Inspired by a couple guys (specifically MilitaryMan), I wanted to share my not-so-stock stock winch, stinger & fog stubby.
More pics of stinger to come soon..
Winch installed, prior to stinger:
Prior to winch, aluminum plate to cover the void and swaybar disconnect.
Note the aluminum plates to hold the stock fogs and fill the wide gap:
A few quick details on stinger
I bought some 1 3/4" .120DOM (standard roll-bar tubing) from an industrial metal supplier (about $65 for two 6' lengths) and had a custom bike shop bend it to my specs ($100 for both bends and angled cuts). The center of the two tow hooks is somewhere around 30 1/2" apart. Do your own measuring before you take my word for it, cause I don't really remember.
Then I had another local metal supplier/fabricator produce 3/16" steel plates to fit behind the stock tow hooks and punch the holes for the tow hooks to fit. Cost was approximately $35 for 4 plates. If you do this make sure you measure carefully! The top two holes are about 1/8" further apart than the lower two holes (hard to see with the naked eye). Why, Chrysler??
I think the measurements were something like 5 5/16" apart for the upper holes and 5 3/16" for the lower (both measurements are center to center). Double check before you take my word for it!
*Side note: I was thinking about having some more of these plates made up and making shackles for D-rings, but not sure how many guys would want them.
I bolted the plates behind the tow hooks and had a friend from this forum (Moose4x4) assist me while I began the tack welds. We also used zip ties to help balance the bottom so it was level as I began. Brian (moose) will be the proud owner of the second stinger come end of the week.
So, two custom stingers cost about $200 (not factoring gas and time). I'm pleased with the outcome, and plan to add a small loop inside the top hoop for the winch to clip on. Quite reasonable, if you ask me, and as a beginning/garage fabricator, I'm pleased with the outcome.
For the record I did take some welding/automotive classes a few years back when I bought my Miller MIG, and was careful in layering my welds and ensuring penetration.
The winch is a Harbor Freight Badlands winch, 12,000lb I bought new for $300.
The winch plate is a heavy steel L-shaped plate I picked up for under $10 at a local scrap yard. I just measured cut to my specs as I marched along, and then mounted to the chassis with a few stainless steel grade-8 bolts.
It's not complete yet; I plan to 'beef it up' with additional supports and a proper steel plate to support the fairlead.. then I want to fab a clean overlay to get the stock fogs flush again. Heck, I may build a whole new [heavier] front bumper if I find the right steel at the scrap yard. I have a couple ideas in mind.
One of the the toughest parts was getting the stock fogs to fit properly as they're fairly deep and just barely touch the winch. I don't like the way they stick out, but I'll live with it for now.
What do y'all think?