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Unread 01-13-2007, 07:50 PM   #1
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Mounting Winch

As you might be able to see from my pics, I've got a push bar on my bumper. I'm about to mount a winch and need some suggestions / photos to get some ideas about mounting it. I'm using a roll fairlead with it also and I'd like to have that behind my push bar. Any photos or suggestions?

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Unread 01-14-2007, 04:34 PM   #2
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I've never seen a winch/bullbar set up myself. I wouldn't want anything obstructing the winch fairlead. I use a warn bumber with a warn winch and mounting plate. Never had an issue.
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Unread 01-14-2007, 10:06 PM   #3
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While the previous post is correct and more than adequate, you are not looking for that answer...are you? I do not believe that you need to purchase a new bumper if you don't want to. What you will need is a quality winch plate. You can modify it to fit where a frame cover normally would by drilling a few holes. Make sure that you use garde 8 bolts or better. The fairlead will mount to the winch plate and as long as your bull bar does not obstruct the line when pulling there will be no issues. It is hard to tell exactly how the bull bar mounts on those pics. Post more for more help.
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Unread 01-15-2007, 10:21 AM   #4
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While the previous post is correct and more than adequate, you are not looking for that answer...are you? I do not believe that you need to purchase a new bumper if you don't want to. What you will need is a quality winch plate. You can modify it to fit where a frame cover normally would by drilling a few holes. Make sure that you use garde 8 bolts or better. The fairlead will mount to the winch plate and as long as your bull bar does not obstruct the line when pulling there will be no issues. It is hard to tell exactly how the bull bar mounts on those pics. Post more for more help.
I'll try to get some more pictures posted but I thinking I've figured it out...mostly. I've got a winch plate that I'll have to do some minor mods to and if I get it set at the right height the fairlead will fit behind the bull bar w/o any obstructions. It looks like I'll have to raise the winch plate about an inch of the frame cross plate but I don't think that will be an issue using grade 8 bolts. I'll still be bolting the winch plate into the frame in two places and two places will be bolted to the cross member. How does that sound?
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Unread 01-15-2007, 08:11 PM   #5
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<P>Here are some pictures of the winch. It is not mounted but just in the rough positioning. Note that I think I can get the lower roller on the fairlead just about the bottom bar on the bull bar. If I do any higher it starts getting in the way of lights and more radiator. What do you think?
Also, I'm going to have it supported about an inch off the frame using grade 8 bolts and spacers. Any thoughts?
C:\Documents and Settings\Mike\My Documents\My Pictures\Mike's Pictures\Green Jeep\jeepforum winch1.JPG

C:\Documents and Settings\Mike\My Documents\My Pictures\Mike's Pictures\Green Jeep\jeepforum winch1.JPGC:\Documents and Settings\Mike\My Documents\My Pictures\Mike's Pictures\Green Jeep\jeepforum winch4.JPG
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Unread 01-15-2007, 08:26 PM   #6
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Maybe the pics will send this time.
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Unread 01-24-2007, 07:49 PM   #7
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Not that a lot would care but I finally got my winch mounted tonight and tested. Alls working fine. Thought I'd just post a few photos on a done job. I've still got a little welding to do but that will happen later.


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Unread 01-24-2007, 07:58 PM   #8
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Very clean installation, great job
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Looks like it'll work to me. you may have some rubbing on your bumper depending on your pull angle, but all else looks OK.
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Unread 01-24-2007, 08:21 PM   #10
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Very clean installation, great job
Maybe I'm just a slow worker but it took forever to get this thing drop in place without hitting something. Close clearance with the headlight, turn signals, bull bar....so on. I just finished redoing my steering from the gear box on...and the shocks....and springs. I thought this would be a couple nights. Boy, was I wrong! Biggest thing was trying to get the fairlead between the bars in the bull bar.

Thanks for the tumbs up!
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Unread 01-24-2007, 08:30 PM   #11
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Pull angle

You'll need to ensure that your pulls are nearly straight on, and never to the extreme side. Those verticals on the bullbar would cause major cable damage should the pulls be much sideways.

I have a similar problem with a tow bar that can't be moved, and the synthetic rope can't take the rubs that might happen. I put some smooth aluminum conduit-type material over the sharp steel, similar to your verticals to help.
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Unread 01-24-2007, 08:37 PM   #12
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Yep, you're correct about the pull angle problem with the verticals on my bull bar. I saw that right away but it was either solve that problem later or get rid of the bull bar. The bull bar is staying.

I'll have to give this some thought but any suggestions are welcome.
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