Newbie here . . . just picked up a 2005 Wrangler X a couple of weeks ago, and the wife and I are absolutely loving it so far. With that being said, I was hoping some of you might be able to help me figure out how to get a winch on this thing!
The Jeep came with a Manik front bumper/grille guard. It's my understanding Manik is now out of business. On the front of the bumper is a nice, flat area with two bolt holes that I assumed were for a winch, so I ordered one in a Rugged Ridge 8,500lb. Unfortunately, I assumed it would fit in this area only to find out the winch was about two inches too wide. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do with this space? There are two pictures of the bumper/grille guard below. It measures about 19" wide, and the two bolt holes are about 7 3/4" apart. Or perhaps this area of the bumper is for something else? Any information would be GREATLY appreciated!