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How to Install Rugged Ridge Spartacus Heavy Duty 8,500 lb. Winch w/ Steel Cable on your Jeep Wrangler

Installation Time

2 hours

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Your Jeep will need a winch ready bumper or winch plate to complete the installation. Shown in this guide is the ugged Ridge Raised Winch Plate (87-06 Wrangler YJ & TJ) Item J13884, MPN# 11238.12. I planned for the winch plate installation, my factory bumper is off set to flush up with the fairlead. This also accommodates the flush mounted fog lights. 

Installation Instructions

1. Before


2. Remove 6 bolts. 4 – 19 mm bumper bolts, 2 – 16 mm sway bar bolts.


3. What comes with the Rugged Ridge Spartacus Heavy Duty 8,500 lb. Winch w/ Steel Cable.


4. I chose the Solenoid Mounting Supplement 3. 


5. Locate this bracket in the supplied hardware bag. 


6. Remove 1 and loosen the other – 2.5 mm allen screws from the solenoid box opposite the winch remote connection. 


7. Install the bracket.


8. Remove one 9 mm allen screw from the rear winch post.


9. Locate one 2.5 mm screw in the provided hardware.


10. Mount the solenoid box onto the winch.



11. The electrical studs are color coded to match the boots on the wire. 





12. Using the provided hardware mount the fairlead to the which plate. 18mm open end wrench and 18mm socket.



13. Insert the provided square nuts into the winch feet. 



14. Mount the winch to the winch plate using the provided 16 mm bolts.



15. Cut the rubber band holding the cable in place.


16. Feed the crimped end of the winch cable through the fairlead. 


17. Attach the hook to the crimped cable end by removing the counter key with pliers and pulling the pin. 




18. Mount the winch plate to the frame rails, using the factory bumper bolts (19 mm) and sway bar bolts (16 mm).


19. Route the positive (RED) and negative (BLACK) cables to the battery. I found that there was a “channel” along the air box then between the air box and fuse box. 



20. Plug in your winch remote. Installation complete.


Installation Instructions Written by ExtremeTerrain Customer T. Boyer 3/2/2018