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Old 06-09-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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Winch installed, pics. And a question...

Went to a bikini car wash today at 4 wheel parts only went for the sale they were having though and picked up a winch plate for cheap so I installed my m8000 today.





My question is, is it okay that I used the tow hooks with the stock bolts to hold the winch plate and everything down? They grabbed hold plenty good enough. I can even see a little of the threads coming out the other side of the hole so I know they are in there good just not sure if they are strong enough.

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Yes, at least most likely. Tow hook bolts should be/typically are Grade 5 at a minimum so you should be fine. To know for sure, the bolts should have 3 little hash marks on top indicating Grade 5. 6 hash marks means a stronger Grade 8, though Grade 5 is more than strong enough for a winch.

This bolt head's 3 tick marks indicates it is a hardened Grade 5 bolt which is the minimum suitable strength bolt.


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They are the stock torx bolts. May grab some grade 5 or 8 later night just to make sure
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How is your fairlead attached? How much for the plate? Anyway, looks like it will work fine
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$50 for the plate and the fairlead.attaches to the plate
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They are the stock torx bolts. May grab some grade 5 or 8 later night just to make sure
The OE torx bolts are strong enough. If you go for hex head bolts, which is a good idea, I believe they are 1/2x13.
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The OE torx bolts are strong enough. If you go for hex head bolts, which is a good idea, I believe they are 1/2x13.
Awesome thanks. Next is to sleeve the wires so they don't rub anything. The positive wire was sleeved already

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