This will always be one of the best and most interesting/detailed builds on JF. One of my personal favorites!
Thank you, I appreciate the response.
Coiz, I have read your build thread start to finish and am truly inspired by the remarkable level of craftsmanship you have demonstrated on your jeep. I live in a place where for the most part the philosophy is "who cares what the truck looks like, just throw some expensive wheels and a 3000$ stereo in it and you're golden". I am currently rebuilding my own 82 CJ7, and you can be sure your build thread is gonna be a MAJOR source of information. Yours is one of the nicest Jeeps I've seen, and a tribute to the patience and discipline you put into it. Hope mine turns out half as nice. Cheers!
Thank you as well. It has been a lot of work and all that time and effort has definitely paid off in the end.
Hey Mike have you installed the front bumper yet?
Hi Jim, I did get the bumper and winch installed and that sucker is stout. One thing I did before installing the winch was I took the cover off the relay box to upgrade the factory heat shrink on the terminal ends. I was also just curious to see what the relay looked like.
Here it is with the relay cover removed. I was considering upgrading the wiring size but figured I would just run these for now. That might be something I do in the future.
You can see the cheap factory heat shrink still on the red wire and the heavy walled adhesive lined heat shrink on the black.
While I was at it I used MAP gas to heat up the terminals and add silver bearing solder to the crimps. Here are most of the lines completed. I did this to every terminal end.
I didn't really take step by step pictures but I basically bolted the winch to the mounting plate then set it in place. Next I slid the bumper into the frame rail ends and aligned all of the bolt holes. I got all of the bolts started by hand then installed the roller fairlead before I cranked everything down tight.
Here are the bolts on the driver's side rail. The far left bolt is for the bumper tab where it goes through the frame rail and threads into the clevis mount. The first winch mounting bolt also goes through the frame and threads into the clevis mount. The bolt on the far right has a crush sleeve in the frame rail and threads into the heavy duty steering box mount. The bolt that comes down from the top also ties the winch mount plate, bumper and frame together.
The passenger's side gets the same basic treatment. The smallest bolts on the entire setup are the four bolts that secure the actual winch to the mounting plate.
After that I installed the relay box onto the winch.
Hooked up the wires. Everything looks nice and clean. I plugged in the controller and powered it forward and back about an inch to make sure it works. Now I just need to get some D rings for my clevis mounts so I can install the hook on the cable and have somewhere to clip it to.