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Re: All - Winch mounts
1/2" plate is overkill. There's no reason to use a plate that's four times thicker than what it's fastened to.
The amount of force that can be applied to the mount is limited by the strength of the cable. After the winch mount is that strong, anything more is wasted. Of course, you want to add a generous safety factor, but there's no reason to go overboard.
As for tilting the winch, I doubt it would make a significant difference one way or the other.