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Old 05-19-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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XRC-8 install problems

So I'm having some problems installing my winch. It's a Smittybilt XRC-8. They might as well have not included an instruction manual since its so worthless (doesn't provide step by step instructions on how to mount the dang thing). I was curious if anyone has installed this winch and could help me out.

Are the nuts and the lock washers supposed to go inside the cutouts in the little feet on the winch, because mine doesn't seem to have the clearance?

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Old 05-19-2011, 11:31 PM   #2
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I didn't install mine but just went outside to look at how the installers did it. The bolt head is in the foot with no washers and the nut and washers are on the underside of the winch plate of the bumper

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Old 05-19-2011, 11:34 PM   #3
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How the heck did they get the bolts into the foot? I tried that but couldn't get them to fit...
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I have an XRC10 Comp Series and the nuts go into the feet on that model.

Here's a link to an install guide for the XRC8

http://www.smittybilt.com/docs/installation/97281.pdf
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:04 AM   #5
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That's what I've got, but when the install instructions are:

INSTALLATION
MOUNTING YOUR WINCH
1 a) The winch is to be mounted into a suitable steel mounting frame using the 4 point foot mounting system in either a horizontal or vertical plane. Ok. Get that.
b) It is very important that the winch be mounted on a flat surface so that the three sections (motor, cable drum and gear housing) are properly aligned. Ok. Get that.
c) Before commencing installation, ensure the mounting facility being used is capable of withstanding the rated capacity of the winch. Yea, good to check. Ok.
d) The fitment of winches and / or a frontal protection system may affect the triggering of SRS air bags. Check that the mounting system has been tested and approved for winch fitment in the air bag equipped vehicle. Yea, good to check. Ok.
2. Smittybilt manufactures winch mounting frames and / or Frontal Protection Systems to suit most popular vehicles. Winch frames are packaged with detailed instructions. Great, but not really applicable
3. Should you wish to manufacture your own mounting plate the dimensions below will assist. A steel mount plate of 6mm thickness is recommended. Fasteners should be steel high tensile grade 5 or better. A poorly designed mount may void warranty. Not applicable
4. The winch should be secured to the mounting with 3/8” UNC* 1-1/4” steel bolts and spring washers provided. HOW!!!!!!
5. The roller fairlead is to be mounted so as to guide the rope onto the drum evenly. Duh

Not exactly helpful.
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I just went and looked at mine.

The spring washer is also called a locking washer. Here is how it is mounted: Bolt, locking washer going through the bumper from the bottom side into the winch feet. The squared looking nuts go into the feet. Tighten everything down.

So the bolt head is facing the ground.

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I just went and looked at mine.

The spring washer is also called a locking washer. Here is how it is mounted: Bolt, locking washer going through the bumper from the bottom side into the winch feet. The squared looking nuts go into the feet. Tighten everything down.

So the bolt head is facing the ground.

Hope that helps

WHAT HE SAID

Slide the 4 nuts into the grooved cutouts. Then come from underneath with the bolt and washer. I also thought instructions sucked but you need to rely on your common sense. Those slots are cutout to perfectly hold the nuts. (THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!)
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Thank you very much for the replies. Installing as described above (nut only in the slot) is ultimately how I decided to proceed with the installation. My confusion stemmed from my experience in that locking washers are usually used on the nut side of the application rather than the bolt side, and there wasn't enough room for both in the cutout of the foot.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:58 AM   #9
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I just installed my XRC-10comp and was pissed about the instructions as well. At some point I gave up and just laid everything on the ground and said to myself "I guess this is how it goes together". I ended up having to remove the winch 3 times till I got everything put together the correct way.

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