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Old 12-26-2010, 04:30 PM   #1
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Winch on stock JK bumper?

It is clear to me that I will be needing a winch. Can I mount one on the stock JK bumper?

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I'm not sure, but if you're in conditions where you'll need a winch....you're gonna rip that stock bumper to shreds.

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I'm not sure, but if you're in conditions where you'll need a winch....you're gonna rip that stock bumper to shreds.
I have a Warn 8000 on a stock 2010 JKU bumper and you will not "rip that stock bumper to shreds". In fact, I was impressed with the stock setup. Even using the Warn installation kit, it's not an easy job. Too, if you use the stock set up, you can remove or transfer the winch so as to maintain resale value.
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I'm curious about this. How do you mount a winch to the jk bumper? Can you post a pic?
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Old 12-26-2010, 06:35 PM   #5
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There are a couple of ways to do it, depending on how brave/ambitious you are. Take a look at this thread for pictures on how some have done it http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/what-should-i-get-for-my-new-jeep-71481.html.

Unless there is someone on Oahu who can help me out with cutting up my bumper, I'm going to stick with just mounting my winch on top of my bumper instead of hiding it after my bank account recovers from Christmas shopping.

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Old 12-26-2010, 06:42 PM   #6
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Warn makes a plate that bolts to the top of the factory bumper. The winch then mounts to it.

They use the same plate for their aftermarket bumper. So the "winch" bumper that cost nearly a grand with a hoop was not capable of mounting a winch without spending another $300 for the stupid plate. Not a big seller for them I bet. At least they have the winches to fall back on.
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You have to remove the stock bumper and install special reinforcing brackets before reinstalling the stock bumper and mounting pad. You also get new tow hooks. I've used the tow hooks and winch with zero problems. Again, it is not an easy installation. The Warn kit is very well made and everything fit right the first time.
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What made mounting the warn mount challenging? Thanks

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What made mounting the warn mount challenging? Thanks

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I am not sure because I skipped the warn plate and went with something else. I did however use one on a TJ install this summer. That was easy as pie. Apparently there are additional pieces for the JK that could cause an issue during installation. I found the bumper swap and winch install on the JK to be super easy. You should have no problem with the right tools and some patience. Don't take my word for it though, I am not an expert as I have recently been informed.

By the way folks if resale is important keep your parts. There are better options than the warn plate by far and it might be even easier to go back to stock with some of these options. Stock bumpers store outdoors very well and are very light. Keep em. With price considered I paid just a hair more for my stubby xhd than what just the warn plate sells for. I can take it back to factory in roughly an hour with air. In my opinion the only thing the warn plate has going for it is weight savings. My .02
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Old 12-27-2010, 03:21 PM   #10
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Winch on a stock JK

Thanks much for all the replies. I think I will save the stock bumper, and either build or buy a stubby to mount a winch. I saw some great looking home built bumpers at Superlift last month. My brother builds race cars and is great at welding. If buy the steel and enough beer I should have a bumper soon. Thanks again.
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I cut my stock bumper into a stubby and mounted my winch upside down on a Harbor Freight universal mounting plate($30). It fits between the frame rails with minor trimming and could easily be mounted on top without all the extra work of the "hidden" mount. You can reach the free wheel switch and it has worked great with very little expense, other than several hours of work. I just used it yesterday to pull my buddy's JK out of a mess! here it is on my new JK:



and on my 07 I recently traded:

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I cut my stock bumper into a stubby and mounted my winch upside down on a Harbor Freight universal mounting plate($30). It fits between the frame rails with minor trimming and could easily be mounted on top without all the extra work of the "hidden" mount. You can reach the free wheel switch and it has worked great with very little expense, other than several hours of work. I just used it yesterday to pull my buddy's JK out of a mess! here it is on my new JK:

and on my 07 I recently traded:
That looks stock i like that look
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Hey sharkbite, how did you re-attach the ends of the bumper after you trimmed it?
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Hey sharkbite,
Do you have anymore pics if this mod (under, side and behind)? I like what you did. What winch did you use? What did you use to cut the slot for the winch line? How long did it take you to do this mod?

