Originally Posted by nathanmilsaps
The instructions on the JCR website say the opposite. Says to install them all together.
The instructions for the Rugged Ridge XHD say the same, and it's lies. LIES! I tell you.
Installed together, you're looking at around 170 lbs to man-handle onto the frame. I did that, and managed to get it on by myself (thanks farmer's carry/deadlifts!).
However, I later found out that the ground wire - conveniently located on the bottom of the winch between the bumper and the winch itself (/sarcasm) - came loose.
Resigned to taking it off again, I got under the jeep and then noticed that all of the bolts for the winch were easily accessible. As a result, I loosened all of the bolts, and then I had my 11-year old son hold up a corner while I reattached the ground wire.
Long story short, walk through the instructions without actually installing it and decide if you have to attach it before or if it would be easier to do it after - especially if you're working solo.