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post #1 of 5 Old 04-25-2004, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Homemade winch bumper?

I am in the process of making a winch bumper and have a question. When I removed the factory bumper I found a flat plate looking at me. It had holes that my Warn m8000 bolted right to. I had not read where anyone else mentioned this. Why is that?

Before I get slaughtered I did reenforce it with 3/16. I did put supports down the outside of the unibody, and they are going to be tied together. By mounting the winch horizontally I am going to be able to have my winch in an area it won't be able to be gotten out of without unbolting and reomoving the front of the bumper. To much for a theif? I think so.

It would realy suck to be the theif that takes the bolts out of the winch to find out you still can not get it out without taking the 12 bolts out that tie the bumper to the winchplate and the tie the bumper to the frame.

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When I removed the factory bumper I found a flat plate looking at me. It had holes that my Warn m8000 bolted right to.
Do you have pictures?

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Some XJs had a factory winch mount in the factory bumper. There has been a recent NAXJA threat talking about them, here. Maybe you have the factory mount? I don't know much about them.

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No, I do not have any pictures.

It's not in the bumper. It's in the piece that ties the subframes together in the front.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-26-2004, 12:38 PM
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well the winch mount they are taking about is attached to the frame. You have to modify the bumper to put the fairlead on. Basically you can mount a winch without a new bumper.

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