Hilux Rugged X

wattas

New Member
Recently purchased a Hilux Rugged X with the understanding from the dealership that the bull bar was winch compatible. After visiting ARB last week, I discovered that this was not 100% the case. Yes, it's winch compatible, but only to the genuine Toyota parts. You need to purchase a cradle that fits in the bull bar and then purchase the winch to fit it. The difference is nearly $3000. Not really very impressed to be honest.

Don't get me wrong, the Hilux is absolutely beautiful to drive and worth every cent.

Has anyone had any luck fitting a winch to the Rugged X without going through Toyota?
 

Tink

Well-Known Member
Saw an X the other day, looked great. Congrats.
I agree with Luke, should be able to install whatever winch you want once you buy the cradle. Toyota are not the only ones who sell winch compatible bars without the winch cradle. Heck most genuine bars won’t even accept a winch so you are ahead there already. Good luck and keep us informed.
Tink
 

wattas

New Member
So an update on the winch situation, still no answer from anyone outside Toyota. Have also come up against a second problem, adding an aerial for the UHF is complicated as the smaller bull bar doesn't have adequate room to attache the aerial to. I have removed the sports bar and added a canopy and that removes Toyota's idea of an aerial mounting spot. Anyone got any ideas for either problem?
 

dabbler

Active Member
So an update on the winch situation, still no answer from anyone outside Toyota. Have also come up against a second problem, adding an aerial for the UHF is complicated as the smaller bull bar doesn't have adequate room to attache the aerial to. I have removed the sports bar and added a canopy and that removes Toyota's idea of an aerial mounting spot. Anyone got any ideas for either problem?
Have you looked at different mounts ? There are dozens of variations on antenna mount, many brackets are suited to different bar sizes. GME show about 30 on their website.

Not perfect positioning but an bracket mount for the bonnet will always work.
 

BarKer

Well-Known Member
A bit of flat steel, a grinder, some sandpaper and a lick of paint will do the trick...
 

Wade1

New Member
So an update on the winch situation, still no answer from anyone outside Toyota. Have also come up against a second problem, adding an aerial for the UHF is complicated as the smaller bull bar doesn't have adequate room to attache the aerial to. I have removed the sports bar and added a canopy and that removes Toyota's idea of an aerial mounting spot. Anyone got any ideas for either problem?
Hi Wattas
Here is a picture of where my auto electrician put mine it is on a bit of an angle but it's not to bad I'm happy.
And I here ya in regards to the winch a bit disappointing on Toyota's behalf.
 

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Nckm54

New Member
Hey Wattas,

You can fit any winch to the Toyota winch cradle.

I have a domin8r xtreme (4wd Supacentre) fitted to my rugged X.

With regards to antenna mounting, I am using the GME fender bracket which hasn't failed me yet, although it does seem flimsy when off road.

Hope this helps.
 

Dmacey

New Member
Hey Wattas,

You can fit any winch to the Toyota winch cradle.

I have a domin8r xtreme (4wd Supacentre) fitted to my rugged X.

With regards to antenna mounting, I am using the GME fender bracket which hasn't failed me yet, although it does seem flimsy when off road.

Hope this helps.
Did you have to get another winch cradle fitting kit?
I’m looking at getting a winch installed but need so many extra parts just to make it work.
 

Nckm54

New Member
Did you have to get another winch cradle fitting kit?
I’m looking at getting a winch installed but need so many extra parts just to make it work.
I got the Toyota winch fitting kit which in hind sight is quite steep cost wise. The expensive part is the actual fitting kit, about $800

You can get away with just the winch cradle from Toyota (~$300 from memory) and fab up your own number plate flip. The front panel of the rugged x bar unbolt from behind so you can more easily modify if off the bull bar assembly.
 

Bingle

New Member
Hey Wattas
Did you take your sports bar off yourself? About to take mine off.. Was it easy enough and where does it bolt under the wheeel arch?
Recently purchased a Hilux Rugged X with the understanding from the dealership that the bull bar was winch compatible. After visiting ARB last week, I discovered that this was not 100% the case. Yes, it's winch compatible, but only to the genuine Toyota parts. You need to purchase a cradle that fits in the bull bar and then purchase the winch to fit it. The difference is nearly $3000. Not really very impressed to be honest.

Don't get me wrong, the Hilux is absolutely beautiful to drive and worth every cent.

Has anyone had any luck fitting a winch to the Rugged X without going through Toyota?
 

TopEnderNT

New Member
Hey Wattas, was there any issues in removing the sports bar? I'm doing it to my 2019 Rugged and building custom aluminum cage canopy. I see its easy to remove the top half but I've also heard the bottom is welded to the chassis, is this correct?


So an update on the winch situation, still no answer from anyone outside Toyota. Have also come up against a second problem, adding an aerial for the UHF is complicated as the smaller bull bar doesn't have adequate room to attache the aerial to. I have removed the sports bar and added a canopy and that removes Toyota's idea of an aerial mounting spot. Anyone got any ideas for either problem?
 

Bingle

New Member
Hey Wattas, was there any issues in removing the sports bar? I'm doing it to my 2019 Rugged and building custom aluminum cage canopy. I see its easy to remove the top half but I've also heard the bottom is welded to the chassis, is this correct?
hey mate just taken mine off today. Not welded. However after taking it I drove it and there was a rattle. I didn’t put the bolts back in and I think it’s that as I thought they just held down the bar. But I think that’s the reason for the rattle. If you get under the nuts are easy enough with a bit of maneuvering and. 3/8 set.
 

Usewhenrequired

New Member
Hi all, new to the site. I am getting a canopy for my ute and was wondering what you all are doing for "block off plates" for the holes left on the deck when you take the sports bar off, or is this not and issue?
Plus whats the consensus on tub liners.....shit vs good or are they all much of a muchness.
Any help would be great. Thanks
 

dabbler

Active Member
Hi all, new to the site. I am getting a canopy for my ute and was wondering what you all are doing for "block off plates" for the holes left on the deck when you take the sports bar off, or is this not and issue?
Plus whats the consensus on tub liners.....shit vs good or are they all much of a muchness.
Any help would be great. Thanks
I've read reports of tub liners and canopies not being compatible. I just bought some ute matting from the Big Green Shed. It can be removed for thorough cleaning but I haven't done that for a long, long time.


Not sure about block off plates. Wouldn't plastic plug inserts be possible. Or install some anchor points for tiedowns.
 
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