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Old April 27th, 2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Default Tie Dyed's XJ: Detours Backbone (winch plate) install

So, I have not thought up a cool name for my XJ yet. But here was part one of the build.

I had bought the Detours Off-Road Backbone a couple of years ago. http://www.detoursusa.com/xjbackbone.php

This thing is beefy. I like the looks of the stock bumper, and I did not want to build my own. With this winch mount, you only cut part of the bumper. It comes primed, and I painted it with some spray paint truck bed liner. It has to D-ring mounts with it, so you also gain recovery points.

All you have to do is pull the bumper off, and take the bolts out of the steering box.

I was able to install it mostly by myself, but my son was willing to help when needed. It is shipped with bolts, but over the years, I have used them for other things. All of the holes are drilled perfect, and I did not have to widen any. Install probably takes about two and a half hours, but I was not rushing, and was also doing some things in the garage.

When cutting the bumper, I just used an angle grinder, which worked good. My bumper was a little bent up, so one of my cuts was not straight, but it is hard to notice.

I also replaced the to front stock bolts with grade 8, and needed to cut a little box out to get the wrench up there. you can just see it on the right.

The winch fits up nice and tight.

It has six bolts per side. On the passenger side, there are holes in the frame for the right-hand-drive XJ, so the plate uses those.

Somehow I did not get a picture with the plastic back on, but it all fit right back on without a problem.

Overall, nice clean install. I had some trouble getting the steering box bolts back in, but I did not take off the drag link, which would be one less thing to fight. An air ratchet would make it faster as well, as some of the bolts can be on a quarter turn at a time.

The rest of the plan:

Rough County 4.5 long arm.
2 inch budget boost
HP Dana 30, 4.56, lunchbox locker
Chrysler 8.25 lunchbox locker
4.56 gears
JCR sliders. I like the looks of the new ones that bolt right over the rocker.

I have most of the parts, but still need to get the gears. I plan on cleaning up the axles, and putting all new bearings in them. Once those get done (prolly about a month and a half) I will do the long arm.
2000 XJ with a 3 inch body lift
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