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Unread 12-20-2007, 12:19 PM   #1
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ZJ Winch Bumper build PICS

A buddy of mine knew I wanted to put a winch on my ZJ and he was nice enough to donate a Ramsey 9000lb winch to me, but now I had to have a place to put it .
I kind of needed to take a break from the build so here are some pic's so far, I am planning on connecting the bumper to my Kevin's radiator support for added strength and putting expanded metal across underneath to protect the radiator further. The push bar I got from a flea market for $20 so I figured why not add it on, I left it forward for easy winch access and so I wouldn't have any concerns while I am pushing gates open at the camp or farm.

I am waiting for my roller fairlead to get here to cut out for the winch cable, no I didn't forget LOL.

I have not decided which to deck the top with yet, I have 1/8" flat plate here but I am thinking of using diamond plate or even using a polished aluminum diamond plate, any thoughts as to which to use?

Right now it weighs in around 80 lbs guessing without the winch. I'll be figuring the exact weight once I am done, I am trying to keep it as light as possible but to still be strong enough to use it and not worry. I am thinking of doing some bolt on wrap around headlight/fender protection, think it would be too much? LOL




















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Unread 12-21-2007, 05:22 AM   #2
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Unread 12-21-2007, 05:53 AM   #3
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You commented looks nice and heavy. good job. can't wait to see it done.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 05:39 PM   #4
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looks good but the pics are so small
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Unread 12-21-2007, 06:36 PM   #5
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Nice! I think I'd prefer black diamond plate for the top.. rugged simplicity. How much time have you got in it so far?
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Unread 12-21-2007, 08:27 PM   #7
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THANKS, I think I agree with the DP top. I haven't really been keeping time, been working on it off & on for about a week and a half ( when I can ).
Got the fairlead today and hope to get it and the winch mounted this weekend sometime.
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Looks great. I'm still collecting steel for my project. What size c channel did you use to mount to the frame? And did you use 1/4 or 1/8 for the bumper? Good job on the project and thank you for posting the pics.
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Unread 12-22-2007, 07:38 AM   #9
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I used 4" to mount to the frame ( fits great ) and also used the 4" for the main "frame" of the bumper, The plating is with 2 & 3 x 3/16. The ONE thing I wish I had done different is, for the mounts to the frame I should have built the mounting nuts either into the channel or at least had them mounted to their own piece of steel so they could not turn ( them I wouldn't need a wrench in there LOL ) before it is all said & done this will happen though, just wish I had thought about it before when it was easier to do.
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Flowmaster exhaust, custom winch bumper, Ramsey 9000lb, THULE MOAB roof rack
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Unread 12-22-2007, 10:57 PM   #10
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wow that thing sticks out there pretty far....
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Unread 12-23-2007, 08:10 AM   #11
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Yup, that was kind of intentional, don't do any rock climbing here in Florida pushing stuff yes, rock climbing no
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97 ZJ 4.0 4x4 Auto : Rusty's BB lift & Rusty's K&N intake
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Flowmaster exhaust, custom winch bumper, Ramsey 9000lb, THULE MOAB roof rack
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