How to Install a Winch on a Jeep


Installing a winch on your Jeep is the perfect addition for any off-road enthusiast. Finding yourself stuck in the mud in the middle of nowhere can put a damper on anyone's afternoon. Jeep owners like the versatility that their vehicle offers and adding a winch just makes you more prepared. A winch will allow you to pull yourself, or a friend, out of the mud and get back on the road. Winches are easy to install, slightly expensive and require familiarity to be used.

Things You'll Need

  • Winch kit (winch, winch hook, fairlead, winch rope, power cables,
  • tow hook bumper bolts, sway bar bolts, fairlead bolts, winch/plate connector bolts and
  • winch plate)
  • Ratchet wrench
  • Torque wrench
  • Attach the fairlead to the front of the winch plate with two fairlead bolts using the torque wrench. Set the wrench to 50 lbs. of torque.

  • Attach the winch to the winch plate with the four winch plate bolts. The bolts will go from the back into the feet of the winch. Use your torque wench to tighten to 30 lbs. of torque.

  • Unbolt the four bumper bolts that hold the tow hooks using a wrench.

  • Get help to hold the winch in place on top of the bumper, over the four bumper bolt holes.

  • Replace the bumper bolts through the winch and tighten using torque wrench to 75 lbs. of torque.

  • Disconnect the negative cable from your car battery first and then the positive cable, using a wrench for both.

  • Push the red and black electrical cables from the winch through the front grill.

  • Run the red and black cables past the radiator on the passenger side of the Jeep.

  • Place the red winch cable onto the positive battery post first and tighten with a wrench. Place the black winch cable onto the negative batter post and tighten with wrench.

  • Reconnect the positive battery cable on the battery post and tighten using a wrench. Reconnect the negative battery cable on the battery post and tighten using a wrench.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to start your vehicle whenever you are using your winch or you will drain your battery.

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