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Old 03-18-2013, 01:03 PM   #1
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What bumper and how to mount winch

Does anyone know what bumper this might be? I bought it with it on there. Also, with this bumper, the back 2 holes for the winch are covered by the sway bar. How would I mount a winch to this? Do they make plates don't require me to use these 4 predrilled holes?
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:19 PM   #2
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Winches don't mount to the bumper, they mount to a winch mounting plate. Once the winch is solidly bolted to the winch mounting plate, the plate is then bolted on top of the bumper where its four Grade 5 or Grade 8 bolts will replace the bumper's four top mounting bolts that thread into the frame. So the winch & its mounting plate are actually bolted to the frame under the bumper, its mounting bolts just pass through the bumper to the frame underneath.

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Winches don't mount to the bumper, they mount to a winch mounting plate. Once the winch is solidly bolted to the winch mounting plate, the plate is then bolted on top of the bumper where its four Grade 5 or Grade 8 bolts will replace the bumper's four top mounting bolts that thread into the frame. So the winch & its mounting plate are actually bolted to the frame under the bumper, its mounting bolts just pass through the bumper to the frame underneath.
ok that makes sense. So now I need to see about getting those 4 torx bolts out right now. I tried a little bit over the weekend but I didn't want to break them. Maybe some more liquid wrench and a torch will help.... Any other tips?
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Think of a winch mounting plate as sort of a cradle to place the actual winch into. Then as Jerry stated above, that plate is mounted to the bumper.

As far as the bumper it almost looks like a fabrication to me when it comes to the tube bars that are on the bumper. I could be wrong but it looks like they were added on to the lower bumper portion at some point.

Try soaking those bolts with some PB Blaster and see if that helps loosen them up.
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Think of a winch mounting plate as sort of a cradle to place the actual winch into. Then as Jerry stated above, that plate is mounted to the bumper.

As far as the bumper it almost looks like a fabrication to me when it comes to the tube bars that are on the bumper. I could be wrong but it looks like they were added on to the lower bumper portion at some point.

Try soaking those bolts with some PB Blaster and see if that helps loosen them up.
great, thank you! Oh and do most winches come with the plate or do you have to buy that separate?
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great, thank you! Oh and do most winches come with the plate or do you have to buy that separate?
The winch mounting plate will be an additional cost as the winch itself does not come with it.

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