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post #706 of 796 Old 05-11-2013, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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I installed the winch today, it actually went really smooth.

During the first test fit, I noticed that there was too much white visible, and I needed to black out some of the lower panels that have been hidden behind the bumper. A small portion may be seen with the winch cutout. The winch fit well, bolted right up to the Iceland Offroad winch plate:



Luckily I had a rattle can of black, so I quickly sprayed a bit on the front of the jeep before I continued.


The cables were labeled very well, and were easy to install:


There is an area just below the passenger headlight where you can run the wires from the winch up to the battery, perfect path:


There is a bit of extra wire. I just wound it up, tied it together, and left it on the side of the winch tray next to the winch. I will be hidden and out of site:


First I made a template with some cardboard, then found the center of the bumper, placed the template in place, and laid some tape down for lines, and cut the fiberglass (while wearing a breathing mask and long sleeves of course. I measured many times to make sure that I was cutting it correctly (measure from the mounting surface of the winch plate, add the thickness of the bumper, the measure from the front outer bumper shell:


After I sliced it, I installed the bumper and wound the line in.


I need to wind the line out, and tighten it under load before I use it. But everything is on and it fits, I am very happy with the winch. Next time we run Metal Masher, I will take a shot at widowmaker.


*Project Yeti* 99 JGC Limited 4.7 w/6.5" Rockkrawler LA & IRO A-arm, Goodyear MTR 35's on MB TKO's, 4.56 Yukon's, Iceland Offroad Bumper/Flares/Sliders, Protofab Rear Carrier, SuperChips, Uniden/Firestick, Flowmaster, Smittybilt 8k Synthetic Line Winch.

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post #707 of 796 Old 05-11-2013, 10:17 PM
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Looks really good with your bumper. Always have liked the Iceland bumpers.

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post #708 of 796 Old 05-11-2013, 10:30 PM
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Or you could winch me up Rock Chucker if I get high centered again. Looks good!

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post #709 of 796 Old 05-12-2013, 06:57 AM
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Nice Will! I have the same winch and remember reading somewhere that the hook on some of the smittybuilt 8K winches is only rated at 5K. I plan on cutting mine off and replacing it with a prolink thimble. Just hate for it to snap off.

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post #710 of 796 Old 05-13-2013, 07:54 AM
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I can tell you right now that a winch is one of the best investments that you can make. Not really for me (mine hasn't gotten stuck recently ) but for other people. Its great piece of mind.

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post #711 of 796 Old 05-13-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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It is something that is more for prepardness. It is always good to have one winch in the group, just in case someone needs to pull Chris off of Rock Chucker

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Looks really good with your bumper. Always have liked the Iceland bumpers.
Thanks. I think that Notch is going to be selling them again soon, I love the lines of it.

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Nice Will! I have the same winch and remember reading somewhere that the hook on some of the smittybuilt 8K winches is only rated at 5K. I plan on cutting mine off and replacing it with a prolink thimble. Just hate for it to snap off.
Really, that's crazy. I think I may get the prolink just for convenience. I want to replace the winch fairlead with the one that came with the winch, but I have to bend it first b/c the bumper has a slight curve to it and the fairlead is straight. I don't want to remove the rope to replace it, or any other time when I want to remove the bumper for paint or maintanance. That, and they look cool

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post #712 of 796 Old 05-19-2013, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Installed the front 3/4 spacers to compensate for the winch. I had installed 3/4 inch spacers in the rear when I added the protofab bumper, so this brought everything back inline. The jeep sits pretty level now.


*Project Yeti* 99 JGC Limited 4.7 w/6.5" Rockkrawler LA & IRO A-arm, Goodyear MTR 35's on MB TKO's, 4.56 Yukon's, Iceland Offroad Bumper/Flares/Sliders, Protofab Rear Carrier, SuperChips, Uniden/Firestick, Flowmaster, Smittybilt 8k Synthetic Line Winch.

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post #713 of 796 Old 05-19-2013, 05:37 PM
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looks very nice with the winch tucked in there low

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post #714 of 796 Old 05-19-2013, 09:23 PM
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I installed the winch today, it actually went really smooth.

