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post #1 of 4 Old 12-26-2012, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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DYI: Install ACE Stubby and Winch on 2012 JKU

The following is an account of in installation of an ACE stubby and ENGO 10k winch on a 2012 JK, and inebriation of Jeeper with too much time on his hands over the holidays and too much beer to drink.

Step 1 – User your new ACE ‘Church Key’ to open the first of many Sam Adams Winter brew.



Step 2 – Remove the stock bumper first by removing the air dam, then the plastic piece on top and finally the 8 bolts from the inside. Be careful because there are four metal plates that are hell bent on messing up your good looks as you pull the bolts off and they leap out at your face. Oh, and disconnect the factory fog light quick connects.

Step 3 – No explanation needed.



Step 4 – Relocate the vacuum pump. I used the OR FAB kit because it came with wire extensions and such. It was a snap and a really nice kit.



Step 5 – Beer.

Step 6 - Have you named your grinder and drill? If not, go ahead and get to know these guys like they were your long lost cousin because you are going to need them to be on your side. Time to test fit the bumper by lifting all 100lbs of it and realize that it hits the factory crash bar and the leftover studs from the vacuum pump. Grab you man pills and wag the 100lbs bumper back off and try and not snap your spine as you gently put it back on the floor. Take your grinder to this spot for the next 1.5 beers and knock off ¼” of steel off of the corners while your neighbors flood out of their houses thinking that end of the world has come…oh and ear plugs are a plus.


'12 JKU, 6 speed, short arm lift, tires, wheels, winch, stubby, tire carrier, armor, blah blah blah...
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Step 7 – Take the grinder to these studs where the vacuum pump was because yes, despite the fact that you buddy swears to the four winds that you don’t have to, yes, you do have to cut them off.



Step 8 – Begin to consume your 4th and 5th beer as you take your black spray paint to the bare metal that you just exposed to the world like a flasher at a high school football game.

Step 9 – Now that the 100lbs bumper weighs 150lbs because of the 5 beers you drank, pick it back up and slap it on the Jeep. This may be the point in which you realize that you should have grinded more steel from the crash bar but figured ‘that’s good enough ‘cause I am tired’. Assuming you didn’t wear a pink fanny pack that day, the bumper will fit up real nice. Throw on some hardware loosely so that you can test fit the winch that is too big to fit.

Step 10 - Remove the factory fog lamps that you forgot about, dril out the mounting holes and install them on the new ACE bumper.





Step 11 – Test fit your winch that is too big by lifting its 100lbs heft this way and that until you get it in place. This is usually when you forgot to put the fairlead plate under it and have to wrestle it into place by lifting the now 125lbs winch. I get it all nice and marked with pencil the center of the fairlead plate and the center of the bumper, them measured the placement. You NEED some space between the winch and your grill for wires and possible slack on the spool. Mark the feet of the winch on the fairlead plate and the location of the fairlead plate on the bumper. Reward yourself with another beer after you lift out the winch that will not come out without a fight and now feels like 150lbs.

Step 12 – Measure 87 times and drill out the hole in the fairlead plate so that you can bolt the winch down. Figure out the right size drill bit and then go one or two sizes bigger. Trust me, unless you are a master fabricator or machinist, and especially because you now have a belly full of beer, you will need the slack when bolting everything up. I used a ¾” bit.



Step 13 – Test fit the fairlead plate on the bumper where you marked it, pray to whatever god you worship, and drill out the holes in the bumper to match the fairlead plate’s holes. Your drill will probably began to issue forth profanities as it labors to drill the ¾” hole thought the thick ass bumper. Once you get though the first two holes, place your smoking drill that smells like an electrical fire on the ground and dive into beer 6 or 7 as you wait for it to cool off before starting an electrical fire. Proceed with the drilling and shoot the holes with spray paint in both the bumper and fairlead plate.


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Here's the pic from previous step...


Step 13 – pick up the winch that now is tipping the scales at 200lbs and wrestle it back into place on the bumper and realize you forgot the fairlead plate again and to take off the solenoid box because it won’t fit either. Get everything in place after fighting the thumb thick wires of the solenoid and attempt to line up the holes that you now have to pass bolts though on both the bumper, fairlead plate and winch feet. I used an Allen Wrench and a flashlight from the inside of the bumper to get it lined up. This is where you are glad you drilled out the holes bigger when you conclude that you should have measured 88 times instead of 87 and were off 1/16”. Hand thread each bolt until you get all four in. Please note that this task could be a two beer even proliferated with the oaths of a thousand sailors.

Step 14 – Tighten everything up and tend to your bleeding elbow that you busted during the process that does not hurt at all because you are on your 7th beer.

Step 15 - Wire the positive to the positive on the battery and the negative to the negative ensuring that you REMOVE the negative from the battery first because you are in no condition to be thinking clearly at this point and don’t want to weld your wedding ring to the chassis will an ill placed wrench. Wire the solenoid to the winch motor and make sure everything is snug, then re-connect the negative terminal.

Step 16 – Test your winch and make sure it works properly ensuring that your fingers don’t end up inside the spool.

Step 17 – Stagger to your garage, toss your tools on the work bench and pass out on the floor somewhere between the garage door and the bedroom. Wake up hours later with your dog cleaning your face and return to the Jeep to see your handy work.




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post #4 of 4 Old 06-08-2015, 08:24 PM
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Nice write up!

How has the setup worked out for you? How's the winch holding up?

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