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4wheelspulling

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Hello,
I promised to share some pictures of my mods done to my ARB front bumper.The stock ARB Winch bumper has the winch completely inclosed in a box with no access to the winch spool. Maybe, not so much a problem with synthetic cable, but I still did not like the thought of having to pull the whole bumper to get a stuck cable working again! I wanted to have access to the Winch spool if I ever had a bad backlash or get all the cable stuck on one side of the the winch spool. I think it turned out great. One bad thing, I still need to reach under the bumper to the winch control lever. See what you think? Still need a relocation kit to mount the winch solenoid under the hood.Vance.1B4BCD1A-5915-489C-A36D-53223E9D8E40.jpeg0BCF8137-680C-45C3-AE32-1835C2184EF9.jpeg25DEE2DF-DA1B-4311-B79A-C16FBBFC5D7E.jpeg
 

Lanlubber

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Hello,
I promised to share some pictures of my mods done to my ARB front bumper.The stock ARB Winch bumper has the winch completely inclosed in a box with no access to the winch spool. Maybe, not so much a problem with synthetic cable, but I still did not like the thought of having to pull the whole bumper to get a stuck cable working again! I wanted to have access to the Winch spool if I ever had a bad backlash or get all the cable stuck on one side of the the winch spool. I think it turned out great. One bad thing, I still need to reach under the bumper to the winch control lever. See what you think? Still need a relocation kit to mount the winch solenoid under the hood.Vance.View attachment 118128View attachment 118129View attachment 118130
Looks very usable to me Vance. Did you have to cut out the bumper from the top to get access to the spool ? How did the winch lever end up on the bottom side of the bumper ? I see now... your winch is bolted to the bumper face instead of to the bottom so that makes your winch lay on it's side. Hmmm I never thought of doing that but did you have a reason for doing that, like no bottom on your bumper. It looks like you welded a winch plate to the face of the bumper for strength, is that true.
 
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4wheelspulling

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Looks very usable to me Vance. Did you have to cut out the bumper from the top to get access to the spool ? How did the winch lever end up on the bottom side of the bumper ? I see now... your winch is bolted to the bumper face instead of to the bottom so that makes your winch lay on it's side. Hmmm I never thought of doing that but did you have a reason for doing that, like no bottom on your bumper. It looks like you welded a winch plate to the face of the bumper for strength, is that true.
Lanlubber,
I have a bad habit of high jacking posts, so will answer your questions in “ The Daily Thread”. I enjoy looking and learning from DIY mods other post here! Vance.
 
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19mystic96

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Took my truck out and did some exploring around Auburn/Colfax area (Northern CA)

I was by myself so I didn’t want to get too far into anything that might get me into trouble.
 

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Towed this home from work. Promptly decided it was a little too bulky/heavy than i wanted for my XJ so towed it back this morning since the owner had another buyer lined up. I had plans for smaller tires on the rear and a dropped lunette ring to make it ride level but oh well.

Ill be sticking with my modded harbor freight trailer i guess. Much lighter. 20190919_082552.jpg

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Getting ready for our next western tour. The original outer brake lines and the original LSPV valve replaced.
Passenger side wheel bearings adjusted. Oil change and lube. Rerouting and simplifying dual battery set up as a new bluetop went in for our house battery. Next week, new sneakers and heaven forbid, I'm changing tire brand for the first time in over 25 years. Gonna give the General ATXs a go. peace out!!
 

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Towed this home from work. Promptly decided it was a little too bulky/heavy than i wanted for my XJ so towed it back this morning since the owner had another buyer lined up. I had plans for smaller tires on the rear and a dropped lunette ring to make it ride level but oh well.

Ill be sticking with my modded harbor freight trailer i guess. Much lighter. View attachment 118405

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I agree,, those are really cool trailers, but my oh my they are heavy.
 

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Towed this home from work. Promptly decided it was a little too bulky/heavy than i wanted for my XJ so towed it back this morning since the owner had another buyer lined up. I had plans for smaller tires on the rear and a dropped lunette ring to make it ride level but oh well.

Ill be sticking with my modded harbor freight trailer i guess. Much lighter. View attachment 118405

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It does look like it's about to run over you. LOL
 
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jeep670

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Looks like you might need new shocks in the future. Is that rust or dirt? :)
It's surface rust, provided free of charge to southern Ontario residents. They salt the roads in winter.
My jk had a bit of surface rust on the frame welds already when I picked it up from dealer with only 6km on the odometer. Chrysler is saving $$ on the paint. Rancho shocks come barely spray painted too.
That patch of rust on the shock(s) is from the boot rubbing the paint. I never worry about these little things. Besides, rust is nature's loctite.
 

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It doesn't count unless pictures.... :tonguewink:
Hey, I know you!

So, here's how it was before:

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You can see in the pic where the tire was rubbing the wheel-well liner even just street driving.

A few weeks back (before that last wheeling trip) I took a lot of material out of the liner and the bumper:
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In the middle pic you can see the foglight bracket and wiring (lower part) and the windshield washer bottle, pump,wiring etc. (upper part). All of that actually needs to come out. Yesterday I just cleaned some of the trimming up and cleaned up the wiring I had sort of pulled out stuffing the tire into it, but I didn't get pics. I mostly was poking around to see what all I'd have to do, and play with some ideas of replacing the factory foglights with a much lower-profile LED setup that wouldn't interfere at all (as you can see, the factory foglight and mount are very deep). Part of me wants to keep the factory front bumper and hide a winch like this:


(not, that's a 2004 front bumper/grill... I don't like the grill as much, but I like the bumper cover better and with round fog-light holes it'd be easier to retrofit something aftermarket)

Still, at the end of the day I think I'll go with an aftermarket bumper, probably with fog-light provisions so I'll keep all the factory wiring in place, but just ditch the fogs for now while I'm still running this bumper.

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(my '03 front end for comparison)

-TJ