BUMPER BUILDING So I started digging into building a front bumper. I have this issue where I pick up used Warn winches off of Craigslist whenever they come up. I typically just use them for ballast, so my shed doesn’t blow away. But I decided it might be time to put one of these to use. I had and 8274 that I tried to fit up front, but I couldn’t find a way to get it mounted as tight as I wanted without cutting up the grill and sheet metal, which I did contemplate. But in the end I decided to go with an M10000. Warn no longer make this winch. They call it the M12000. I know that there are a lot of companies out there now that make winches. I always stick to Warn, simply because you can still order parts for every winch they have ever made. Which I think is pretty cool, its also why I am not afraid to buy them used. So I started with positioning the winch. I wanted it nice in low and tucked up as close to the body as I could get it. I started with a cardboard template to create the base plate the winch would mount to. I then transferred that to some 3/16” plate and off we go. It did take me a while to get started. This was the first front plate that I started with, but I hated the look of it, just more for the scrap bin. With a little (or a lot) of back and forth it started to take shape. The first side is always the most time consuming, but once I had that done it started to come together.