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Winch bumper ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 1987Blazer, Jan 7, 2007.

  1. 1987Blazer

    1987Blazer 1/2 ton status

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    I'm going to try and build my own bumper and want to know how much room I need between the grill and front of bumper to fit a winch. Can some of you guys throw a tape on your winch bumper and let me know how much room you have.

    How thick of metal do I really need to use?? The frame is only 1/8 " thick.
    Thanks
    Steve
     
  2. babyburb

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    I am not sure of the amount of space you need but on the metal I used 6 in channel. I cut two pieces about 18 inches or so and they fit right over the end of my frame. I center punched my three holes, drilled them out and mounted up. Used another section of channel across for the winch plate and welded on mounts for the roller fairlead. I am not finished with it yet so it lookes major redneck but when I am finished it should look pretty good. Now that I think about it I have about 2 inches between my winch and grill. Good luck!
     
  3. Blue90

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    I've got 9 - 3/4 on mine. Plenty of room.
     
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    You can always mount it behind the bumper. Here's a few we have fabbed in the past. The winches behind these bumpers are rated from 12K to 15K.

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    As far as the thickness of material. I have used everything from 3/8" to 3/4" for the winch mount. It all depends on how far away from the frame the winch is mounted and the kind of bracing you utilize. I would also try to keep the winch inline with the frame channels. When a winch is too high in relation to the frame rails, there is a lot of extra leverage applied to the winch mounts and the frame.

    Here's a pic of a behind the bumper winch mount I fabbed.


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  6. stumblefoot

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    Hey DPI Ive got an old ARMY Cucv (Chevy K5) its got the tow/lifting shackels in front and the Army brush gaurd. What kind of behind the bumper winch mount can you design (make for me? I want to retain the lift/tow shackels.
     
  7. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Those shackles are fine for pulling horizontally, i.e. extraction, but they are NOT airlift shackles like the HMMWV's have ... the tube on them isn't but a foot long or so, you'd yank them right off if you pulled UP on those things :eek1:

    Other than the brush guard (which was a dealer option, btw) and the extra holes, the CUCV bumpers are stock, non-chrome, boring bumpers.

    (The "extra holes" include the blackout lights and the shackle mounts.)

    -- A
     

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