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Unread 06-09-2011, 11:24 PM   #16
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The controller plug I ran across the bumper with the temp sensor wires to the drivers side of the Matrix. I filed out the top large hole and pressed in the plug. Then ran the wires straight back under the grill.



In order to access the clutch lever I cut a hole in the top of the grill. Down side it that you have to pop the hood to get to it, but this way it looks clean with no visible holes. Plus let's face it, this is a Jeep with QD2! How often will I be stuck and have to access the clutch lever!



Looking straight down you can also see I had to trim one side of the lever for it to turn without hitting the grill. It still works perfectly fine this way. The lever is very easy to reach and manipulate.



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Unread 06-09-2011, 11:25 PM   #17
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Last thing to do was instal the line. I did not want to use the heavy steel cable that the winch came with. So I acquired 100' of synthetic line. I bought 18' of VX Fire Sleeve and installed it on the end of the line. This sleeve will withstand up to 700 degrees. Even though I have heard that the EP9 works fine with synthetic and will not get hot enough to adversely affect it I wanted over kill. I also used 20' of 1" tube webbing for a chafe guard.



I secured the end of the line to the drum and prepared to spool it in. I needed to do this with weight applied so I decided to pull myself up my drive way using my Beast of an XJ as my anchor. The problem was that my drive way is only 50' long which meant that I needed to use a snatch block. I ran the line from the WK at the end of my driveway, up to the XJ through a snatch block, and back the the WK attached to the Matrix. It worked Beautifully!





Once the line was in and attached to the Matrix.



A shot of the winch nestled in place hiding safely behind the bumper.

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Unread 06-09-2011, 11:26 PM   #18
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Lastly I decided to remove the Superwinch bubble sticker off the solenoid box and applied it to the bumper. It gives a hint of the Awesomeness lying in wait!





I hope this has been beneficial and knowledgable for those of you hoping to do the same.
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Unread 06-10-2011, 04:55 AM   #19
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Awesome man. You did a great job with it. We can all tell how happy you are with it! And you should be. As always we are waiting for the next project.

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Unread 06-10-2011, 05:31 AM   #20
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Looks fantastic!
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Unread 06-10-2011, 05:59 AM   #21
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Have you thought about offering a kit to sell?
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Unread 06-10-2011, 07:15 AM   #22
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nice nice nice!
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Unread 06-10-2011, 08:04 AM   #23
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Have you thought about offering a kit to sell?
Seconded. I would love to do this.
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Unread 06-10-2011, 08:43 AM   #24
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Awesome job Omelet. Great write up. I wish I was brave enough to cut into my WK.
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Unread 06-10-2011, 09:19 AM   #25
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I just peed a little. That is great work!!
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Unread 06-10-2011, 09:27 AM   #26
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Lol! Thanks Guys!

As of right now I am not planning on building another, which is why I have given you all the info and measurements, but I don't know what the future will bring.
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Unread 06-10-2011, 09:44 AM   #27
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What name would you call it by omelet? I knida like "Western Omelet Industries" since you are in CA and your jf name.
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Wow! Where has 4XGuard been? It doesn’t seem likely that any company will take it up and fab a kit now that the WK is obsolete, but you’ve already done the grunt work. Great work and really great write-up!
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Unread 06-10-2011, 10:06 AM   #29
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Criket - I like it! I am going to keep it in mind!

This is something 4xGuard will never make. Their solution was the Matrix with integrated hitch to accept a portable winch. It was just not what I wanted. This is something that would be difficult to sell as a kit. There are always slight differences in every vehicle. I made this thing fit perfectly inside the frame rails in place of the stock crossmember. One solution might be to have a place cut all the steel for you in the measurements I listed and then either do the welding yourself or have a shop do it for you.

Doing all the work yourself is quite beneficial. The steel was free for me so I paid for cutting discs, welding wire, and bolts. Cost to me including the winch was about $650.
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Unread 06-10-2011, 10:14 AM   #30
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What name would you call it by omelet? I knida like "Western Omelet Industries" since you are in CA and your jf name.
I think it needs to be Western Omelet Enterprises so it can be said out loud as WOAH!
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