Instructions - Munji Hidden Winch Cradle (RA, RA7, RC Colorado, and early shape D-Max) Posted on 29 Jan 12:31
The installation of the Munji Hidden Winch Cradle requires good mechanical and tool knowledge. It is important to follow these instructions; it requires you to drill holes in metal and correctly line up the Bracing Straps.
N.B: NEVER REST ANY PART OF YOUR BODY UNDER A VEHICLE OR HEAVY COMPONENTS UNLESS YOU HAVE SUFFICENT SUPPORTS AS WELL AS THE JACK. A HEAVY WEIGHT CAN SLIP OFF A JACK OR THE SUPPORTS. PLEASE ALWAYS BE CAREFUL AND KEEP YOUR PHONE WITHIN REACH IN THE CASE OF THE UNEXPECTED.
- Socket Set
- Drill and drill set
- Trimming tools to trim plastic (suit winch)
- F or G Clamps to assist drilling of support straps
- Grease rag
- Tub of grease/grease gun
- Firstly, remove the front plastic bar and reinforcement bars from your vehicle
- Remove grill insert
- Mount the Munji Hidden Winch Cradle main body to the chassis using the original 6 bolt points
- Fit the lower straps to the cradle linking to the lower bash plate mounts
- Once this is in place and tight, now run the longer upper straps from the top of the Munji Hidden Winch Cradle down to the chassis rail where you will find the M6 captive bolt holes. Loosely bolt up with the 12.9 tensile bolts and measure from the ends to get the straps evenly placed making sure the straps have at least 5-10mm clearance from the body.
- Once you have the straps sitting evenly with enough clearance, it is time to mark and drill the hole. This is not drilled from factory due to slight variations in cabins and chassis could cause issues. I found it easier to clamp the strap down and drill to ensure the hole is perfect.
- With the holes drilled into the main body of the cradle, smear some grease in the hole or paint if you wish to prevent rust. I used nickel grease which will not wash out and seal the thread and fresh hole.
- After all bolts are tight, you can now sort out your winch and fare lead which will have to be cut into your plastic bumper and grill if you wish to fit the control box on top like I have in the pictures.
- I used a dremal and grinder to cut and smooth out the plastic.
- Take your time cutting, even if you cut only a little at a time to make it fit perfect. This is the most important part of the fitment.
- When wiring up the winch make sure to follow their instructions and retention the rope/cable as part of the first test.
It is always important to go for a short test drive and re-check all nuts are tight.
If you have any issues please contact me and I am more than happy to assist.
All the best with your 4weeling. Stay safe.