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post #1 of 18 Old 01-24-2011, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Plow Mounting for YJ

Well my first setup using a 2" receiver didn't hold up to the 12" of cement we got a couple weeks ago. So after searching the web I finally found an instruction manual for a Meyer frame setup for YJs. Also found some pictures people post so I had a pretty good idea of what was needed.

I used white aluminum house trim to make my templates. It's nice to mark up and easy to bend.

Here's a couple pictures of the side brackets. Those took a while to cut with a sawzall! Now I'm going to make the cross member that goes between these brackets out of 3"x1" 1/4" tube. The brackets are 3/8". Once that is together them I can make the supports that mount to the lower part of the brackets and up to the frame.

The brackets are a little long and will be trimmed once the cross member is attached. The plow blade frame mounts wants to be at 12.5" off the ground so the bottom side brackets should be 10" off the ground.

The side brackets use two 5/8" x 4" bolts and a special 3/4" "T" bolt (not shown). These are inserted into the oval hole on the frame and the T keeps them from turning while the nut is tightened. Haven't made them yet.

Had my 17 year old son helping me. He had a good time and enjoyed learning!

Being Cut with the sawzall...sloooooooow! Plasma would be nice.
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My son finishing off the cut edges.
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Making the bends.
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The final product. This one is for the right side. The left had an extra hole to clear the head of the bolt for the steering box.
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Bracket on the Jeep less the funky "T" bolt I have to fab. The white piece is the mock up for the support member back up to the frame.
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-30-2011, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Spent the day out trying to finish up the plow frame mount. Got everything done except the attachment piece for the plow itself. Should have that done tomorrow night.

Top of the support bar that runs from the main support bracket back up to the frame. This mount to the frame with special "T Bolt" show a few images below. Basically there's an elongated hole in the frame, these are inserted and the T keeps it from spinning.

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Bracket with bends and top frame mount welded.
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Special "T Bolts" for frame holes.
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Complete assembly on the Jeep
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Side view showing the main side bracket with the horizontal cross member and angled rear support up to the frame.
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post #3 of 18 Old 01-30-2011, 07:55 PM
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Nice work! Looks really good man!!

I didn't know the press could bend such thick material. What are you using to make the perfect 90's?

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post #4 of 18 Old 01-31-2011, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Nice work! Looks really good man!!

I didn't know the press could bend such thick material. What are you using to make the perfect 90's?
Thanks. I'm not sure I could bend much more than the 4" wide by 3/8" stock with the 20 ton press.

If you look at the picture where I'm bending the side brackets, the brake has a piece of 90 degree angle stock sitting like a "V". The maximum bend the brake can make is 90 degrees. Basically you use the press to bend the metal in the brake to it's max which is 90. That's why the are so perfect. Bending the support brackets (slight offset angles) were a little more tricky because you have to eyeball it and check it against your measurements.
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post #5 of 18 Old 02-07-2011, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Well the Plow mount is FINISHED!
Just need to be pulled off and painted.

I ended up using the original mount that I purchased with the plow. It's designed to mount to a 2" receiver. I salvaged the 2" receiver from my original mount and welded it to the cross member. I then added 4 gussets to reinforce it.

Frame mount with plow blade mount.
Just used a temporary piece of rod I had in the shop. The real one with the clevis pins is in the garage.
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Plow blade attached.
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Cross member with 2" receiver welded and gussets added.
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post #6 of 18 Old 02-07-2011, 10:28 AM
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Well the Plow mount is FINISHED!
Just need to be pulled off and painted.

I ended up using the original mount that I purchased with the plow. It's designed to mount to a 2" receiver. I salvaged the 2" receiver from my original mount and welded it to the cross member. I then added 4 gussets to reinforce it.

Frame mount with plow blade mount.
Just used a temporary piece of rod I had in the shop. The real one with the clevis pins is in the garage.
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Plow blade attached.
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Cross member with 2" receiver welded and gussets added.
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Really nice.... How much will a setup like that will go for? It's great.
I was thinking in something like this:
but I was concern in the receiver mount but your setup is very sturdy an well made.

