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Unread 10-10-2011, 09:13 AM   #1
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Rough Country Winch Plate & Winch

I just picked these up last week. I went with their ZJ winch plate and one of their 9500lb winches with Synthetic rope.

Winch:
http://www.roughcountry.com/winches/...h_rs9500s.html

Mount:
http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep-zj-...late_1049.html

Plate Installion: Very simple bolt on process other than trimming the holes in the frame for the bracketry.

Bumper Trimming: Sawzaw isn't the correct tool for this as I found out the hard way. I ended up with an Exacto knife and an hour of cutting.

Winch Install: Easy as pie. Simple hook up the appropriate cables, bolt it to the plate, and connect it to the battery. The wireless remote sure makes it handy.











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Unread 10-10-2011, 09:31 AM   #2
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That looks great, for the price you can't beat it. I'm trying to talk my friend into getting this rather than dropping the $800 for a winch bumper for his ZJ. Looking forward to seeing how it holds up to some abuse.
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Unread 10-10-2011, 10:26 AM   #3
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Hey man what kind of paint did you use for your cladding? I'm looking to paint mine soon and just getting which one I want picked out.

EDIT: also you got a build thread?
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Unread 10-10-2011, 11:15 AM   #4
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I have had that winch since the first introduced it. I love it, especialy the wireless remote. I am also a big fan of synthetic now over the steel lines I have had in the past. What tires do you have on. I have both Pro comp X terrains . and now M.T. claws up front. but yours look like a cross between them both.
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Unread 10-10-2011, 11:20 AM   #5
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Tires are Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC's

Painted cladding is with Krylon Fusion Satin Black.
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Unread 10-10-2011, 11:21 AM   #6
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Build Thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/z...-days-1216595/
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Nice! your front axle looks nicely centered

I am going to get exactly what you did. What does the connection at the battery look like? thx

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clean install. looks really good.

i just put mine on too. love it.
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that is one beautiful jeep
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Unread 10-10-2011, 09:16 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone.
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you have a sick zj, a sick super duty, can we like, trade places or something?
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Just ordered the same winch and plate. The price was right!

BTW, the RC website says 96-98 ZJ for plate, but vendor says a mistake and it will fit my 94. So I guess my install is going to be a little different due the bumper fascia difference.
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Looks good. Maybe my next ZJ ill do it.
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Unread 10-11-2011, 07:14 PM   #14
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Just ordered the same winch and plate. The price was right!

BTW, the RC website says 96-98 ZJ for plate, but vendor says a mistake and it will fit my 94. So I guess my install is going to be a little different due the bumper fascia difference.
The only thing I can think is that maybe they didn't have an older one to confirm fitment on. We do this as a MFG too because you can't get your hands on the other year group to confirm.
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i put one on my 95. it bolted up just fine.

but their instructions for cutting the bumper are for a 96 - 98. so they didn't work for me when it came time to cut. i just eyeballed it. it was close. kinda. take your time and measure correctly
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