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Winch Mount Plate Basics for Jeep Winches

Jeep winch mount plate

Jeep winch mount plate with bumper tube

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.

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Jeep Bumpers and Winch Mounts

Jeep winch mount bumper

Get your Jeep ready for the backcountry with a winch mount bumper.

A plastic stock bumper just isn’t going to cut it when you’re wheeling with your Jeep in the backcountry. One of the first upgrades for an offroad Jeep owner is to install a new bumper—both for looks and for the extra protection it provides for your grill and radiator.

Types of Jeep Bumpers

Unlike a plastic factory bumper, which is only designed for highway driving, an offroad Jeep bumper lets you take your Jeep through narrow forest trails, over boulders, and through creek crossings without scratching up your paint or damaging the body, grill, or radiator. Stray branches, scraping up against rocks, or maneuvering uneven ground at a sharp angle are no match for a well-built Jeep bumper.

Offroad Jeep bumpers come in various styles and sizes. Some are mostly for their rugged looks. Others are designed for more practical purposes, such as doubling as a winch mount or protecting the front of your Jeep from damage. The best Jeep bumpers are both rugged enough to protect your vehicle and designed to fit your personal tastes in style.

Choosing a Jeep Bumper

Make sure you choose the right Jeep bumper for your vehicle. Most Jeep bumpers are designed to fit a specific type of vehicle. Check the fit guide for models and years to make sure the bumper will fit your Jeep.

You’ll also want to take into account the size of the bumper. Make sure it doesn’t stick out too far (which can limit your approach angle) or interfere with other vehicle modifications (such as offroad lights). If you already have a Jeep winch mounted on your vehicle, you’ll want to make sure the bumper will work with your recovery winch as well.

Jeep Winch Bumpers

If you don’t already have a Jeep winch, you might want to consider choosing a Jeep winch bumper that lets you install a recovery winch as part of the bumper. If you get stuck in the mud or rocks, a Jeep winch will get you out a lot faster (and cheaper) than a tow truck or a shovel.

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Jeep Accessories: Which One Should You Get First?

Jeep winch for recovery

Which Jeep accessories should you get first?

For most offroaders, getting a Jeep or rig is just the beginning. Then comes the weekend projects to make your Jeep the biggest, baddest one around.

But if you’ve got a budget (or a wife), you’re going to have to plan your projects as you can afford them. Here are a few tips on which Jeep accessories are the most important.

Your #1 Priority: Get Unstuck

According to Bill Burke, the respected backcountry trainer and guide for 4-Wheeling America, “Which aftermarket accessories should I install first?” is a common question from offroaders new to the sport.

While you might get more excited about lockers, a Hi-lift jack, or bigger tires, Burke recommends getting a winch first. As he wisely puts it, “The winch will always get you out, the other things will always get you stuck.”

The bigger your tires and engine, the more likely you are to take risks and get yourself stuck. A recovery winch on your Jeep will get you back on the trail with the least hassle. Plus you can get your Jeep out whether or not you’re riding with other rigs. With a snatch strap, you need a buddy to get you out.

Recovery Accessories

After a recovery winch, lockers often make the most sense as a second investment, if you want more ways to get out of trouble. Lockers will save you from using your winch in situations that are easier to get out of.

Along with your recovery winch, you’ll need a few accessories to help you make the most of your winch. Having a few winch tools on hand—such as a tree strap, D-shackle, and snatch block—will allow you to do more than a basic straight-line pull. Knowing how to rig up a snatch block lets you almost double the power of your winch for tough recovery jobs.

Other recovery accessories like a Hi-Lift jack and a winch anchor (like the Pull-Pal) give you a few more options for getting out of a bind.

Other Jeep Accessories

A good-looking Jeep isn’t worth much if it’s stuck in a mud pit. After you make sure you can get your Jeep out when you’re stuck, you can eat your heart out with other modifications: bigger tires, better suspension, bumper guards, fenders, lift kits, and lights. Just don’t blame us if the wife makes you sleep in the dog house.

Jeep Winch Mount Bumper Tube Installation

Jeep grille guard

A Jeep winch mount bumper tube offers an aggressive look and rugged protection.

Want an aggressive look for your Jeep without the cost and hassle of installing a new bumper? A winch mount bumper tube is quick and easy to install. Plus it’s functional for holding lights and will help protect your front end in case of a minor impact. The bumper tube bolts right to your winch mount—no drilling or cutting required.

The Jeep TJ winch mount bumper tube from ProMark Offroad installs in minutes. Just follow the instructions below:

  1. Fasten the 4 carriage bolts to the winch mounting plate with the round bolt head at the front side of the mount plate and the nut at the back side of the plate. Do not tighten the bolts.
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  3. Attach the grille guard tube to the carriage bolts by sliding the tube mount brackets over the bolt head. To seat the bracket, rotate the carriage bolts until they lock into the corresponding slot on the grille guard.
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  5. Finish the installation by fully tightening the carriage bolts and nuts to 42-47 ft/lbs.
TJ grille guard installation

How to install a TJ grille guard

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Jeep TJ Grille Guard Tube

Jeep TJ Grille Guard Tube

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