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Old July 25th, 2014, 03:53 PM
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Although I agree, I'd point out that I that was out general attitude we'd probably all drive jeeps
You have a point. That said, having messed around with quirky and non-mainstream things has shortened my attention span over the years. Going with something mainstream and making life simple is nice.

Also if you really wanted to do the jeep thing, you'd be buying a Smittybilt.
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Ok I've changed direction a lot on this but finally getting it done. I'm almost finished with rebuilding an 8274.the bumper is done though. I picked up a warn center section (it's very hefty and just clears the outside front chassis members), welded a box piece on each ended, tabs for mounting , then welded the bumper nuts to the underside. Total weight is about 80 pounds. Perfect.

Since this was heftier than anything I've ever welded, I needed some help from my friends at a local shop, then I finished everything else.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 07:55 PM
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That looks really good, nice job.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 09:12 PM
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Looking good!
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 10:33 PM
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Ok I've changed direction a lot on this but finally getting it done. I'm almost finished with rebuilding an 8274.the bumper is done though. I picked up a warn center section (it's very hefty and just clears the outside front chassis members), welded a box piece on each ended, tabs for mounting , then welded the bumper nuts to the underside. Total weight is about 80 pounds. Perfect. Since this was heftier than anything I've ever welded, I needed some help from my friends at a local shop, then I finished everything else.
That's a great setup! Great job on that
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 05:58 AM
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I like it. It's a simple design.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 07:25 AM
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thanks guys. i couldn't believe it when i found the perfect center section:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...productDetails

such an awesome deal i bought two. not sure why, but if someone wants that center section let me know.

and since I'm an amazon prime member, the two-day shipping was free. total cost was $211 for that very beefy center section. it's originally for dodge trucks, but one could do this without the attached ends and slip it onto the chassis members directly like this (from gigglepin:
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 07:47 AM
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I really like how GP tapered the sides of their 8274 winch tray. It gives it a more streamlined look for sure.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 12:26 PM
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Ed's 8274 thread got me off my duff and get going on mine. Here are a few pics.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 12:27 PM
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Here it is fresh back from powder coating. New lower unit rebuild kit and starting to reassemble.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 12:30 PM
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Installed motor. I used a gigglepin motor gasket so I wouldn't have to use rtv to seal it everytime I need to pull the motor.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 12:32 PM
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I attached a new ground lug to the let casing. I used a stainless lag bolt, cut off the top, and used two nuts to secure it. Stainless is a horrible conductor, so I'll test this out before finalizing it.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 12:35 PM
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I used the gigglepin solenoid and cable boots on welding wire. I took advantage of the 5 pin connector to have it switch the ground as well. If for some reason I had a ground fault, I spkiced in a quick connector to bypass the remote ground switch and plug directly into the solenoid.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 12:40 PM
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Make sure not a single strand of wire has a chance at exposure. So I used shrink tubing on all the contact points.

It's always easier and better to just get a new socket. Warn makes it easy by labeling the ground, attaching ring terminals for battery connections, and the other connections are grouped along the DPDT switch.

I got a new metal, powder coated housing cover. This made it look even better. Attach the final top decal and its ready for its install.
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Stainless is a horrible conductor, so I'll test this out before finalizing it.
no worse than the yoke. youll be fine. my stainless ground stud conducts fine for a stud
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Old December 14th, 2014, 04:02 PM
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Ok cool, thanks Ed
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Old December 14th, 2014, 04:12 PM
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions, tips, etc. My project is complete.

Jeff suggested using a factor 55 winch lock bolt for security. So I got two of them.

The only pain was that warn has a large slot for the square nuts. This didn't work for the 3/8-16 factor 55 bolt.

So I used some steel bar stock that I had lying around, cut and ground it down for a perfect fit, then drilled and tapped it. I wanted all four nuts to match, so I made four of them.

And finally, everything was as close to the body as possible, with only a10mm clearance. Just a small trim job to the stock grille and it all fell into place...
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Nice work! Did you put anti-seize on all of the bolts?
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Old December 14th, 2014, 04:22 PM
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Thanks Jimmy. And yes, definitely on the anti seize. I've busted enough knuckles for a weekend tinkerer.

One of our cats decided to make a cameo, thought you'd like that.
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Great write up which will no doubt help other Inmates....thanks for posting.





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