Not sure about the Tomken, but I went with the Warn mount for the front of my CJ
mostly because it was readily available locally.
It is basically two brackets that bolt to the sides of your frame and a plate that bolts to the brackets across the front (for the CJ, but I'll bet the YJ mount is pretty close to the same). The only slight complaint I had was that the kit came with grade 5 hardware. A trip to the hardware store and $10 fixed that.
In addition, there are two 1/4" spacers between the brackets and the plate. I'm thinking that I could use some angle and sandwich it between the plate and brackets instead of the spacers to make tow hook mounts ...actually I think I saw this on a web site somewhere.
I bought the Warn kit and the holes didn't line up with those on my frame. Anyway, the price was not appropriate for two brackets, a plate, and some grade 5 bolts. Why spend $85 and then another $10 or $15 to replace the hardware? I spent $20 for some angle iron, bolts and a plate and drilled the holes in the right place. I also drilled holes for tow hooks and integrated the mount with a new front bumper.
This is a present my wife is going to be buying for me. She asked which one I want. I'm kinda lame right now [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img](torn muscle in shoulder), so I can't even finish my rear bumper- let alone take on another (easy) fab job.
You know...I made this comment on another list about a year ago. A bunch of engineer types got on my case. After a lot of discussion it was agreed upon that grade 8 was still better than grade 5 for this application. If I can find that thread I will post it and you guys can rip it apart. I'll have to go back to my old e-mail program and see if I still have it.
The reason I say that is that years ago when I got my winch mount I called Warn and asked them why grade 5, not 8. That is what
they told me, not being an engineer or even anything close, I jsut trusted a big outfit like Warn. Maybe they were wrong?
Brad (from the 4 Wheeling center of the universe, 4 corners USA)
I think that Warn would put Grade 5 in the kit for a reason.....Grade 8 bolts are stronger but they are also more brittle. I would stick with the Grade 5 bolts, anything happens to them Warn is liable....as for the original question which winch plate is better I have no idea haven't used either, sorry.