I stopped by Nth today to install my Shrockworks
front winch bumper and new Warn HD Powerplant winch so they will have an accurate weighty front end for their springs and flex tests.
I was glad to have the new Shrockworks
front bumper as my factory one had seen better days after a little run up a local canyon.
I performed a little home surgery on it as the offending piece needed to go.
So yep, it was time for a new bumper.
I have to say that the bumper was a little harder to install than I figured it would be. Things are pretty tight in there and thankfully my JK was on their hoist so I could use it to do the install. I think it took me working alone just about 3 hours at a slow casual pace to do the install. This includes installing the Powerplant which still needs to have the wiring routed and loomed. Chris did help me with a couple of bolts that there was just no way I could reach both sides at the same time. Plus having large hands didn't help for the tighter spots.
But it's on and not going anywhere soon.
I have to hand it to Jim and the people over there at Shrockworks
as they did it again with another awesome piece of equipment that is a nice looking and very functional addition to my JK.
Here are the pics. Sorry no install ones just mounted.
Notice the nice rake from factory to the Nth lifted rear. No, it's not done still waiting for front springs to arrive, hopefully tomorrow.
As a note to anyone considering a winch bumper and this massive 125 pound winch. With the weight of the bumper at 100 pounds plus the winch, the factory springs were touching the bumpstop on the passenger side up front and about 1/2" from touching the bumpstop on the drivers side. So I would expect even keeping the stock height would require new springs to maintain ride height with this load up front.