Okay ...pondering something, and I just can't figure it out. The answer is probably very simple.
So you buy a $400-$700 front winch bumper, but it's going to be a while before you can afford/justify a winch.
Now you can buy a roller fairlead for $60 and attach a $70 plate bracket (seems pretty expensive for a license plate) ...or you can drill holes to attach your license plate (NOT an option I'd consider with an expensive bumper).
First bumper is pretty sweet. The other two are a little too small for me. I still have my stock bumper on, but I don't run a front plate. It's illegal here to not have a front plate, but I have never been pulled over for it and when I have been pulled over it has never come up. I even got it to pass inspection with it off. Come to think about it, I have no clue where my front plate is even at. I should try to find that.
what about a small bent L bracket from homedepot or local hardware store bolted/screwed to the skid under the bumper? obviously not so good for approach angle but could be made for quick disconnect with some pins for the trails
Thanks Hilldweller ...I'd take you up on the offer, but I just dropped a bucket load of cash on the work that's being done now. I'm a ways off from buying the bumpers. Seems that part of the "Jeep thing" is always looking at what you're going to do next ... obsessively researching and asking questions.
I fabbed one up using a set of Mag-light clips and scrap piece of steel. Just clips right on the roller fairlead. Whole thing cost less than $10 Only problem is now I've switched to a Hawes fairlead and need to come up with something else. Guess another trip to the hardware store is in order.
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I just zip tied it to the grill with some duct tape on the back of the plate to semi protect the grille. $400 bumper, $1 license plate holder. Now my wife says we need a winch because she says the empty spot on the bumper "looks funny", sounds like permission to get a winch to me.
Just move to a state that doesn't require them lol
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I Was gonna say move to MS where you don't need a front plate, but a couple others have already suggested moving to a state with rear bumper only. And, a $50 steelers plate? I didn't even know they had stuff that was that expensive and that there were actually fans out there that purchase steelers gear
On my YJ front bumper the previous owner drilled and used self tappers. Looks fine. Trust me, a few years down the road it will matter not. Just make sure that damn thing is straight. That would drive me nuts.
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