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November 2nd, 2017, 03:59
Since I started pulling the teardrop I've been Ok with a new coolant system but I'm wanting to go out west again next summer and I'd really like to use the air conditioning. So I need to get the winch out from in front of grill and install a tranny cooler.

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November 2nd, 2017, 04:44
Nice! TwoDoorRob made his and my bumpers out of a custom 3/16 C channel. Mine is aboit 3/4" in front of the header panel, his is flush

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November 2nd, 2017, 17:51
Looks good. I chose 1/4" steel. If you don't like where you engagement handle is on the drum you might be able to clock it. Mine stays nice and tucked away out of harm. Probable sticks out in front of the grill 1"-2"

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November 3rd, 2017, 07:36
Mine is done like that. ^

November 3rd, 2017, 09:51
I didn't go that route because I'm old and fat and didn't want to crawl under the jeep, to engage and freespool the winch.....LOL It's coming along....

November 3rd, 2017, 11:48
I didn't go that route because I'm old and fat and didn't want to crawl under the jeep, to engage and freespool the winch.....LOL It's coming along....

Reaching the spool lever isnít any harder than reaching the hood latch in this case. Keep it up though. It took me a week or two of work to get it finished.

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November 3rd, 2017, 16:02
Thanks, I'm hoping to get it done by the end of the weekend.

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November 5th, 2017, 11:10

November 5th, 2017, 13:20
I like the way you used the tube there, using it as a base for your shape.

November 6th, 2017, 10:20
I got the stinger on and the center notched and boxed for better winch access... Getting ready to pull it off for final welding......Hoot Hoot....

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November 6th, 2017, 21:40
Very cool!

November 15th, 2017, 07:19
Finished it up and got it on, 19 bolts holding it on.... Now it's time to start on the long arms.

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November 15th, 2017, 20:07
Nice job. Clean bumper that's not huge.

November 16th, 2017, 01:34
Finished it up and got it on, 19 bolts holding it on.... Now it's time to start on the long arms.

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It all turn out lovely,...great lines, soft curves, non protruding, (park bench looking),..it certainly enhances the already great profile of the XJ.

Where are the relays?

November 16th, 2017, 02:53
The relay's will go were the coolant overflow jug is. I need to relocate it and build a mount.
Then hardwire the winch control inside to the switch panel.

November 16th, 2017, 08:05
Looks great!

November 16th, 2017, 10:01
I really like that. I may need to steal the idea when I get around to building my bumper

November 20th, 2017, 05:13
Your more then welcome Goose, and if you need more pics just let me know..

November 24th, 2017, 15:16
Rear lower quarter guards are done and rear bumper is getting there...

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November 26th, 2017, 18:28
Got the gas tank skid, hitch and bumper on tonight....

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November 29th, 2017, 17:32
Box tubing rockers are in, now for paint and put the welder away for awhile..

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