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Cobra Jeep 08-26-2007 07:27 PM

I got tired of the over priced winch mounts
So I made my own...

I started out with a winch I bought. Got a really good deal on it. It stoped working for the guy so he just sold it. I get it and there was just one wire pulled loose in the solenoid box. Easy fix and it works like new. So Now I need a way to mount it. I start looking for winch plates and all of them I see, are priced too high, or are more of a one plate fits all, with holes everywhere. So I figure why not try to make my own. Because I figure most of these plates probably wont fit my winch anyways. They seem to be made for like 9500lbs and smaller winches, mine is a warn M 10,000. So after lots of carefull measureing of my jeep and the winch. I come up with what I want. I take the measurements to a local machiene and steel shop and tell them what I want. I had it made from 1/4in plate. They cut it to size in a HUGE press cutter, then bent it with a even bigger brake. I ended up with this.

Had it cut to the width I needed, then bent up 1 inch in the rear to help make it stiff and less likely to flex, then bent up in the front high enough to mount the fairlead. Total cost $30. (thats for the plate and bending it)
Next came the fun part, lots of measureing and drilling, and cutting to make it all come together. When I finished I ended up with this.

I drilled the 4 holes in the plate to bolt it down to the stock holes in the frame. (the bumper bolts and the two behind it the stock tow hooks would bolt to) But this winch is bigger than the 9000lb ones and the back two bolts on the winch ended up being behind the two holes in the frame. So being the way I am, I felt this to be not good enough. I wanted two more bolts on back. So I drilled two more holes in the plate behing the original back holes, then drill the holes in the frame to match.(red arrow) The holes ended up matching up with two holes on the side of the frame pretty good. So I took a die grinder and enlarged the holes just enough for the nuts to fit through, it didnt take mutch. (blue arrow)

I then took some 1/8in plate I had, cut two strips the same width as the nuts and just a couple inches long and welded that to the sides of the nuts. That way I could stick that through the hole and start the bolt, the metal strips would stick out the holes and keep the nuts from turning. Now I have six bolts holding the plate to the frame. I now felt that to be satisfactory.

Now, to keep the winch and plate on the jeep, and out of the hands of thiefs. I welded a washer to the plate in the middle holes, I then tack welded the head of the bolt to that washer. That way It will make it harder to steal, while still makeing it to where I can take it off I would happen to need to.

It fits real nicely with my new bumper, only thing I had to do was drill two holes in the top of the bumper to clear the heads of the bolts that hold the winch to the plate.

Finished outcome:

Tomorrow I am gonna add some extra siginal lights since they are now blocked.

Let me know what you think. And YES, I know...the winch is too big, but I got a good deal on it so I just figured I would make it work.:2thumbsup:

ovrlnd 08-26-2007 07:34 PM

looks nice! and way to save some serious cash to boot. one thing I would do tho is get some wire and relocate the noid box under the hood.

Cobra Jeep 08-26-2007 07:57 PM

I have been thinking about putting the solenoid box under the hood. And Actually I would like to. But I think I am too lazy to get around to it. I have had this winch and plate for probably 6 months to a year, and just now got it

ionakana 08-27-2007 05:28 AM

where would you locate it under the hood, I'm in the process of installing my warn 8000 now, I was rained out yesterday, basically I have everything mounted to the winch plate, I just have to bolt it to the jeep and run the wires. I don't like the solenoid sitting up like that, so I welcome all suggestions.

Big-n-Broke-YJ 08-27-2007 05:36 AM

mine control box fit nicely in front of the battery tray courtesy of a little welding and a couple small piece of flat bar...

dell2028 08-27-2007 05:37 AM

Looks great. I've thought about mounting my solenoid box inside the engine bay as well.

Cobra Jeep 10-06-2007 07:12 AM

Had a friend asking about this the other day, so I figured I would bring it back up for him to check out.

