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Unread 10-09-2003, 10:54 AM   #1
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winch plate

I have made several winch bumpers for XJ's and Xterra's and now for a TJ. My question is on my XJ and X bumpers they were out of 3/16" with a 1" angle running under it for support. and boxed in with the shell of the bumper making it quite strong. U have looked at the Warn winch plate and it looks like it is 1/4". Any one build a tray yet? What did you use for material? I have a spare tray form one of my old bumpers all ready laser cut with the mounting holes and the fairlead cut out and bent to a 90 so I would liek to use that. And use my old idea of a angle under it wher it bolts through. Think it will be strong enough? Imputs are always welcome and should have some pics of it finished after the up coming weekend.

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Unread 10-10-2003, 10:26 AM   #2
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You are really going to need to post a few pictures of what you are talking about. Also, I believe that the Warn Plates are made from 10 or 11 Gage material, which is a bit less than 3/16" thick. I personally use 1/4" on all of my winch plates, and that is a little overkill.
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Unread 10-11-2003, 09:18 AM   #3
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1/4" plate is strong enough for a winch plate??

I am trying to design something for my rig and was thinking I would use something in the 3/8" thick material. I am planning on incorporating 3/4" - 1" thick supporting beams with holes for D-rings in it bolted along the frame for added support, with a cross-member made of 1/4" wall tubing.

Do you think this will be too much weight, or would it be just about right?

Sorry, I don't have pictures yet, I just have some measurements and sketches on paper
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Unread 10-13-2003, 08:07 AM   #4
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You are really going to need to post a few pictures of what you are talking about.
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Unread 10-13-2003, 08:09 AM   #5
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Then I forgot to give the details...
I am re-doing the plate. I used one left over from one of my XJ bumpers. Making it use all 4 holes both sway bar holes and the front two mounting. or is that just over kill?
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Unread 10-13-2003, 08:20 AM   #6
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I think utilizing all 4 holes is a great idea. Why only use two holes when there are 4 available?
As far as the tickness of the winch plate I think 1/4" is the way to go. It's all about peice of mind.

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Unread 10-30-2003, 11:20 PM   #7
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could you pm me the specs on your bumper I am interested in making it if you don't mind
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