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Prep Work For Winch Install?

Discussion in 'Winches' started by radshooter, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. Oct 25, 2018
    radshooter

    radshooter Member

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    So...Harbor Freight had their Badlands 12k on sale last weekend and one followed me home. I know it is not a Warn or Ramsey, but this is what the budget allows for now. It seems to get decent reviews on the web, given what it is. I also picked up a universal mounting plate to go with it.

    I have read on some threads that it is advised to box the frame back to the front cross-member. Thoughts? This jeep will be a trail runner/farm pasture runabout type rig. Not planning on any rock crawling or mud bogging. Heck...there is a chance the winch will never get used, but I've learned to never say never.

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    Here is where the winch will live. 1963 CJ5. Planning to remove the diamond plate and put the mounting plate there. Eventually, I plan to replace the chrome bumper with something beefier to include some D rings or some other attachment points.

    This is my first winch on my first Jeep, so any thoughts from the experienced folks would be appreciated.

    Thanks, as always,
    Steve
     
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  2. Oct 25, 2018
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member Sponsor

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  3. Oct 25, 2018
    radshooter

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    Thanks Fino! Looks great! Lots of ideas there I hadn't thought of. I like the hooks on the top of the plate. That would save me from needing a new bumper.
     
  4. Oct 25, 2018
    PeteL

    PeteL Member Sponsor

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    Winch mounts need to be stronger than you can imagine, then twice that.

    A good winch can literally rip a frame apart.

    And if you think you aren't going to use it that hard, why buy one with that capacity?
     
  5. Oct 25, 2018
    radshooter

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    One reason is the price was right. Another, when we retire to the farm in a few years, it might just wind up on the front of my 3500 dually diesel.
     

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