Originally Posted by volvite
You Jeep looks great. I have a few questions I hope you can answer. I might have missed them already but thought I'd ask.
I've done a winch mount on a 15 Grand and will be doing another soon. My question to you is how do you access the control box or release lever? As of now I kept the middle grill slats out so I can reach in, but it really takes away from the look of the Jeep. Any pointers or ideas? Thanks.
On my Jeep, I have the grill with the black vertical fins in each of the seven slots. In my case, I clocked my clutch lever so that it was near the top. This allows me to take a 5/8" box-end wrench and slip it through the slats. Then I can turn the wrench flat and use the round end of the wrench as a lasso to grab the clutch lever and move it fore and aft. It sounds a bit hokey, but actually works very simply.
I always keep a compliment of wrenches and other tools in the spare tire well, so I always have the wrench handy. I'd like to rig up something a little more "final" at some point. As stupid as it sounds, I thought something along the lines of a lawnmower throttle cable might be adapted to actuate the clutch lever, even from inside the Jeep. I also thought some kind of servo or linear actuator might be able to be rigged up. But right now, it's just too freaking hot to be out there wrenching on it in 100+ degree weather. I'll revisit the finer points of this in October when the weather cools off here in Texas.