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Many people have been waiting for news on Rivian’s OEM winch and off-road bumper. There have been prototypes spotted in the wild and previously the app itself made reference to winch control.

Unfortunately, Rivian has abandoned development of an off-road bumper with winch integration.The Reddit mods have partnered with Rivian to address common questions and they answered the winch question today.

Definitely disappointing news for those who have been waiting. I’d guess that Rivian decided it made more sense to rely on the aftermarket.




For those who missed it earlier, here's the prototype:

https://www.rivianforums.com/forum/...ith-winch-and-extended-yellow-tow-hooks.1438/

rivian-r1t-yellow-tow-hooks-and-winch-1-png.png

 
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"at this time" Well, obviously, since it's not a configurable option currently.
 

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It makes sense. They seem to finally realize job #1 should be just delivering as many vehicles as possible vs. allowing a bunch of customization that slows down production. Within reason, of course.
 

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Not a surprise, Rivian is not an off road company and it would be a distraction to stray into one. It took Toyota decades before they decided to start doing these things at the factory, which will start next year. But they have plenty of experience seeing how customers outfit their vehicles to base that from.

Rivian doesn't employ anyone with an offroad background. This is not an Ineos Grenadier, it's a fancy electric truck tech company.
 

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Totally off-topic, but if Rivian wants to “directly” answer owner/enthusiast inquiries, I’d rather see them do that here than on the un-navigable Reddit.
 

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Many people have been waiting for news on Rivian’s OEM winch and off-road bumper. There have been prototypes spotted in the wild and previously the app itself made reference to winch control.

Unfortunately, Rivian has abandoned development of an off-road bumper with winch integration.The Reddit mods have partnered with Rivian to address common questions and they answered the winch question today.

Definitely disappointing news for those who have been waiting. I’d guess that Rivian decided it made more sense to rely on the aftermarket.




For those who missed it earlier, here's the prototype:

https://www.rivianforums.com/forum/...ith-winch-and-extended-yellow-tow-hooks.1438/

rivian-r1t-yellow-tow-hooks-and-winch-1-png.png
Ok aftermarket... Let's get to it!!
 

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Makes me wonder if they accidentally winched the front bumper off in their test trials 😅

This isn't make or break for me but I'd love to see Rivian invest in something here, or third parties pick up on the provisions that Rivian seems to have made (since they called it "winch ready" for quite a while to preorder holders).
 


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To me the odd thing is the placement - that leaves nowhere to mount a front license plate - which is required (and actually enforced) in many places.
 

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To me the odd thing is the placement - that leaves nowhere to mount a front license plate - which is required (and actually enforced) in many places.
Look at what the ford bronco does on the Everglades with winch. It ain’t pretty, but it does the job.
 

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Now we need to get Warn to pick up the slack and spend my money for me
I reached out to Warn a couple months back and they said they didn't have anything in the pipeline.
 

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To me the odd thing is the placement - that leaves nowhere to mount a front license plate - which is required (and actually enforced) in many places.
Those places suck. Who cares.
 

 
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