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post #1 of 7 Old 11-10-2019, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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‘13 Wrangler Unlmtd had front frame cross beam cut off

Hi All, first time jeep owner here. Bought a 13 Wrangler unlimited a few weeks back and love it! But went to check out putting a winch plate on it and looks like the cross beam is missing and the lower part of the mounts were cut off by the previous owner. Also some rugged zip tie mounts...(sarcasm) I’m not familiar with the looks of a Jeep frame though so I might be wrong. Curious if anyone can provide some good paths forward? I think modify what’s left to give me some mounting points and fab a beam to bolt in figuring out the right height to put back might be tough. If someone has time to grab a quick measure from bottom of frame to inside of cross beam that’d be great! Hoping that this might be a pretty common occurrence that a simple solution already exists but haven’t found it yet. Here’s some photos as well, really appreciate any guidance or advice! P.s. I fixed the vacuum canister mounting.

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-14-2019, 04:42 PM
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You are correct, there have been some "modifications" done to your frame.

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If you look up the frame on Google, I think it shows that as a separate bolt on piece.

I have also seen a few threads on other jeep sites that discuss cutting/ removing that to install aftermarket bumpers?

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There was a crash bar there originally there to protect the Rubicon Auto swaybar disconnect motor. All models came with it and many guys will remove it once an aftermarket bumper is installed as it allows more ground clearance up front. The crash bar hangs down pretty low in front. Zoom in on the 2nd photo and you can see it under the bumper.


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post #5 of 7 Old 11-18-2019, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Nice! Thanks for the photos JTPhoto, love that you created that stand to get that shot for me very generous of you. Overall not a lot of advice from this forum but oh well, I was able to get the issue resolved and made it work with Rusty's Winch plate for the hardrock bumper I had. Took quite a bit of fab work but I was able to get there, with welding in a pretty absurdly oversized beam but it fit up nice with the winch plate and the existing frame tubing.
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‘13 Wrangler Unlmtd had front frame cross beam cut off

Excellent

Interesting instal.
The crash original crash bar would not have been near strong enough to support a winch plate. Most low mount winch plates I’ve seen or installed bolt into the frame rails and don’t come cross to the crash bar.


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post #7 of 7 Old 11-19-2019, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Agreed, I was a bit surprised this model of winch plate used the crash bar once I figured out what the crash bar was and how relatively light weight it was. I think my setup now will be pretty strong with that 4" tube beam (.125" wall) welded directly to the frame rails and then bolted back into the front of the frame through the hardrock bumper. I'll try climbing a tree this weekend and report back!
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