I agree with the above. That's structural, I would never remove that and use angle in place of it, then pull on that angle. Seems like it might bend a bit and pull the frame in slightly.
Now what size winch are you wanting to use? This could work, but you will need to reinforce that frame up front. What about a piece of 5" channel. Cut out that round crossmember and put a piece of channel flush with the bottom of the frame. Now mount to that channel and reinstall the front bumper with the fairlead on it. Or use what ever size channel you would need, the smallest possible. Depending on your winch. And a decent 3000 pound warn would work for your jeep, I had a china made pos 2000 pound and it worked just fine, pulled a Chevy 2500 out of a slew with it, he got stuck on a log. But this could work if you take the time and do it right. Be safe!
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