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Old 03-23-2014, 04:45 PM
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Hello everyone. I started work on my front receiver and winch mount. I got the frame tie in brackets from nates 4x4. The receiver came from my dad's truck because the insurance company paid for a new one after a fender bender (even though it was fine). The winch plate came from harbor freight. Total cost so far: $90. It's still a work in progress. I plan on adding d ring tabs and also light tabs. I will also add "wings" on the sides to protect the corners of the jeep. Let me know what you think.



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I just threw a quick coat of primer on to keep it from rusting until next weekend.
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I like the way that's coming out. Good idea using the receiver. Does the winch plate from HF seem stout enough? I think I'm going to use the receiver idea when I build my bumper. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Looks great! I put a receiver in mine as well, I think it will be invaluable later on.
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Thanks guys. The winch plate is only 1/8" steel but there is over 4 feet off weld holding it to the receiver and I'm considering adding some 1/4" plate as gussets as well. It's not going anywhere.

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Looking good! Definitely add some front and rear gussets to the winch plate. Not hard at all to do. Look forward to seeing how this turns out.
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Hey everyone. I finished the winch mount today. I pretty turned it into a bumper. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. I have yet to drill the holes for the d rings. I am going to wait to do that until I buy a pair of them.

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I will add more pictures when the weather is nicer as well.
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fantastic job! Love the look for sure
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Looks good. I like the receiver up front but I'd have to look into raising it up and moving it back some. Looks like a serious approach angle killer. Other than that, good job.
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Looks good. I like the receiver up front but I'd have to look into raising it up and moving it back some. Looks like a serious approach angle killer. Other than that, good job.
The receiver mounted underneath is how I got it, I cut up an old truck reciever. I don't think it makes the approach angle too bad, but if I keep hitting things with it, I will move it up and back.
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I guess it's not as bad as it looked in the other pictures.

Then again, I'm biased as I sold a bumper that stuck out about as far as yours and in the process of building a new bumper to improve my approach angle. I mounted the winch where the cross member was.

I'm not finished with it, obviously, but you get the point. It sticks out from the grille by about one inch. I don't have a profile view of it with me.

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Then again, if you aren't climbing super steep rocks then you'll never know the difference.

Looks good. The hitch up front is very useful. I had one in my old bumper. I used to move boats all around the yard with it. Makes parking a boat in a tight spot super easy.
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Mines not finished either but approach angle inspired
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I guess it's not as bad as it looked in the other pictures.

Then again, I'm biased as I sold a bumper that stuck out about as far as yours and in the process of building a new bumper to improve my approach angle. I mounted the winch where the cross member was.

I'm not finished with it, obviously, but you get the point. It sticks out from the grille by about one inch. I don't have a profile view of it with me.

Then again, if you aren't climbing super steep rocks then you'll never know the difference.

Looks good. The hitch up front is very useful. I had one in my old bumper. I used to move boats all around the yard with it. Makes parking a boat in a tight spot super easy.
I did consider mounting the winch where the cross-member is, but i was hesitant to cut it up. I don't do any crazy hill climbs or rocks, so it shouldn't affect me. I wanted the front receiver for three reasons: 1) It was Free. 2) It will allow me to park my dad's camper into tight camping spaces much easier. 3) bullet-proof recovery point. To me, that outweighs the con of the less clearance. Regardless, it is better than the stock bumper. and if I so choose, I can simply cut off the receiver portion if I never use it.

On another note: Does anybody have a solution on what i can do with my front licence plate? I hate just having it zip-tied on to the grille.

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Im so glad we here in Ga only need one license plate and don't have to use mudflaps
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