Product Details

Hidden Winch Bracket – Available Vehicle Makes and Model

The first Hidden Winch Bracket to be released is for the 200 Series Landcruiser, (2013-2019).

Although the face of the Toyota Landcruiser has changed over time between year models the internals of these vehicles remain the same.

The control box bracket has been designed around the front grill of facelift models. Outside of these dates may require some modifications to the control box mounting bracket and location. Keep in mind for this reason we have packaged together only winches that offer both a wireless and hardwired remote.

Carbon Winches also offer a wired remote-control plug extension lead to assist you with mounting options an excitability to use the hard wired remote.

The Toyota Prado is currently in the design and development stage along with a number of other vehicles makes and models to be implemented in the development process.

Should you be interested in purchasing the next Hidden Winch Bracket or have a vehicle you would like to see added to our development list send us an email with your details. (Email your Name, Mobile Number, location, Make and Model of your vehicle)

Features and Weights (Hidden Winch Bracket)


Our bracket allows you to fit a winch to your vehicle without the additional weight and cost of a bull bar whilst maintaining your vehicles original appearance, functionality, ride, comfort, handling and performance.

Our complete package, matched with accessories from Factor 55, provides a superior finish beyond simply having a traditional winch hook hanging from the front of your plastic bumper. These products combined allow your vehicle to maintain the superior standard you desire.

Key design elements include weight minimisation and distribution, maintaining flat facing surfaces, single piece folded steel plate construction maximising the overall strength and durability, replicating the original alloy bumper bar to ensure everything remains the same once installed.

Using CAD Software and Solid Works Stress Testing Systems our bracket is rated at 29,000lb, constructed from 6mm quality steel and painted with a black textured powder coat to provide a clean finished product.

We have specifically designed this bracket to fit winches from Carbon Winch Australia 12K (12,000lb) and 9.5K (9500lb), and Runva Winches 13XP (13,000lb) and 11XP (11,000lb).

Other brands may also be compatible although it’s recommended you complete your research before purchasing.

By fitting the Hidden Winch Bracket to your vehicle, you gain the benefits of fitting a winch without dramatically increasing weight as you would installing a bull bar.

Products and Weight

Hidden Winch Bracket: 18kg

Standard alloy bumper (removed when fitting the Hidden Winch Bracket): 10kg

Total weight added to vehicle upon installation of the Hidden Winch Bracket complete package:

Carbon 12K (23.45) = total fit 31.45kg                     Runva 13XP (31.4kg) = total fit 39.4kg.

Use and Installation

The Hidden Winch Bracket has been designed to provide you additional options when you decide to install a winch to your vehicle.

Once the Hidden Winch Bracket and winch has been fitted to your vehicle, we have designed additional points to accommodate and secure the control box and the ability to access the clutch handle.

Although the face of the Toyota Landcruiser has changed over time between year models the internals of these vehicles remain the same.

The control box bracket has been designed around the front grill of models 2016-2019. Outside of these dates may require some modifications to the control box mounting bracket and location. Keep in mind for this reason we have packaged together only winches that offer both a wireless and hardwired remote.

Carbon Winches also offer a wired remote-control plug extension lead to assist you with mounting options an excitability to use the hard wired remote.

(You may be required to modify our brackets should you decide to use another winch brand and model)

Our complete package, matched with accessories from Factor 55, provides a superior finish beyond simply having a traditional winch hook hanging from the front of your plastic bumper.

We offer an additional upgrade to the standard Winch Isolator improving electrical protection and safety beyond the standard Isolators capacity with 500amp constant draw and 2000amp surge protection.

We offer installation of the Hidden Winch Bracket, Winch and accessories but please book early as numbers are limited.

We are building our network of suppliers around Australia who will provide installation services of our Hidden Winch Bracket packages, see the “Installers” tab above. (Please be sure to read and comply with all manufacturers guidelines for each individual product)

We also offer “A Basic Guide to Winching, principles, safety considerations and common rigging set-ups” from Factor 55 providing you with basic winching information giving you confidence when using these products.

Stress Analysis Testing

Peninsula Plasma Cutters have completed Stress Analysis Testing using Solid Works CAD software and systems to ensure product safety and capabilities of the Hidden Winch Bracket.

Our bracket is rated to 29,000lb providing adequate strength and durability during ANY winching activity.

Standards and Requirements

We have consulted with Transport for New South Wales, our onsite engineer, along with an independent engineering company to confirm there are NO ADRs applicable to in bumper brackets.

The design has taken into account the following requirements and specifications set out within;

  • Bull Bars Tolerances and Conditions – (February 2018 version 2.1)
  • Vehicle Inspection Bulletin – Protrusions on the front of vehicles (Revision 0.1 / Published 1 November 2007)
  • Requirement Schedule 2 of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2007 requires the following: Para 25 (1) Protrusions ‘An object fitted to a vehicle must be designed, built and fitted to the vehicle in such a way that minimises the likelihood of injury to a person making contact with the vehicle’.
  • Para 27 (a) Driver’s field of view ‘A motor vehicle must be built to allow the driver a view of the road and of traffic to the front and sides of the vehicle so the driver can drive the vehicle safely’.
  • and other relevant information, guidelines and specifications found on the Transport for NSW website. (rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/registration/get-nsw-registration/standards/protrusions.html)

We refer to an article by drive.com.au regarding bull bar / aftermarket accessories, airbag testing and capability.

Quote …“Toyota Australia advanced product planning senior manager Neal Daniel said: “No one else in the world has access to the vehicle design data, so all an aftermarket bull bar manufacturer can do is guess. They do a very limited, low-speed, non-destructive test so that they can claim that the bull bar is airbag compatible. But unless they crash a car at high speed how would they know? They can’t predict how and when an airbag is triggered based on low-speed tests.”… (HYPERLINK https://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/bullbar-safety-up-in-the-air-20100824-13kv5)

Any aftermarket vehicle accessory or modification may impact the manufactures original safety standards, specifications and guild lines.

The manufacturer of the Hidden Winch Bracket notes, during installation of the Bracket the airbag sensor is not moved or tampered with and the Bracket has not been subjected to crash testing therefore they do not come with an airbag compatibility certificate.