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Unread 12-21-2012, 09:08 PM   #31
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I was wondering why someone didn't do this. I had a winch mounted between the frame rails on my zr2 blazer. Came out right behind the license plate and I loved it. I'd much rather have something like this than a full bumper.

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Unread 12-22-2012, 04:07 PM   #32
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You're only about 5 hours from me...
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Only 3 hours from me...
Thats a long road trip for ya.

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I'm in Cali....close your eyes, picture me rollin
I'm from Cali, Santa Barbara. You playing war games out there?

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I like the "C" shape of your bottom plate. Should be much more stable than just cutting straight across. I considered recessing mine, but when I built it, I was working in the county that always has the highest car/deer crash count in this state. Figured the winch and hoop posted out front would protect the radiator better.
The "C" shape will help it contour to the bumper.

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I was wondering why someone didn't do this. I had a winch mounted between the frame rails on my zr2 blazer. Came out right behind the license plate and I loved it. I'd much rather have something like this than a full bumper.
Someone probably has, just never posted it. Having it recessed would also help people make a metal bumper with lines close to the front.
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Unread 12-22-2012, 04:09 PM   #33
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I'll be working on it tomorrow. Today was just too cold.
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Unread 12-22-2012, 05:23 PM   #34
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I'm from Cali, Santa Barbara. You playing war games out there?
Were you raised out there? I worked out there for about 6 years...of off State St. and Las Positas.
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Unread 12-22-2012, 05:55 PM   #35
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I'm going to modify my new winch plate to do what you are doing. :-)
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Unread 12-22-2012, 06:15 PM   #36
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Were you raised out there? I worked out there for about 6 years...of off State St. and Las Positas.
Actually born in Lompoc. But usually when I say that people go where?

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I'm going to modify my new winch plate to do what you are doing. :-)
Yeah I'm probably gunna use the Harbor Freight 12k winch plate that I got of Craigslist for 15 bucks a while back. Would make the fab work easier. just trim the back sides flush and add the extensions back to for bolt attachment.

The only problem I see for those looking for this kind of mod is the winch lock/free spool lever needs to face down or forward because it will hit the bottom of the grill otherwise. You can see in the pics of the original in one pic the handle is up and in the other it is facing down.

So you need to make sure the winch you have will let you rotate the end of the winch down. Other wise you can fab the plate to fit on top of the uniframe rails.



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Unread 12-22-2012, 07:46 PM   #37
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Actually born in Lompoc. But usually when I say that people go where?
Aww....near the prison and air force base
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Unread 12-22-2012, 07:52 PM   #38
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Yeah my sister and brother in law work there.
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Unread 12-22-2012, 07:57 PM   #39
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Yeah my sister and brother in law work there.
Vandenburg? Lompoc? U air force brat? Anyhow TMI
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Unread 12-22-2012, 09:28 PM   #40
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I'm going to modify my new winch plate to do what you are doing. :-)
Toss that Harbor Freight winch cradle. I had one... the whole thing is made from less than .100"-wall sheet metal. Anywhere you look, you'll see that 1/4" is recommended so that the winch has a rigid base and doesn't get damaged by the plate flexing. I still have mine laying around but only because it won't fit in my recycle bin and I couldn't stand to give it away.

If you are going to build something and start off cheap, the Harbor Freight universal winch plate (not the mobile mount cradle) would make a much better choice.
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Unread 12-22-2012, 09:40 PM   #41
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Yeah the HF winch plate is what I have fabbed currently on my WJ. I also got one off craigslist a wrangle guy bought but said it wouldnt fit his.

Like this...

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Unread 12-22-2012, 09:54 PM   #42
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Toss that Harbor Freight winch cradle. I had one... the whole thing is made from less than .100"-wall sheet metal. Anywhere you look, you'll see that 1/4" is recommended so that the winch has a rigid base and doesn't get damaged by the plate flexing. I still have mine laying around but only because it won't fit in my recycle bin and I couldn't stand to give it away.

If you are going to build something and start off cheap, the Harbor Freight universal winch plate (not the mobile mount cradle) would make a much better choice.
I used a Black Mountain winch cradle for about 3 years. Its pretty heavy and 1/4 plate. Its still floating around my garage too.



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Unread 12-22-2012, 10:03 PM   #43
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I have a Promark cradle now. It had some quality control issues but it's all 1/4" and with the way the purchase went on Amazon, the vendor gave me a refund for the quality control issues and let me keep the cradle. All it needed was for me to ream out the hitch pin hole with a 5/8" S&D drill bit.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 06:16 AM   #44
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Damn. And I was going to get that plate too. I'll just have to order it online I guess.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 01:58 PM   #45
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Sending the winch plate back. I'm building one from scratch with 1/4 inch plate. :-)
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