Installation Time: Full Day
May 29, 2018
I got this (11540.10) (w/winch mount) and a small bar over the winch, and the storage ends. Also put a Warn VR8000-S on it.
Installation was pretty straight forward, but nothing is ever 100 as the you-tube vids or the printed instructions say.
Took me most of all day, but I am not a mechanic and I was working completely by myself and I did add a Barricade massive skid plate which turned out not be compatible with the RR XHD so I had to remove it and that wasted a lot of time...
Some people claim bolt-hole misalignment or diameter issues but I didn't have any of those problems.Minor fitment issue was that if I placed the bumper flush up against the frame then the Warn VR8000 winch power wires would just barely kiss the front fascia grill; I did not want that as vibration over the years would result in either pwoer cord insulation rubbing away of the front fascia would have been scuffed. So instead I reused the stock spacer pieces of metal that came with the stock bumper, they are maybe ~1/8" thick. This pushed the XHD forward an eighth which cleared the winch power cords away from the grill. That was great. HOWEVER, this meant one of the forward mounting holes for the over-winch (bull?)bar came to rest right over a small (1/8" high?) rise/imprfection in the frame. This means that when tightening the screws for the bar that its screw bottomed out (on the rise in the frame) before it was fully seated flush. Monday morning quarterback says I should just cut the screw short. Duh. But as that was one of the final things to do, at the end of a day, I just torqued it down hard. The result was it raised (warped) the bumper up about a sixteenth of an inch. Imperceptable to anyone except me who witnessed the sheet metal flex as I torqued the screw.
Minor issue. But for the amount we pay for these things I would expect none issues!
The bumper has been on for two weeks, daily-driver stuff for wife/daughter mall crawlers, and the powder coat has held up superbly to highway debris. Have yet to kill 1-3 inch saplings off-road so cannot report on that yet. But it feels solid, is heavy, and mounts tight and solidly. There is absolutely no bend nor flex anywhere in the system (bumper/ends/bar/mount) when I stand on it or lift up on it. The whole jeep moves, not the bumper. Seems very tough, very quality.
No problems with the Warn VR series winch mounting.
One more minor problem: relocating the vacuum pump. Seems like you have to decide between either the pump body contacting the cross-member, or the rubber hose contacting the cross-member. Neither are desirable from a long-term vibrations perspective. Seems the RR-provide relocating brackets are not "stiff" enough to prevent vibration such that one or the other will be subjected to long term rubbing/vibration in its new location inside the cross-member.