During the first test fit, I noticed that there was too much white visible, and I needed to black out some of the lower panels that have been hidden behind the bumper. A small portion may be seen with the winch cutout. The winch fit well, bolted right up to the Iceland Offroad winch plate:



Luckily I had a rattle can of black, so I quickly sprayed a bit on the front of the jeep before I continued.


The cables were labeled very well, and were easy to install:


There is an area just below the passenger headlight where you can run the wires from the winch up to the battery, perfect path:


There is a bit of extra wire. I just wound it up, tied it together, and left it on the side of the winch tray next to the winch. I will be hidden and out of site:


First I made a template with some cardboard, then found the center of the bumper, placed the template in place, and laid some tape down for lines, and cut the fiberglass (while wearing a breathing mask and long sleeves of course. I measured many times to make sure that I was cutting it correctly (measure from the mounting surface of the winch plate, add the thickness of the bumper, the measure from the front outer bumper shell:


After I sliced it, I installed the bumper and wound the line in.


I need to wind the line out, and tighten it under load before I use it. But everything is on and it fits, I am very happy with the winch. Next time we run Metal Masher, I will take a shot at widowmaker.
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post #715 of 796 Old 05-20-2013, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Yes it does Timbo

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looks very nice with the winch tucked in there low
I was surprised at how low it sat, it doesn't block much of the grill/airflow at all.

*Project Yeti* 99 JGC Limited 4.7 w/6.5" Rockkrawler LA & IRO A-arm, Goodyear MTR 35's on MB TKO's, 4.56 Yukon's, Iceland Offroad Bumper/Flares/Sliders, Protofab Rear Carrier, SuperChips, Uniden/Firestick, Flowmaster, Smittybilt 8k Synthetic Line Winch.

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post #716 of 796 Old 05-21-2013, 08:27 PM
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Looks good! What's left on the list for Yeti?

Might be time to get the IROC out...

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post #717 of 796 Old 05-22-2013, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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I thought I would be rolling in the IROC already, but Emmy has other plans for me...I just need to finish the shelving in the shed, and I should be ready to fire up the IROC projects again

My To Do list for Yeti isn't too extensive, just small stuff now:
- Inspect the slide pins on the calipers (clean and grease) - It feels like I have a rear caliper that is pulling a bit.
- Test the CB - It is in, I just need to test it to see if my solder connection at the CB turned out ok
- Check A/C Charge (I did the heater core in the fall after it had cooled down, now that it is warming up I can do an AC pressure test to see if more 134 is needed)
- Grease TRE's, Ball Joints, CA joints, Drivelines
- Replace front diff cover and fluid
- I may need to replace the body side RK poly bushings on the LCA's, I will test them this weekend for slack
- Stretch the winch line out, and wind it on under load

*Project Yeti* 99 JGC Limited 4.7 w/6.5" Rockkrawler LA & IRO A-arm, Goodyear MTR 35's on MB TKO's, 4.56 Yukon's, Iceland Offroad Bumper/Flares/Sliders, Protofab Rear Carrier, SuperChips, Uniden/Firestick, Flowmaster, Smittybilt 8k Synthetic Line Winch.

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Time to share some pics from our recent Moab Trip...

Upon our return, there were a few things to replace: Licence plate light, torn mud flap, air filter, clean throttle body...I still need to take the front end apart, I believe I damaged a CV. I will also replace my steering stabilizer as it is now toast

Here is my cool co-pilot, the WJ is her DD:


Dropping into Cliffhanger:


View of Cliffhanger entrance from below:


Cliffhanger has some amazing views, and also some large drops:




Clgielin and I:


End of Cliffhanger, great views:


Coming back out of Cliffhanger:


Getting tippy:


Hiking around the cliff on Chicken Corners:


End of the trail on Chicken Corners:


Red Dirt looks cool on the Utah JeepCrew sticker:


Night wheeling on Fins:


Messing around after exiting Strike Ravine:


Maybe I'll get around to editing more video after this last trip, I have been slacking.

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post #719 of 796 Old 06-22-2013, 11:44 PM
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Always will love this dub, cleanest and most tasteful mods. Nice job Will!

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post #720 of 796 Old 06-23-2013, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Always will love this dub, cleanest and most tasteful mods. Nice job Will!
Thanks Moony!

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