Welcome to U.S. Off Road, home of the Toyota FJ Winch Mount. If you are looking for the store it’s at http://www.usoffroad.us/store or just click on the Store link above. Be sure to visit our Google+ blog for more photos and articles.
The guys at Top Speed Photography have sent us some neat photos of them installing our winch mount along with a Warn Zeon 10s winch in their 2013 Cavalry Blue FJ. Not only do these guys produce some nice photography for others but in these sessions gave us a good look at how things all fit within the factory bumper cover. The first shots with the bare mount are test fits, after pulling everything back off they painted the inside of the mount flat black and the visible front fascia silver to match the FJ’s trim. Make sure to visit our Google+ page for more photos from this installation and many others. Here’s a quick video of the synthetic line being spooled in to the Warn winch.
Many people ask us what winch will work in conjunction with our FJ Winch Mount. The answer is that just about any winch will fit the mount. We have holes drilled for the standard 10″ x 4.5″ mounting bolt pattern used by 99% of the winches out there. What can limit your selection of a winch is the bracing behind the grille of the FJ. Below is a compilation of known winches that will work using our mount in any 2007-2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser. That is not to say no other winch will work but the winches listed below have been fitted and are in use with our winch mount. Viper Max and any other similarly styled winches that have a removable solenoid/control box will work quite well. We are also finding that winches with integrated solenoids can and will fit. Something like the Warn Zeon 10S fits, snug, but it fits. As you can see the Zeon is 10.52″ tall but still fits. The Viper Elite is 10″ tall and 4″ narrower at 20.5″ wide so it should fit as well but is untested. (Viper Elite specs can be found here)
U.S. Off Road was once again a Premier Sponsor for the 2013 Lonestar Toyota Jamboree in Gilmer, Texas. The Jambo gets bigger every year with over 150 Toyotas this year. The Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area is a world class offroad park that has trails for any level of rig. It was great meeting everyone again this year, we had a fantastic time! U.S. Off Road gave away one of our FJ Winch Mounts and a Viper Max 12,000 lb winch courtesy of MotoAlliance, the manufacturer of Viper winches. Here are a few photos from the Jamboree. I’ll be posting some videos on YouTube as I have time to edit them. I’ve also uploaded a few hundred more photos to our Google+ Albums for the Jamboree. You can view and comment on photos here.
U.S. Off Road is now a sponsor over at the FJC Forums. We will offer special deals on our FJ Winch Mount and Viper winches every so often so make sure you go visit and by all means, sign up! While you are there be sure to visit the U.S. Off Road forum for specials and updates.
After installing one of our FJ Winch Mounts and Viper Max 12K winch I had a total drop of 3/8″ up front, not bad but with the factory rake it didn’t need any more. I decided on the 5100′s from Down South Motorsports and went with the 3rd notch which was perfect. Ride is very good, much less nose dive and just generally looks better. I couldn’t be happier. Here are my before/after measurements: Prior to winch/mount install: LF: 35″ RF: 35 1/4″ LR: 36 5/8″ RR: 36 1/2″ After winch mount: LF: 34 5/8″ RF: 34 7/8″ LR: 36 5/8″ RR: 36 1/2″ After winch/mount and 5100 install: LF: 36 1/4″ RF: 36 1/4″ LR: 36 5/8″ RR: 36 5/8″ (seems to have leveled out on all 4 now) So, I have gained a net total of about 1 1/4″ from stock to now or 1 5/8″ before installing the winch…however you want to look at it. After a year of driving it this way, and quite happy with the results still, I decided to take the front up to the 4th notch on the 5100 shocks and bought some Icon 2″ lift springs for the rear from TRDParts4U. Down South Motorsports was kind enough to provide me with a set of 5100 shocks for the rear that can accommodate the added lift. As I haul my M101A2 trailer quite often and keep some gear in the back of the FJ it was riding nose high most of the time. Having a little rake is a good thing when dealing [...]