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Hey guys,
I have a GQ 1992 TB42 with an alloy bar on the front.
Have rebuilt most of the car and added extra weight, draws, roof rack, aux battery, recovery gear etc.
What I need to know is can one install a winch behind an alloy bar.
I have just upgraded the coils, adjustable shock and steering dampener from tough dog.
Conscious of the weight factor, it would be preferable if I can keep the alloy bar due to the bar being lighter than steel.
Any advice will he welcomed.
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The Patrol's chassis is designed to have a winch cradle mounted on it. Can mount the winch and fairlead on it so it doesn't put any load on the bar.

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In general, alloy bars simply aren't strong enough to carry the winch loads. Most "winch compatible" alloy bars have a steel cradle behind the bar that carries the winch. If you compare the weight of a steel bar with the winch mounted directly to it, and an alloy bar with a cradle and winch, your weight advantage is pretty much null and void.

In theory you can make an alloy bar that is strong enough to carry a winch (I've never come across one), but it would be a serious piece of work, I reckon.

Keep in mind that modifying a bullbar in any way invalidates its regulation compliance so unless you have a cradle that can fit behind your unmodified bullbar, you could have some other issues.
 

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I know you asked about the GQ and I didn't see anything on e-bay for the GQ,
but for the GU you can buy a winch cradle to go behind the factory bar......

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Nissan-GU-Patrol-Winch-Cradle-to-suit-Genuine-Alloy-Bullbar/202348549771?hash=item2f1ce9d68b:g:OSsAAOSwVEdbLZif&frcectupt=true

I made a winch cradle for a '90 model Terrano WD21
to fit behind an alloy bar from a plate like this one.....


Thinking of making my own winch cradle from the simple plate above for my GU alloy bar from the 2nd option,
to try and get it lower for more room for a front mount intercooler.
 

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I want to thank you guys.
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of assistance on this forum.
It is simply the best forum made by the members.
When and if I try and mount the winch I will post some pics.
Will check the reg's first before I attempt any adulteration of the alloy bar.
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I think you'll find it is only a bull bar for patrols with air bags that you can't modify.

If you patrol does not have air bags then it will not be an issue.

That's what i am let to believe, but check for yourself to make sure.
 
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