Recommendations: Winch Plate + Winch for Stock Steel Bumper?

Winch Plate + Winch (Pick 1 plate + 1 winch)

  • JCR

    Votes: 4 4.3%
  • Rusty's

    Votes: 13 14.1%
  • Maximus-3

    Votes: 15 16.3%
  • Rugged Ridge

    Votes: 3 3.3%
  • WARN (plate)

    Votes: 39 42.4%
  • LoD

    Votes: 2 2.2%
  • Other (plate - add to comments)

    Votes: 3 3.3%
  • Quadratec Stealth (winch)

    Votes: 9 9.8%
  • Smittybilt (list model in comments)

    Votes: 20 21.7%
  • WARN (list model in comments)

    Votes: 32 34.8%
  • Other (winch - add to comments)

    Votes: 2 2.2%

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Very nice setup! I'm thinking of the Smitty as well for the factory steel bumper. What bar is that you've got mounted?
JCR Offroad (https://www.jcroffroad.com/product/JLHR-B-PC.html). I was buying their bumper skid and winch plate during Black Friday and added this since they had such a good sale going on. Perfect fit. Took less than a minute to install. I like it because it's not really tall and forward but not really small, either.
 

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@IronScott Do you still have the factory rope on that winch? If so, how did you remove the hook to install the Factor 55 flatlink?
 

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Hey all, I'm planning on adding a winch next and looking for recommendations. I have the stock steel bumper. Looking to find the right mounting plate and winch combo.

Right now, I'm looking at the @Quadratec Stealth + the @Rugged Ridge plate, but I'm open to suggestions. Price isn't an issue - but that said - I'm not going to just buy the most expensive thing just for the sake of getting 'the best'.

If you've installed a winch on the stock steel bumper, comment with the plate and winch used. Thanks!
I went through ATP and the mount fit perfect! Good design and beefy. I have read flex issues with some of the cheaper plates. As for the winch I picked up the Smitty X20 10K with synthetic rope through @Northridge4x4 for a great deal!
 

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@IronScott Do you still have the factory rope on that winch? If so, how did you remove the hook to install the Factor 55 flatlink?
Yes, I do. I used a cutoff tool to slice a chunk out of the hook and was able to get the loop out. I goofed up, though, and cut a few strands of the rope on accident. I used a Factor 55 Fast Fid tool to repair the line. In hindsight, I could’ve just used the Fast Fid (or similar) to just cut the rope to remove if from the hook and re-splice it.

Splicing the rope is really easy. I was intimidated at first but it’s super easy, and the Fast Fid tool makes it quick - and it’s good to have on the trails anyway. This video shows how it works.

 

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I was planning on going with the Stealth but the sale price on the Smitty X20 10K with synthetic rope was just too tempting to pass up ( $420 w free shipping from @Northridge4x4 ). It's a solid waterproof winch and the remote works both wired and wireless. The Warn plate is a solid mount and had no difficulty with bolting up. Really like the combo. I don't think you could go wrong with the Stealth winch though... I just wasn't willing to pay an additional $180 for the equivalent winch.

It's worth noting the Stealth has a 4.9 HP motor, and the Smitty has a 6.6 HP motor, though I don't know how much difference that would make in the real world.

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Hey TJ2018, how did you mount your front license plate? Do you recall where you ordered the bracket from? Thanks!
 

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I was planning on going with the Stealth but the sale price on the Smitty X20 10K with synthetic rope was just too tempting to pass up ( $420 w free shipping from @Northridge4x4 ). It's a solid waterproof winch and the remote works both wired and wireless. The Warn plate is a solid mount and had no difficulty with bolting up. Really like the combo. I don't think you could go wrong with the Stealth winch though... I just wasn't willing to pay an additional $180 for the equivalent winch.

It's worth noting the Stealth has a 4.9 HP motor, and the Smitty has a 6.6 HP motor, though I don't know how much difference that would make in the real world.

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I like how low it sits inside the bumper, no clearance issues with the wiring? I am installing the same winch, but using Rusty's plate, that should be here tomorrow. Wanted one that did not space the bumper forward or use the frame horn bolt locations, as I am also installing the Currie Tow Bar Mounting Adapter which replaces the factory steel skid plate. The Bulldog plate also keeps the bumper in the original location.
 

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I saw someone mention the Bulldog plate on another site, I don't see it mentioned here at all, not sure if it is a worthy contender or not but maybe worth a look?
https://www.bulldogwinch.com/index....ct_id=341/category_id=31/mode=prod/prd341.htm
Yes, the Bulldog looks good for my purpose, one of only two aftermarket plates I have seen so far that does not move the bumper forward. The other is Rusty's Off Road Products, which it seems a lot have used to mount the SmittyBilt X2O. Have the X2O and Rusty's plate should be here tomorrow, should be an easy install.
 

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The Mopar winch plate costs a little more but if you can get a discount on it, I prefer it. I was able to get it for less than MSRP but still more than the Warn. However, I wanted a plate that mounts behind the frame/bumper mount instead of in front. Install was perfect. I like how tight it holds everything to the grill. I'd recommend if you want to spend a little more.
 

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The Mopar winch plate costs a little more but if you can get a discount on it, I prefer it. I was able to get it for less than MSRP but still more than the Warn. However, I wanted a plate that mounts behind the frame/bumper mount instead of in front. Install was perfect. I like how tight it holds everything to the grill. I'd recommend if you want to spend a little more.
The Mopar plate looks very heavy duty, maybe even a little overboard, but does look like a good one. Most aftermarket plates are +/- $200 or so, some around $250, Mopar MSRP is $425, guess they are real proud of it.
 

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I installed my winch this week. I used the Artec plate and the Warn VR10s winch. It was very easy and I highly recommend the combination.
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The Mopar plate looks very heavy duty, maybe even a little overboard, but does look like a good one. Most aftermarket plates are +/- $200 or so, some around $250, Mopar MSRP is $425, guess they are real proud of it.
haha. yeah. they are REALLY proud of that thing. I was able to get from local dealer for I think 325$ or close to. I wanna say the warn that most run is like 250$ if memory serves me right. I was willing to try it for a little more. I will say the front and how it mounts is completely different than anything else I had looked at. I'm not engineer by any means, but it looks like under load it would pull against the actual frame instead of against the bumper bolts. I was willing to give it a try. Went on perfect with zero modification. Pretty happy with it.
 

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