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Ramsey Triple-X 6000 Winch

Article and Images By Chris Marzonie

Vehicle BajaTaco.com: 1998 Toyota Tacoma Extra Cab TRD
Vendor Ramsey Winch
P.O. Box 581510
Tulsa, OK 74158
Phone: 1-918-438-2760
FAX 1-918-438-6688
Cost $1,256.87 (plus shipping and tax where applicable)
Costs are subject to change, verify pricing with vendor
Overall Rating Not yet rated (Part 1 - Research and Installation phase). Part 2 will cover testing and review.
Weight 24.5 kg (54 lbs.) with rope & fairlead
Installation Time : 16 hours (for this custom installation - time will vary depending on actual application)
Difficulty: (easy, moderate, difficult) Difficult (due to custom installation)
Specialty Tools Required: Welder, grinder, band saw, jigsaw (due to custom installation)

A very important focus for the design and development of this Toyota Tacoma is to carefully consider how any modifications will impact the gross vehicle weight and how the weight will affect performance in a wide range of situations. A larger platform chassis (1-ton or larger capacity) can be very forgiving in this respect and allow for a broader range of equipment considerations and passenger carrying capacity. However, a truck like the Tacoma presents more of a challenge to the designer. Using a production light truck for expedition work and adventure travel will almost always require a very detailed thought process to overcome the limitations of the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) while trying to mitigate the resultant compromises. For many years, I chose to forego the addition of a winch on this truck as part of this design process. This was for many reasons, including but not limited to: Personal choice based on experience, environment in which the vehicle is to be used, intended application of the vehicle, and placing a desired limit on the weight fore of the front axles.

With the advent of synthetic winch rope and more recently the phenomenon of extreme sport/competition rock crawling and an exploding ATV industry, lighter and faster winches have become more of a demand than ever before. Manufacturers are scaling down the product weight, while maintaining or even slightly increasing the rated weight capacities. Many winches are now offered with synthetic fiber winch ropes as an alternative to the traditional wire rope cables. Complimenting these modern designs are lightweight alloy or composite fairleads, compact controllers, and even wireless controls. The Ramsey Triple-X 6000 is a perfect example of this new winch technology. With a powerful 5.5 horsepower motor, it has a no-load line speed of 45 feet per minute. It comes supplied with 35' of Technora synthetic rope with a replaceable 1/2" clevis hook with safety latch. Though the rope length is much shorter than a conventional winch, it allows for a smaller fairlead and drum profile.

The thought of using a 6,000 lb. winch for an expedition vehicle may initially induce a concerned look from the eyes of many seasoned adventurers. But before you allow the whites of those eyes to be shown, consider this:

1. The primary purpose of this winch is to provide a useful means for light recovery duties and clearing roadways on expeditions and adventures, which for the most part are resigned to the Southwestern U.S., Baja peninsula, and Northern Mexico.

2. The majority of winch pulls will be short and typically not in deep mud or snow.

3. Most of the pulls for this truck in its typical environment will be short ones. The short length (35') of rope, which seems well intended for competition rock crawling, can be used to our advantage in this situation. The short line length keeps the drum profile small (no bulky spool to contend with) and the fairlead is quite compact and light. The stated capacity of a winch is measured with a single wrap of rope on the drum. With each successive wrap added to the spool, the pulling capacity decreases. By keeping less rope on the drum, the pulling capacity is better maintained because there will be less wraps on the spool. By using a synthetic winch line extension the rope length can be customized depending on the situation, and the extra cable can be stowed away in the cargo area when not in use. Keep in mind that this will, however, limit the pull lengths before having to spool out and re-rig the load. Our thought is that the benefit is expected to outweigh this infrequent inconvenience.

4. Perhaps the ultimate trade-off for using a lightweight winch solution is the pulling capacity. But as was stated, for the uses intended, we think this can easily be offset. Simply by using a pulley block and doubling the winch line, the capacity of the winch can potentially be increased to from 6,000 lbs. to 12,000 lbs.

Ramsey Triple-X 6000 install

Once we determined that the winch would fit inside the tube frame of the bumper, we came up with a plan for the mount and started with this piece of steel that would provide the mounting surface for the aluminum hawse fairlead.


The pieces of steel for the base were cut, fitted and welded together. The horizontal base plate that the winch will fasten to terminates at a vertical back plate, which is tied into the top-rear tube of the bumper.
Gussets were then added in various locations to strengthen the pieces subjected to extreme forces during winch pulls.
Here you can see the large side gussets that are located on either side of the horizontal base plate. These gussets also add to the aesthetic value of the base plate where it protrudes from the front of the bumper. Gussets have also been added vertically to the fairlead mount.
Adding some paint and closer to the finished product.
Since the control box would be mounted on top of the winch above the bumper, the control wiring was routed through the bottom of the front grill before putting everything in place.
The bumper was placed on stands and it was necessary to "loose-fit" all of the pieces while the wiring was routed into the engine bay.
The mounting bolts are passed through the bottom of the plate and the hex nuts are captured inside the feet of the winch. We used some tape temporarily to keep the nuts in place while the winch was positioned inside the bumper.
Here is the winch installed with the bumper cover plates removed. It is a nice and tight fit.

So far this has been a really fun project to work on. Considering that this bumper wasn't originally designed with a winch in mind, it has been a satisfying challenge to come up with a solid, lightweight and compact design. This is a solution that not only fits the bumper, but fits well with the concept of the vehicle. More of the challenge has yet to come with Part 2 when we attempt to prove the concept of the winch. By subjecting it to thorough testing under varying conditions, we will find out if it performs as expected.