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post #1 of 91 Old 03-17-2008, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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My Front Winch Bumper Build Thread

Finally decided to tackle a big project to put my skills to the test, along with my welding/grinding/fabricating skills.

I will be making a Front winch Bumper for my ZJ, over the next...while. I guess when ever I get time. Spring break will provide lots of opportunities, which is next week. I just ordered my Winch from www.WinchDepot.com and should recieve that next week probably monday. $299.95 shipped, however they have it listed for $284.95 shipped so I will see if I can get that price instead. For some reason it goes to 299 when you add to cart. Winch is pictured without the control box.

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Anyway, for those of you with ZJ's know there arent many options out there besides CRB (not winch version), and Kevins Offroad (Very nice, yet run about $850 shipped). And, the recently discontinued Hanson Offroad Bumper line. Since this is not a TJ, you have to find your own mounting points. I have chose the framerails. I will grind out the frame rails to acieve the flat part (will see picture).





One I finish Grinding that out I will use 3" x 2" x 1/4" Angle Mild Steel in there. 2" being width, 3 inches being height. The gap when fully cut is 5" x 2". I will then take my nuts that match up with the threads of some grade 8 bolts, and weld them to the angle steel in the correct places. This way I can tighten the bolt without screwing around with a wrench too.

The Angle Mounts will stick out probably a foot or two from the flush part of the bumper fascia, and here is where I will mount my winch. I will have a plate of steel the length of the gap, and probably about 7 inches wide, 1/4" thick. I will weld this fully to the angle iron with some angle left still. gussets and all types of supports will be put into action. For added security, I will drill 2 holes on each side, 4 total through the winch mounting plate and through the angle iron on the top, but to the left and right sides. I will put grade 8 bolts in here, with nuts on the other side. This ensures that if the welds fails for some reason the bolts should catch it. I will also weld a fair lead mount on the front face of the mounting plate. The entire mounting system will be 1/4" Steel.

From here, I have yet to decide what to do. I figure if I make the rest of the bumper with 1/4" steel it will be heavier than the Jeep itself (not really, but darn heavy) and I would rather have the stress go to the mounts when pulling, not just from every day driving. So I was thinking 1/8" for the rest of the bumper? I already have tow points in the front, so I do not need D-Ring mounts. The rest of the bumper would just be for show anyway, with some possible mounts for my Hellas.

Thanks for reading. All input appreciated greatly. I am only 16, not an engineer so dont completely cuss me out lol.

Let me know what you think
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It sounds like it should work keep us posted.

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I wouldn't weld the fairlead to the bumper face as they need to be replaced on occasion as the rollers wear, and cutting welds to replace a "minor" part is never fun.
I thought fairleads mounted with 2 bolts?

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Those tires look freakin awesome Redhat... took the ZJ up a notch in my book. Now you're at notch 2.
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they do mount with 2 bolts
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so youve actually got it ordered now?

this will be cool man

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I like how you thought to open up that front crossmember. Gonna follow this thread, father-in-law is gonna want a bumper at some point.


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so youve actually got it ordered now?

this will be cool man
Yup, ordered and already shipped on its way to me. It will be cool for sure!

rustywrangler, hopefully I will do a good enough writeup for people to follow. I hate writeups with no detail. I will take pics as I go.

As of now, I really cannot decide whether or not to mount the winch plate on the brackets and then the rest of the bumper separate, or to have brackets, with a bumper separate as one piece and then have the winch plate on there.

Both have advantages/disadvantages. With the winch on the mounting plate, I will trust it a ton more. However, the bumper would be harder to mount steadily onto the brackets to a point where its fairly easy to remove.

With the winchplate on the bumper itself, it would be easy to mount and such, however I would need to make the entire bumper 1/4" to prevent bending.

With the winch on brackets I would do all the mounting 1/4" and then the rest of the bumper 1/8" being it is just for show anyway.

What do you guys think? Any Ideas?

