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post #1 of 7 Old 01-10-2017, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Wj Winch mount

So I really really want a complete front bumper and winch set up for the front of my Jeep. However! I have other responsibilities that need focus. On a good note though I found a Rough Country winch mount, Smittybuilt 9500# winch with remote and wiring, and Rough Country D-ring mounts with shackles all for just around $690 on

Anyone have trouble with this or recommend another option? I looked for videos on the winch mount and it does not seem that difficult at all to install. The winch is even easier. I'm so tempted to hit "place your order" in my shopping cart on amazon.

The other option is that I wait, which I'm not good at, and get the real bumper I want but the bumper alone is 1300.00 without shipping or tax, winch mount but no winch, shackle mounts but no shackles.

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-11-2017, 09:35 AM
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I'm going to wait and here is why: I don't like the looks of the winch without a bumper. Looks rather cheesy if you ask me. So I'd rather save my pennies and dimes to get what I want rather than upgrading down the road, as you'll end up spending more money that way. The bumper I want is $1530 shipped to my garage and the winch is $1400 shipped to my door. So far almost a $3000 invest but I know I'll be happy with it and not toss money everywhere.

If you have to have it now as no one likes to wait; then, by all means, go ahead and press order. Remember you also get what you pay for. I would really get angry and upset that I spent my hard on money on an item that didn't last when I need it. I would also consider on how you wheel. I dont wheel or go offroading with friends. Never have and never wheel. I'd rather be in the woods by myself; therefore I need a setup that is proven and works well.

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post #3 of 7 Old 01-11-2017, 11:05 AM
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I agree, wait till you have the cash for what you really want/need. I wheel in the North East (trees/woods) tight trails. The stock bumper won't protect you at all & IMO, if you're going to need a winch you'll most likely require armor ie. a good bumper. I purchased Protofab's front bumper. Very pleased with it, and he's usually 3 to 4 mounths out.

I sacrificed buying a Warn winch that I originally had in my budget for a Smittybilt w/synthetic rope to off set the price of the bumper.

Sacrifices we all make..

Our WJ's have a lot of sheet metal & if you're concerned with body damage, sliders & bumpers are a must. Body work is way more expensive than bumpers.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-11-2017, 11:53 AM
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You can look into HK offroad they have a hidden winch mount that fits inside your existing bumper.
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-11-2017, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by weaselsmopar View Post
You can look into HK offroad they have a hidden winch mount that fits inside your existing bumper.
If I didn't go with Protofab, I would have gone with HK Off-road. That bumper is sweeeet
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-11-2017, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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So I live here in Houston. Love to go to Hidden Falls just north of Austin. They have many trails that range from groomed dirt to sever off camber hill climbs and paint scraping narrow runs through trees. I know my Jeep requires a lot of extras before hitting the major trails but love to test the limits. Protofab has very nice front and rear bumpers I want. I just wish they were not so damn expensive.

With the Rough Country winch mount I was kind of thinking about building my own bumper around it the way I want. High incline ability not just on the front but the sides too. For the rear bumper I don't have many options because of the exhaust, evap, and fuel tank. The GC's just have too long of a rear end. However I do like protofab rear bumper because of the skid plate that comes with it.

Even if I get the winch mount and then buy the protofab bumpers I want later I will only be out a couple hundred bucks vs. getting stuck in a bad spot that I can't get out of. I do know my limits, I just like to push them more and more. But for the most part I feel I will be using the winch to pull out the built jeeps since they push even harder than I do. Usually through the thick texas mud we have, which sucks everything in.

And for the last note. I saw HK bumpers. Im still not sure about them. Cutting out the crossmember just doesn't seem like a good idea. I would rather "add" strength, not replace it. Here is my bumper now. As you can tell I'm not worried too much about looks.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-11-2017, 10:14 PM
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The HK bumper adds a LOT more strength th the front frame. Replaces sheetmetal with 1/4" plate.
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