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A buddy of mine owns a Rhino. He's extremely industrious. He mounted a 2" receiver on the front and fabricated a mount for his winch, there. He also wired the rear of the machine and a fixed mounting position for the rear. All he has to do to use the winch in the back is unplug and seat the mount in the rear receiver.....then plug in, there.

I'm wondering how the receiver mount in the front would do?? His is mounted so it sits behind the bumper. He also saved some $$ on the winch mount, since he fabricated his own to match the winch.

Anyone done this with a Pioneer?
 

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From the post, sounds like it was welded. I'm sure you could message him for details.
 

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It would costs a little but you could get a winch plate and weld the receiver tube to the plate. Then it would be easily removable if ever needed or wanted.
 

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I'm not exactly sure I know what you're saying, toodeep. Most of the winch plates I've seen wouldn't exactly be the kind of thing I'd want to weld anything to.

I like the idea, though. Is there anything in the front of the machine that is bolted on.....that a receiver could be mounted to? How's the bumper attached?
 

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I'm not exactly sure I know what you're saying, toodeep. Most of the winch plates I've seen wouldn't exactly be the kind of thing I'd want to weld anything to.

I like the idea, though. Is there anything in the front of the machine that is bolted on.....that a receiver could be mounted to? How's the bumper attached?
The winch plate would be just a prefabbed flat plate that is already made to bolt to the machine. Instead of bolting a winch to it you would mount the receiver tube (either top or bottom side).
 

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I like the idea of a 2" receiver front and rear….AND one mounted behind an access door under the drivers seat….WHERE you could lock the winch in place for storage. If all were pre-wired…..I think it would be a pretty slick option.
 

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I looked at the actual units today at my dealer. There's PLENTY of room in there to mount the receiver and not have it stick out very far (if any) past the bumper. I'm looking forward to doing this.

I'll probably go ahead and order the KFI winch mount and have it ready.
 

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2" receiver on front

Mounting a 2" front receiver was one of the first things I did. I actually thought about taking pictures and sharing it with everyone on the forum but I never did.........Sorry.

The way I did it was quite easy if you are a fabricator with welding skills, but wouldn't work for most others.

I notched the top of the front skid plate (about 1") and welded the receiver to it. Then I took two short pieces of steel strap (1/8" or 3/16" thick, I don't remember) and welded them to the receiver and the skid plate mounting bars. Then as a final reinforcement I welded a piece of flat stock from the back of the receiver down to the skid plate.

At first that may not seem like a good way to do it but it came out very solid. I have lifted the front of the Pioneer up with the hook in the front receiver and it didn't seem to flex at all.

I keep my Pioneer at my desert place so I can't take a picture now, but the attached photos show it on the vehicle, however it isn't very easy to see (I will try to take a better picture when I go there in a few days).

The photo shows a tow hook in the receiver. I keep in the front and switch it with the rear tow ball when needed.
 

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Additional pictures

These are some better pictures. Obviously, it would be an easy job for anyone with welding-fabrication skills.

As you can see I had it stick out a little past the front. I did that to make it easier to access the hitch pin, but if necessary it could just as easily been made flush.
 

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My question on this is......Let's say you have the winch mounted on the KFI mount that fits into that receiver. Will the winch mounted in that position work well with the plow systems? It's going to (in my mind) alter where the actuator is located a little.

Just thinking out loud. I sold my ATV today. I need to get this figured out, pretty quickly, and get some items headed this way.

Thanks.
 

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It would depend how far out you are with that receiver winch set up. I feel it would be in the travel area of the plow.
 

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My question on this is......Let's say you have the winch mounted on the KFI mount that fits into that receiver. Will the winch mounted in that position work well with the plow systems? It's going to (in my mind) alter where the actuator is located a little.

Just thinking out loud. I sold my ATV today. I need to get this figured out, pretty quickly, and get some items headed this way.

Thanks.
Good points, and something a person using it in snow country would need to consider. Don't see that stuff where my place is at in the So. California desert.
 

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I've used my plow maybe 4X since I bought it 3 seasons ago. But, when I need it.....I need it (see driveway photo). My driveway is +/- 500' long and on a pretty good slope.

I think I'm just going to go ahead and order the standard KFI winch mount. They have a pre-fab receiver mount, also. I can always retro-fit.

 
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