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Based on the position of the fog lights, those should not be an issue. You might be able to get away with a behind the bumper winch, but for your truck, that is going to be undersized since I seem to recall the "behind the bumper" winches top out at about 9500 pounds of pull. For your truck, you should really have something in the neighborhood of 12,000 pound pull. Granted, this is assuming you are needing it for recovery, not for some other purpose. Even if you got one of the behind the bumper winches, odds are, you will need to modify the bottom edge of the front bumper to give you room for the rollers. You will probably also need to get yourself a piece of 1/4" plate and make a stand for the winch. Not a hard job, but messing with 1/4" plate can be a challenge without the right tools.
So, for ease, you are most likely looking at getting a brush guard with a winch mount on it. Personally, I don't consider them pretty, but they are functional.
The only other "problem" that I could potentially see is if you go with the behind the bumper winch, is there enough clearance for the winch to sit there. You will need about 10" between the rollers and the back of the winch. With all the coolers up front, you might be hard pressed to fit a winch in there. I don't have a truck yet to look at, so, I am kinda going off of memory from looking at a friends 2008.
Chris "Thermo" Coleman and Nukie, the radioactive 97 X