I have reached out to ROCKHARD4x4 for some information on their methods for making claims of winch weight ratings on this plate. Will forward any info I get from them.
Check this out, but instead of adding D-rings tabs, just keep the factory hooks on it.I came across this:
and was wondering if it would work for the stock bumper on my gladiator?
I thought it might save me a lot of money not buying a new bumper so i could get a better winch. What do you think? I've never done this before so excuse my ignorance if this is a really bad idea.
If your skill level is not up to installing a winch than yes please take it to a shop. The rest of us will do it ourselves while we pound beers..I didn't say he HAD to do anything. But i would think safety is a concern when putting something on your bumper that's going to pulling on something trying to get it out of a bad situation. But i guess since you've decided that you're speaking on his behalf. Yeah, this is a toy. If you're buying this to use just as a truck, you bought the wrong vehicle. People buy this for the fact that it's a Jeep, but it's just a little more than that. They're doing all the mods that are out there for the cool factor. This is not your typical truck, although it has the ability to do some things, it's not something that you wouldn't mind it getting trashed on a job site.There are just some people in this world who feel they need to complain about everyone and everything. You Shadowspapa just happen to be that perfect example. Like i said before, Take it to a shop and get expert advice from people who do these types of installs before you listen to some loud mouth who thinks he's a speaker of the people.
My "guess" is the bumper FACE is a polycarbonate - not your grandfather's plastic. Could be wrong but many many auto makers are using it now because it's not a crystalline structure like other plastics. Only the bumper face is "plastic", my guess, a polycarbonate.I realize in reality the tow hooks are attached to the bumper which is attached to the frame by the 8 bolts which attach the bumper.
This may be viewed by some as not sufficient. But if the tow hooks are rated for the vehicle and could be attached otherwise to recover then why not in this circumstance.
I am not saying this my forever solution and may next spring upgrade the bumper and allow for lower winch placement.
I am just waiting for the firestorm here.
It is a hazard..... for your eyes!! it is also a lot of extra work to install over just picking up something like an inexpensive smittybilt stubby. but that is just my opinion, best of luck to you.Appreciate the support. I of course am willing to take constructive criticism but yes we all have places to direct discretionary money. You need to balance. If I determined that setup was a hazard I would change setup. But there is no supportive evidence of that. The Winch is not connected to plastic. I see steel bumpers with the winch mounted on top, and not down lower inline with the frame. They are still indirectly attached to the frame, as is the ROCKHARD4x4 setup.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone!, and have fun in the snow if you get it.