stopping distance.
@Bailey I’m used to friends with bigger rigs like a Tacoma or a 4Runner. Maybe if your winch is only 50lbs you’ll be alright but I’d try to get a more experienced opinion before I messed my car up.
@Dave F350s, Power Wagons, and larger trucks of the sort and the 500lbs is the total added weight after steel framing or bumper that makes it safe and usable. 4runner Tacomas and mid sized vehicles are along the lines of 200-300lbs. Yes my mistake that was way over estimate.
@Eric even Tacoma/tundra sized ones 5 ton typically are only 70 pounds on average. The mounting surface that was used on the 1st gen was just the front bumper. Same one that the toe point is connected to. While stock bumper wouldn’t be my preferred way to do it, you definitely won’t rip it off by having a winch on there. @Owen a much safer and easier option is the warn winch bumper. Far less cutting than a full bumper and can retain the OEM look.
Winch behind this bumper. Not stock by any means. Only issue is the car is so light I tend to pull myself to the vehicle I am trying to recover. Even in park and ebrake…
@Jeffry I’m looking for a winch if I were to get stuck on one of the trails I go on
@Owen oh I haven’t gotten stuck yet..
Uhhh the Warn VR-8 weight like 78lbs…
I think the warn kit/loop is designed to be used with the stock bumper
I believe you are right
I run a warn winch on my Jeep JKU. I’m curious as to why you would put a winch on the trek. Its not like I can rock crawl or do hard core off reading with it.
@Jasper that’s exactly why?. We own a camp on a really snowmobile/atv trail and sometimes the road is iffy so if. I get stuck I wanna be able to pull myself out
@Owen lol I mean thats kind of a situation where I would take my Jeep. I don’t think I’ll take on anything more than some sand and gravel in my Crosstrek ?
@Jasper some of us are a little yolo and send it with our treks…