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Custom Winch Install..

I wanted to install my winch into my stock bumper and make it look as "hidden as possible". I had planned that the only visable portion would be the solinoid that would be mounted onto the top of the bumper tight against the grill.....

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Step one... remove all the goodies from the front, outer and inner bumper...




I got a winch plate from Harbor Freight for 29.00 on liquidation, standard 1/4 inch plate... . I then centered it onto the frame and marked it for the notches that would be needed to mount the winch inside the frame..




Once you get it notched out and the winch mounted onto it, drop it into place and bolt it up! You will notice I removed the solinoid and the winch is upside down..




Now its time for the hard work!! I got my fairlead and measured and cut out the inner and outer bumpers and got it as tight as I could get it...





Once I got it all cut out like I wanted it I put it all back together, and as planned it was a very tight fit..after bolting the bumper back together I mounted the Solinoid to the top and ran the wires(had a small problem with a broken wire) Here is a picture of my factory stubby with a "semi hidden" winch. Picture is not all that good..

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Nice job! How are going to run your front plate...or do you have to? I know it's different for other states.

I think this thing is finally coming together. Still Needed: drive shafts, frame mount rails...then done son! For a while...
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Nice job! How are going to run your front plate...or do you have to? I know it's different for other states.
I bought two sets of "maglite holders" off of Ebay, they are designed to hold a D-cell maglite, I plan on screwing them to my plate then clipping it to the fairlead.....
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Nice job. I don't have a winch so this question may sound a bit remedial. That black box sitting above the left fog light... that's the solenoid, right? Is that hard-mounted there?

Also, were you able to reinstall the plastic valance piece that goes between the bumper and the grill?

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Your solution is much cleaner than mine. The nice thing is you can have a winch even if you don't have the after-market bumper. Mine has the solenoid built in so hiding it inside was really not possible. I like to see stock bumpers with a winch. Great mod!


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Thanks for the pictorial. They both look good but that solenoid does look out of place.
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good looking work man...... and youll have a endless supply of stock bumpers when you need to replace that one..... very clean install
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The solinoid is held there by two bolts into the top of the winch plate, I have plan down the road to mount it under the hood....
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Very clean, nicely done.
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Looks good!
How do you get to the clutch lever?

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Looks good!
How do you get to the clutch lever?
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what's the part # on that winch plate, please?

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what's the part # on that winch plate, please?

x3 - usually if I get stuck, that would be underwater or slopped up with mud. Tough to access if it's under the bumper... Still, that looks pretty sweet!



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How do you get to the clutch lever?
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x3 - usually if I get stuck, that would be underwater or slopped up with mud. Tough to access if it's under the bumper... Still, that looks pretty sweet!
Maybe he just doesn't take it out of Engaged.

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Sorry for the slow reply...

The frame is notched, all ya do is reach down there and disengage it ... I play on rocks and hate mud....no problem getting to it..LOL!!

As far as a part no" here ya go....

Harbor frieght.. they are 23 bucks right now...

http://www.harborfreight.com/univers...unt-90476.html
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Great build and write up. You might be able to do something like this when you decide to relocate your solenoid box: https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44009

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cool man, I didnt the exact same thing about six months ago... Different winch (tuff stuff 12,500lb) but I used that same plate... Seemed to be perfect for the JK. I didnt put the plastic crap bumper back on though. I just wired after market fogs into the stock assembly and mounted them to the crossmember right below the winch. One of my favorite mods to date. I love doing stuff on my own, its so much cheaper and gives you the DIY satisfaction.


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snipeduist How do you get to the controls? reach under? air dam in way?
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snipeduist How do you get to the controls? reach under? air dam in way?
Yeah, you just reach under... Who still has their air dam?


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snipeduist How do you get to the controls? reach under? air dam in way?
I don't think the question should be for me. I was not the one who installed the winch. You should ask the thread starter.

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Very nice install!

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Looks good.
Before I started going cr8zy with my jeep. I was going to do just what you did, but of course hide the box in the engine compartment, & use synthetic rope and mount the lic. plate over the front...that way it would all be hidden.

You'd never know it was there.

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