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  • Hidden Winch Mounting Bracket

    I know I've posted pictures before, but I wasn't sure. Here are some pictures of the hidden winch (behind the stock front bumper) I have. It mounts the winch behind the front bumper, under the radiator, and also includes tow-hook brackets, plus it ties the frame rails together in the front.

    It would be very easy to run one with most any aftermarket bumper as well (would just need to cut the access hole for the fairlead). I'm not a fan of any of the XJ winch bumpers out there, so this was what I came up with. It involves removeding the front sheet metal cross member, cutting the hole in the front bumper, and drilling 4 holes, other then that the whole thing is completely bolt on.

    I was thinking about what it would take to make a couple more and if there be any interst in them, and how much do you think people would pay?

    http://www.schwabdesigns.com/jeep/winch2.jpg

    http://www.schwabdesigns.com/xj1.jpg

    http://www.schwabdesigns.com/jeep/winch1.jpg

  • #2
    I'll be your first customer Do you have any pictures from underneath showing what it looks like under there? I can give you a price once i see it. Does it accept any winch or certain ones? I am planning on getting the backbone system but if this is possible, i will go this route. I like the hidden winch. Keeps radiator free.

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    • #3
      I dont have any other pictures, but I can get some. You can see in the middle picture the bottom of the mounting plate is flush with the bottom of the bumper.

      You'd have to use a winch with a remote solenoid, I'm running the Smitty XRC8 and put the box under the hood.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RalphXJ View Post
        I dont have any other pictures, but I can get some. You can see in the middle picture the bottom of the mounting plate is flush with the bottom of the bumper.

        You'd have to use a winch with a remote solenoid, I'm running the Smitty XRC8 and put the box under the hood.
        Sounds good. That's the winch i was aiming for, or milemarker again.

        Got any prices in mind? What's used to build it?

        I am set on buying one from you so just so you know. I have a 2001 if that matters.
        Last edited by muddeprived; 09-03-2008, 04:22 PM.

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        • #5
          Sorry to bring back an ancient thread, but this comes up on googles' hidden cherokee winch search.

          I was curious if anyone has the specs and/or has pics of this set up without the front bumper over it so I can see how it all mounts up?

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          • #6
            Whatever happened to this?

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            • #7
              Good point, what happend to this mount Aaron?

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              • #8
                Wow, haven't been on here in a LONG time!! Nothing much has happened to this. Jeep is for sale, haven't done anything with it for 2 years!! Wasn't too hard to do, get a winch plate, cut out the front stock member, and weld the winch bracket to the tow hook brackets! That's all there was too it.

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