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Old 04-20-2012, 11:49 PM   #1
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Work on a winch install.

Was looking for a clean winch install and this is what I went with.
I know its a HF 12000 #. But I love the price! we will see how long it will last. Got in on the Easter 25% off sale! Less than $300. Also got the mounting plate.



Starter with pulling the bumper cover. Top two outer bolts just spun. Found them unscrewed from the plastic. Cleaned them up and used hot glue to reinstall.







Cut up the plate. Used a plasma cutter and forgot the ground. Goodbuy tip. What a dumass! Plate will bolt to frame horn.



Went with the under bumper mount. Here you can see the cutout for the lever.




Better photo.



Next was cutting out the cable opening.



Pushed my mount all the way to the front. This will make the stock fog lights not work. Went with a Hella 3 1/2" x 2" fog to be mounted in the stock opening.The light housing on Jeep were damaged ?

Test fit!



Lots of on and off!




Now the pain part! Cutting the plastic bumper. Set the inner bumper ( thin metal) on the plastic and transfered the opening to the inside. Then drilled the fairhead bolt holes. This you will need to play with. Inside holes ok ,drilling the outers by hand. Way off!!! A do-over would be to use a drill press! Also outline the fairhead for the plastic removel. Cut short then trim!





Here you can see a line that was a bad marking. Like lots of on and off,s before cutting.



Here is a temp look? What do you think?



Control box will mount on top. Need to work that out?


Will be working on the electric Sat. till then! Thanks. Randy

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Old 04-21-2012, 12:59 AM   #2
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Looks like a clean install, nice work! Are you concerned about being able to clean out all the nooks and crannies when you get muddy?

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Old 04-21-2012, 01:08 AM   #3
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looking good, I'm starting to dig this hidden winch trend. you could mount the solenoid under the hood if you're trying to keep the whole thing looking clean. though, now that I think about it, that could be a bigger PITA than you had set out for. keep up the good work
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:32 AM   #4
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Very nice.
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LOOKS GOOD.... Put the control box under the hood. (Fits by the battery) That will make it very clean.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:58 AM   #6
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Looks like a clean install, nice work! Are you concerned about being able to clean out all the nooks and crannies when you get muddy?
^^^^Exactly what I'm wondering.

Looks great installed where it is...but keeping mud/grit out of it seems like it's gonna be a major PITA.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:26 AM   #7
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Was thinking about a rubber cover that would snap over it? Would not stop it just slow it down? At 61 I don't go looking for mud, but it will find me.

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^^^^Exactly what I'm wondering.

Looks great installed where it is...but keeping mud/grit out of it seems like it's gonna be a major PITA.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:31 AM   #8
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Was thinking about a rubber cover that would snap over it? Would not stop it just slow it down? At 61 I don't go looking for mud, but it will find me.
That's kinda what I was thinking...just something to at least shield it from road spray, grit, all that AZ sand. But it would still have to breathe, so the motor wouldn't overheat.

Then again, for the price you got it for, if it lasts more than a couple years you're in good shape.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:50 AM   #9
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The HF price was good and with some luck maybe the winch will be too?
Some of the stuff has worked very well and some has been junk!
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Looks just like my install except I didnt put the plastic back on and I used a Tuff Stuff 12.5lb winch.

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Old 04-21-2012, 02:27 PM   #11
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Looking GOOD!!! Somthing about great minds???

How has the dirt been around you winch?
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Looking GOOD!!! Somthing about great minds???

How has the dirt been around you winch?
They do think alike

Hasnt been too bad. I just take a pressure washer to it after a heavy mud run. Hasnt caused any problems thus far.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:18 PM   #13
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So here she is all installed and wired up.
Need to get some more split tubing. Ran out.





Used a 1"x1" tube mounted to the control box and bolted to the mounting plate. No nut ,taped the plate and used red locktie.


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Old 04-25-2012, 06:13 PM   #14
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Finished up the install with the new driving lights.

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Old 04-25-2012, 06:21 PM   #15
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Looks nice. I've been toying with how to install a winch on the factory bumper. If I had the cutting tools I might consider this. You'll have to go get her dirty and let us know how much mud you get around the winch.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:52 PM   #16
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I live in the salt bed. My junk needs to be on top to avoid as much cancer as possible. Looks great though. Hopefully ya aint gotta do a gear rebuild on it anytime soon, what a pain to remove.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:02 PM   #17
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To remove to work on the winch will take about 15 min. 16 bolts,the electric and your good to go. Not bad. But it was made in CHINA,should be good for years.
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Looks Great, Nice job.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:16 PM   #19
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Just got back from the Overland Expo and spent some time being trained to use the winch. Well my mounting will work, its not the way it needs to be mounted. So I will working on a new bumper/winch mount. The Camel Challenge / Land Rover guys were a big help.
More to post as I get their.
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So Weasel, what about the winch mount was not up to snuff with the overland croud? There are more than a few of that type of mount around here. I'm sure more than just me are currious about it.
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Really nice workmanship but you need to be able to see how it wraps on the drum. Mostly so it doesn't wrap and get tangled backwards on the layers. Also, to get near maximum capacity, it needs to be evenly distributed across the drum. So if he opens up the top, he'll be in good shape. The OP does real nice work, so I'm sure he'll nail it. He may be able to put a simple access cover on top to open up when he goes wheeling.
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Really nice workmanship but you need to be able to see how it wraps on the drum. Mostly so it doesn't wrap and get tangled backwards on the layers. Also, to get near maximum capacity, it needs to be evenly distributed across the drum. So if he opens up the top, he'll be in good shape. The OP does real nice work, so I'm sure he'll nail it. He may be able to put a simple access cover on top to open up when he goes wheeling.
You can see it just fine through the fairlead.
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Great job guys!

Now what would be awesome is one of my in cab winch controls I sell.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:03 AM   #24
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Lee, from Land Rover said it is about being able to get your hands on the drum and cable. That is when it is not running!
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Weasel, what hella lights did you use for the clearance? I'm at a stand still since the factory ones are too long?

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Old 04-08-2013, 10:05 PM   #26
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I never posted the light,so her it is. I just hotglued them in with some screws. Also their not DOT. Offroad only. They can bill me!

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