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Old 02-16-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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Winch install on 98 tj

Hey wassup fellow Jeepers? Im thinking about putting a winch on My Jeep. I have a Smittybuilt front tube bumper with the winch cut out. Do I need to install a winch mounting plate? Im pretty sure I do but I also noticed that the winch plate mounts to the frame where my bumper bolts down to, or at least thats what I think. Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated. Jeep for Life!

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Hey wassup fellow Jeepers? Im thinking about putting a winch on My Jeep. I have a Smittybuilt front tube bumper with the winch cut out. Do I need to install a winch mounting plate? Im pretty sure I do but I also noticed that the winch plate mounts to the frame where my bumper bolts down to, or at least thats what I think. Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated. Jeep for Life!
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:25 PM   #3
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Yes you'll need a winch mounting plate for your Smittybilt bumper.
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:24 PM   #4
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Holy crap that's all that holds that Smittybilt bumper on? No wonder I'm no fan of anything with Smittybilt's name on it.
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:45 PM   #6
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I was just thinking the same thing. Holy crap dude, what is it for?
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:58 PM   #7
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Holy crap that's all that holds that Smittybilt bumper on? No wonder I'm no fan of anything with Smittybilt's name on it.
Ditto... Wow
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There are four heavy duty bolts attaching the bumper to the frame to the stock bumper mounts. Solid as a rock, but thanks for the advice.
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There are four heavy duty bolts attaching the bumper to the frame to the stock bumper mounts. Solid as a rock, but thanks for the advice.
Most have 6 heavier duty bolts going through the actually plate metal(not a flimsy metal tab) of the bumper attaching it to the frame. THOSE are solid as a rock.

And to stay on topic, yes you need a winch plate.
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Well, in Smittybilts defense, I have had this bumper for four years and have hit poles, trees, rocks, pushed cars and trucks, and pushed sheds and barns over with absolutely no damage, bends, or mis-alignment of any kind. Seems pretty strong enough for me, unless I was to ram a brick wall at 50 mph.
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Well, in Smittybilts defense, I have had this bumper for four years and have hit poles, trees, rocks, pushed cars and trucks, and pushed sheds and barns over with absolutely no damage, bends, or mis-alignment of any kind. Seems pretty strong enough for me, unless I was to ram a brick wall at 50 mph.
hahahah speaking of this
I hit the side wall on the hiway Going 50 and bent the side of the bumper to the finder and bent that to
So I tied a stap to the bumper and the other end to a tree and yanked the bumper back out looks good as new!
Also I had to spray black pain where the creese marks were since it rusted out.. That bumper saved this car without it the jeep would be totaled
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Can anyone help me with finding a reputable service in the Charlotte, NC area for installing a winch and mounting plate on a 2014 Wrangler.
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Can anyone help me with finding a reputable service in the Charlotte, NC area for installing a winch and mounting plate on a 2014 Wrangler.
That question would be better posted/asked in the North Carolina forum area here in WF rather than in the TJ Tech area which is primarily meant technical discussions.
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There are four heavy duty bolts attaching the bumper to the frame to the stock bumper mounts. Solid as a rock, but thanks for the advice.
Thank goodness it uses heavy duty bolts..
In the pics, it appears to use the regular duty stock bumper bolts.
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Stock bumper bolts are Grade 5, the same grade of bolt used for mounting a winch.
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:34 PM   #16
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Yeah, sorry. I've just never heard anyone make reference to "heavy duty bolts".

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