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Old 03-18-2012, 12:33 AM   #1
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Winch Plate / bumper question

Do i need to buy a new bumper in order to mount a winch or do i just need a winch mounting plate?

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Old 03-18-2012, 12:44 AM   #2
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You have the stock bumper right now? I'm pretty sure, not positive, that you just need to buy a winch plate and then you're good to go.

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Old 03-18-2012, 12:51 AM   #3
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You have the stock bumper right now? I'm pretty sure, not positive, that you just need to buy a winch plate and then you're good to go.
Yep... Just a winch plate with a stock bumper
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:29 AM   #4
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what winch plate do you recommend?
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:36 AM   #5
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One like this Quadratec Exclusive FEMC02 - Quadratec Premium Winch Mounting Plate for 87-06 Jeep® Wrangler YJ, TJ & TJ Unlimited - Quadratec will work fine, but you may want to look at a few before you make up your mind. Do you want mounting points for Aux lights? You may want to look into one of the Warn plates...
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:52 AM   #6
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So,

What grade/size bolts are recommended for hooking up a winch/winch plate

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Old 03-18-2012, 05:18 AM   #7
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So,

What grade/size bolts are recommended for hooking up a winch/winch plate

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GSEC (SW) Ret. here... I re-used the Torx bolts that mount the bumper to the frame. Just call me frugal
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GSEC (SW) Ret. here... I re-used the Torx bolts that mount the bumper to the frame. Just call me frugal
Ah, I had to saw-zall a 200# winch that one of the previous owners had welded on.

Now I need to position my 10,000#, drill holes and get it installed. all at the planning stage right now.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:19 AM   #9
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i got a guy that makes them custom .
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:12 PM   #10
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Taboo Customs makes a TJ winch plate. Price I saw at their web site is about $110. More than quadratec , but this plate is made in USA (i think Illinois) if that matters to you. So less expensive than Warn plate but about $40 more than quadratec or rough country plates. BTW - Taboo Customs photos show the plate attached to a Warn winch, so it would work for that application.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:51 PM   #11
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I have just installed my new Superwinch 8500 on my 2005 Wrangler. I used the Smittybilt raised mounting plate. I love both of them and the way they look as well. Although I have just installed all of this the quality of both seem very good. My first job was to winch up large cedar logs out of the woods. Uphill and over rocks. I chocked my Jeep but still at times the winch/logs pulled the Jeep forward instead of the logs. Learning a couple of things, I will now be in the market for a strong pulley or two that have a plate that opens allowing the cable to be placed and removed from the pulley spool. With that you can get an angle or height on your pull.

Since I am new to Wranglers and have never owned a winch here is what I learned, also this was all done in the woods of Arkansas. No internet, no phone, all in all it took a couple of weeks:
1. Winch arrived but did not come with a mounting plate. Didn't really mention that when I ordered it from Amazon but I probably missed "Those who have ordered this also order this" statement.
2. Ordered plate. Arrived but didn't fit and arrived without bolts and hardware (I am in the WOODS). Also, it now appears that on almost any of these mounts the plastic torsion/sway bar cover has to be removed. When you order this stuff most don't mention that.
3. Now ordered the Smittybilt from 4 Wheel Drive Hardware specifically for my Wrangler. Arrived. Ready to install but now I see that I need a star drive to remove the bolts on the stock bumper. It is a T55 drive. I have all of them up to a T45. AAAARRRRGGGG. I am in the WOODS. Drive back into town.
4. Once I have all of the tools in place the winch attaches to the Smittybilt mounting plate and the plate mounts to the stock bumper in 20 minutes.
5. I would recommend this combination. It mounts on the standard bumper and looks great.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:58 PM   #12
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Do i need to buy a new bumper in order to mount a winch or do i just need a winch mounting plate?
Rugged ridge makes a flat mount for use with the stock bumper. I re-used the hardware from the factory, mine is raised. It holds up fine.

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