Installation Time: Afternoon
July 24, 2018
Good product, overall satisfied.
I am overall pretty pleased with this winch and bumper combo, but have not yet used the winch. The steel used in the bumper doesn't feel too thin, and the whole thing is very solid. Both the bumper and winch look good and I like how the winch is set down in the bumper a ways for a cleaner look.
Installation was not quite as smooth as I expected, primarily because the pre-drilled holes on the winch plate of the bumper were set around 1/16" wider than the bolt holes on the base of the winch. This made it impossible to line the winch up on the plate. My solution was to drill the holes out slightly larger on the bumper, bringing them closer together and in to line.
Also, while this bumper is designed to use your factory foglights, they are placed much further apart. My factory wiring needed an additional 12" of wire spliced in for each light to bridge the gap.
Additionally, the support for the winch plate has minimal cutouts on the back for accessing the bolt heads, which must be threaded up into the bottom of the winch. The instructions call for mounting the bumper and then the winch, but after considering it carefully, I felt that accessing the front bolts would be needlessly difficult once mounted on the Jeep.
I mounted the winch on the bumper, and then put the whole thing on the Jeep. As a unit, they are quite hefty and I benefitted from a helper to heave this thing up and into place.
Overall, it looks great, feels durable, and came with everything I needed, including the D-rings and roller fairing, for what felt like a reasonable price.
Installation wasn't quite as simple as advertised, considering that I needed to drill out the existing holes on the bumper to make two parts from the same brand and sold as a combo, fit together. But even so, drilling holes and splicing wire are tasks at which most people confident enough to give it a shot should be able to succeed.
If this bumper catches your eye and the price feels right, I recommend it!