Ok guys, I soooo got a steal on a Warn M8000 winch today. Its brand new, he only used it once. He got low on cash, so he decided to sell it. So I talked him down to $300 plus I would take it off of his Jeep for him. Well, my fishin rod needs a new hook, line, and sinker, but I'll worry about that later.
Anyway, here is what Im contemplating. I kinda like the clean look of the factory bumper, so I thought about trying to fabricate a mount to put it behind it, and then just trim the lower part of the vent hole in the bumper (just the center of it, down to the plastic) for the roller fairlead. The problem is that A, its a stock bumper and isn't very stout and therefore cannot be bashed on too much, while it wouldn't be supporting the winch at all, it still isn't very intimidating. Also, there really isn't anywhere to mount tow hooks on my truck either...
So this leads to option B; build a radical *** tube bumper and incorporate plate into it as well to hide any sections of frame, visible wiring, etc. that the factory bumper hides. This would give me more options as for mounting things such as my lights and recovery points, and it would definitely be stronger than the factory tin. Another advantage is that if I build a tube bumper, it would give me a good excuse to buy a bender. Now, it would be about $600 up front for the bender and one die. So yes, its a lot of money, but I am really starting to build a name for myself in the off road world where I live, especially in the SEC portion of NAXJA (North American XJ Association). So, since I would have a bender, I could potentially use it to make money and pay for itself. The other thing is that if I build a front bumper, I would have to build a rear, and the rear would be just wide enough to fit the dovetailed bed that would have to happen... Then there are also other cool things I could use it for down the road. A cage for example. Not necessarily for protection ( I don't want to put my truck in a position where I might need it) but mostly to look cool.
So lets here your opinions. I'll work on a design, and you can post up ideas as well. Help me figure out what I want to do.
check this out. i just made one for my 04 it looks good and appears to be nice and strong. i have not had a chance to try it out on the trail yet but it should hold up fine. i still need to get pics of mine all finished and mounted on the truck
Eh, im not gonna do his design, it's too low, and I have a good approach angle now. I don't wanna kill it by adding a winch in front of my stock bumper. Thought about the receiver idea, but I don't exactly want to have to tote a 100 Lb winch and try to hook it up when I need to use it. I will either put it behind my bumper or build a new tube one. Looks like its gonna be tube. Just need to come up with some design for what I want...
Your truck looks really clean so I would either stick it behind the stock bumper or build one like below. I think a tube bumper would kill your whole clean look, some tube sliders would look great though.
On a more seriuos note, I think you should make a tube/plate bumper to hold it. My reason for this is it would provide far superior protection in the event something happened, and look better doing it.
Last edited by country346; 07-12-2009 at 07:39 PM.
i think a nice plate bumper would look great also the roller fair lead is there so if you have to pull at an angle you can it keep the wire on the spool. If you would pull at an angle i can see it just bending the stock bumper all the hell where you attached the roller.
Take a look at Warns front bumpers for that truck. It will fit that style winch and isn't that expensive. I got one on mine from Off Road Warehouse call nick over their he really knows his stuff. I thick the # is 1-800-341-7757.
I just got a winch to, and ive spent alot of time thinking about where to mount it, ant the best thing I could come up with is this; I went to my local fleet farm and bought a hitch receiver bracket for it and im putting a front recevier on the truck, I already have one for the rear so all I have to do is run wire to the back that way when im on the trail I can either have it on the front or back deponding which way I need to go to get out. Theres my 2cents, and This setup is fairly cheap and easy to do considering buying a plate or tube bumper can be pretty costly.