hi again guys, i have seen a few threads about people putting winches on and then noticing a sag in the front end, but in all the threads i have seen, those people are running lifts on their jeeps and usually aftermarket bumpers. can anybody tell me of there is much sag by adding about 120 pounds (89 for the winch and i'm guessing 20-30 for the mount plate) with a factory bumper on a factory 06 rubicon suspension? will the lifetime of the front end be noticably shortened? also, does anybody know if i will still be ale to use my factory tow hooks after intalling the mounting plate? (looking to put on a warn 9.5ti by the way if that helps) and finally, i have seen mentions on the 9.5ti blocking too much of the grill (airflow issue) but have not seen anything definitive about it. planning on getting a winch tonight or first thing in the morning so any help would be greatly appreciated! thanks in advance!
With stock suspension my Warn M8000 + plate I saw a front sag for about 0.5"-1".
Yes, the factory tow hooks can still be used, but you need to switch the right and left hook, so that the left hook is on the right side. This is because the hook is offset, and if you leave them in the stock configuration it will contact the plate.
If you switch the hooks though, the hooks interfere with the fogs, so you need to move the fogs outward. If you have removed your front bumper floaties (please say you have) then the floatie mounting holes work perfect for the fogs. See the pic link in my sig for what it looks like.
I do not think a 9.5ti will cause any airflow issues, many people run them.
My 2006 LJ Rubi has the Warn 9.5ti with the Mopar Jeep winch bumper. To level it out I installed 2" spring spacers. I still need about another 3/4" to level it. Doing it again I would go with the adjustable spacers like the JKS Acos which allows you to dial in the exact height you need to level it to your taste.
02 GC Overland, 4" RCLA, 4.5 Clayton Springs w 3/4spacers in front, Bilstiens, JKS Tracbar, Addco rear sway bar, Proto Fab Hi Clearance bumper, Smitty built 8,000 w/Syn