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post #91 of 274 Old 02-09-2013, 01:10 PM
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some teaser pics
Mounted winch upside down
If I knew then what I know now, I would have found a winch with a removeable solenoid box.. would have been able to completely hide the thing.
It's a Recon 10500 waterproof winch, so we'll see how it holds up

I still need to build a tube cage around the bottom of the radiator support, and tie it back to the winch plate.

I modified the Fawkes mount to move the bullbar higher, to fit the hawse plate in the opening.

More pics when I tear it back apart and finish weld everything in place.

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post #92 of 274 Old 02-09-2013, 01:51 PM
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some teaser pics
Mounted winch upside down
If I knew then what I know now, I would have found a winch with a removeable solenoid box.. would have been able to completely hide the thing.
It's a Recon 10500 waterproof winch, so we'll see how it holds up

I still need to build a tube cage around the bottom of the radiator support, and tie it back to the winch plate.

I modified the Fawkes mount to move the bullbar higher, to fit the hawse plate in the opening.

More pics when I tear it back apart and finish weld everything in place.
Nice, but where are the real pics of the winch?

Looks clean.
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post #93 of 274 Old 02-09-2013, 01:55 PM
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Nice, but where are the real pics of the winch?

Looks clean.

Watcha mean "real pics"?

You can see the solenoid box in the pics.. rest is behind the bumper.

FYI that lower unpainted tube is 1-1/4 rollbar tubing.

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post #94 of 274 Old 02-09-2013, 03:30 PM
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A lot of work but looks great..

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post #95 of 274 Old 02-09-2013, 05:43 PM
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Well, upon further review I am an idiot... LOL!!

Control box does indeed come off the winch, and now the stock Laredo bumper fits with only one "tooth" removed for the clutch handle.

Tomorrow I search for a spot for the control box, and some extension cables to reach the winch. Looks like it may fit under the drivers headlight.

More pics when I get the "new" mount figured out. I can tell you that nothing more than the clutch lever hangs down in view.

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post #96 of 274 Old 02-10-2013, 04:13 PM
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Rev 2.
The solenoid and remote box fit under the drivers headlight.
Requires about 20" extensions on the 3 cables to the winch.
I trimmed the "ears" off the front corners of the winch where the solenoid box mounted, to allow the facia to fit flush with no trim.
Also allowed moving the bottom protection bar I added back about 1 inch, so it now is above and the behind the Fawkes shackle tabs.
I have a hoop to add under the front radiator support, and it will bolt to a couple tubes coming back from the lower protection bar, to protect the bottom of the hoist and stiffen the radiator support.
Those will pass thru the lower grill opening so no loss of clearance either.

Latest version, with the stock Laredo bumper.
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post #97 of 274 Old 02-10-2013, 04:16 PM
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I'd be curious to see how it looks with the bumper off.

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post #98 of 274 Old 02-10-2013, 04:25 PM
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I'd be curious to see how it looks with the bumper off.
I'll take more pics tomorrow when I get all the final welding done and clean everything up.
Basically the bumper support is cut from frame to frame, winch plate is mounted on top of frame rails, upside down.
I have two 1/4 inch "L" plates to weld to the winch plate and sides of the frame rails. Winch plate is 1/4 inch as well, I cut and modified it to fit the way I wanted.
I moved the oil cooler to sit in front of the flange on the winch plate; I wanted to keep it for strength.

Here is the plate I used:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SPYDER-07-11...f68808&vxp=mtr

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post #99 of 274 Old 02-10-2013, 06:06 PM
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Very impressive. Good job man.
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post #100 of 274 Old 02-10-2013, 06:17 PM
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Very nice!
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post #101 of 274 Old 02-11-2013, 06:14 PM
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Permanently welded in place now.
Hooked it all up and works as it should.
Tomorrow I finish welding on the brush guard and verify my tube support for the radiator brace clears the facia, and put it all back together.
Still need to wire the KC lights up as well.

Here are some details of the bracket.
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post #102 of 274 Old 02-11-2013, 07:03 PM
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nice job. i really like the end result. i hope to take on this project along with a tire carrier in the summer, thanks for the ideas

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post #103 of 274 Old 02-11-2013, 07:05 PM
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Tire carrier is next, after I get the front buttoned up
I have wireless relays for the lights, to operate off the overhead console switches.

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post #104 of 274 Old 02-11-2013, 07:57 PM
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I would put some loom tubing over those winch wires to prevent fraying.
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post #105 of 274 Old 02-11-2013, 08:06 PM
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I would put some loom tubing over those winch wires to prevent fraying.
On the list for tomorrow

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