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Unread 06-05-2013, 09:25 PM   #16
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I'm trying to determine if you lose your factory tow hooks if you install the RC winch mount plate?
Longer bolts to go through wat 3 1/4" pieces? Thats what im suppose to do with my westin safari bar if i had them.

Also anyone know would it work with a westin safari bar.

I tend to get stuck....ALOT!!! In sloshy mud

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Unread 06-06-2013, 05:42 AM   #17
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So, those that have an RC winch mount plate - do these mount to the factory holes for the factory tow hook mounts on the underneath side of the bumper?

I'm trying to determine if you lose your factory tow hooks if you install the RC winch mount plate?
Yes you do but the plate has dring mounts
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Unread 06-06-2013, 08:59 AM   #18
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i think you could still run the factory hooks. it would take some creativity but basically the mounting plates just go over the factory holes so you should be able to put the stock brackets over that. but really why?
you can use either "d" rings or do what i did, and bolt tow hooks that face up, so you don't have to worry about the straps falling off when you do a recovery. also when you pull off the RC plate, it is 'boxed' (connecting) the two frame rails together, so you are utilizing the strength of both framerails tied together instead of just pulling off a towhook, which is bolted to one frame rail. the RC setup is much stronger.
i guess long and short of it, there is no benefit to the the stock tow points over the RC plate.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 09:22 AM   #19
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i think you could still run the factory hooks. it would take some creativity but basically the mounting plates just go over the factory holes so you should be able to put the stock brackets over that. but really why?
you can use either "d" rings or do what i did, and bolt tow hooks that face up, so you don't have to worry about the straps falling off when you do a recovery. also when you pull off the RC plate, it is 'boxed' (connecting) the two frame rails together, so you are utilizing the strength of both framerails tied together instead of just pulling off a towhook, which is bolted to one frame rail. the RC setup is much stronger.
i guess long and short of it, there is no benefit to the the stock tow points over the RC plate.
Makes sense - thanks for the info.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 10:18 AM   #20
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actually, sell the factory hooks for 50$ then you recoup some of your cost.

for the record i love this winch plate. i think its one of the strongest mounting designs i've seen on a ZJ. ties into the rad support and tow hook rails. i'd buy again in a second.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 03:05 PM   #21
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Unread 06-07-2013, 12:31 AM   #22
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Be looking at getting one of these for awhile, glad to know they are good quality
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Unread 06-08-2013, 02:06 PM   #23
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I'm going to add D rings to mine but i believe you con use it with slight modification
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Unread 07-03-2013, 04:39 PM   #24
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I wanted one of these but the cost in the UK is crazy... and shipping from the US would be more than the plate due to the weight....

There is one on Ebay for Price:US $229.95
LOL and the shipping is :- Shipping: $464.20 UPS Worldwide Expedited

HOWEVER.....


Reading the fitting instructions gave me to basics to have a go and build one from scratch..

The result





Winch to follow soon
A bar fitted for the time being just as a safety feature to stop people walking into a 1/4" steel plate

13000lb winch now fitted.

sorry for the pic quality



I'll get some better pics tomorrow.

If anyone in the UK is interested pm me,
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Unread 08-26-2013, 04:43 AM   #25
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Hey, I've been thinking about doing this on my 96 for a while. How exactly does it mount to the bumper support, and is it sturdy enough to pull your jeep/ another jeep without bending the bumper?
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Unread 08-26-2013, 07:37 AM   #26
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Hey, I've been thinking about doing this on my 96 for a while. How exactly does it mount to the bumper support, and is it sturdy enough to pull your jeep/ another jeep without bending the bumper?
Doesn't bolt to the bumper but the sub frame where the tow hooks are bolted in. And it's fine for doing it I've put my jeep through a lot of winching abuse.
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Unread 08-26-2013, 08:24 AM   #27
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Awesome. Thanks, man.
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Unread 08-26-2013, 11:02 AM   #28
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Anybody...

would this RC Winch plate be a good starting point for a tow bar? assuming I'll have to add to it for stength and side pull support. your thoughts?

I'm having trouble trying to find a bolt on tow bar brackets. seems I'll need to have them custom made. The RC Winch plate looks like I could use that as a starting base...
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Unread 08-26-2013, 11:33 AM   #29
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Anybody...

would this RC Winch plate be a good starting point for a tow bar? assuming I'll have to add to it for stength and side pull support. your thoughts?

I'm having trouble trying to find a bolt on tow bar brackets. seems I'll need to have them custom made. The RC Winch plate looks like I could use that as a starting base...
I personally don't think you can get much stronger a mount point than this. No need to add to it. It ties both frame rails together, and bolts to two axes. Even a 90 degree pull should be fine.
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Unread 08-26-2013, 12:59 PM   #30
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yes you could.

as far as if it would be legal and stuff donno. but as far as strength on a ZJ goes this would be plenty strong enough
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