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thewasel 01-25-2011 05:35 PM

Got that Winch on!
Had a couple minor difficulties in the installation of the winch, but got it all figured out in the end and now it is COMPLETELY installed and ready for me to get stuck!

Had to cut away a small corner of the Jeep frame where the bumper attaches (nothing structurally important) to make room for this monster! You can see the jagged spot of metal in the bottom right of the winch pocket in the picture.

Might be hard to see in these pictures, but this winch gave like less than 1/8" clearance between the winch and the bumper for the bolts that secure the fairlead in place. I ended up buying some carriage bolts and using an angle grinder to slice as much of the top of the bolthead off as possible. I figure the bolt should never see much of any tensile load, just shear, so this shouldn't be any problem.

kensblackislander 01-25-2011 05:47 PM

Looks good,thinking about putting one on my stock bumper.

tuff2010 01-25-2011 06:03 PM

Woo that looks like a tight fit!! Congrats on the install!

Mike_3303 01-25-2011 06:11 PM

looks good, how many feet of line do you have?

snax 01-25-2011 07:40 PM

Beautiful! Love the blue!

thewasel 01-25-2011 07:46 PM


Originally Posted by Mike_3303 (Post 1013821)
looks good, how many feet of line do you have?

I believe it's 80' of line that it came with

MTH 01-25-2011 07:49 PM

Your cold installs give me the shivers! Your bumper post was painful--I admire your fortitude. :)

Looks great though. Any sag?

Mike_3303 01-25-2011 07:50 PM

Doing upgrades in the cold is never fun, shows you what determination can accomplish!

thewasel 01-25-2011 07:58 PM

I haven't focused on it too close to see any sag in the front, but I'm sure it has to have dropped the front at least as tiny bit. Maybe it's up there with the 'placebo effect' but I felt like I could 'feel' that extra weight swinging around on the front end after the install.

As far as the cold installs go, this one was like twice as nice as the bumper, haha...It was like 29 degrees. That bumper install was a little rough but dang it all I was DETERMINED to get that sweeet new bumper on! :firedevil:

Once the winch showed up as well at first I was like...I'll just open the box, I want to look at it...then it was...well I got it out I want to make sure the bolt holes line up with the bumper...then it was well hell, I'll just install it! I got done with it around 11pm last night save for having the trouble mounting the fairlead. I fixed that up this afternoon.

seadog 01-25-2011 08:16 PM

Dude, your dedication knows no bounds. I would have waited until Spring.

Nice install. Looks good.

iamagolfspaz 01-25-2011 09:13 PM

Looks great! Ive found it easier to take the bumper off for the install then get a friend to help lift into place.

MVines 01-25-2011 09:23 PM

Is that a epi9.0s? I have been looking at them on amazon, they were on sale. Looks like a crazy tight fit, but looks awesome! I got the same bumper too...

Scooter_Trash 01-25-2011 09:51 PM

Looks great. I did the same thing today. Nothing like trying to thread bolts in tight places when you can't feel your fingers. :banghead:

URascal 01-29-2011 09:20 AM

what the hell's the cardboard for? Wussie

BLEGAN 01-29-2011 09:23 AM


Originally Posted by URascal (Post 1021295)
what the hell's the cardboard for? Wussie

maybe to put parts on while installing it? idk..

i like your bumper

phottomatt 01-29-2011 10:47 AM

Looks awesome, and you didn't cut any wires by accident this time? :dance:

thewasel 01-29-2011 06:16 PM


Originally Posted by URascal (Post 1021295)
what the hell's the cardboard for? Wussie

I wanted something comfortable and warm to lie down on while working on the Jeep... :crazy: :rofl:

It did help me not loose nuts and bolts in the snow.

...and no wires cut THIS time...there's always the next upgrade! :facepalm:

BADBOY-RUBICON 01-29-2011 06:32 PM

Looks awesome! If I get one next winter will you install mine? LOL!

sheetsd66 01-30-2011 02:59 AM


Originally Posted by URascal (Post 1021295)
what the hell's the cardboard for? Wussie

I've got the exact same creeper! Did you get yours at Wal-Mart too?

Sierra8 01-30-2011 03:06 AM

I moved from Northern OH to Central TX 6 years ago. I don't miss those cold installs whatsoever ;) I kinda feel like I"m cheating nowadays. Things don't seize up, snap or rust on anything less than 10 years old. Even exhaust comes out without heat.

Just thought I'd put this out there :dance:

Like that winch. I haven't had to use mine too much this year but it's nice to know that as long as there's a tree or a big rock nearby you're pretty much your own tow truck. Pretty sure AAA isn't gonna come into the woods to get me :rofl:

Sierra8 01-30-2011 03:08 AM

BTW that bumper looks like it belongs on a small tank :punk:

Rogerg 01-30-2011 08:23 AM

Those fenders could use some trimming...nice choice of winch and the synthetic line is the way to go.

thefrog 03-13-2011 06:55 PM

This thread is pretty old but I just finished the same installation yesterday! :D Same exact winch and bumper except I got the stinger for mine. I also used my angle grinder and did the same exact trimming as you including grinding down the heads of the bolts behind the fairlead (ground down the ones that came with it though instead of buying new ones). Oh, and it wasn't freezing cold out! Hard core for sure. :thumb:

thewasel 03-13-2011 07:47 PM

Looks pretty sweet, I've used mine a couple times now to help folks that have slid off the winter roads and it works great! That winch will officially yank a Chevy Avalanche out of the ditch! (and it feels oh so good doing it, haha)

thefrog 03-13-2011 07:59 PM

Hey so how is that synthetic line when it gets wet and freezes? Does it trap water or does it drain out of the fibers? Just wondering how it works in freezing cold weather.

jk fletch 03-13-2011 08:20 PM

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Looks great.. I know all about working in the snow. This is mine I put on last week.

thewasel 03-14-2011 06:51 PM

No problems so far, I've used it a couple times in freezing cold weather.

MCoppage 03-14-2011 07:57 PM


Originally Posted by jk fletch
Looks great.. I know all about working in the snow. This is mine I put on last week.

Hey JK Fletch. What brand bumper is that one? Thanks. Looks nice!

bdizz 03-15-2011 10:49 AM

Looks like a Rugged Ridge XHD. I just bought the same one.

offshoretek 03-15-2011 12:38 PM

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Yea I got the same bumper and I also needed a shoe horn to make my Warn powerplant 9500 fit. I also had to modify the angle of my overider a bit so that it would clear the compressor section. Love it though. Just bought the XHD rear bumper and tire carrier as well. Great pruducts for the price.

Now I just need to switch to that cool synthetic rope. I have it on my four wheeler and its the best hands down.

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