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Unread 09-16-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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Dropping winch on a Yj

I'd like to lower the winch on my YJ.
Thinking leave the bumper in,
Put a 3/16 or 1/4 inch plate below the frame
and cut out that tube.

Is this sound? Or nuts?
Any advice, or comments, on why this would work or be stupid, would GREATLY be appreciated

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Unread 09-17-2012, 10:01 AM   #2
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That crossmember is what is keeping your front framerails from twisting like a pretzel. I wouldn't cut it unless you are fabbing a new crossmember to take its place.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 03:45 PM   #3
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That makes sense.
Plate along bottom takes care of bottom.
But even with a bumper installed,
You think I'd still need a cross member?
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Unread 09-17-2012, 04:04 PM   #4
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What about making that a channeled plate? I don't have my YJ Frame piece here to look at, but I think you can use 1/4" plate that's bent up in the front (for the fairlead mount) and also bent up in the rear. Once that was welded in between the frame rails, it should stiffen the frame horns up pretty good. Not sure how it would fit with regards to the steering box though..
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Unread 09-30-2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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I agree with Besrk. I removed my front cross member a long time ago. Instead of mounting the winch on top of the bumper mine is behind it with the winch cable running thru the bumper and fairlead. I created a custom from cross member to keep the frame rails straight. The bumper itself is 3/16 thick 3x5 size. If I hit something in the front hard enough to push the bumper in and impact the wich I've got bigger issues lol
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Unread 10-02-2012, 09:29 PM   #6
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See post #3 here;


This is what I did to maximize air flow for the radiator with the 413 cid V8. No issues over many years.
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