I installed my Viper Elite 8000 winch and my AtoZ fabrications winch plate today.
Winch and accessories:
As you can tell this is going on my stock bumper.
I sprayed the bolts with PB Blast last night. The torx bolts were a bear and required the breaker bar.
Finally got the three out on both sides that I needed to:
I bolted the winch on to the plate only to remember that I needed to put on the fairlead first. Took the winch back off and put the fairlead on. The fairlead needed to be mounted with the bolts going back to front. This is beacuse there is such a tight clearance between the bolts and the winch. It was tricky getting it tight as most tools did not want to fit in the fairlead's wholes to hold the nut. Needle nose vise grips worked will enough to get the job done.
Lifted the winch and plate onto the bumper and bolted it down. It is a very tight fit. It actually touches my grill in one spot:
The problem there is that it will not allow the cover to go on. I might loosen the bumper bolts enough to get the cover on. I could still lift the cover off the top and front to use the bumper plus it would protect my grill.
Two minor problems I ran into:
The clevis hook did not want to fit over the end of the winch cable. A hammer fixed that:
The winch plate starts to slope up to close to the mounting wholes. When I put the tow hooks back on they did not sit flat:
Electric was easy to hook up (no photos there yet).
Turned her on and away she went.
It comes with both a wired and wireless remote which is nice.
Here is the info on the winch: Moto Alliance - MotoAlliance VIPER ATV Accessories
The winch plate: Jeep® '87-'06 TJ/YJ Wrangler Winch Mount :: Winch & Recovery :: AtoZ Fabrication
Both offer jeep forum discounts if you call and ask.