Mounting a winch to a tow bar base plate
I have a 95 Grand Cherokee with a Blue Ox tow bar base plate installed. Ultimately I would like to add a winch with a receiver hitch mounting system. I was considering attaching a front receiver hitch that would slide over and attach to the tow bar attachment pins. This way the whole receiver could be removed when not in use. When I looked at coming straight off the mounting plate, the receiver would sit pretty low so I am thinking of coming out from the mounting plate to clear the bumper and then up about 4 inches and weld the receiver hitch on top and then slide the winch in out front. Some of my concerns are: the winch will sit quite a ways in front of the Jeep, will there be too much slop and the winch bounce around too much on the trail, will the tow bar pins handle the stress, ???