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Old 10-08-2011, 11:14 PM
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Re: Omelet's Hidden Winch Build!

Keeping the bumper mounting bracket meant that I could use the stock mount for the temp sensor. *I ran the wires along the front of it securing them with zip ties.*





At this point my four day weekend was over so I had to be finished and reassemble everything and continue later.*







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A couple days later I reinstalled the Matrix and took a couple pix.*



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Old 10-08-2011, 11:15 PM
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Re: Omelet's Hidden Winch Build!

Next was the wiring. *I took the solenoid out of the box and removed the controller plug to mount separately. *





I had also ordered the solenoid relocation kit with the winch. *So I had enough wire to move the solenoid to the outside of the frame rail right under the passenger side headlight.*

Looking from the inside out.*



Looking from the outside in. *Once all the wires were ran.*



Here is how it looked all wired in. *All that was left was to slip the boots over the nuts. *I gave all electrical terminals a very nice coat of dielectric grease.*

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Re: Omelet's Hidden Winch Build!

The controller plug I ran across the bumper with the temp sensor wires to the drivers side of the Matrix. *I filed out the top large hole and pressed in the plug. *Then ran the wires straight back under the grill.*



In order to access the clutch lever I cut a hole in the top of the grill. *Down side it that you have to pop the hood to get to it, but this way it looks clean with no visible holes. *Plus let's face it, this is a Jeep with QD2! *How often will I be stuck and have to access the clutch lever!*



Looking straight down you can also see I had to trim one side of the lever for it to turn without hitting the grill. *It still works perfectly fine this way. *The lever is very easy to reach and manipulate.*

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Old 10-08-2011, 11:17 PM
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Last thing to do was instal the line. *I did not want to use the heavy steel cable that the winch came with. *So I acquired 100' of synthetic line. *I bought 18' of VX Fire Sleeve and installed it on the end of the line. *This sleeve will withstand up to 700 degrees. *Even though I have heard that the EP9 works fine with synthetic and will not get hot enough to adversely affect it I wanted over kill. *I also used 20' of 1" tube webbing for a chafe guard. *



I secured the end of the line to the drum and prepared to spool it in. *I needed to do this with weight applied so I decided to pull myself up my drive way using my Beast of an XJ as my anchor. *The problem was that my drive way is only 50' long which meant that I needed to use a snatch block. *I ran the line from the WK at the end of my driveway, up to the XJ through a snatch block, and back the the WK attached to the Matrix. *It worked Beautifully!*





Once the line was in and attached to the Matrix.*



A shot of the winch nestled in place hiding safely behind the bumper. *

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Lastly I decided to remove the Superwinch bubble sticker off the solenoid box and applied it to the bumper. *It gives a hint of the Awesomeness lying in wait!*





I hope this has been beneficial and knowledgable for those of you hoping to do the same.*
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:26 PM
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probably my favorite jeep right there
as stated on JF multiple times, great job!
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X2 on that!!! Great thread, great Jeep! Can't wait to see her in action next weekend. Rock on, Nathan!
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Awesome! Slightly different from mine but the same idea ))
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how was urs done?
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Thanks guy! It was a lot of fun to do, just took lots of time. Cutting all the steel was the most time consuming part. If I had to do it again I would have to figure something else out. In the end it was fairly in expensive. I think I have less than $700 into it!

Hey Nick, do you have a write up on yours? I am curious to see it!
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Awesome pictures, great information! very sweet! A+
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