I'm putting a Warn M8000 on my Jeep in spring. I'm considering saving money by not buying a winch bumper, and just mounting the thing right to a winch plate on my stock bumper. Only problem is I will have to lose my bumper hoop which will leave the winch more vulnerable I guess. Does this seem important enough to worry about? Is this a dumb question? Am I being overly obsessive compulsive again?
I think you'll be fine as well Gus. I was planning on mounting mine on the stock bumper until I had an accident a few weeks ago that ruined the front bumper. Now I'll mount it on a Highrock 4x4 bumper. (When I can afford to buy one, that is.)
Yeah, I think that's the way I'm going to go for now at least. I can always get another bumper later. I originally got my bumper hoop, which won't work with a winch, to protect the front end somewhat from a deer hit if it happened. Especially around now when the bucks are going crazy running around looking for some nookie. Maybe I can rig something up to my stock bumper for now.
I ran mine on a stock bumper for a few years, no problems at all.
Generally any branch that is big enough to damage your winch is going to do even more damage to your grille, hood and windshield as you go "through" it.
No matter what you do they are going to weather some. I repainted mine this past spring, but it was used and starting to rust when I got it.
06 Rubi with some sort of double ended, chrome knobbed, cross threaded, infinitely adjustable, frequently breakable, worn out flammywhammers zip tied onto it.
It used to be a jeep thing... til that sh!t broke!