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Old 11-25-2013, 09:07 AM   #1
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HOW-TO: Maximus-3 install (hoop/winch/light mount)

This weekend I helped my friend install his new Maximus-3 bumper hoop/winch mount and wanted to post up how simple and easy it actually was to do.

It was frigid temps - and we managed to fit his rig in the garage with the door closed - but the nice part is most of the unit itself can be pre-built inside where it's warmer

The kit itself is 4 pieces

(2) front brackets
(2) rear brackets
(1) hoop
(1) mounting plate (these differ between the light only and the light/winch mount - but install the same)

line up the rear bracket, plate, and hoop holes and install the (8) hex bolts (the plate goes between the rear bracket and the hoop)





When it's all said and done - it should look like this



Now its time to go outside and tear the bumper off

Start by removing the plastic airdam (6 plastic attachment thingys - they were different styles between my 14 and my buddies 09) and the plastic spacer on top between the bumper and grille (those plastic phillips thingys are useless - pry those suckers out!) the winch plate covers most of that gap - we didn't reinstall his - the light only plate is skinnier and leaves a bigger gap so I have in reinstalled on mine

Then remove the (8) nuts (18mm) that hold the bumper to the frame



(sometimes its easier to get to them from the top)



Once you have all (8) nuts removed - carefully disconnect the wiring harness at the fog lights - and then using a pair of pliers carefully pull the christmas trees holding the wire harness to the bumper (I believe there are 4 of them)

now you can completely remove the bumper from the Jeep - one that's on the ground - remove the (4) bolts holding the metal 'bumper' to the plastic 'bumper' (see image)



You can now see the OE tow hooks - take the last pair of brackets that came with the Maximus-3



and install them over the bolts on the tow hooks



Next take your pre-assembled Maximus-3 and slide the rear brackets in to the frame and use the washer/bolt to loosely attach it to the frame (basically just to hold it while you put the bumper back on)





Bolt the metal inner bumper and the front plastic bumper back together and then lift and press the whole thing back on to the frame rail (you should be able to lift/rotate the Maximus-3 enough to get the bumper back on)



Hardest part of the install....getting this bolt tightened down...its a 7/32 hex bolt - had to take and cut down a hex key so that it fit under the tow hook - I'm going to suggest that perhaps Maximus look at actually adding a cut down 7/32 hex key to their kit for ease of install. (tried a hacksaw on one of my keys, ended up switching to some giant bolt cutters and then a grind wheel to
flatten out the end I cut.



Once the bumper is back in place and bolted in - put the wire harness christmas trees back in and reconnect the fog lights. Then you can tighten down the two bolts on the side of the frame and the bolt under the tow hooks to secure the entire Maximus-3 to the Jeeps frame.


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Old 11-25-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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After that - you're done! sit back enjoy a beer and admire your handy work!







Mine with just the light mount plate...









Obviously - if you've already got a winch - you'll want to mount that to the plate before you attach it to the Jeep

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Old 11-29-2013, 05:00 PM   #3
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What is the distance between the mounting bracket edges, inside to inside the hoop? I am contemplating using this grill guard/hoop on a different make and model bumper.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for the write-up. Should be installing mine tonight. Only part I'm worried about is finding a low profile Allen key. I'll post pics when I'm finished.

On a side note.....shipping was super fast from Maximus, and it was packaged great. Couldn't have been more wrapped and protected.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:39 PM   #5
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I went and bought a cheapy set of allen keys and used some bolt cutters to chop it down to size

good luck with your install and feel free to send me a message if you have any questions!
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Just finished. I'll take some better pics later. Install wasn't bad at all. Hardest part was getting to the bumper bolts behind the vac pump.

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Old 01-17-2014, 06:27 AM   #7
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Looks great - which IPF's are those?
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:30 AM   #8
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Thanks. They are the 968's. My next project is Rugged Ridge A-Pillar pod with OTRATTW switches.
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:50 AM   #9
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Do you like them? I'm torn between those and the 900XS - or a 20" LED bar or LED cubes
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Haven't wired them up yet so I can't really comment yet on the light output. As far as looks and build goes I'm very happy for the money. They fill the void under the hoop nicely.
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Went with a 20" LED bar...wired it to my spod today
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I installed a Maximus-3 hoop bar also, but I just loosen the bumper bolts, pulled the bumper out as far as allowed, then installed the mounting bracket's into the frame pockets, and then installed the hoop bar, so I did not have to remove the bumper to install the hoop bar. Very easy install without removing the bumper. My Jeep is a 2013 10A and the bumpers are different.

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