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Old 02-03-2015, 09:31 AM
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Hawse Fairlead with Prolink Thimble & Front License Plate

I have been searching for a good. clean solution to mounting my front license plate (required here in Texas) while having a Factor 55 Prolink thimble and hawse fairlead. I came across the following product and was curious if any others have seen this or use it. Any thoughts on this product from your initial review (used or not)? Thanks.

Fairlead to move thimble out of the way

License plate bracket to be used with the fairlead

Any thoughts on having the thimble pointing up (I guess you could have it facing down)?

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I have been trying to find a solution for a while now as well and this is the first that I have seen for one. I do not see any reason those two items wouldn't do the job, but I would be curious about the Prolink fitting as they state that it is designed for the Safety Thimble. I did not look for measurements, but the Safety Thimble *appears* to be smaller which of course may or may not be true.

I agree with the clean look part, but at the same time 20 cents for a couple zip-ties is hard to ignore. Even so, without knowing for certain if the Prolink would fit, I am not sure I would drop $200 for the hardware.

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Old 02-03-2015, 12:37 PM   #3
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They have solutions for the flatlink and the lic plate.

How about velcro it somewhere?
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bolt it to a couple pieces of pipe strap and clamp under winch mounts, done.
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:02 PM   #6
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I bought the rugged ridge hawse fairlead license plate bracket and it didn't fit my Warn fairlead. The Warn piece was too thick for the bracket to grab. I fashioned a bungee cord through the fairlead to hold the plate.
or you can buy a 100pk of cable ties for $3 at Harbor Freight and just cut'em off when you need to winch.
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Old 02-07-2015, 08:14 AM   #7
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I bought one similar to the AEV one and it works fine. It leaves room behind the plate for the winch hook to hang down.
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Does Texas say your plate has to be CENTERED in the front? Just clip/zip/tack/screw it to some bumper real-estate off to the side of the fairlead.
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If and when i get stopped for not having a plate.this is what I'll probably get

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ha...topics/1263039
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New Bumper? Looks nice!
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Anyone with the AEV Hawse Fairlead License plate bracket American Expedition Vehicles - Brute Kit, V8 HEMI, Aftermarket Jeep Conversions, Products, Wheels, Accessories and Highline Kits for Jeeps (TJ, JK, WK, XK). able to provide some measurements? I'm looking for dimensions from the fairlead mounting hole to the first bend, the offset, plus overall height. Trying to use with a Factor 55 Thimble and want to try installing it backwards (offset to the rear) to mount the lic plate above and behind the fairlead. I've got a LOD full width bumper that has a cutout right above the fairlead and it just might work. Thanks in advance.

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Aww just screw it! ahah (still needing to replace the silver bolts)
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I just loosened the 2 bolts holding the fairlead, slipped the license plate between the bumper and the fairlead. Centered the plate and tightened the bolts up. Been there for 3 years. No, you can't pull the plate off!
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I use the Rugged Ridge License Plate (LP) holder which snaps into the fairlead. I have my Factor 55 Prolink connected to a shackle on the front of the bumper. That allows the LP to snap into the fairlead and the winch cable fits behind the LP.
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Also, there is a flip up LP holder sold by Rebel Off Road which is a vendor on this Forum. I attached a link to their website.

Cascadia 4x4 The Flipster
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I have been running Cascadia 4X4 Flipster for the past month, since installing my SB XRC Gen2 bumper. It's exactly what I was looking for. Here's an installation/review video I put together for the product.... https://youtu.be/3eK-VuEhBHs
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Down Zero. Nice video, but would you post up the exact measurement from the bumper to the back of the license plate? You mention "about 3 1/2"" in your comments but, my Factor 55 thimble needs 4 3/4" clearance from the bumper to have enough clearance. If it there isn't enough clearance, I'd like your thoughts on how the stability of the plate assembly would be if an additional spacer was added. Thanks.
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This is on mine. Had to adjust the bracket a bit to clear the thimble. I like the plate covering the winch and keeping snow/slush/grime from entering while commuting.

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Down Zero. Nice video, but would you post up the exact measurement from the bumper to the back of the license plate? You mention "about 3 1/2"" in your comments but, my Factor 55 thimble needs 4 3/4" clearance from the bumper to have enough clearance. If it there isn't enough clearance, I'd like your thoughts on how the stability of the plate assembly would be if an additional spacer was added. Thanks.

Hey man... Sorry for the delay... First Off, thanks for the kudos on my video.

The distance from the face of the hawse fairlead and the back of the license plate holder is 3 3/4", that includes the spacer included in the kit. That spacer provides 1 1/4" of that 3 3/4" spacing. I do think the stability should still remain if you added an additional spacer. You will need to get a longer stainless steel bolt though. Write to Cascadia ([email protected]) to see if they might include an extra spacer for free.

Good Luck Bro!
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I use a Factor55 flatlink that fits beautiful behind the AEV license plate bracket.
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I ended up doing this...


...using a Maximus-3 bracket from Rubitrux. I custom bent it so it sits up high. So far no problems with law enforcement.

https://www.rubitrux.com/maximus-3-f...mount-low.html


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I have been searching for a good. clean solution to mounting my front license plate (required here in Texas) while having a Factor 55 Prolink thimble and hawse fairlead. I came across the following product and was curious if any others have seen this or use it. Any thoughts on this product from your initial review (used or not)? Thanks.

Fairlead to move thimble out of the way

License plate bracket to be used with the fairlead

Any thoughts on having the thimble pointing up (I guess you could have it facing down)?
I have that license plate holder with the Factor 55 flat link.
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Hey man... Sorry for the delay... First Off, thanks for the kudos on my video.

The distance from the face of the hawse fairlead and the back of the license plate holder is 3 3/4", that includes the spacer included in the kit. That spacer provides 1 1/4" of that 3 3/4" spacing. I do think the stability should still remain if you added an additional spacer. You will need to get a longer stainless steel bolt though. Write to Cascadia ([email protected]) to see if they might include an extra spacer for free.

Good Luck Bro!
Just the info I needed, thanks.

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