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07-28-2014 02:36 PM
RB-10rubicon I was going to to the same .but more i thought about it i wanted to see the cable spooling back on .and with the electronic sway bar in the way it was going to be awful close.i ended up ordering a LOD mid width .good luck with your install
07-27-2014 10:22 PM
Monkeyjeep69 These are outstanding!! Great installs.

More reason for me to stick with the stock bumper.
07-27-2014 09:31 PM
Cronoswing Attachment 1340026



Attachment 1340034

Here is mine I just finished
07-27-2014 08:42 PM
RB-10rubicon They make license plate brackets that slip into the hawse fairlead or clip on to the rollers
07-27-2014 02:33 PM
H3br3whamm3r81 itssbs,

I'd like more details on your install. It's super clean. Honestly, if it still works well, I'd rather not pay the $1200-$1500 for an AEV bumper, which is my other option. Please offer some instructions if you don't mind.

Edit: Now that I think about it, I don't know where I'd put my front license plate, as it is required for us in Texas.
04-08-2013 08:59 PM
itssbs I made a bracket to offset the height of the fairlead appx 1.5 " to raise it up so I could locate the fairlead on the bumper where I wanted it. Otherwise, it would be too low and look funny. See these photos. First photo, under the bumper looking at bolt where fairlead would normally be attached. Second photo, inside of fairlead looking at 1/8" flat steel with 1" box tubing welded to extend to the edge of bumper. Fairlead bolts through bumper through the box tubing. Lower bolt holds the new bracket.
01-19-2013 08:30 PM
itssbs
2013 JKR Warn M8000s

Thanks to everyone in this forum who helped guide me. I wanted the winch as hidden as possible. Mounted Right side up
01-19-2013 04:00 PM
Sandman11 Nice work, that is just the look I was looking for. I'm ordering winch today.
04-07-2012 06:50 AM
Jervboy Stubby
03-31-2012 09:59 PM
BFG-JK
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Originally Posted by Daniel_M View Post
I went less discreet. Smittybilt plate with 10,500lb winch

-Dan
Nice! And in the summer an easy removal? I also hate all the extra weight if it's not needed. But want full access.
03-31-2012 08:35 PM
cavsvet74 Nicely done!
03-31-2012 03:06 PM
Jervboy Heres the finished product.
03-29-2012 01:26 PM
Jervboy Upside side down and hidden. Not finished yet but almost done.
12-01-2011 12:20 AM
Overtrained
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Originally Posted by cavsvet74 View Post
Winner winner chicken dinner! That is a sweet setup
12-01-2011 12:01 AM
robtbritn
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Originally Posted by cavsvet74 View Post
Here is the write up on mine.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/my-...nch-87776.html

I must admit, there are a few disadvantages to mounting the winch this way. It is difficult to get at for one. Secondly, the cross bar underneath the winch took a serious hit from a rock when I finally went off road. It bent up just enough to make it almost impossible to turn the clutch lever on the winch.

It does look cool though, and it was a blast to do the install.
That is a clean install, nice job! Maybe you could fabricate a skid plate to protect the winch on the bottom side?
11-30-2011 09:54 PM
Terex Stealth winches in the factory bumpers (esp. the one behind the license plate!), are super cool, but I think the ultimate would be a plug-in winch that you'd install when wheeling, and would stay on the shelf the rest of the time. Don't know why Jeep doesn't just make this an option.
11-30-2011 09:19 PM
cavsvet74 Here is the write up on mine.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/my-...nch-87776.html

I must admit, there are a few disadvantages to mounting the winch this way. It is difficult to get at for one. Secondly, the cross bar underneath the winch took a serious hit from a rock when I finally went off road. It bent up just enough to make it almost impossible to turn the clutch lever on the winch.

It does look cool though, and it was a blast to do the install.
11-30-2011 07:42 PM
kmccon Here is the RCX plate on a stock bumper. No modifications needed if you have the front tow hooks.


11-30-2011 07:28 PM
ShaunWV Okay, I have to do this. Anyone care to share where to start. Perhaps a write up for the less creative of us?
11-30-2011 06:53 PM
strider_mt2k
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Originally Posted by falconrods View Post
now that is worth hearing more about
x2
11-30-2011 05:16 PM
FalconRods Now that is worth hearing more about
11-30-2011 04:48 PM
Daniel_M I went less discreet. Smittybilt plate with 10,500lb winch

-Dan
11-30-2011 03:33 PM
44Blues Some nice installations here! I like the stock bumper look...kind of a sleeper compared to some of the gnarly stuff out there. I also like the lightweight aspect. Stock bumper is supposedly 26lbs or so? Im sure someone will correct me LOL...with most aftermarket bumpers roughly 70 to 110 or more. Figure a decent winch is roughly 75lbs plus mounting plate...it adds up fast. I'm tempted to go this route or with a lightweight, possibly aluminum, aftermarket bumper....though most are far too heavy for my liking. Weight just kills performance IMO.
11-30-2011 03:32 PM
DiSH
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Originally Posted by cavsvet74 View Post
Looks great! Can you give us any more info on how you installed the winch in your bumper?
11-30-2011 03:17 PM
cavsvet74
11-30-2011 02:38 PM
gluestick
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Originally Posted by Memphisff View Post
Attachment 80487
Worked well in my '11 jk. Used a Warn vr8000 winch. Saw some where guys turned them upside down and mounted it.
That's a real nice look, I like it.
11-30-2011 02:35 PM
Memphisff Attachment 80487
Worked well in my '11 jk. Used a Warn vr8000 winch. Saw some where guys turned them upside down and mounted it.
11-30-2011 01:33 PM
JayHawker45 Take a look at the Rough Country website. I ordered a stock JK winch mounting plate and am looking at installing it after Christmas.

Jeep JK Winch Mount
11-30-2011 12:00 PM
gluestick Do a little poking around with a google search. I have seen some guys tuck them into the factory bumper (don't think it will fit on a Rubicon). Looks really nice that way, IMHO.

Sorry to cross pollinate here:

stock bumper winch mount - JeepForum.com
11-30-2011 11:49 AM
strider_mt2k I was at a Jeep show a few weeks ago where I saw and took pics of a JK where the owner has carefully cut the plastic of the bumper away to mount their winch.
It turned out okay looking, but you can see all the cutting that had to be done when you look close.
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