Although it’s possible to install a winch on your Jeep without a winch mount plate, using a winch plate is the best way to go about it. Your Jeep winch must be mounted on a flat surface so that the three sections (motor, cable drum, and gear housing) are properly aligned.
You can either fabricate your own winch mounting plate, buy a winch mount plate designed for your Jeep, or purchase a winch bumper.
Winch Mount Plate Options
To mount your Jeep winch, you can either use the stock bumper or a Jeep winch bumper.
To use the stock bumper, you’ll need to find a winch mount plate that fits your vehicle and your winch. The winch attaches to the mount plate, which attaches to the frame of your vehicle. You may need to bolt the winch plate down through the bumper to attach it to the frame.
Although you can install a winch and mount on the stock bumper, you’ll get more protection for your Jeep winch if you invest in an aftermarket Jeep winch bumper. The stock bumper is fairly flimsy and bends easily if you accidentally hit something. A winch bumper mount—especially one with a grille guard tube—will give your Jeep winch and mounting hardware the protection it needs.
Jeep Mobile Mount
If you want to be able to swap your Jeep winch between the front and rear of your vehicle, you’ll need a mobile winch mount. These winch mounts fit inside your receiver hitch on the front and rear. Just make sure the receiver hitch is rated to withstand the full force of your Jeep winch.
Fabricating a Winch Mount
If you decide to fabricate your own mount, make sure the specifications are correct according to the manufacturer’s dimensions. Most manufacturers recommend using a steel mount plate that is 6mm thick. Fasteners should be steel high tensile grade 5 or better. Keep in mind that a poorly designed mount may void your warranty or cause damage, so only design your own winch mount plate if you know exactly what you’re doing and are familiar with welding.
Winch Mount Plate Sale for Jeep Winches
Need a winch mount for your Jeep? Check out our selection of winch mount plates, including mobile mounts, Jeep bumper mounts, and mount plates. Free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 U.S.