Winch Bumper Build

tobyw

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Although I had been pleased with the winch tray I had initially fabricated for the OEM plastic bumper (thread here if anyone is interested in seeing that: https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/forum/threads/winch-mount-for-plastic-bumper.7605/ ), there had been a few too many times that I smacked the outside corner, causing the plastic bumper to fold back into the tire. Even the relatively mild BFG A/T's had no issue finding ample traction on the plastic bumper :giggle: Anyhoodles, it was time for a more substantial solution...

I started with an old leftover bumper I had built for one of my JKU-R's a while back:

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There is about a 1-1/4" difference in the distance between the grill and the mounting flanges for the front bumper, so my old bumper would not bolt up directly... No big deal, as I wanted to clean up the looks of it a bit and go with some hidden hardware. So I made some simple 'L' shaped spacers and repurposed an old YJ transfercase drop to create some capture strips for the mounting bolts:

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Then I made some tapered corners to finish the bumper off a little cleaner and less brutally utilitarian than it had been in it's previous life:

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A little work with the hot glue gun, some grinding to smooth things out, and a dab of fresh paint:

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Should get the winch mounted back up sometime later this week, and then I'll decide on what to do for auxiliary lights... Round or maybe an LED bar this time??

 

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Nice work. I like it better than most aftermarket bumpers I have seen. Nice craftsmanship, you got skils..
 
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Got the winch installed and mounted up some WARN lights. I have to say, these factory auxiliary switches are fantastic!!

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Looks good. I like seeing the inch down between the frame rails. Much stronger that way and I like the angles better for pulling. Great color choice.
 


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Looks good. I like seeing the inch down between the frame rails. Much stronger that way and I like the angles better for pulling. Great color choice.
Thanks, it's easily the nicest color of paint I have ever seen fall out of a rattle can... I stumbled on it when I built an '04 LJ a number of years back, and used it on the cage, sliders, rear bumper, and even on the wheels. It was surprisingly durable!!

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