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    Winch mount/bumper

    Here is my first real attempt at fabbing a piece for my ZJ...
    Mock up to decide height


    Rail inserts...


    Setting up for winch plate


    Winch plate on and re enforcing...


    Corner cut and angled, small skid added


    Final test fit before paint...


    Painted and winch mounted


    Side view. Lost a bit of approach but I think its well worth it


    Any comments, ideas welcome, like I said this is my first real fab job for my ZJ. It will eventually get the "rest" of a bumper designed around it....

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    excelent job man love how the tube fits the i.d of the zj frame any way to use the bolting setup on the inside aswell as the outside of the frame? also try to extend gussets so they weld to more than one part. so it should extend from framerail to the angle you have used for the mount plate all the way over and welded to the mount plate itself goal is to tie every part together with more than one weld.
    keep posting pics we all learn from them.

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    Yah I thought of going all the way through to the other side but the rad/condenser is in the way to do a nice job of it.
    I did "fill" the gap from the gusset to the rail also later on.
    I also thought of adding a square tube for support from one rail to the other but figured it prob wasn't needed. The winch plate is bent on both sides and then I have the skid running from rail to rail. The bigges reason I went with just the gussets was still being able to get at the winch bolts...
    Thanks for the comments

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    Looks good, wouldn't think it was your first time looking at it. I would suggest capping the ends of the rectangular stock. It will just get packed full of mud and eventually rust from the inside out.

    (Aside: looked at the last picture again and see that the bumper you are going to build will probably be welded to the rectangular stock?)
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    Thanks,
    I left the ends open on purpose to use as a highlift pocket. I will block them off from the inside, just havn't decided on how yet, maybe even just spray foam or something.
    Yes the plan is to build off the rectangular stock so it will still be removable if needed...

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    What size is the rectangular stock inside the framerails?

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    2x4 3/16 walls...

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    Looks excellent IMO. I might be tempted to fabricate a cosmetic "cover" for daily driving. Something light duty - 1/8th or 3/32'nds for weight - and make a nice cover for over the front. Don't cover the winch, just the sides. Oh, and cap those front 2x4 boxes before mud & rust start. Then drill and tap 'em so you can spray the insides with oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tepnr View Post
    I will block them off from the inside, just havn't decided on how yet, maybe even just spray foam or something.
    Spray Foam will just hold moisture in & help it rust just as fast, I made that mistake with a set of sidebars.

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    Yah I was wondering that after, good thing I havn't done it yet!! Guess when I have it off I will weld in some plates from the inside...
    Going to start looking at some ideas and finish it off this winter hopefully.

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