Sometimes you need a winch; sometimes you don't. You're likely more than pleased to see it mounted in a heavy winch bumper at the front of your rig whilst tackling your favorite trail. But, maybe not so much during the daily commute when you're burning through fuel that costs $4.50 a gallon and knowing well that you are constantly carting around an extra few hundred pounds of winch and bumper that is contributing greatly to your crappy fuel economy.
We found ourselves amid this winch-or-no-winch conundrum with this near-stock daily-driven '04 Toyota 4Runner, which sees very little difficult trail action but still gets used for solo hunting and fishing trips in the back country a few times a year. Keen on the idea of not getting stuck during these solo ventures, a winch was seemingly mandatory, but a winch bumper was not. Looking for the best of both worlds, we came across CBI Off-Road Fabrication in Idaho Falls, Idaho. CBI offers its High-Clearance Front Receiver Hitch for 4th Generation Toyota 4Runners so a receiver mount winch cradle and other hitch receiver accessories can be utilized at the front of the rig. The bolt-on High-Clearance Front Receiver Hitch also adds strength to the front end by replacing the thin factory front crossmember with a much stouter component. Best of all, however, is the price. Offered for less than $300, this is an excellent means of adding a winch to your 4x4 without breaking the bank.