I look on the Habor Freight website and didn't see a universal mount for $30. Thanks
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:53 PM   #15
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They sell a stubby end cap kit at most jeep aftermarket sites. Quadratec has it for $65.
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:16 PM   #16
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Hey sharkbite, how did you re-attach the ends of the bumper after you trimmed it?
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They sell a stubby end cap kit at most jeep aftermarket sites. Quadratec has it for $65.
That's actually not what he did. I hounded him a while back to give me a quick how-to, and it's now on my perpetual to do list.

He cut off most of the bumper ends, but left the front portion of the plastic panel largely intact. Then he heated and folded it over, and used bumper epoxy along with soldering gun to create plastic welds to seal the seams. That's why it looks much better (and more "stock") then the end cap kits. Really came out well.
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:34 PM   #17
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I know. I got the info from him too. But the stubby kit seems easier to me than trying to solder plastic bumpers back together.
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:30 AM   #18
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I installed an Aries winch plate that mounted on my stock bumper I had to cut plastic cover so it could get down to frame.. It's really solid and don't understand comment that it would shred stock bumper.. It's attached to frame and I tested it by picking up front of my jeep with winch. I ordered on eBay over a year ago and can't seem to find link anylonger but it's hard to search on iPhone .
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I cut my stock bumper into a stubby and mounted my winch upside down on a Harbor Freight universal mounting plate($30). It fits between the frame rails with minor trimming and could easily be mounted on top without all the extra work of the "hidden" mount. You can reach the free wheel switch and it has worked great with very little expense, other than several hours of work. I just used it yesterday to pull my buddy's JK out of a mess! here it is on my new JK:



and on my 07 I recently traded:



I did something simular but just and reused the ends and used door trim to do the rough edges, works great and looks good!


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Old 03-13-2011, 11:12 AM   #20
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I have a warn winch plate if you need one. I had my powerplant 9500 installed on the factory bumper 1 day after I picked my 2010 rubi up from the dealer. I paid $400 for the mounting kit (PN 74247) only to replace the stock bumper with an XHD stubby 3 months later. During this time the winch was never used.

I had a local custom shop do the first install so aside from what I know from removing it myself I can't tell you much about how to install it however I have included a link to warn’s install instructions. You can check the price there as well.

I have no idea what shipping would be because it probably weighs 50 lbs but if your interested I'd sell it for $150. Save you some money and get it out of my garage.

Just let me know via PM if you are interested.
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Sorry... forgot the instructions
http://warn.iwebcat.com/imgVD/WAR/74247-74638A0.pdf
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:55 PM   #22
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Can someone please tell me what winch was used to place INSIDE the stock bumper and how do you place it there.. Also which brush guard would would AFTER the winch is installed thaks !!!
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:29 PM   #24
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I made a whole thread dedicated to it because i wanted to see all the ways it could be done...This is it. It has a lot of good info from many different people
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:44 PM   #25
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Mine. Not finished but I followed Sharkbites plan.
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Mine. Not finished but I followed Sharkbites plan.
Nice work!
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Here's my finished product. I still plan on cutting the bumper down to a stubby. I have a stubby conversion kit coming on Monday.
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I love these embedded set ups. They look almost factory. My only concern is a fender bender likely ruins your winch, which it might not have if it had been recessed in a steel bumper. But still, the look and affordability can't be beat.
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Jerv - Have you actually had to use it yet? I'm wondering how hard it is to get to the winch when you have issues with it, like the wire winding over itself? I love this setup but wonder how practical it is if you need to get back into your winch.
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Jerv - Have you actually had to use it yet? I'm wondering how hard it is to get to the winch when you have issues with it, like the wire winding over itself? I love this setup but wonder how practical it is if you need to get back into your winch.
That is the down side to this type of install. Sitting in your driveway, getting at the winch is not a problem.

Knee deep in mud, well...

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