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"Project Grow A Set"

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Those tires look freakin awesome Redhat... took the ZJ up a notch in my book. Now you're at notch 2.

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just for show? wtf pat, you know youre gonna want to ram ****!

having a steel bumper just for show kind of defeats the purpose..id say winch and bumper seperate to give a stronger, sturdier support that is more reliable...but hey, thats just me

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just for show? wtf pat, you know youre gonna want to ram ****!

having a steel bumper just for show kind of defeats the purpose..id say winch and bumper seperate to give a stronger, sturdier support that is more reliable...but hey, thats just me
Grant, 1/8" is plenty to ram things...especially those that roll on 4 casters and weigh around 40 lbs aimlessly in parking lots.

I am leaning towards the winch/bracket setup very much, its more of just finding a way to mount the rest of the bumper too.

By just for show, I meant that I will not be welding D-Ring mounts to it being I already have Kevins Front Tow Pointz. There will be no major force applied to it.

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"Project Grow A Set"

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i guess i was thinking that you would weld on d-ring tabs...never mind then

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As of now, I really cannot decide whether or not to mount the winch plate on the brackets and then the rest of the bumper separate, or to have brackets, with a bumper separate as one piece and then have the winch plate on there.


What do you guys think? Any Ideas?

When I built the bumper on my old ranger I used 3x1.5x1/4 c-channel and just made a "subframe" type deal under the 1/8" diamond plate. Is it possible to do something like this on yours or would that be more trouble than its worth?

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I am not sure what you mean by that USMC, Basically from this pic:



You can see that there is room in there, however those bolts that are in there do have to go back in. I know for sure the right side wall nut plate is removable, and I would assume the bottom one is aswell. These were involved in the Radiator Supports/Tow Pointz. I really would love to run some 2"x4" in there, but I do not know how to get the bolts and nuts to line up without lots of hassle.

That is why I was thinking of :



I would trim to accommodate that angle steel there. The 2 nut plates, technically pull at the same time being there is an L bracket for the radiator support hugging the rail (90 degrees) that bolts into all 4 bolts. So I should be safe in just mounting to the 2 bolts in both sides right? (Other side is identical)

Other than that, I don't know what to do.

???

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"Project Grow A Set"

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Those tires look freakin awesome Redhat... took the ZJ up a notch in my book. Now you're at notch 2.

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Well, I just thought of something a lot better. It's 12:35 AM and this bumper thing is driving me nuts, I just want to get a solid plan so I am ready to work thursday when I have the day off (ironically enough) I get a day off, and spend the whole day working on other things lol.

So basically, assuming when I take out the 4 bolts per channel both plates can be moved, I will just make something like this:



That way, there is plenty of support when pulling from all angles, and I use a total of 8 bolts in the rails alone...All Grade 8.

My steel supply does not show a 2x4 channel, only 2 x 4 x 1/4" rectangle tubes. I would do that, but how am I supposed to get the nuts inside there?

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UPDATE:

Got to work on it tonight, I will get more steel tomorrow for the winch plate and a start on the bumper part. Mounts are done, I went with the 4 side ones which should be plenty. These are also tied to the lower 2 via the KOR Radiator Support/Tow Pointz.

Bottom Nut Plate that came factory was welded in, so I had to think of a new plan (opposed to the angle steel in the rails) Its all 1/4" Steel Plate, all Grade 8 hardware, cut to fit, nuts welded to stay in place. I will have to drill out more holes tomorrow when I get the rest of my material. Winch also comes tomorrow. Seems to be a strong mounting point, I am sandwiching the frame at every screw so it should help that way also.

At least I can stand on it and it doesnt break! LOL i hope it doesnt.

Onto the pics:








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"Project Grow A Set"

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Are you going to weld the nuts on a little more? Those tacks might break loose leaving the nut to spin inside the frame. Looks pretty good so far. From the first few pics, I thought you were only going to use 1 bolt in the side of your plate.. but the last pic showing the 4 bolts per plate looks pretty good.

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