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Old 03-04-2014, 03:49 PM   #1
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Stock front bumper - D rings?

Can you put D-rings on a stock front bumper?

I would like some front recovery points besides my winch. The hooks I had no longer fit due to the winch plate.

I really want to start making use of a snatch block to increase the longevity of my 10k lb winch when pulling others larger than myself.

You can see where there are holes that appear to line up with the frame that might be used? I am not sure though....

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Old 03-04-2014, 04:15 PM   #2
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I bolted some on my stock bumper, but they are only temporary until I get a new bumper, I used some big grade 8 bolts, large grade 8 washers on the backside and loctited them (2 bolts per side), they arent technically d rings, they are the large tie down rings used on trailers, but Im confident they will hold until I upgrade later

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Old 03-04-2014, 04:28 PM   #3
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no - the stock bumper material is way too thin to support a recovery - it will bend like a twizzler.

My recommendation is to grind off a portion of the winch plate and get a set of regular 10k # tow hooks.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:36 PM   #4
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im going to have to disagree, though my setup is by no means over engineered, it is sufficient
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:57 PM   #5
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I'd be concerned about using d-rings simply mounted to the stock bumper for use with a snatch block & a 10K winch. It's one thing to have them for looks, but another for actual use.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:17 PM   #6
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Look for a new bumper with provisions for d-rings, or cut the winch plate to accept the tow hooks you have, or find some other way to mount the tow hooks to the frame.

Else, cross your fingers that your winch doesn't tear your bumper from the frame. Even if you use a backplate to reinforce the d-ring mount locations, you are still betting on the stock bumper to hold itself to the frame.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:46 PM   #7
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They also sell 3 hole Hooks on Amazon to mount on the YJ Wranglers. The 3rd hole lines up with the 3rd bolt not circled in my Picture
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These are mounted on 1/2" plates that are bolted to the sides of the frame, and a hole cut through the bumper. The bumper itself is stock, just modified into a shorty.

I wouldn't trust bolting a D-ring mount to the front of the bumper, its only 1/8" steel, and the bolts could tear out easily when under the stress of a 10,000lb winch, causing a D-ring projectile that I personally wouldn't want to get hit by.
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I have tow hooks with the bolts going through the hooks, winch plate, and bumper into the frame.

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These are mounted on 1/2" plates that are bolted to the sides of the frame, and a hole cut through the bumper. The bumper itself is stock, just modified into a shorty.

I wouldn't trust bolting a D-ring mount to the front of the bumper, its only 1/8" steel, and the bolts could tear out easily when under the stress of a 10,000lb winch, causing a D-ring projectile that I personally wouldn't want to get hit by.
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All you need to do is trim the front of the winch plate lip to use a tow hook bolted into the top of the frame. That or wait till you can add a beefier front bumper, i would not trust the stock frame for any serious pulling.
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Okay so... I hear a lot of winch plate trimming. Will that impact the rigidity of the winch plate where it has the fair lead bolted to it? I was hoping to have bolts go through the bumper to the frame so that no pressure was on the bumper itself. I know the bumper isn't strong enough to support a 10k winch hooked up through a snatch block. I really don't want a big beefy bumper nor do I want to pay for one. Just seeing it I can work something out here... I'd prefer to not cut the winch plate unless I'd have to so I can just put the front hooks back on assuming it won't compromise the winch plate.
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Peter: I have a nearly new set of black 3 hole tow hooks that will go on top of your winch plate. They wouldn't work along with my Westin bumper.

If you want to try them out I will send them to you. Just PM your address and I will get them out to you. I have all the bolts, etc that came with them. They have just been taking up space on my work bench and you are welcome to them.
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:48 AM   #14
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I trimmed my winch plate for the hooks. No loss in rigidity or strength that I can tell. Just trim only what you need to. I wouldn't remove material from the angle at the rear of the plate though. This is where the wincing forces will want to bend the plate up between the frame mounting points. Most aftermarket winch bumpers have this angle for that reason.

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