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Unread 01-20-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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Cost for Winch Intall?

I'm new on here and just wondered if anyone could give and average of how much it should cost to get a winch install? My bumper already has a plate for the winch so w/o any removal of the bumper or install of a plate.

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Unread 01-20-2011, 03:08 PM   #2
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Don't pay anyone to install your winch, it would be a waste of money. It's 2 wires from the winch to the battery, the red one is power the black is the ground. It'll take 20 minutes to do and you'll be glad you didn't pay someone.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 03:10 PM   #3
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Don't pay anyone to install your winch, it would be a waste of money. It's 2 wires from the winch to the battery, the red one is power the black is the ground. It'll take 20 minutes to do and you'll be glad you didn't pay someone.
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Hint: be careful to watch where you put the wires. Make sure they are away from the fan and exhaust. Then fasten them down with tie-ties...
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Unread 01-20-2011, 03:35 PM   #5
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DO IT YO' SELF, FOO!!! <--Sorry, I get a little weird when I see people about to throw away money on something they can easily do themselves. Its no harder than changing the battery.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 04:40 PM   #6
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Don't forget to put a fuse in the power wire. I didn't...I am going to but I didn't even think about it until almost a year after I put the winch in.

Four bolts and 2 wires. You can't screw it up.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 04:59 PM   #7
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It is very easy if there is room. With some bumpers it is easier to remove the bumper and premount the winch. Adds about an hour and you get to use a jack and jackstands if you do it solo.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 05:00 PM   #9
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Word of caution incase you have an Optima battery with side posts. Do not install the winch cables to the side posts, as they are not made to handle the amp load. Also if you need longer cables for the install itís much cheaper and better to get welding cable of the appropriate size.

Even though installing a winch is pretty straightforward, it can be a bit intimidating for the first time and if youíre not mechanically inclined. I would highly recommend that you find someone who knows about such things and will guide you through the process.

Donít for one-minute think that youíre a wimp if you seek help. For some here on the forum itís just second nature to them and canít understand why anyone would have reservations. Done wrong or doing a hack job could be disastrous. There is much more to it than just 4 bolts and two wires. Good luck.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 11:58 PM   #10
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Thank you for all the input I think I would be capable of doing it, but the problem is I bent my bumper, the plate is level and supposedly it should still work perfect with a winch and I needed that fixed, that's not something I want to mess with and the 4wheel shop I went to said they would fix it and install the winch at no extra cost it would be $130 for install. What do you think I should do? Its bent were the cable would go through.
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Unread 01-21-2011, 01:03 AM   #11
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Just want to make sure you know I'm not an idiot haha I am very capable of installing anything on my jeep, just not welding steel. So what I was asking was what the price should be because I wanted to make sure I wasn't being over charged as I have no idea what labor charges should be, so is 130 the right price for an install?
Thank you again in advance, everyone on here seems to be very helpful.
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Off topic slightly, can a winch be installed on a stock bumper?
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gimme a 6 pack and ill do it... im movin out there in a month tho....
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Unread 01-21-2011, 01:25 AM   #14
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Off topic slightly, can a winch be installed on a stock bumper?
If you get something like this http://www.quadratec.com/products/12114_020_07.htm
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Unread 01-21-2011, 01:27 AM   #15
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gimme a 6 pack and ill do it... im movin out there in a month tho....
Haha I'd take that deal if you were coming out sooner. I've got time off and I'm trying to get out onto a few trails but not w/o all my recovery gear on.
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