With some creative cutting, welding, or chopping, winches can be tucked out of sight between the framerails of most rigs. In addition to the custom bumper, this winch (blue truck, left) was mounted with its feet forward to eliminate shear stress on the four mounting bolts. To achieve this position, the winch drum was clocked 90 degrees. Looking back to 2005 and our ’92 Ford F-150 named Project Fiery Redhead, we were able to mount a Warn 9.5ti using a Reunel rear bumper. Again, this required clocking the winch drum, extending the clutch lever, and relocating the solenoid, but the result was a clean look and a hidden winch. These options may require more hands-on work than a simple winch bumper, but can also maintain factory departure angles and shelter winches from the elements.