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post #1 of 14 Old 03-10-2013, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Installing my winch

In deciding how to install my winch and winch plate I have a quick questions for everyone.

If I align the winch plate with the current holes that are threaded and previously had the tow hooks the winch plate will stick out away from the bumper about 4-5". Looks kind of funny.


I'd like to have the plate and the bumper sith flush so that when I bolt on the roller fairlead it sits flush with the plate and the bumper. However, if I do that, I will end up using the hole closest to the engine only. That bolt will go through the back hole on the frame and the middle hold on the plate. Then I will have to drill a hole through the frame for the second bolt on the plate.



So I will be using the middle hole on the plate which will go through the current back hole of the frame. Then I will have to drill a hole through the frame to use the front hole of the frame. Makes sense?



My question is if I drill a hold through the frame it ends up going through the tube.


I would put a nut inside the tube to connect to. Is this ok? My first thought is it would make it stronger...but unsure if it would structrually mess with the frame?


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post #2 of 14 Old 03-10-2013, 02:59 PM
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Stick the plate on top of the bumper and if it looks funny to you then get a proper bumper. It should have come with spacers to level out the rear otherwise some flat washers will suffice.

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post #3 of 14 Old 03-10-2013, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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I am speaking in terms of sticking 4-5" out past the bumper..lengthwise not heighth if that is what you mean. The first picture shows how much the plate sticks out...

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Mount it like your first picture. That's how it is designed.

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That's a unique plate. Most don't stick out so far.

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post #6 of 14 Old 03-10-2013, 06:14 PM
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X3. Mount it as intended. Don't drill through the tubular crossmember. Get rid of the bumper or buy/build something else.
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post #7 of 14 Old 03-10-2013, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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It will look like this...

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Or I put a hole in the cross member and it looks like this ...


So we say no holes through the cross member? I guess I thought it may make it stronger being that the cross member connects both sides of the frame.

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Or I put a hole in the cross member and it looks like this ...


So we say no holes through the cross member? I guess I thought it may make it stronger being that the cross member connects both sides of the frame.
Yes, and you would need a spacer semi-circular in cross-section to properly affix it. If you prefer to sick with the stock bumper, perhaps you could space it forwards. That would also permit the winch plate to lay flat on the the top of the frame.

It does look neater with the plate moved back. I don't suppose you could weld the plate atop the frame?
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I have the same plate and the reasons it sits further towards the front is because the winch mounting bolts on the front have to clear the bumper
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True in regards to clearing the winch mounting bolts. I was going to just have a bolt go through the bumper as well. Welding is not a bad option. I could put two bolts into the frame (the bolts that are already there) and weld the rest of the plate. Then I would just need to put the winch mounting bolts through the bumper.

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will the winch fit and work pushed that far back?

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I'm sorry to get off topic, but what happened to your grill?

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post #14 of 14 Old 03-10-2013, 11:49 PM
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I set mine flush were I wanted it. Drilled new holes and tapped it. No need for nuts on the other side. Just make sure your in the frame and avoid the cross member.

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