Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-06-2020, 03:06 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
lchukar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Boise, Idaho
Posts: 23
Prevent losing your winch cover

The Warn winch cover/license plate holder on my Aluminess front bumper snaps in place just above the front receiver hitch. There is not a positive latch of any sort to hold it in place. A couple times while backing up through sagebrush or willows the cover came off. Luckily I spotted it and put it back on. But finally there was the day where I did not see it, and drove off without it. Miles later, and of course after descending a gnarly hill, I noticed it was gone. To go back up the hill of course required:
#1-30 minutes of road improvements
#2- 4x4
#3- front and rear lockers engaged
#4- my wife getting out to walk instead of riding along.
And then a drive back to where the cover fell off.

So that snafu inspired me to come up with the fix shown here.
Name:  1 pipe strap.jpg
Views: 46
Size:  11.6 KB
You can see on the bottom inside of the cover I attached two little brackets I made from some pipe strap. The kind that comes in a roll with precut holes.

Name:  2 -IMG_2762.jpg
Views: 46
Size:  12.6 KB
Here is the view from the bottom with the two brackets pop riveted in place.

Name:  3 - clevis multihole.jpg
Views: 46
Size:  11.7 KB
Next I drilled two holes through the frame that lined up with the bracket holes. Then I cut a multiholed clevis pin in half, put a cotter pin through the top hole, and inserted it down through the hole in the frame. Shown is one loose in my fingers, and with the other one one inserted in place.

Name:  4 - IMG_2766.jpg
Views: 46
Size:  15.0 KB
Here you can see both cotter pins in place, one on each side of the receiver.

Name:  5 - hairpin cotter.jpg
Views: 46
Size:  15.1 KB
Finally, once the winch cover/license plate holder is snapped in place, the clevis pins insert through the frame and bracket, a second cotter pin is put in place through the bottom of the clevis pin, and the whole thing ain't going nowhere.

I realize some duct tape might accomplish the same thing. But with this set up I can have the cover off and back on in about a minute any time I need to access the winch. Of course once I get the winch involved my wife not only gets out of the cab, she also covers her eyes til it is all over. But that is another story.
__________________

lchukar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2020, 05:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Twoxentrix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Annapolis, Maryland
Posts: 1,412
Garage
Annoying when you discover the cover is missing! Very simple & practical solution - I like it.
__________________
TwoXentrix
"AWOL"
Twoxentrix is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Sportsmobile Registry

Loud Mobile

pinz712

Jnlola

jnlola
Add your Sportsmobile
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×