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XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-16-2013 04:02 PM

Got a new winch
 
My new winch just came today, it's a rugged ridge 8500 heavy duty winch as well as their universal mounting plate. A friend of mine recommended it to me while at an off-road event. Got it from cse offroad for $335 shipped and only took 3 days. Currently have it mocked up only hand tight because I think it would be better to get grade 8 hardware(came with grade 5) for mounting the winch to the plate and maybe bed lining the mounting plate and bumper. Just waiting for the pb blaster to do it's thing on the stubborn front bumper so I can take it off and get things going.

http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0f018513.jpg

Muppin 04-16-2013 05:01 PM

Looks great! I would like one of my own but not sure about how to install it myself. Please post more pictures when you have it mounted. :thumb:

XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-16-2013 09:06 PM

Will do. Putting it onto the mounting plate wasn't bad. Tossed the mounting plate on 2 chairs, lined up the holes on winch to the plate and tightened up the bolts. The wiring is color coded so it's a no brainer. The directions aren't the greatest though. Fairly simple without really looking at the directions so far, the hardest part so far was getting the existing bumper torx bolts out to take the bumper off. Should have waited longer for the pb blaster to work but went at it anyway. The PO tac welded a custom license plate mount on the bumper so I got to cut that off soon and buy new torx bolts to replace the existing ones.

XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-25-2013 03:24 PM

Took my bumper off to work on it and used this as a temporary one
http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...psbc0f80b2.jpg

Went to auto zone and grabbed 2 cans of duplicolor bed armor with Kevlar and sprayed my bumper, front and back light guards, mounting plate.
http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...ps05458c4d.jpg

Grabbed all new grade 8 hardware for everything then put my bumper back on along with the front light guards. Its my DD so I haven't had much of a chance to put everything on.
http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2a9a3157.jpg

Today I put my winch back on the mounting plate and wired it up so all I have to do is bolt it To the bumper and connect to the battery
http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...psb67f77c3.jpg

Muppin 04-25-2013 04:48 PM

Wow! Looks really good so far can't wait to see the final product.

SteelBlue44 04-25-2013 05:34 PM

looks good! im sure you can't wait to get stuck, just to use it

Jerry Bransford 04-25-2013 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Muppin (Post 3644917)
Looks great! I would like one of my own but not sure about how to install it myself.

It is a relatively easy job to do correctly. Mount the winch to the winch mounting plate with the four nuts & bolts that come with the winch.

Once the winch is mounted to the mounting plate, the winch/mounting plate is lifted onto the bumper area & bolted into place with the mounting bolts threading down into the same holes that the top four T-55 bumper mounting bolts used to be in. In fact, you can re-use those same for T-55 bolts to secure the mounting plate. Those bolts pass through the bumper and thread into the frame below so it is the frame the winch & its mounting plate is actually bolted to, not the bumper.

The winch's two heavy-duty power cables are then connected directly to the battery & you're done :)

XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-25-2013 09:59 PM

I do have one question though. How do I get the sway bar cover off. There are flat headed plastic plugs holding it on and look to be threaded on the inside and the winch came with spacers that may be required ( would also like to bed line it).

OhSixTJ 04-25-2013 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by XwXCHADWICKYXwX (Post 3683851)
I do have one question though. How do I get the sway bar cover off. There are flat headed plastic plugs holding it on and look to be threaded on the inside and the winch came with spacers that may be required ( would also like to bed line it).

The plastic piece that says jeep? 4 bolts on the side.

distortedtj 04-25-2013 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by XwXCHADWICKYXwX (Post 3683851)
I do have one question though. How do I get the sway bar cover off. There are flat headed plastic plugs holding it on and look to be threaded on the inside and the winch came with spacers that may be required ( would also like to bed line it).

:confused: Stock the swaybar cover should be held on by 4 bolts (2 on each side).

If you just have the plastic push retainers holding it on (commonly used on automotive trim) Just pry them out.

XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-25-2013 11:22 PM

Yea, the part that says jeep. I took a flat head and tried to pry them off but it just bent the plastic pretty good and didn't even start to pop off so I stopped not wanting to break them and go to work with a half on cover

OhSixTJ 04-26-2013 06:57 AM

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Originally Posted by XwXCHADWICKYXwX (Post 3684147)
Yea, the part that says jeep. I took a flat head and tried to pry them off but it just bent the plastic pretty good and didn't even start to pop off so I stopped not wanting to break them and go to work with a half on cover

A picture of what you're seeing might help...

geiman 04-26-2013 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by OhSixTJ (Post 3684974)
A picture of what you're seeing might help...

x2.

Every TJ I've worked on had it held on by two bolts on either side.

When I put my winch on, I had to remove the plastic Jeep cover and leave it off, but YMMV depending on your setup.

XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-26-2013 09:42 AM

Should I just try and pop em off again
http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7895fe7c.jpg

geiman 04-26-2013 09:47 AM

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Originally Posted by XwXCHADWICKYXwX (Post 3685471)
Should I just try and pop em off again
http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7895fe7c.jpg

I would. They look similar to the plastic "christmas tree" fasteners that hold the fender liners in. They can be a pain to get out without marring them.

Just know that you might need to pick up some new ones if you end up destroying those to take the cover off and you end up wanting to re-install the cover. Or if the holes are still threaded properly you could just pick up some replacement bolts.

OhSixTJ 04-26-2013 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by XwXCHADWICKYXwX (Post 3685471)
Should I just try and pop em off again

Yes. Rip those suckers out of there

XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-26-2013 10:20 AM

Alright thanks I'll give er another go

XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-26-2013 10:56 AM

Well i got one kinda. The head of the plastic circle ripped off and the rest fell into the fame and I can't get it out.

geiman 04-26-2013 10:58 AM

It won't hurt anything for it to be in your frame.

OhSixTJ 04-26-2013 11:07 AM

Yeah don't worry about it. It'll eventually fall out or become one with the dirt and rust haha

XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-26-2013 11:10 AM

Good because I think that's how I'm gunnato do the rest. They just wont pop out but fall in easy. Not the way I wanted to do it but it is what it is.

XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-26-2013 11:31 AM

New plugs it is. Could only dig 2 out of the fame.
http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0ac1aae5.jpg

XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-27-2013 11:35 AM

Set the winch on the bumper today with the sway bar spacers but two of the hidden winch bolts were resting on top of the bumper causing it to not sit flush. There was a gap where debris could get in between the bumper and plate so I drilled 2 holes in the bumper so the bolts would rest in the holes to make it sit flush.
Here are the holes right after I sprayed em up with bed liner to cover the bare metal
http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...ps67239b1e.jpg

TJDave 04-27-2013 12:05 PM

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Originally Posted by XwXCHADWICKYXwX (Post 3689271)
Set the winch on the bumper today with the sway bar spacers but two of the hidden winch bolts were resting on top of the bumper causing it to not sit flush. There was a gap where debris could get in between the bumper and plate so I drilled 2 holes in the bumper so the bolts would rest in the holes to make it sit flush.
Here are the holes right after I sprayed em up with bed liner to cover the bare metal

I had the same problem with my flat RC winch plate. Drilling big holes on top of my cheapo Smitty bumper is exactly what I did too. :thumb:

XwXCHADWICKYXwX 04-27-2013 03:51 PM

Well it's all done finally. While I was at it I replaced my leaky radiator hose as well. Haven't unspooled and tightened it yet though. Over all I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I'm sure I'm going to be getting another can of bed liner to do some touch up work.
http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...psdff4d113.jpg


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