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Old 02-19-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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Talking Bulldog front bumper and Warn installed

Finally got my bulldog bumper and warn VR-8000s all set up . Looooove the look and the winch is awesome. The bumper install was a piece of cake, the winch install was a PITA mainly because I did it myself and a second set of hands would have come in VERY handy.

As you can see in my second picture, I now have a pretty aggressive rake going. I'm running a 2" BB and was wondering how to level her out a little bit. Think 3" coils would do the trick? I'm looking at doing a 4" SL down the road, so I might just hold off until then and live with it.

Let me know what you think
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
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eh, its only money go for the 4 inch lift with a 3/4 inch spacer...lol

How much does the bulldog bumper weigh? Did you get the synthetic cable or steel?

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eh, its only money go for the 4 inch lift with a 3/4 inch spacer...lol

How much does the bulldog bumper weigh? Did you get the synthetic cable or steel?
Didn't weigh the bumper, so I can't throw a number at it... It weighed more than the stock (obviously) but its a stubby, so I could easily pick it up myself and move it around. I went with the synthetic line.
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I am getting ready to install my Warn VR-8000 this weekend and I'll be doing it by myself can you give me some pointers to avoid the headaches you encountered?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:40 PM   #5
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I am getting ready to install my Warn VR-8000 this weekend and I'll be doing it by myself can you give me some pointers to avoid the headaches you encountered?

Thanks in advance!
First piece of advice would be to bribe a friend with some beers and have him come over... If that's not feasible, avoid these mistakes.

-Make sure your winch plate lines up with your bumper before you mount your winch to it. I had to grind off two tabs that were interfering with mine.
-Make sure you install all lock washers solenoid covers BEFORE you tighten everything down.
-Read the directions 3 times before beginning the install.
-Make sure you have plenty of space (and a decent pair of leather gloves) when laying out the cable and getting it snugged up.

The mistakes I made were careless not paying attention mistakes, but it was my first winch install and I think it went pretty well all things considered.
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A set of 3" coils will fix you right up and it is a inexpensive fix. I had the same problem when I added a winch, plate, and bumper to my budget boosted TJ.

I ran 3" springs up front and a rear BB for many years before I re-did everything.

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A set of 3" coils will fix you right up and it is a inexpensive fix. I had the same problem when I added a winch, plate, and bumper to my budget boosted TJ.

I ran 3" springs up front and a rear BB for many years before I re-did everything.
Thanks! Still have those 3" springs kicking around???
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Looking great man! How much that bumper run you?
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Looking great man! How much that bumper run you?
Under $200 before shipping, but it does not have an integrated winch plate, so plan on springing for one of them if you're going to run a winch. Check out 4x4groupbuy, they had the best deal on them.
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Awesome man thanks! Here is how I am planning to approach it with your advise. I usually have better luck when I plan something out

1. Wire and attach the solenoid to the winch
2. Remove tow hooks and ensure winch plate lines up perfectly
3. Attach winch to winch plate
4 Attach winch plate with winch to the bumper

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First piece of advice would be to bribe a friend with some beers and have him come over... If that's not feasible, avoid these mistakes.

-Make sure your winch plate lines up with your bumper before you mount your winch to it. I had to grind off two tabs that were interfering with mine.
-Make sure you install all lock washers solenoid covers BEFORE you tighten everything down.
-Read the directions 3 times before beginning the install.
-Make sure you have plenty of space (and a decent pair of leather gloves) when laying out the cable and getting it snugged up.

The mistakes I made were careless not paying attention mistakes, but it was my first winch install and I think it went pretty well all things considered.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:32 PM   #11
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Awesome man thanks! Here is how I am planning to approach it with your advise. I usually have better luck when I plan something out

1. Wire and attach the solenoid to the winch
2. Remove tow hooks and ensure winch plate lines up perfectly
3. Attach winch to winch plate
4 Attach winch plate with winch to the bumper
That sounds about right. Ensure that you put the rubber boots over the connections before you hook them up. Also, like I said before READ THE INSTRUCTIONS THROUGHLY before you begin. I thought I did this... I did not. I'd never done one of these before, but I'm glad I did it myself, learned and now I'll be able to help my buddies out with theirs. If you can read, you can handle this.
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I got my bulldog bumper this week too and I couldn't be happier. Also, the shipping weight was 50lbs.
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Install went smooth this morning. Thanks for your pointers, it made it go better than it could have! Even snagged a Hummer after the install






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That sounds about right. Ensure that you put the rubber boots over the connections before you hook them up. Also, like I said before READ THE INSTRUCTIONS THROUGHLY before you begin. I thought I did this... I did not. I'd never done one of these before, but I'm glad I did it myself, learned and now I'll be able to help my buddies out with theirs. If you can read, you can handle this.
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Lookin' good. Glad to have helped... Why isn't your red cable sheathed in plastic though? Mine came wrapped to protect it from rubbing when run under the hood,
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Not sure, it didn't come wrapped nor did it include any sort of wrap... Wouldn't think they'd be different but wonder if they packaged it different because yours is synthetic...

What a change it was nice on Saturday and yesterday we go about 10 inches of snow.

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Looking at this bumper, what winch plate did you use to mount your warn, and do you have a link to where to buy one?

Thanks, looks good!
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I bought the heavy duty bulldog winch plate.
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I bought the heavy duty bulldog winch plate.
Cool, I plan on ordering my bumper off there too.
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I got my bulldog bumper this week too and I couldn't be happier. Also, the shipping weight was 50lbs.
That looks pretty sweet.

I've been looking for pretty much the exact same thing. Where did you order it from - and who is the bumper manufacturer?
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I just got this bumper as well, first front bumper for the TJ ever! ive run the stock one since the day I bought it brand new in 99. I am tickled to death with this new bumper, and for 189.00 bucks, I love it. now to save up for the winch.
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That's a nice looking bumper guy's.
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To all you guys who have this bumper? How is it? Like does it feel strong? How's the welds?
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:57 AM   #24
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Im very impressed, heavy, appears to be approx. 1/4 plate, bolted right up, very heavy duty, the shackle mounts are welded all the way through, its is open backed with supports welded in. the welds are pretty thick, but not as pretty as the ones on my rear bulletproof bumper, you get what you pay for there, it does not come powder coated but painted, and the paint was popping off the inside back of mine when I got it, I had to knock the loose stuff off and shoot some rustoleum back there before I mounted it up yesterday.

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