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Re: hidden winch mounting
Muddy, I would stick with 3/8 for this, not 1/4". Any of the mounting plates I have seen from the winch dealers will use this.
There is room there though. That is my plan eventually, but will mount the plate to the top of the frame. There is room there to put like a Warn HS9500. Not sure about the design with the integrated solenoid. I was just going to cut away the top of the bumper. Favorite pastime seems to be cutting up my bumpers. Won't be much left of them before long.
This way, you will be able to see the front and top of the winch, as Shilo mentioned, so it's not really a "hidden" winch. It's just a way for a secure mounting without having to go buy some manufacturer's expensive winch bumper, when all you really need is a properly designed mount.
That 2 x 2 solid is overkill though.