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Old 07-01-2012, 08:20 AM   #1
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home made winch mount

As always, as I do upgrades to my rig, my sense of wanting to fabricate and underlying sense of being a cheap skate take over.

After some searching, and no luck, I can not find a TJ specific template for a winch plate. Was hoping to find something CAD, but even a napkin sketch would work. Alot of the universal plates have more than one hole, and are pretty square, plain, and well universal! Some TJ specfic ones have notches to go around the swaybar brackets, nice rounded corners, ect.

I guess some tape and some cardboard to make a template and drawing it into CAD are my next options...unless someone knows of a template out there. Warn has the 10x4.5 bolt template pattern for the standard winch mounting in their user manuals, but not jeep frame specific for the mounting holes of the plate itself.

I don't ever fab anything unless it will be cheaper and as good as commercially bought items, but some of these plates in the 100-200 range have me wondering?

Good 1/4" plate 1'x4' can be bought online for about 50, locally cheaper I am sure if one lives in a bigger city with local industries keeping a supply on hand. That gives me 50-100 to play with, so I'm gonna try it.

Anyone know of non copyrighted templates, already in CAD, or .pdf?

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Old 07-01-2012, 09:02 AM   #2
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:24 AM   #3
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Because I'll have nothing to do in the garage for a weekend, which will result in my wife finding me something to do in the house. I may be stupid, but I aint dumb!

Although that is a good deal...maybe I will buy it and just grind and paint on it, telling my wife I made it...hummmm

Seriously I like cutting, grinding, drilling and welding though.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:22 AM   #4
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If you leave the 1/4 plate flat, there won't be enough strength to it, you need to put an angle break at the front and rear to keep it from distorting under pressure. here is a hole pattern for a yj but the frame hole pattern on the tj is different. These are not mine but belong to a generous member here on wrangler forum.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:59 AM   #5
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thanks! i was going to fully weld the front and rear lips, with gussets, unless I can find a machine shop with a brake that can handle 1/4" plate
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:48 PM   #6
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Remember those frame mounting holes are for a YJ, not a TJ, I have the pattern for a TJ but it is at my shop. That 1/4 inch plate will take a prety big press brake, Mine is 300 ton and will do 14 foot of 1/4 inch plate, Wish you were closer I would do it for you.

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Old 07-02-2012, 05:41 PM   #7
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I appreciate it. I got the old bumper off and measured my holes, and I am drawing it in Google sketch up. I may take it to a water jet company to cut out my pieces. I found some plate for free so I'm at zero in it right now. Nothing like reinventing the wheel!
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:59 AM   #8
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Waiting to see what you come up with. Fabbed parts are usually 10X better and/or less expensive than commercially made/offshore made parts.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:35 PM   #9
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I fabbed a winch mount myself. It took an entire weekend, it is less rigid than one I could have purchased, and the paint is starting to chip off. My advice: purchase one. Some "custom fitting" will likely be necessary to get the frame holes to align anyway.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:38 PM   #10
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Well... at least your home made one will be made in the USA and you have the satisfaction of having done it yourself. However difficult it might be to bend one yourself that is.

But be aware that they can be had for just under $40 shipped to your door. Granted they are Chinese but... still... dam them Chinese!
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:48 PM   #11
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to keep the cost down to really have to have your own welder, tools ect, or be friends with someone who does...

But hey, what else do I have to do, watch the Bachelorette with my wife?? lol, not
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