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Old 04-03-2011, 10:04 PM   #1
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My first mod. Hidden winch



I didn't cut the silver bumper cover yet, so when I put that on, the winch is
totally hidden. I'm thinking of using a YJ type hinged rear license plate
bracket to cover the fairlead after I cut the silver bumper cover.

Of course, I need to take it all apart tomorrow. I need to cut the front flange
of the winch plate a little more so I can get the fourth nut on the tow hook.
I didn't notice they were blocked until I was just about done putting it all
back together. I also goofed when I ran the wiring. It's easier to redo with
the bumper off.

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Old 04-03-2011, 10:34 PM   #2
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I never thought of that. Good idea!

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Old 04-03-2011, 10:49 PM   #3
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Wow. Very clever. Can't wait to see it finished.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:12 PM   #4
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Very cool. What size of winch are u running in there?
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:26 AM   #5
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i am impressed, thats awesome,,, now i would like to see you write up the whole install, so the rest of us can steal your idea,, no really you should do an indeph write up on,, nice job.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:42 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the compliments.
It's a Superwinch 8500. Got it through Costco, $499+tax, free shipping and
It came with the mounting plate and both roller and hawse fairleads.
I have a couple of parts to order tonight so I can finish everything this
weekend. I moved the winch selinoid up under the hood and I plan on
moving the plug for the winch control into the cab. When I get it all done
I'll write it up and post more pics.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:47 AM   #7
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That is a DAMN nice job!!!-PIA to do it a couple times, but will be well worth it when done--will be looking for the write up!!!! ///more pics!!!
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:23 AM   #8
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Of course I have to admit, I followed someone else's write up.
If you search the forum for hidden winch you can find a few.
I'll write mine up anyway, hopefully it'll keep someone from
making the same screw ups I did.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:36 AM   #9
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:40 AM   #10
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OK 1. I <3 it! 2. I like the look of my big ugly winch out for others to see - so hey, not for me, but WOW, slick job - very cool indeed
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Nice clean install....great job!
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:30 AM   #12
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Thats a great idea, kudos to your out of the box thinking
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:02 PM   #13
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put a plate on it and it gone man...nice install
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:07 PM   #14
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Looks real good!

Here is a post over as JKF with lots of pics and info.
Winch mount W/factory bumper
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:15 PM   #15
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4fit, that's the write-up I followed to do mine. Thanks for posting the link.

I'm wondering if the JKUs don't have as moch room between the front bumper and the grill. I've seen posts of this being done to the 4doors and it seems the fairlead is always sticking out of the bumper. I can hide the fairlead completely on my 2door.

Here it is, missing only the license plate and silver bumper cover.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:19 PM   #16
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I used u-bolts to attach the winch. A spring shop that works on our big trucks at work bent them up for me.



I'll let you know how they hold up when I finally use this.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:26 PM   #17
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Now for my mounting problems. Hopefully this helps you avoid some headaches.

To attach the tow hooks you need to get the nuts on. The flange on the winch plate made this impossible for the top inside nut. There looks like there would be enough room to get a wrench in there but, the Fog Lights are in the way. Because of the cylindrical extensions on the steel bumper, the plastic bumper needs to be put on the steel first and it all gets bolted on as one piece.

The yellow line marks the extra piece of the flange I had to cut.


This is me fixing my screw up.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:34 PM   #18
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The other problem is with the clutch lever on the winch.
Mine hits the cross member of the frame below the bumper.
I cannot switch the winch from power to frees pool. I'm trying to rework the clutch lever, should have it sorted out in a day or two.
The lever is supposed to sit inside the chrome ring in this pic.

Winches with a sliding clutch control should not have a problem with this. I also did not want to cut into that frame piece. After all, that is what is protecting the winch now.
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:19 PM   #19
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<lust mode on> Geeeesh....I wish I hadn't seen this thread....gulp....<lust mode off>

What a great idea. The license plate will hide the install from my wife! I was wondering how I was going to purchase a winch and now I think I can make it a go!
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Thats a great idea, kudos to your out of the box thinking
More in the box... Rofl :P
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:07 PM   #21
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Ok, the wiring is pretty much done. I'm just waiting on new battery terminals with extra studs (ordered from Quadratech),so I can tidy up under the hood.

This is where the winch selinoid ended up...


The outlet plug forr the winch control went on the bottom left side of the dash...


And here is my modified clutch release lever for the winch...


Now all I need is my hinged license plate bracket (ordered with the battery terminals), and I WILL BE DONE!
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:54 PM   #22
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Ok, it's done!


Winch? What winch?


Oh, that winch.


Yep, I'm pretty stoked about how it turned out.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:00 PM   #23
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:06 PM   #24
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Awesome work looks great.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:00 AM   #25
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That is sweet. Almost wish my TJ had a bumper I could hide a winch in----maybe I need to get a Jk to room with my TJ-------------ANYWAY NICE JOB!!!!!!
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I'm going to have to print this out and steal....er, *kaff*kaff* review for technical points.

How does it work in practice?
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I haven't had a chance to actually use the winch yet.

I still need to figure some way to hold the license plate open.
Just using a small bungee cord for now.
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Nice job I'm looking to do a winch in the near future,
this is a great idea!!!
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Looks great! Excellent job, can't wait to see how well it holds up for you.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:35 PM   #30
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you made it all nice and pretty you might just need to use a stick to hold the license plate open.

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