Tips for Installing Front Winch Bumper Kits on Custom Jeeps

There's nothing worse than going off-roading in the middle of nowhere and finding that the vehicle just can't quite make it out on its own. Installing a front winch bumper kit ensures that this won't ever happen.

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  1. Jeeps were originally designed with off-roading in mind, and they still are. Many Jeep owners find that they're also designed to easily accommodate DIY improvements such as adding custom jeep bumpers and winches. There are a variety of reasons that most home welders working on their first Jeep projects choose to install a front winch before making any other upgrades, but no winch can perform its valuable work unless it is installed correctly, which is why this article focuses on helpful tips for first-time custom Jeep builders.

    Why a Front Winch?

    There's nothing worse than going off-roading in the middle of nowhere and finding that the vehicle just can't quite make it out on its own. Installing a front winch bumper kit ensures that this won't ever happen.

    Choose the Right Capacity

    It's always best to choose a winch that has a capacity of at least 1 ½ times the weight of the Jeep it is going to pull. It's equally important, however, to make sure that the winch bumper is rated to pull the right amount of weight as well. The best way to accomplish this is to purchase a pre-fabricated kit that is specifically tailored to the model being altered, as, for example, a wj jeep grand cherokee bumper will be guaranteed to be able to pull the weight of the Jeep Grand Cherokee without any trouble.

    Have an Extra Set of Hands

    The front winch for a Jeep Grand Cherokee weighs almost 100 pounds. Installing one without a friend on-call to help out can lead to disastrous and even dangerous consequences. A front winch bumper constitutes a serious investment into the vehicle, so adequate care should be taken to make sure it can be properly installed.

    Read the Assembly Directions

    Some bumpers need to have the winch installed onto it first, then have the entire assembly lifted for attachment to the vehicle. Others allow owners to install the winch onto the bumper mount first and install the winch line after this step is taken. It's important to follow these instructions, as there won't always be room to work if assembly directions aren't carefully followed.
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