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Old 01-20-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
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Custom Winch Install..

I wanted to install my winch into my stock bumper and make it look as "hidden as possible". I had planned that the only visable portion would be the solinoid that would be mounted onto the top of the bumper tight against the grill.....
Here we go....
Step one... remove all the goodies from the front, outer and inner bumper...


I got a winch plate from Harbor Freight for 29.00 on liquidation, standard 1/4 inch plate... . I then centered it onto the frame and marked it for the notches that would be needed to mount the winch inside the frame..


Once you get it notched out and the winch mounted onto it, drop it into place and bolt it up! You will notice I removed the solinoid and the winch is upside down..


Now its time for the hard work!! I got my fairlead and measured and cut out the inner and outer bumpers and got it as tight as I could get it...



Once I got it all cut out like I wanted it I put it all back together, and as planned it was a very tight fit..after bolting the bumper back together I mounted the Solinoid to the top and ran the wires(had a small problem with a broken wire) Here is a picture of my factory stubby with a "semi hidden" winch. Picture is not all that good..

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Old 01-20-2011, 08:55 PM   #2
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That is impressive. as you can tell from my avatar i didn't really care about hidden.

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That looks really good!
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:40 PM   #4
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What winch is that? I'd like to try on my '11 Sahara
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:53 AM   #5
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What winch is that? I'd like to try on my '11 Sahara

Its a 8,000lb Bulldog

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Old 01-21-2011, 12:03 PM   #6
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Great job, looks awesome. I'm glad to see another one similar to mine. I cut the plastic cover smaller and mounted the fairleads on the outside to help hold the cover on since I lost the bolt connections by making it a stubby.

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Old 01-21-2011, 04:41 PM   #7
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Winch type...

What type of winch did you use?
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:52 PM   #8
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What type of winch did you use?
It's a 12 year old Ramsey 8500 passed from rig to rig and still alive and kicking!
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:23 AM   #9
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Very cool.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:50 PM   #10
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awsome mod
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:58 PM   #11
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I wanted to install my winch into my stock bumper and make it look as "hidden as possible". I had planned that the only visable portion would be the solinoid that would be mounted onto the top of the bumper tight against the grill.....
Here we go....
Step one... remove all the goodies from the front, outer and inner bumper...


I got a winch plate from Harbor Freight for 29.00 on liquidation, standard 1/4 inch plate... . I then centered it onto the frame and marked it for the notches that would be needed to mount the winch inside the frame..


Once you get it notched out and the winch mounted onto it, drop it into place and bolt it up! You will notice I removed the solinoid and the winch is upside down..


Now its time for the hard work!! I got my fairlead and measured and cut out the inner and outer bumpers and got it as tight as I could get it...



Once I got it all cut out like I wanted it I put it all back together, and as planned it was a very tight fit..after bolting the bumper back together I mounted the Solinoid to the top and ran the wires(had a small problem with a broken wire) Here is a picture of my factory stubby with a "semi hidden" winch. Picture is not all that good..
Wow awesome work looks really good...What type of fog lights are they, were they any easy switch??
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:18 AM   #12
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Heres another. You guys do good work, you make it easy for us hacks to mimic your work and have it turn out looking good.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:13 AM   #13
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Can you do this with other bumpers?

I just bought a steel bumper and was looking into doing this. What Fairleads did yall use?
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:12 PM   #14
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Just use a roller fairlead that came with the winch. Made sure I had meaty spacers though. The spacers on mine are about four inches long to mount the fairlead on the outside and all the way back to the plate mount. Square aluminum stock with a through hole for the bolts.
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Jerv - Do you think it would work as well to mount a hawse fairlead there instead of a roller fairlead?
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That would work fine, you just need to cut your hole for the cable the right size and make sure you have the thing mounted securely. Those hawse fairleads are only to be used with synthetic cable, just FYI. If you are using steele cable they always suggest you use a roller.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:48 PM   #18
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Another quick question for the crowd, I've read on other forums that this type of install won't work on a rubicon (I think it has something to do with the swaybar motor)...Anyone know what the deal is?
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That, I do not know?

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