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    Default Winch plate repair

    Well I didn't build my winch plate strong enough. (My mistake)I had my Jeep buried in a tough spot out on the trail. I put the winch into action and broke one of the welds and bent the plate. I stopped the pull before anything bad happened but thought I might share my experience so someone else can build a better mousetrap. Back to the drawing board for some reinforcement. I thought others might want to see what I have done to copy or improve. I know it won't happen again now that I beefed it up all the way around. The plate is 1/4" thick so it wasn't too light but the span was too much for it without better support. This is with a stock cutout bumper. I will build a bumper later and will probably build the back one before the front. This serves the purpose for now and I would rather get the back spare of the gate.
    Here is where I was trying to keep the front end up on the bank but the mud just wasn't cooperating. As soon as I got past the ledge here it fell down into the bottomless pit.

    Stuck pretty good! I should have just pulled back off but you know....

    Here you can see the supports on the bottom.



    Last edited by 4x4x4; 04-01-2010 at 19:28.
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    I see the problem, it's that darn hat your wearing.

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    Are you talking about where the wholes look elongatd on left rear mounting hole?

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    I am sorry.. thats the beefed up version correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackhammer View Post
    I am sorry.. thats the beefed up version correct.
    The pictures are only after I straightened the plate and put in the supports and more welded points. The mounting hole on the left rear is slightly elongated.
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    After a few year stint with snow plows. I always like the idea of things being bolted as well as welded. Any possible way to get a piece of angle iron on the bottom to bolt thru the frame on one side and winch plate other. nice looking welds

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