I went ahead with this set up on my Rubicon that was factory plastic bumper. I really wanted the EVO 1/4 pounder bumper and like the minimal look. With the cost of that bumper and similar I thought it would be better to put the money into my own garage welder and build one later. I purchased the Warn mount because it was the only one rated at 12,000 lbs that I could currently find. The winch I have coming is a 12,000 lb winch because when I get stuck, its always better to have more power. I had to add some hardware for the winch plate because the skid plate mounts different with the plastic bumper. When I removed the bumper I found the narrow metal pan that sits in front of the sway bar disconnect. I decided to tweak this plate a bit to remount it underneath the winch mount for a little more protection. It is thin metal, but better to hit it instead of the SBD. Here are a few pictures of it installed without the winch installed.
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Just ordered my winch plate and some rugged ridge d ring mounts to cut the budget down even more. Hopefully they'll fit.
Anyone with a sport/plastic bumpers have info on the bolts are needed for the lower plates?
I have been looking at purchasing the EVO 1/4 pounder as I wanted to rotate the motor and hack off the frame horns. I have been looking to see if anyone has installed just the winch tray and been able to rotate and hack off the frame horns, from the pics I have seen may need to cut and weld the warn tray to accomplish this.
I might just purchase the tray and D ring mounts to experiment, need to do something every time I go in the garage the winch just stares at me.
I just read a review on the EVO website that the No Limits manual knob works on the JL. Can I still do the motor flip with this bumper set up, or will the winch plate interfere with the manual disconnect?
That came out great! What winch plate did you use for this?