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post #1 of 13 Old 11-11-2011, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Winch Install

I installed a rear winch on the JK. I wanted to flush mount it as much as possible. I began by cutting the rear crossmember and jack storage.



Made the winch mount out of 1/4 plate. Since I'm running the Poly Pro coilover mounts, I had the tubular crossmember for another attachment point. The hitch reciever is just for a trail vice.







made some brackets to support the bumper where the flarehead is mounted.




Mounted the remote plug in the corner armor and the control box in the rear cargo area.




and finished!!


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I like it. What is the black square thing above the fairlead? I have been staring at it and I'm at a loss...maybe a step??

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I like it. What is the black square thing above the fairlead? I have been staring at it and I'm at a loss...maybe a step??
Looks like where his hitch used to exit the bumper, and now is below?

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Yeah, used to be where the hitch reciever was. I made a "foot" with a rubber pad. The base of the jack sets on it and just gives it a bit more support over rough terrian.
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Yeah, used to be where the hitch reciever was. I made a "foot" with a rubber pad. The base of the jack sets on it and just gives it a bit more support over rough terrian.
Looks like you could hang a small light from the bottom of it. I think a light over my front winch would be a good idea even.


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I was looking at doing the rear winch on the hd customs bumper I don't know if ther eis cutting and crap like that involved though. Looks very cool after it is all set up.
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May not be a bad idea to have a LED that lights up the spool when the winch is engaged since it's tucked back there. Just an idear.

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Nice work Greg. Very clean.

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Very nice work. Looks like a small work shop back there.

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Very nice! That looks clean. Let us know how it works out. So did you make a cut out or something so you can reach the lever on the winch to unlock it and allow it to freespool? or are you just gonna run the winch to let line out when you need it?




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Haha this ^^^ Was thinking the same thing when i saw that second to last pic. What all do you have back there?? looks like a power inverter, welder, compressor and some speakers?? lol

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I would run a new crossmember on the other side of winch.


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In the last pic you can see the cut out. Easy to reach the engagement lever. I was thinking about running something across the rear open area of the winch plate to add rigidity to the crossmember. Not sure I need it though. Right now, the bumper and winch plate all tie together and all of it combined is a pretty stout crossmember.
Got to use it yesterday when a guy slid off the trail up in the snow. Came in pretty handy.
Nice idea on the light. Won't have to hold flashlight in my teeth. Think I'll put one in there and hook up to the backup lights which are also on a worklight switch.
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