Originally Posted by ItzReece
I REALLY like your winch setup. How bad was the install? How much cutting did you have to do to the bumper? I know I'll be sweating bullets when I try it.
There is very little fabrication. As long as you have a basic set of hand tools, a decent drill, and a dremel-type multi tool, you're good.
Once you pull the front bumper cover off (easier than you would think), you simply remove the existing steel bumper. You will have to drill a couple holes for some self-tapping screws on the RRO winch mount, but most of the holes are already there from where the stock bumper mounted.
Next you can reinstall the bumper cover and carefully draw the outline of where to cut the hole. It's a little more difficult on a 2014+ because the hole is directly over the seam between the painted part and the plastic lower valence (that I remove when I go off road anyway so I can mount my RRO pre-runner skid plate). If you have a 2011-13, the cut will be easier.
After that it's just mounting the winch and putting everything back together.
You'll also have to cut out one of the grill labels so you have access to the winch clutch. I cut mine out and reattached it with industrial grade 3m Velcro. It pops right out when I need access and pops right back in for a seamless look.
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