Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ft. Worth Texas
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XHD with "wings", XRC8, and bull bar.
I had this bumper installed by 4 wheel parts, but it was just a bolt on install. I just had a busy work schedule. I am very happy with the bumper, especially the ability to keep the fog lights. The winch fits up close to the grill, for a compact install, which I like (if you need more clearance, you could easily apply some spacers on the front mount bolts to extend the bumper out a bit). I also like the ability to remove the side wings, if needed. Also, the d rings have rubber washers and can be snugged down so that they do not rattle, but will still move when you need them to.
I bought the Smitty Built XRC8 winch with synthetic rope (installed with the bumper). It's safer and and 1/7th the weight of cable (all the time). So I would spent the extra money the synthetic rope, whichever winch you choose. Also, the smitty built winches are not very fast, but I owned one before (cable model) and never had a reliability issue with it (so I am a repeat customer).
Lastly, a front license plate solution had me scratching my head for a few days, until I found the RocDog Hawse mount solution.