So Guys Just Got Back Not Too Long Ago From Putting My Homemade Winch Plate On And Got The New SmittyBuilt XRC8 Mounted Up To It...So Far So Good...All I Have To Do Now Is Wire It Up And Of Course To Test It Out
For My Winch Plate I Got 1/4" Thick Steel Plate. Cut It To The Size That Would Fit Perfectly Between My Bumper And The Grille. Slipped Down Perfectly(After A Few Visits To The Grinder) Got It Lined Up Nice And Welded The Whole Way Around. If It Breaks Off I Will **** My Pants.
Problem Occurred During This Homemade FAB. See I Got So Worked Up On Just Trying To Get The Mount To Slip Nicely Into The Space Between The Bumper And Grille That I Completely Forgot To Build A Very Important Part. The Roller Had Nowhere To Lay Its Head. So Three Generations On My Family (My Pap, Dad, And I) Put Our Heads Together And Decided To Weld A Plate Straight Off The Bumper Cut And Drill Holes And Then Mount The FairLead Roller On It.
So I Like To Hit A Lot OF Water Holes And Was Wondering Where Do You Guys Mount Your Solenoid Box? I Was Thinking Of Getting Something Like A Tubberware Dish And Place The Solenoid Box It That To Protect IT From 99% OF Water.
Another Thing How Did You Guys/Gals Hook Up Two Batteries?
I've been looking at getting one of the new Smittybuilt XRC8's myself and didn't see any winch mounting plates that were factory made. Do they not make one or will another manuf. work? Is this why you made your own or just something you wanted to do?
1993 Jeep Wrangler
4.0L Tom Woods rear HD shaft
D30 w/yukon alloys, lock right, jb4x4 bracket, Rusty's HD tie rod 8.8w/ LSD,SOA xj rear 100" wheelbase, homemade greasable boomerang shackles, SS braided lines, 1" prothane body lift, 35" TrXus M/T, smitty built XRC.
lots of gen right armor and rear stinger.
I removed the stock jack assy., bent up a pc of metal to form a "c". Mounted the solenoid box by the battery. You will have to run different cables to the winch. The stock cables are too short. I also removed the controller connection and ran wire to a remote location by the top of the grill. Its just below the hood(high water line) and then you dont have to open your hood everytime you need to use your winch. You can use the same battery if it has multiple posts. Look closely in my pic. Side terminals for starter, top for winch and accessories.
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