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post #7 of 18 Old 02-07-2011, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Mine is basically a Meyer setup I copied. I found an Installation Manual and a picture of a used setup someone was selling on eBay for $600. I spent around $90 on the metal to make the frame mount and the plow blade was around $400 new. I use my winch to lift and lower it so for me it was a cheap alternative to a used 6.5' setup. I really didn't want something that heavy on the Jeep. This is just for my personal use.

The SnowSport looks like it would be a nice setup. The question is how do they incorporate the receiver hitch mount to the frame! My first attempt mounting it to the bumper and frame tube didn't hold up.
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post #8 of 18 Old 02-07-2011, 01:23 PM
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Mine is basically a Meyer setup I copied. I found an Installation Manual and a picture of a used setup someone was selling on eBay for $600. I spent around $90 on the metal to make the frame mount and the plow blade was around $400 new. I use my winch to lift and lower it so for me it was a cheap alternative to a used 6.5' setup. I really didn't want something that heavy on the Jeep. This is just for my personal use.

The SnowSport looks like it would be a nice setup. The question is how do they incorporate the receiver hitch mount to the frame! My first attempt mounting it to the bumper and frame tube didn't hold up.
I did this to my old YJ...I notched the stock bumper and the frame tube about an inch up and two and a half inches wide (so the 2" hitch tube would fit nice). Then I ended up sleeving the inside of the frame tube with some 1/4" wall pipe that slipped in the frame tube perfectly...I ran a snowsport type plow that I built. This hitch set up was vert strong, i bent the plow frame several times and the hitch never moved. It worked great.
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Hey BU5150...if you could post a couple pictures of the mount that might be helpful for others...I'm curious to see it. It looks like a nice setup!
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Hey BU5150...if you could post a couple pictures of the mount that might be helpful for others...I'm curious to see it. It looks like a nice setup!
I sold the Jeep to my cousin...next time I see him I'll snap some pics with my phone. He still uses the plow to do his driveway.

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Making the bends.
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Is that a home made hydraulic press using a bottle jack?

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post #12 of 18 Old 02-07-2011, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Is that a home made hydraulic press using a bottle jack?
It's a 20 Ton Press I bought at Harbor Freight. It uses a 20 ton bottle jack which you could make yourself. It was $259 on sale for $199 and I had a 20% off coupon! Too good to pass up. It would cost more in material and time to make.

I made the brake so I could bend the brackets for the plow setup. It works pretty good if I say so myself.

A wider shot of my son trying his hand at it.
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The SnowSport looks like it would be a nice setup.
It is a great setup

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The question is how do they incorporate the receiver hitch mount to the frame!
They don't, they offer an additional receiver attachment but it's something like this:


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My first attempt mounting it to the bumper and frame tube didn't hold up.
That's my concern

If I can get the brackets you fabricated for the frame will be phenomenal. I can weld them together and copy your receiver idea. Are you willing to do them and how much you will charge for the two brackets?


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It is a great setup


They don't, they offer an additional receiver attachment but it's something like this:



That's my concern

If I can get the brackets you fabricated for the frame will be phenomenal. I can weld them together and copy your receiver idea. Are you willing to do them and how much you will charge for the two brackets?

Here's a link where you can get them for cheaper than I can make them for sure. Those brackets probably took me 6 hours to fab up, between cutting, bending and drilling.

http://www.storksauto.com/index.php/...r=position&p=4

Just order the Left and Right side plates and you should be good to go.
Can't beat that price!
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-13-2011, 09:22 PM
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Making the bends.


Man, that press brake ↑↑↑↑↑
is the cousin of the one i made in this thread in October. When I saw yours I was going to go out to the garage and see if mine was still there. You even have the same el-cheapo Harbor Freight press.



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