Originally Posted by rockitdoc
Thanks, for that. Dealer said could not put winch on the Sport S bumper. Figures.
Maybe he's right, but I don't think so. I haven't kept track of the peeps who've mounted winches to their stock bumpers w/an aftermarket plate, but I'm pretty sure I'd have heard about it if it didn't work on a specific Wrangler model.
One thing you'll most likely have to do (if you decide to go that route) is relocate your vacuum pump, which is located on a bracket behind your front bumper on the '12. Pretty simple to do...I think the replacement bracket I bought was ~ $50 from Jason @ Krawl Off-Road (forum vendor).
Look through those links I sent you about mounting winches to stock bumpers. The more I think about it, the more I think your dealer is mistaken. Why would the Sport S bumper be different from the other Wranglers? Makes no sense.
Ima go out on a limb here: dealer's wrong!