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04-01-2012 10:10 AM
FireMedic1343
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Originally Posted by 3JKs1H1 View Post
You did nice work. I hate to be the bad guy, but that's going to be difficult to use when the wire doesn't wind on correctly (and wraps over itself, which it will).
Synthetic rope may help..
12-09-2011 03:06 PM
cavsvet74
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Originally Posted by 3JKs1H1 View Post
You did nice work. I hate to be the bad guy, but that's going to be difficult to use when the wire doesn't wind on correctly (and wraps over itself, which it will).
That has crossed my mind, and yes, it is a pain to get at the winch in order to sort out any problems.

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Originally Posted by JeeperJake View Post
You've used it by now, or just function tested it?
I actually needed to use it. It worked great, once I sorted out some issues with it.
The crossbar on the frame took a pretty good hit from a rock. It bent up just a bit, but it was enough to interfere with the function of the clutch lever on the winch.

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Originally Posted by JeeperJake View Post

2nd thoughts/changes/revisions?
Like 3JKs noted, it is difficult to get at the winch if there are any problems. I have seen where other Jeepers have cut off the crossbar on the frame under the front bumper. This makes it possible to mount the winch plate under the frame rails so the winch is upright, yet still tucked into the front bumper. You will have much better access to the winch. However, I think Jeep put that crossbar there to protect the steering linkages.


Thanks to all of you for the kudos.
12-09-2011 03:53 AM
strider_mt2k Excellent craftsmanship.

Kudos on the install!
12-08-2011 09:38 PM
3JKs1H1 You did nice work. I hate to be the bad guy, but that's going to be difficult to use when the wire doesn't wind on correctly (and wraps over itself, which it will).
12-08-2011 09:28 PM
JeeperJake You've used it by now, or just function tested it?

I really like the way it's tucked out o'sight.

2nd thoughts/changes/revisions?
12-08-2011 08:17 PM
cavsvet74
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Originally Posted by VASYLfromUKRAINE View Post
cavsvet74
it's possible to put a bigger winch?like this?Superwinch LP10000 Winch.
I really don't know for sure. If you look at the pictures in posts #18 & 21, you can see there isn't a lot of room left between the winch and the frame cross brace.

I have seen it mentioned that if you cut the cross brace off, you can mount the winch upright instead of turning it upside down.

For the record, it was a blast to do this install, and it was a great learning experience. However, I am planning on buying a good off road bumper with a built in winch mount. I think it will be more user friendly. Although this was a lot cheaper option in the mean time.
12-08-2011 05:23 PM
VASYLfromUKRAINE cavsvet74
it's possible to put a bigger winch?like this?Superwinch LP10000 Winch.
05-19-2011 10:30 AM
Roadhawg That is nice !!!! Wish I had the ability to do that myself but would need to take it in somewhere to have it done. I do like the hidden part though.
05-18-2011 03:37 PM
Pmedg That is amazing! Well done sir!
05-17-2011 08:55 PM
Clutch127
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Originally Posted by cavsvet74

Superwinch 8500
Thanks, i just might have to do this now Awesome job on the fabrication, It looks really good!
05-17-2011 08:31 PM
cavsvet74
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Originally Posted by Clutch127 View Post
What winch did you use?
Superwinch 8500
05-17-2011 07:36 PM
Clutch127 What winch did you use?
04-26-2011 09:48 AM
the Kolector
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Originally Posted by cavsvet74 View Post
I haven't had a chance to actually use the winch yet.

I still need to figure some way to hold the license plate open.
Just using a small bungee cord for now.
You could try a woodworking shop and get a locking hinge like ones used on hope chests to lock it open, kinda like this one. I'm sure you could modify it to fit your need, just an idea.
04-25-2011 11:42 PM
deathphoenix99 If it was me, I'd turn the license plate hold upside down, that way it wouldn't be in the way if you winch from a mud hole or something, also, if you have a good hinge on it, it might be able to "lay" on the bumper. Just a thought.
04-25-2011 08:35 PM
haisma you made it all nice and pretty you might just need to use a stick to hold the license plate open.
04-25-2011 08:30 PM
deathphoenix99 Looks great! Excellent job, can't wait to see how well it holds up for you.
04-25-2011 08:23 PM
gbtb87 Nice job I'm looking to do a winch in the near future,
this is a great idea!!!
04-25-2011 07:40 PM
cavsvet74 I haven't had a chance to actually use the winch yet.

I still need to figure some way to hold the license plate open.
Just using a small bungee cord for now.
04-25-2011 07:26 PM
JeeperJake I'm going to have to print this out and steal....er, *kaff*kaff* review for technical points.

How does it work in practice?
04-08-2011 06:00 AM
jp2611 That is sweet. Almost wish my TJ had a bumper I could hide a winch in----maybe I need to get a Jk to room with my TJ-------------ANYWAY NICE JOB!!!!!!
04-07-2011 08:06 PM
webbie1970 Awesome work looks great.
04-07-2011 08:00 PM
nick50471 Looks Great
04-07-2011 07:54 PM
cavsvet74 Ok, it's done!


Winch? What winch?


Oh, that winch.


Yep, I'm pretty stoked about how it turned out.
04-05-2011 09:07 PM
cavsvet74 Ok, the wiring is pretty much done. I'm just waiting on new battery terminals with extra studs (ordered from Quadratech),so I can tidy up under the hood.

This is where the winch selinoid ended up...


The outlet plug forr the winch control went on the bottom left side of the dash...


And here is my modified clutch release lever for the winch...


Now all I need is my hinged license plate bracket (ordered with the battery terminals), and I WILL BE DONE!
04-04-2011 11:47 PM
Schwheelz
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Originally Posted by jayc
Thats a great idea, kudos to your out of the box thinking
More in the box... Rofl :P
04-04-2011 11:19 PM
jk'n <lust mode on> Geeeesh....I wish I hadn't seen this thread....gulp....<lust mode off>

What a great idea. The license plate will hide the install from my wife! I was wondering how I was going to purchase a winch and now I think I can make it a go!
04-04-2011 09:34 PM
cavsvet74 The other problem is with the clutch lever on the winch.
Mine hits the cross member of the frame below the bumper.
I cannot switch the winch from power to frees pool. I'm trying to rework the clutch lever, should have it sorted out in a day or two.
The lever is supposed to sit inside the chrome ring in this pic.

Winches with a sliding clutch control should not have a problem with this. I also did not want to cut into that frame piece. After all, that is what is protecting the winch now.
04-04-2011 09:26 PM
cavsvet74 Now for my mounting problems. Hopefully this helps you avoid some headaches.

To attach the tow hooks you need to get the nuts on. The flange on the winch plate made this impossible for the top inside nut. There looks like there would be enough room to get a wrench in there but, the Fog Lights are in the way. Because of the cylindrical extensions on the steel bumper, the plastic bumper needs to be put on the steel first and it all gets bolted on as one piece.

The yellow line marks the extra piece of the flange I had to cut.


This is me fixing my screw up.
04-04-2011 09:19 PM
cavsvet74 I used u-bolts to attach the winch. A spring shop that works on our big trucks at work bent them up for me.



I'll let you know how they hold up when I finally use this.
04-04-2011 09:15 PM
cavsvet74 4fit, that's the write-up I followed to do mine. Thanks for posting the link.

I'm wondering if the JKUs don't have as moch room between the front bumper and the grill. I've seen posts of this being done to the 4doors and it seems the fairlead is always sticking out of the bumper. I can hide the fairlead completely on my 2door.

Here it is, missing only the license plate and silver bumper cover.
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