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post #1 of 27 Old 06-24-2010, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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STOCK BUMPER WINCH MOUNT

Factory Bumper Winch Mount using Harbor Freight Universal Mount

TOOLS:
18mm and 15mm Sockets, others to remove nuts on battery, etc
Tape Measurer
Marker
3/4” Open-ended socket
Angle Grinder with Cut-Off Wheel
Jigsaw but the Angle Grinder works as good too for the plastic parts
Phillips and Flathead Screwdrivers
Locktite (red)
1/2 Drill Bit for Metal
Step-Drill Bits are optional but help
Electric Drill
Black Rustoleum Paint
Some type of tape (masking tape is fine)
Safety Goggles, Ear Protection

PARTS:
(4) 1/2”-13x 2” Grade 8 Flange Bolts
(4) 1/2” Flat Washers (smaller overall diameter for bolts)
(4) 1/2” Lock Washers
(6) 1/2” Flat Washers (larger overall diameter- for spacing under mount to frame)
(4) 1/2”-13 Flange Lock Nuts for bolts
(1) Harbor Freight Universal Winch Mount, Part #: HF90476
(1) Winch

Step 1) Remove Grill and Plastic Bumper Frame Cover

Step 3) Disconnect fog light bulbs (if applicable) and disconnect fog light wire loom at 4 places along metal bumper

Step 4) Remove bumper by taking off the 8 nuts behind tow hooks (18mm socket)


Step 5) Place winch mount onto frame and mark areas to cut off


Step 6) Cut winch mount with cut-off wheel attached to angle grinder on the marks you made in Step 5


Step 7) Place winch mount back onto frame, Mark (4) holes for 1/2” drill bit. Use 1/2” Metal Drill Bit and/or a Step-Drill Bit to get it started


EDIT: Step 7.1) After the 4 holes are drilled, this is when I would mount the winch plate with the bolts, nuts, washers as in step 12
EDIT 7.2: To Get a wrench in the frame to hold the rear nuts, I notched out the front of the frame,,,,see the first PICTURE in post #6 below, i then repainted the cuts to prevent rusting. I hope this clears up a lot of questions I have been getting


Step 8) Get plastic and metal bumper. Remove fog lights. Remove plastic part from metal part.

Step 9) Mark and cut Metal Bumper


Step 10) Paint the cut metal parts and new holes in frame to prevent rust.

Step 11) Cut Off areas of Plastic Outer Bumper to fit around winch plate. Also include the area for your roller or hawse fairlead



Step 12) Mount Winch Plate with Hardware (see parts list, remember to dab some locktite on the nuts)


Step 13) Mount Winch of Choice and Fairlead

Step 14) Wire up winch according to the winch instructions. Test that the winch powers up prior to continuing. I suggest putting plastic wire loom around the wires, especially around portions that may or do contact metal- to prevent rubbing.

Step 15) Remount Fog Lights to stock bumper

Step 16) Mount metal, Plastic bumper, Tow Hooks back on using stock hardware

Step 17) Reinstall fog light bulbs and wire loom

Step 18) Check everything, then go pull something!




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post #2 of 27 Old 07-01-2010, 09:11 AM
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Awesome write up!!!! I think I'm going to go this route as well. There's a harbor Freight next door to the gym I workout at during lunch. I think I'll go there today.
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Got the winch plate. I'll hit up Lowes for the hardware next week. What winch did you put on yours?
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when someone does this again... Try ditching your wire cable...get synthetic..and only cut out where the hawse fairlead is.. Plus flip this bracket over and mount the winch upside down.. Then you only have to cut for the hawse fairlead...Would look way more stealth.. I've seen it done..and its trick when you stick the license plate back over the fairlead. can't even tell its there.

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Just what I was looking for. Doing this install next weekend.

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Here are some more pics I should have included that may help:

Cut out the frame rails to allow a wrench with nuts to fit in:


Put nut inside wrench with tape if not using a grade 8 with "built in" nut, keeps nut from falling out while you wiggle it into position:


then just some more pics:







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Great write up! I was just at Harbour buying a brake winch for my hard top hoist that I just built and I should have picked one of these up.
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I just finished mine up today. I only changed a couple of things. I cut the winch mounting plate a little further back so it sits flush on the frame rails front and rear.

Here's a finished pic. I still need to spool the rope onto the winch.

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I see this is an old post. Still, perhaps someone will inform me about the end caps on this mod. I did not notice they were mentioned and would like to add them to my own.
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I see this is an old post. Still, perhaps someone will inform me about the end caps on this mod. I did not notice they were mentioned and would like to add them to my own.
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these? maybe?
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The write up looks great but the pictures are "unavailable" how can I get the pictures? I would liike to do this mod and have already ordered the winch plate.
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I second for getting the pics re-upped!
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STOCK BUMPER WINCH MOUNT

I can post mine tomorrow morning with pics. Harbor Freight mount that I slightly modified on the stock bumper. Temporary setup for now but works just fine.
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it's past tomorrow and the next day got pics?

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STOCK BUMPER WINCH MOUNT

Lol I totally forgot about this.

Edit: my internet is down at the house. I made a note upload pics tom at the office. Sorry.

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Ok, here we go. Sorry for the delay.

Here is the Harbor Freight mount. It has to be notched so that it will sit flat on top of the frame rails. Next I was going to weld two pieces of angle to it and then bolt through the sides of the frame for mounting but I was running out of time as I was going out of town the next day. So I just ended up drilling through the frame top to bottom. Not the strongest imo but it worked for my trip. Use large washers at the bottom to spread the load. It is all a tight fit. The winch bracket will sit literally about 1/8" in front of the grill. You can see I had to notch the area above the fog lights for clearance. Also a couple of notches will need to be made around the bracket mounting bolts in order for the stock bumper to be mounted back properly. I used 4 grade 8 bolts to mount the winch bracket to the bumper. The bumper cover I highly recommend you take you time with so that you can notch out the areas so that it fits properly. This was the tedious part. Not hard but award to work with because of the two layers of plastic to cut. I use a jig saw, dremel and a sawzall for the plastic bumper work. I taped it all up first with two inch tape and slowly marked it a little at a time as to not cut more than I needed. The install looks great for what it is and I am happy with it but, it is not staying. I am still getting a real bumper eventually. Again sorry for the delay. Been a little hectic lately.
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Also, when you cut the bracket, make sure to round your cut. I show it as a square cut in the above photo. It will likely crack if left like that.
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more pics:
and yes, that's the new Warn fairlead for steel cable. Haven't tried it yet so I don't know how it works. I went through rushing the mount before the trip and ended up not having to use it at all.
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Looks good Firetrail, I like it. But thats not the new Warn fairlead for steel. I put a Warn M8000 on my old CJ7 about 6yrs ago & it came with the black hawse fairlead. I think I still got it somewhere around here cause I had an aluminum one for my synthetic rope. Was wondering if it was a way to cut their costs down to make more profit. Anyway, I like that mount. I put the Rough Country stock bumper winch mount on my wife's JK which was a pain. And yours looks better then mine. Nice.

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Not to dig up an old post but I'm going to be doing this soon. Thanks for the great write up.

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might want to check out a Rough Country winch plate for use on stock bumper.
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Yea I was looking into the different ones. I thought there was an old write up on here about someone doing a cutout to make a recessed winch mount on the stock stubby. Any idea where it might be?

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Thanks RubiCajun I'll be looking at that right now.

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