Hey SteedGun, I'm not hijacking your thread. I was getting questions on the Zeon / Maximus mounting on the Rubi X bumper and this seems the best place for that info. I got mine on finally and thought I'd put it here with yours and just direct questions here. Thank you very much for your information, it was very helpful.
2014 JKURX with Warn Zeon 10-S, Maximus-3 mount with centering plate, LP hoop with reinforcement brackets, hockey puck, Rubicon Express aluminum fairlead (I wanted black and it says Rubicon across the top
Great information is given by SteedGun who started this thread (read it all). The Maximus-3 instructions are pretty good. The supplemental instructions provided by Maximus-3 for the Zeon was key for me. It includes drilling 1" holes in the bottom of the bumper for accessing the front winch mount bolts. I did this and glad I did. It allows you to easily bolt up the bumper and remove the winch for servicing if needed.
- Go ahead and remove the grill first thing. It will give you a little more room to work and you can't scratch it if it is off.
- The factory winch delete plate (first thing you take off in the instructions) is not reused. Save the bolts and remove the nut clips. You can put the bolts back in the top of the bumper by just holding the clips under the top bumper flange. This will give you a nice finished look instead of just holes.
- The vacuum pump relocation bracket that came with the mount worked fine for me, no alterations needed. Did have to cut off the front part of the OEM bracket and SteedGun mentions above.
- I set the the winch in place (no bolts) and ran the wires before putting the bumper back on. When ready, put the bumper in place and finger start a couple of the bumper bolts (don't forget the bumper bolt plates and washers per the instructions). To easily finish tighten the bumper bolts, simply slide the winch to the passenger side, lift up the driver side of the the winch and lift out and set on bumper wing. Now you can really get to those bumper bolts. Use a old sheet or something to protect the winch and bumper from scratches.
- Now, with the two holes added in the bottom of the bumper, you can easily put the winch back in place and install the winch mounting bolts. Don't put the winch nuts in pace until you have the winch back on the mount. You can easily put these in place from behind once the winch is situated (prevent you from searching for them when they fall out when you are setting the winch in place).
- Make sure you get the winch line threaded threaded through the fairlead/bumper and started on the winch before mounting the bumper...very important.
I picked up a hockey puck, drilled a hole in it and threaded it on the winch line up to the hook before installing the line. This acts as a "bumper" for the hook against fairlead (a very cheap $3.00 alternative to the Factor 55 Prolink). Don't want to scratch/gouge that aluminum farilead.
- Cover the mounted winch with old sheet when putting the grill back on so you don't scratch your grill. It's a tight fit.
Here are some halfass pics of the almost finished product. I hadn't filled the holes where the winch delete plate was with the original bolts and nut clips. These pictures are why I went back put them in.