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Unread 11-24-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Installed my Maximus-3 Winch Plate and Hoop Today

Wanted to write up a quick picture/ install thread I did today with my buddy. I wanted something simple and a low cost alternative to buying a full bumper for lights and a winch. This isn't your grandma's hoop either, it is very strong and very well built.

Here we go...start buy mounting the hoop to the winch plate which attaches to the frame brackets sandwiching the winch plate between the two. Here is a closeup:



Another view:


Here it is all pre-assembled which can be done in the warmth of your living room



Here are the 'front of bumper brackets which attach between the plastic bumper and your factory tow hooks':



Remove the plastic air dam and upper plastic plate that goes between the frame rails.

Then you take off your bumper with an 18mm socket...and wear some gloves if it is cold:





Then you take the fog light wiring harness and take everything off. You then place the brackets that look like the tow hooks and put them between the plastic and the metal bumper.





Then you set the bumper assembly on top without the bumper and put frame bolts in loosely (need to still need to move the assembly around a bit while putting to bumper on:





Then you move the bumper into place:



Then you bolt the plate to the front bracket (this is where you need a 7/16 allen wrench cut short on one end) We ended up using bolt cutters on the allen wrench and then using a bench grinder to clean it up.... basically it needs to be short enough to go under the tow hook.



Then you tighted bumper bolts up, and make sure everything is all lined up and TIGHT:



Once everything is all done, you take your Jeeps out to an empty parking lot and snap pictures! Paul's Jeep he just went with the light mounts and hoop...I went with light mounts, hoop and winch plate with fairlead bracket. Both installs are similar.









Maximus-3 is a awesome company. Everything is very strong and looks very OEM matching up with the factory bumper perfectly. Now I get to start shopping for winches and lights!!!

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Unread 11-25-2013, 05:21 AM   #2
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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:02 AM   #3
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Images fixed! Woops. Google...

Thanks to my buddy Paul who took these! (He's the Hydro-Blue 2014 JK that has the other Maximus hoop)
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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:36 AM   #4
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that looks reall good, and a nice alternative to those who dont want a full bumper. I'm gonna look into it, i want a solid light/winch mount but dont want to ditch my factory bumper.
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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:50 AM   #5
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pretty sexy man, good job
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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:58 AM   #6
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Ah yes there you go all better (my bad!)
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that looks reall good, and a nice alternative to those who dont want a full bumper. I'm gonna look into it, i want a solid light/winch mount but dont want to ditch my factory bumper.
Also, the pictures don't do it much justice...it looks WAY beefier in person
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Unread 11-25-2013, 10:25 AM   #8
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Nice, I like the fact that it looks somewhat factory looking.
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yes they did an excellent job of matching the color and texture of the stock bumper to make it look very OE
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Unread 12-17-2013, 06:24 PM   #10
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Added some Hella's... Winch to follow:

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i like this keep the factory bumper and still get a winch plate and light mounts.
looks nice.
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Did you keep the stock filler between the bumper and grill with the winch plate install?
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That looks great...it's cool to see some alternatives for people who like the plastic bumper.
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Did you keep the stock filler between the bumper and grill with the winch plate install? Thanks Lon Briscoe
No I did not. No gap really with the winch plate. Just the light mount version there is a small gap on my buddies 2014 but he used the plastic filler piece.

It is not needed though.
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I have the hoop but have decided to add winch plate and a warn 8000s.
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