I have never had an issue with cooling due to the winch. They are not all that "big" just configured differently than the cheap winches. They are bigger because they have actual gears that run in gear oil inside. No planetary gears to fail. There is a reason the design has been around since 1974, and the predecessor (basically an older version lacking the automatic brake) the Belleview winch was made from 1959-1973. The old adage of "if it works, don't fix it" holds true.
Beat it to fit, paint it to match!
I haven't installed my yet either. I still need to rebuild it. But you guys aren't worried about someone stealing them? Everyone is just using regular bolts. I've heard many stories around here of winches getting taking off the front bumpers. I plan to use something like this when I install mine.
I haven't installed my yet either. I still need to rebuild it. But you guys aren't worried about someone stealing them?
My Warn mounting bracket has two bolts that require finagling a 3/4" wrench onto the nuts on the underside of the bumper, which is a very difficult maneuver while laying on your back. I don't see a thief taking the time to do that.
Technically, it's a YJ, but hey ...It's got most of a CJ front clip? Apparently, UPS just delivered my Synthetic winch rope, so It'll have rope and a hook by the end of the evening....
“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.” ― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values