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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 02:30 PM
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Stock TJ Bumper Strength

Hi, new here and I've got a couple questions.

How strong are the stock bumpers on the TJ's? I don't yet have a winch, and probably won't for a while now, but I was wondering how big of a winch will the stock bumpers hold and at what point will I need to get a more robust anchor for the winch.

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Re: Stock TJ Bumper Strength

If you plan to wheel you might want to get more robust bumpers anyway. I know for sure that the plastic ends are good for maybe one good shot.
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Re: Stock TJ Bumper Strength

I do not have a winch on my TJ, but I think that most winch plates mount through the bumper to the frame, so bumper strength really isn't much of an issue. I would agree, however, that a better bumper would hold up longer on the trail.
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Re: Stock TJ Bumper Strength

This is on my YJ but the principal is the same...has nothing to do with the bumper...you will need to get (or make) a mounting plate to hold the fairlead and mount the winch to the frame rails between the grill and the bumper...

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Re: Stock TJ Bumper Strength

And take care to get a good grade 8 bolt to attach that sucker. I saw a guy with a samurai use weak bolts to attatch his winch and it was ugly when it ripped off of the frame. I agree with the other two posts. The stock bumper looks like a large piece of sh!t metal... er sheet metal and is not very strong at all but has little to do with the winch but you have to use a good mounting plate.
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