Does the Rusty's plate come with a fair lead plate too? I mean not for a license plate but to cover all the openings after removing the plastic one.
Rusty’s plate comes with the fairlead mounting plate (over plastic removal) and Smittybilt includes the Hawse fairlead.It comes with the fairlead mount plate. The Smittybilt winch comes with the fairlead plate...
I used mine several times this weekend and it performed flawlessly each time. Wireless is such a nice feature.Best thread so far about the x20! Very close to deciding on this instead of warn, how has it been for everyone who has installed and used it now after a bit of time? Is durability really that much of an issue?
It seems many people lose the wireless remote function quickly on the reviews. There is this guy on YouTube but it seems more involved than I would want to put up with ...
I worked through it all myself and got it installed, but will address the anwers that I found to these questions that may help out another rookie who runs into the same issues I did.OK, I’m in the middle of installing the X20 with the Rusty’s winch plate on the OEM steel bumper. This is my first time mounting a winch. I’ve got few questions that I hope the community can help me with.
1) The Rusty’s fairlead face plate is flat but the bumper is curved. Did this cause a problem for anyone when tightening the fairlead mounting bolts? There’s some gap between the plate and bumper at the ends.
2) Is it supposed to be tilted slightly downward at the front relative to the rear?
3) Does the top edge of the fairlead extent slightly above the top edge of the fairlead face plate?
4) It seems like getting the nuts on the lower inner bumper studs (inside the plate) might be difficult now that the plate blocks access to them from below. Am I wrong?
5) Any other tips to help the rest of the install go easier?
Glad you got it installed without too much trouble.I worked through it all myself and got it installed, but will address the anwers that I found to these questions that may help out another rookie who runs into the same issues I did.
1) It is what it is. It does not sit completely flat against the bumper at the ends of the plate.
4) The only nut somewhat difficult to reach is the lower nut on the left (while facing the vehicle) inner side because of the position of the motor. It’s not that bad. Use a short extension and ratchet.
5) It doesn’t tell you until halfway through the instructions that it’s MUCH easier to mount the control box before mounting the winch on the plate. The power wire is barely long enough to reach the positive terminal, route it carefully. Make sure all 8 bumper stud holes are properly lined up before you try to reattach the bumper.
Can anyone explain a little further? Just annoying or so crappy and weak that failure is inevitably going to happen at this point?If you get the warn winch plate it comes with a tag bracket. Just FYI. Did anyone else think the brackets for the control box is a crappy way to mount or is it me
I found it to be a really odd abd offbeat way of mounting it, but I don’t have any idea about whether it’s pronr to failure. In doing research on which winch to buy I didn’t see anything about that.
The bracket that mounts the control box for the winch is held on with like a Retension style Allen’s and pressure from the rope. That is what I mean crappy design
Are you sure you got the JL version of the plate? It looks like the JK versions had the D-ring mounting points but I haven't seen where the JL version has that feature.Just delivered, smittybilt x20 12k syn and a Maximus 3 winch plate. I liked the Maximus because it has various spots you can hand D rings on that the other plate's don't seem to have.
I've never installed a winch, wish me luck!!