Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
I'd like to see a receiver hitch rated for 9,000 lbs. that can be mounted, within reason, on a Wrangler TJ.
What's the main difference between a normal winch plate and a hitch?
A hidden hitch is all 2x2x1/4" box steel, mounted with 3/8" angle plates.
A normal winch plate is flat 1/4" plate.
they both mount to same 4 bolt points in the frame.
Savvy used 1/4" aluminum to mount your winch. Based on material properties, that 6061-T6 plate actually slightly weaker than a steel 1/4" winch plate. It works fine though, doesn't it?
I see a difference in the leverage created by putting the winch mount so far out from the mounting point...but that has little impact on straight line pulls (no side loads).
and with the straight line pull, that 5/8" Grade 8 bolt you should use as a hitch pin won't shear until around 27,500 lbs. the winch line or the cradle will fail first.