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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-28-2001, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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How do we protect our mods and accessories?

Yeah I've had 2 stereos stolen and several tools out of my Jeep, but that was to be expected. My question is, how do we prepare to stop someone trying to steel a winch? I just installed my Warn 8274, and with the simple turn of a few bolts; anyone could easily walk away with my investment! I'd rather not weld it to the frame-what have y'all done?

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Re: How do we protect our mods and accessories?

check with your local hardware store or preferrably a local wholesaler of nuts and bolts and look into getting some type of security head bolts. Different types are made that require a certain type wrench/socket to remove them. You buy the security headed bolts and the tool, and that at least cuts down on the number of people that can remove the bolts. It doesn't guarantee anything but at least puts the odds more in your favor. The tricky part is that alot of places may not allow you to buy the security tool becasue they are controlled, you'll just have to check into it and see what you can come up with.

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Re: How do we protect our mods and accessories?

After my friend had his brand new winch stollen off the front of his jeep I got the welder out and welded all the bolt heads to the mounting plate. If I have to get it off I'll just have to cut the bolts and do a little gringing but at least it will make it real hard to steal

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I've seen this exact problem solved in an old magazine. Weld a piece of channel over the nut. This way, you won't be able to get a socket on it from above and have to wrench it off. And since you can't turn the wrench all the way, it will take forever to take off, and hope that a thief won't risk being caught being there any length of time.

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One option is to just throw a spot weld on each nut or bolt head after your finished installing the winch. With the spot welds in place it makes it impossible to put a socket on the heads. You can put a dot on each side if you want to, that makes it impossible to even get a wrench on there. When you need to take it off, just grind off the little nubs.

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Re: How do we protect our mods and accessories?

I wish I had a picture but here goes: My winch mounting plate is welded into my bush bar, the bar slides into the frame from the front and is bolted in several places. This results in the 2 back bolts that hold the winch on are sandwiched between the mounting plate and the factory steel plate in front. So, to steal the winch the bush bar must be removed and that is too much like work for a lot of thieves. I never like to leave my jeep on the street for long and I try not to make a pattern of my parking.
I have been lucky so far but I also store it in a garage. She would never forgive me if I kept her outside, we have an understanding, I keep her from the crusher and she hauls my ass where ever I want to go!

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Re: How do we protect our mods and accessories?

I've seen guys take a threaded pipe end (for lack of knowing the proper term) and welding that over the bolt head.

You may want to consider a motion alarm, or a big thick chain or cable lock around the winch drum to the frame of the jeep.

Ooor....get a receiver mount so you can take the winch inside with you. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

....or move to a nicer town where they don't steal stuff. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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you could just keep a 150 pound hungry rottwieller hooked to it on a 3 foot chain

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Re: How do we protect our mods and accessories?

The other one is to have 4+ different types of bolts on your winch.
I know a guy who has a huge sub in the back of his Rice Rocket, after being stolen once, I told him to do this, hes come back numerous times to find that the theives have take off one or two bolts then given up because their all diffent shapes.
(Take 2 of the bolts, get a huge flat head screw driver. (HUGE!) grind off the hex, and then slot the top.
If they manage to get all the other hex nuts off, there sure as hell going to have trouble getting the rounded bolts off)

another option is just to use Torx bolts. Hell, if I saw a 2 lb diamond strapped down with a torx bolt and a sign saying (Take me) I'd pass on it.

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Re: How do we protect our mods and accessories?

Here you go, weld a piece of pipe (inside diameter just big enough for your socket to fit in) on your winch plate where your bolt heads go. use studs, Then get the old style wheel locks that had the recessed funny looking key. this is the best one Ive seen. keep the key hidden or ...? An old boss of mine had this on his truck. I was surprised when I saw what he came up with.
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