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Unread 02-01-2008, 09:43 AM   #1
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DIY Winch Plate?

From the winch plate's I am looking at they seem very simple but a bit overpriced for what they are. How hard would it be to fab a simple winch plate up? My dad is a welder and has access to a lot of different machines in a auto manufacturing plant so I really just need a good pattern and to know how thick of steel to use. Any ideas or help is appreciated.

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Unread 02-01-2008, 10:25 AM   #2
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The last one that I fabbed for a CJ (TJs may need more effort) started out life as a large piece of C channel (7 or 8 inch, I believe) measure your winch carefully). Fabrication involved; cutting to length, drilling a few holes and wielding a piece of 1/4 plate one on the forward flange to extend the flange upward for fairlead mounting. Not particularly difficult but it needed the extension flange to give the fairlead good support.
Mounting to the frame was done with some large angle bolted through existing holes (make certain that there is a piece of pipe around the bolts in the frame if you bolt all the way through it to keep the frame from collapsing when the bolts are tightened. Bolts with the nut inside the frame do not need a pipe.
The winch plate from harbor freight is so cheap that it makes the fabrication of one a waste of effort, IMO.
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Unread 02-01-2008, 02:27 PM   #3
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Here's the one I made, Not for shur on the measurments, but I probably don't have $20 in it.







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Unread 02-01-2008, 02:48 PM   #4
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That's 1 pretty factory wrap you've got there
Have you had a chance to put some strain on the mount yet?
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Unread 02-01-2008, 04:24 PM   #5
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Pulled my Brother out in a Tracked bobcat skid steer. Roughly weighs 13k-14k lb. Granted he wasn't buried, he was just belly hung in a ditch...Worked flawlessly.
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Unread 04-04-2008, 11:18 PM   #6
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this is what im looking for........ any dimensions??
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Unread 01-14-2009, 08:42 PM   #7
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yeah man post some dimensions on that thing. it looks great!
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Unread 09-18-2010, 07:11 AM   #8
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Bump bump... MoJeeper, that's a nice winch plate man. Any dimensions would be appreciated (if you still have the thing that is ). Thanks
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