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Exposed Vacuum pump/ Fog lights

I put on a new bumper and now my vacuum pump and stock fog light connectors are exposed. If the winch will still fit, is there any concern with these being exposed to the elements? See picture for more detail.
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I can suggest that you slather them with liquid electrical tape ( I have) and it won't make any difference. I do that kinda shit cause I am OCD. The driving/fogs and pump should be ok with the waterproof connectors they have but if you really want to prevent any access by H2O you can coat them with it ( I would just coat the electrical connector on vacuum pump ).


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Does that winch plate just stick out like that with no other bracing?
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Does that winch plate just stick out like that with no other bracing?

It's attached to the bumper in 2 spots. It came attached already.

I can't post the link but this is the bumper on amazon:

Restyling Factory 07-17 Jeep Wrangler JK Rock Crawler Front Bumper With Fog Lights Hole & Built In Winch Plate -Textured (Black)
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Does that winch mount have reinforcement gusseting underneath or is it just a bent plate welded on each end?

For the lighting, it looks like a winch could interfere with the plugs. If it does, there are foglight bulbs available with 90ļ plug housings.

I wouldn't worry about the weather but liquid tape or dielectric grease does give peace of mind.

There are "brake booster relocation kits" available and/or, you can DIY - there will be wiring required. The kits are easy, inexpensive and can include the necessary wiring. Look at TeraFlex for an example.

Smittybuilt XRC? SB hasn't had the greatest reputation for finish in the past. Hopefully that's no longer an issue cuz that's a nice looking bumper.
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Does that winch mount have reinforcement gusseting underneath or is it just a bent plate welded on each end?

For the lighting, it looks like a winch could interfere with the plugs. If it does, there are foglight bulbs available with 90ļ plug housings.

I wouldn't worry about the weather but liquid tape or dielectric grease does give peace of mind.

There are "brake booster relocation kits" available and/or, you can DIY - there will be wiring required. The kits are easy, inexpensive and can include the necessary wiring. Look at TeraFlex for an example.

Smittybuilt XRC? SB hasn't had the greatest reputation for finish in the past. Hopefully that's no longer an issue cuz that's a nice looking bumper.


^ X2 what Fred said.
May I add advice to his accurate comment?
On the subject of the bumper's powder-coating/finish & it not maybe not providing longevity; I sggt while it's new/now that it is the time to begin good habits with that new part that help avoid bad experiences down the road
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Go to your Amazon WishList and add a product called 'FluidFilm' in aerosol cans to your List of faves and cart. That way, once your winch and everything is installed & you dowse the entirefront clip in the FluidFilm and never have to worry about thin watercolor powdercoating permitting rust development or logging-on to jkowners to ask "why is my bumper rusting like this?" & having us tell you you should have used FluidFilm.

just sayin'*

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(* someone said the word" Smittybilt" and I answered automatically about FluidFilm. Not raggin on anyone or any product at all)


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They were already exposed to the elements. Everything is going to get wet at 70mph in the rain.

That being said, I would relocate the vacuum pump to under the hood, probably not much you can do about the fogs.

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I would not put a winch on that bumper, but my opinion is based only on the low-resolution photo attached below.

If that winch mount plate is not gusseted underneath, it may collapse or at least bend.
If some political prisoner was not good at welding, the winch may pull that bumper off its brackets.

If you could take pics of the back side of the bumper, we can all argue about how many nuns a winch pull would kill

I seriously hope it's safe for winch use, but I would not assume that it is. Safety is no accident.
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I would not put a winch on that bumper, but my opinion is based only on the low-resolution photo attached below.

If that winch mount plate is not gusseted underneath, it may collapse or at least bend.
If some political prisoner was not good at welding, the winch may pull that bumper off its brackets.

If you could take pics of the back side of the bumper, we can all argue about how many nuns a winch pull would kill

I seriously hope it's safe for winch use, but I would not assume that it is. Safety is no accident.
Good point. That thing has some terrible design.

What brand is it? smittybilt?

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I would not put a winch on that bumper, but my opinion is based only on the low-resolution photo attached below.

If that winch mount plate is not gusseted underneath, it may collapse or at least bend.
If some political prisoner was not good at welding, the winch may pull that bumper off its brackets.

If you could take pics of the back side of the bumper, we can all argue about how many nuns a winch pull would kill

I seriously hope it's safe for winch use, but I would not assume that it is. Safety is no accident.
shit. I missed this response, Ex. Wow, if that is the back /innards of the OPs bumper in question that @ExWrench posted a photo of, yeah, that is not safe to hold a winch other than maybe a small suckdown. Even then, no manner of load should be asked of that unless fortification takes place first. I honestly did not look at more than the foglights in the image when I replied originally. good catch.


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shit. I missed this response, Ex. Wow, if that is the back /innards of the OPs bumper in question that @ExWrench posted a photo of, yeah, that is not safe to hold a winch other than maybe a small suckdown. Even then, no manner of load should be asked of that unless fortification takes place first. I honestly did not look at more than the foglights in the image when I replied originally. good catch.
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What brand is it? smittybilt?
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