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post #1 of 35 Old 09-01-2009, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Winch on Factory JK Bumper? Which Mount?

Hello All,

I trying to decide what mount to use to mount my winch to the factory bumper of my JK. I have a Superwinch Epi 9.0.

The two mounts I can find are the Warn #74247 or the Ramsey #295378. Not sure which is better.

If you have your winch mounted to your factory bumper, please let me know what mounting kit you used and if you like it.


Thanks for all your help,
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post #2 of 35 Old 09-01-2009, 03:56 PM
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you might consider spend a little more and get a stuby bumper like the rudged ridge xhd , you wont regret it.
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post #3 of 35 Old 09-01-2009, 05:08 PM
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Rough Country winch mount for stock bumber. I like it and I've had no issues with it. If I had my new stubby finished I would make you a deal on it.

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I went with the Rough Country as well and am totally pleased with it...

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I've seen threads on using universal winch plates to mount a winch to the factory bumper. Requires a bit of ingenuity and cutting the factory bumper. Pics I've seen look good. Trouble is after all that work you still have the factory bumper which is relatively easily damaged.

When I was looking at this I also looked at the winch plates such as the Rough Country, Warn, etc. Trouble for me was even with the RC you're spending $240 when for $70 more you can have a Rugged Ridge XHD winch-mount stubby bumper. Add another $125 or so for the ends if you want a full-width bumper.
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I've seen threads on using universal winch plates to mount a winch to the factory bumper. Requires a bit of ingenuity and cutting the factory bumper. Pics I've seen look good. Trouble is after all that work you still have the factory bumper which is relatively easily damaged.

When I was looking at this I also looked at the winch plates such as the Rough Country, Warn, etc. Trouble for me was even with the RC you're spending $240 when for $70 more you can have a Rugged Ridge XHD winch-mount stubby bumper. Add another $125 or so for the ends if you want a full-width bumper.

this is a great point....the reason I went with the RC is I needed to maintain the OEM bumper for my tow setup behind my RV...most people do not have this limitation...

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why do you need the OEM bumper for the tow?
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I used a universal plate from Harbor Freight for $30.00. It took some trimming, but it has worked great. As mentioned earlier, the Rugged Ridge is a nice piece for the money. We just put one on my buddy's JK and I really liked it- that's the route I would take if I did it again.
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Sharkbite, I have a Blue Ox base plate mounted on my 09 Rubi and flat tow it behind my motorhome. I have been looking for a stubby bumper that would fit. The base plate fits fine with the stock bumper but I really like the Hansen medium bumper. What is the make and model in your photo? Any ideas?

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why do you need the OEM bumper for the tow?
my tow brackets that mount to the Jeep that the hitch attaches to only work with the stock bumper...

they also make brackets for the Mopar and the Warn...

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Sharkbite, I have a Blue Ox base plate mounted on my 09 Rubi and flat tow it behind my motorhome. I have been looking for a stubby bumper that would fit. The base plate fits fine with the stock bumper but I really like the Hansen medium bumper. What is the make and model in your photo? Any ideas?
I have an 07 sahara. I would like to see a pic of your set up, but if it works with the stock bumper it probably would work with the rugged ridge- it's the only other bumper I have installed and it seemed pretty easy to modify if needed.
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Sharkbite What bumber is that, is it a stock mod ?
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Looks like those are a custom joby, here is some from rough country

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/r...-caps-1016789/
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I think what Sharkbite did was pull the plastic off, and trim in the ends. [edit: yeah, follow Platinum's link]
I've known guys that just took off the whole plastic piece, and walla-they had a basic stubby!
In my experience, everything is bolted to the frame rails, whichever bumber, so there are a lot of open possibilities there for mods.
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I have the Rough Country , it's a little pricey but is very sturdy and does not weigh very much . My $0.02
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