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FDWheelin 05-03-2012 10:22 PM

winch plate
 
I just bought a Warn xd9000i and I am looking for a relatively inexpensive winch plate for it. Any good recommendations?

Dempsey 05-04-2012 12:35 PM

I'm running a warn plate. It was around $120.

I think harbor freight sells them but don't know about quality, price or fitment.

FDWheelin 05-04-2012 08:35 PM

I'll check it out. Thanks.

rustycrawler 05-04-2012 09:42 PM

There are a few things that work well even if they are cheap and poorly made, a winch plate is not one of them. Spend the money and get a winch plate designed for your Jeep and designed for your winch. Save your money somewhere else....like on a paint job. A bad paint job won't hurt anyone, but a failed winch plate may well kill some one.

FDWheelin 05-06-2012 09:50 PM

I fully intend on buying a plate designed for my Jeep and winch, I was mainly asking what company/brand out there is the most competitively priced but still the proper one. I have owned Jeeps and winched previously and understand the importance of a proper winch set up as well as the consequences of an improper set up.

GoldenSahara00 05-06-2012 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by FDWheelin
I fully intend on buying a plate designed for my Jeep and winch, I was mainly asking what company/brand out there is the most competitively priced but still the proper one. I have owned Jeeps and winched previously and understand the importance of a proper winch set up as well as the consequences of an improper set up.

Engo makes one for about 50. Smitty does too and so does q tec. All cheaper. Only issue I have with the engo I have is the lead edge runs on the cable sometimes.

Shrimp 05-06-2012 11:28 PM

See and here i thought i would fab one to save some $. Is it really that bad of an idea?

GoldenSahara00 05-07-2012 05:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Shrimp
See and here i thought i would fab one to save some $. Is it really that bad of an idea?

No but make sure you know what your doing. Do you know what metal thickness your gona use?

Shrimp 05-07-2012 09:45 AM

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Originally Posted by GoldenSahara00

No but make sure you know what your doing. Do you know what metal thickness your gona use?

No i haven't progressed that far yet. What would you say 1/2? More? less? Im gona have someone fab it for me but he has welded for many many years so its not like a half a$$ job. Last thing i want is the winch coming off and flying like a missile.

GoldenSahara00 05-07-2012 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shrimp

No i haven't progressed that far yet. What would you say 1/2? More? less? Im gona have someone fab it for me but he has welded for many many years so its not like a half a$$ job. Last thing i want is the winch coming off and flying like a missile.

All you need is flat steel prob 3/8th with holes for the winch (4) and holes to mount (6). It's easy.

Most plates have a small bend at the front for strength but I don't know how important it is. If you would use 1/2 inch I wouldn't be worrying at all. Get good steel too.

denisbaldwin 05-07-2012 01:36 PM

I have a Warn Winch with a Rugged Ridge plate and it's solid, strong and fits good. no problems at all with it, either in the install or after use.

Shrimp 05-07-2012 02:07 PM

Thanks guys.

FDWheelin 05-08-2012 12:06 AM

I also appreciate everyone's input. Fortunately for me, my wife got tired of hearing me talk about it so she went on JC Whitney today and bought the Warn plate for me. She's a keeper.

rustycrawler 05-09-2012 10:31 PM

I think you got the best winch plate and the best wife....:thumb:


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