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.
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.
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 It doesn’t seem likely that any company will take it up and fab a kit now that the WK is obsolete, but you’ve already done the grunt work.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!
Poor grammar is something up with which I shall not put.
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.