I have added my extra signal lights, but I have been to lazy to re-locate the solenoid box. Mabey one day I will.

Joe Dillard 10-06-2007 10:46 AM

The winch plate came out very nice. :cheers2:

Perhaps I missed it - but what did you end up using for primer & paint?

On mine, I removed it last year sometime because it needed some maintenance from scratches etc. I wire wheeled it in the bad areas and used some Rustoleum red primer & Rustoleum black paint. Makes touch-up easy & cheap. :) I repainted my 11 year old XD9000i while I was at it. Timing was perfect.

coyote_94yj 10-06-2007 12:30 PM

Dang man that looks sweet. Once I get my jeep back together I think I going do the same thing. How do you like the rope vs cable? I have been thinking about using that instead of cable.


sentinal02 10-06-2007 03:12 PM

very nice. did mine from 4x7x3/8" angle

BEEFY! wish my steel supplier would do those kinds of bends around here. :thumbsup:

coyote_94yj 10-06-2007 03:32 PM


Originally Posted by sentinal02

Did you make that bumper? I have been thinking about making something almost identical to that. How much did you spend on it?


Cobra Jeep 10-06-2007 05:54 PM

To answer a couple questions posted above.
I like the synthetic cable very mutch. You would not believe the ammount of weight it shaved off the winch. I think it drops something like 30lbs. Other than haveing to be carefull around sharp rocks, I love it. No more kinks in the cable, or loose slivers to stab your hands even through gloves, and it is even safer than steel cable.

As far as the paint. Since it was bare fresh metal, I used some rustoleum bare metal primer. Its made for (gor figure) Bare metal. I then top coated it with some flat black rustoleum. Only down side is the bare metal primer was white, so when I scratch it, it shows pretty bad.

I did finally add some small LED signal lights to the bumper a week or so after I mounted it. I can post up pics of those if anyone is interested. They work pretty good, enough to keep things safe/legal.

sentinal02 10-06-2007 06:26 PM


Originally Posted by coyote_94yj
Did you make that bumper? I have been thinking about making something almost identical to that. How much did you spend on it?


yup. the plate kinda interfered with the tow hooks i had up front so i figured i'd go all out. all told i've got about $110-120 wrapped up between the plate and the bumper. the plate i paid about $30-35 for. i picked up 11' for 2x4 rect tubing for about $70 and only used 4.5 feet up front. the other 6.5 is going toward the back bumper that i've kinda stalled in the middle of building, lol. about $30 for the weld in D-ring mounts and another $16 for the front receiver. then maybe $8 for the 3/16" flat stock to form the mounts, light tabs and the end seals after making the angle cuts. i also welded on a pair 3/8 NPT fittings to accept the hose barb connection for my OBA and a drain. the paint i had on hand from other projects. you could do without the receiver, but i like the idea of having one there. never know what you might want to put there; cargo basket, fishing pole holder, lumber support rod if you want to carry some strapped to the roll cage, etc. i originally had it there to accept a small vise mounted to a receiver plate for field repairs that you want to clamp down to free up your hands, ie u-joints, bending steering components back into place, making brackets on the spot (OBW is in the works). plus i wheel with a guy who has a receiver mounted winch from time to time so i could technically run that in a pinch. all kinds of things you can do with it. :thumbsup: and i definitely agree with Cobra, synthetic is the way to go.

JFranko 10-12-2008 08:33 PM

solenoid under the hood is a good Idea, I did it by making a plate that replaced the stock jack, and i mounted the solenoid and an air compressor on it, Its not too hard to do, you just need to find somewhere that sells heavy diameter wire, and then you need to cut into the bottom of the solenoid box to make the wires fit. and unless you want to open your hood every time you need to use the winch, you have to make a bracket (bend sheet metal into an "L" shape) to mount the remote hookup in the front

justanotherhemi 10-12-2008 08:46 PM

Great work on the plate. I love the way your new bumper incorporates with the winch.

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