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Chevy Suburban Front Winch Bumper
09-11-2015, 06:12 AM
Post: #11
RE: Chevy Suburban Front Winch Bumper
(09-08-2015 07:40 AM)Smithy Wrote:  I painted the winch mount with some hammered bronze to match the rock rings. Then slipped in a Smittybilt XRC 15,500 lb, its big heavy and awkward like everything else on the truck Tongue


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The mount slides inside the framerails and ties in with the front spring hangers.

Man, that looks great. Excellent work!

(09-08-2015 07:40 AM)Smithy Wrote:  I painted the winch mount with some hammered bronze to match the rock rings. Then slipped in a Smittybilt XRC 15,500 lb, its big heavy and awkward like everything else on the truck Tongue


[Image: DSCF0005_zpsfxluqylk.jpg]

The mount slides inside the framerails and ties in with the front spring hangers.

Man, that looks great. Excellent work!
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09-11-2015, 12:09 PM
Post: #12
RE: Chevy Suburban Front Winch Bumper
Awesome!
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09-11-2015, 02:26 PM
Post: #13
RE: Chevy Suburban Front Winch Bumper
(09-04-2015 02:16 AM)taz03 Wrote:  Very nice.

(09-10-2015 02:34 PM)AA1PR Wrote:  nice work

(09-11-2015 06:12 AM)getz411 Wrote:  Man, that looks great. Excellent work!

(09-11-2015 12:09 PM)BlueCrawler Wrote:  Awesome!

Thanks!

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09-27-2015, 09:12 AM (This post was last modified: 09-27-2015 09:13 AM by Smithy.)
Post: #14
RE: Chevy Suburban Front Winch Bumper
Finally got the winch hooked up and the grill back on. I had to move the engine oil cooler up and to the drivers side, and transmission cooler #3 up and to the passenger side. The grill needed some minor trimming to fit.

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I did a few test pulls and everything seems to work well. However it is very difficult to unspool. Hopefully the clutch will loosen up a bit over time.

I also packed the cable with grease. There is debate over whether to grease or not. I chose to do so, and hopefully keep the cable from rusting out prematurely.

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Next will be an outer bumper with brush guard.

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09-27-2015, 08:21 PM
Post: #15
RE: Chevy Suburban Front Winch Bumper
Looks great! Always wondered if anyone greases the winch cable and the pros and cons.
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09-27-2015, 08:56 PM
Post: #16
RE: Chevy Suburban Front Winch Bumper
For the climate we live in the grease should keep water and dirt out of the steel fibers. It will also allow the cable to flex more freely and not fray or flat spot.

The downsides are it will attract dirt on the surface and will get our hands dirty. However the dirt is easier to wipe off and you really shouldn't run a cable over your hands without gloves on anyway. Even though we all have done it.

The blue grease is for marine applications and is supposed to be waterproof. I also switched to this style grease on my wheel bearings, u joints, and steering. Time will tell how well this stuff works.

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