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Old 12-10-2011, 03:48 PM
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Re: fabricating front skid/bumper mount winch

nice. wish i had the time. have everything to make it.. cnc plasma table, sheet metal bender, miller mig welder, cnc mills and lathes. But being a student doesnt help time frame. atleast i have my break. good luck to you guys hope for the best to see this beast of a skid.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:18 PM
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Alright guys and gals it's finally time to get started! I stopped at a local metal fav shop and grabbed some light gauge aluminum to make a thin prototype that is easily workable:



First off I cut off what was left of the lower bumper cover:

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The rest of the time spent tonight was relocating the transmission cooler lines and a lot of staring and scratching my head on deciding how and where I want to mount...

I've got very limited free time so this may be a very slow and boring thread! I'll try and make it as quick as I can and not drag it out forever!
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:31 PM
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Re: fabricating front skid/bumper mount winch

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The rest of the time spent tonight was relocating the transmission cooler lines and a lot of staring and scratching my head on deciding how and where I want to mount...

I spend so much time doing the same thing! Although most of my projects turn out decent so I shouldn't complain.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:56 AM
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Re: fabricating front skid/bumper mount winch

The more time you spend the more likely you will be happy with the out come. Dont rush it for threads sake, youll never be happy with the final product.

It took me 2 years to build my 98 xj the way i wanted it and once it was done it was time to move on to bigger and better things. But along the way every time i told someone my plans they would give me shit that they took so long to do but once they were finally done they were all amazed at how good/cool things turned out.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:20 PM
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You are both right! I actually enjoy the staring and scratching part, even trying something 4 or 5 different ways before I get the result I want. That's all part of the fun! Speaking of part of the fun, I relocated my
Trans cooler lines tonight to make clearance for my skid brackets:
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Re: fabricating front skid/bumper mount winch

Getting back on track...I made a prototype lower mounting bracket, but I'm going to change it so that the front drops about 2" from the radiator support. That way if I get a hard hit the bracket will bend before the support does.



The idea for the skid is to somewhat mirror the lines of the grill. So, I'm using a grill as a template...



I got my shackles and mounts in the other day. They will be welded in to the winch cradle assembly.

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Old 01-12-2012, 11:08 AM
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Re: fabricating front skid/bumper mount winch

Nice! Looks like the creativity is brewing!
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:43 PM
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Re: fabricating front skid/bumper mount winch

after a setback of a bad driveshaft and getting new tires I'm back in business!
I completed my template skid tonight...

First off, here is the cut before any bends:



Next, I measured and added the bends...



then I did a test fit...





I still have to make a set of upper brackets that will tie it in to the front crossmember (or winch cradle) and cut my seven-slats in the angled section, and access holes for the fairlead and d-rings.

Disregard the waviness of the skid, the finished product version will be cut by dimensions I send them. I'm working with flimsy thin metal right now.

Stay tuned even though it may be a while!
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:51 PM
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Look forward to seeing it when it's done. It's going to look awesome.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:17 AM
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Re: fabricating front skid/bumper mount winch

Thanks Lucas!
I just realized that in a few posts I talked about relocating my trans cooler lines. I have no idea why I said trans cooler lines when I was talking about power steering hoses. Just an FYI, its the power steering hoses that I relocated, NOT the trans cooler lines!
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Got a little further along tonight. Got the template skid mounted up on It's own. Once I decide how to lay out the slots I'll be ready to send all dimensions to a metal shop so they can make it out of the real stuff!

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