It was more because it would have been delightful to have been able to head off to the wilderness for a couple of weeks right about now.It's never finished, you just get more ideas
For the front receiver, probably going to build something myself actually. I had originally started out looking at Roadmaster towing brackets but they use nonstandard receiver sizes and they've gone through multiple iterations just to improve their brackets for flat-towing on pavement, that tells me their product probably isn't really strong enough for winching if the truck gets stuck in sucking mud. Instead I found some pictures of a product that a European company called Taubenreuther makes, they have two versions:I would suggest talking to the guys at www.nissteclifts.com regarding your suspension plans. As for a bumper with a receiver setup, you have two options, HeftyFabworks or WAM Bumpers. WAM makes one that can be setup receiver only, winch only, or both. Hefty may or may not still make their steel front bumper with that as an option.
As for a second battery, what are your plans for the bed? My build has been derailed for various reasons, but my plan, since I have a shell, was a custom in-bed storage system that would allow for installing a second battery as well as an on board air system.
Thanks. Managed to save the photobucket pictures down despite photobucket's current nature.Here is another example if you are going to build your own.
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While many have the winch plate he did make one with a 2" receiver towards the bottom.
I agree with modifying an existing hitch. Since you are modifying the mounting points, it wouldn't be necessary to purchase a Frontier hitch. Just one with a straight bar wide enough. I like the positioning of the first Taubenreuther vs the 2nd. I do like the idea of some auxiliary attachment points of some sort, be it 1-1/4" receivers or shackle mounts or tabs.What I'm thinking might be the easiest solution would be to take an existing tow hitch and change the end mounts to fit the front of the truck. This preserves the welds holding the drawbar-receiver to the crosstube, welds that are arguably more critical because they're shorter and all of the stresses are on them. The welds that hold the crosstube to the frame-mounting-flanges are important, but there's a longer linear distance of weld in those places and there are two points of contact so neither is quite as critical as the one in the center.
All that said, I'm wondering if I should to include other attachment points on the crosstube. I don't care for the high-lift jack attachment point they came up with in that xterra thread, but I'm wondering if including a pair of 1-1/4" receivers out near the ends of the frame would be handy for something like two points to secure such a jack, or for removable lights, or even something for a removable brush guard. Not sure.
I definitely want the crosstube to be concealed behind either the upper or the lower bumper, and it'll probably end up being behind the lower. One of those Taubenreuther units is mounted right in the opening itself, which would seem to hamper airflow a little:
It looks like most modern conventional full-sized pickup trucks have frame rails that are 42" wide. I'll see what I can find for a hitch that has the correct method for mounting the drawbar receiver to the crosstube. Hopefully I can find something used for a low price but most of what's on Craigslist right now are sort of u-shaped, the ends turn-forward and only the center is perpendicular ot the frame rails. While such might work, starting with a straight one would probably be easier.I agree with modifying an existing hitch. Since you are modifying the mounting points, it wouldn't be necessary to purchase a Frontier hitch. Just one with a straight bar wide enough. I like the positioning of the first Taubenreuther vs the 2nd. I do like the idea of some auxiliary attachment points of some sort, be it 1-1/4" receivers or shackle mounts or tabs.
My problem is threefold against permanent installation. First, living in the city I won't be in a position to use the winch often enough to justify the weight penalty to carrying it all of the time. It's not even a mall-crawler issue, in reality I probably won't use it more than a dozen times in its lifetime. Second, I want to be able to use it at either end of the truck, and a permanent mounting in the front precludes installing it into the receiver in the back. Third, I have a second vehicle that could benefit from having the option to use it, at least in back. Wife's '15 Renegade Trailhawk is a very capable vehicle for its size and price point, but as her daily-driver it's not likely to get any aggressive offroad modifications. Likely the best I'll be able to talk her into will be rock sliders, though she might be amenable to wheels and tires that could be swapped-on for special occasions. I'd even looked into some of the winch upgrades that had originated in Europe and South America for the Trailhawk, where they integrated some kind of winch into the structure behind the front bumper cover, but I cannot find any good information on what they did, and the consensus seems to be that they used a ATV or side-by-side winch, something very light-rated, not even really suitable if the Renegade gets stuck in mud.The WAM Wincher setup works very similarly to the above mounts, and after installing mine this weekend, I am incredibly impressed with the design and quality. I am not sure, but if you are insistent on a receiver setup, WAM might be able to modify that design from a winch mount. Personally, I would much rather have a permanent mount, and the WAM does it as well as any I have seen.