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 Post subject: Re: Winch capacity for AStro AWD, Warn M8000 vs M10000, vs V
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:02 pm 
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The OEM holes on top of AWD cross bar are at about 20" centers which is convenient to attach to bumper.''

Also, useful to know that Astro frame mounts are at about 41" centers.


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 Post subject: Re: Winch capacity for AStro AWD, Warn M8000 vs M10000, vs V
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:28 pm 
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Interesting fab work. What are your plans for beefing up the front suspension to handle all that additional offset weight?

Those strut brackets add a lot of weight in a hurry.

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 Post subject: Re: Winch capacity for AStro AWD, Warn M8000 vs M10000, vs V
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:18 pm 
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Hi,

Yes, some day I may have a local metal fab place create some custom 1/4" steel brackets to replace the hodgepodge DIY set up I have.
Other promising news is that Journeys Off-road is creating a winch tray for Astro.

I tensioned the synthetic line on the Warn VR12 S by pulling my neighbors 4 door Wrangler while he applied a bit of brakes.

I used an Auto Zone thick rubber license plate frame and bungee cords to protect the cast iron Hawse fair lead.


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 Post subject: Re: Winch capacity for AStro AWD, Warn M8000 vs M10000, vs V
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:25 pm 
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So far the KYB front Gas Adjusu shocks are doing OK, but may get Bilsteins to firm.

The main weigh saving was accomplished by removing the 95 lbs Manik front brush guard.

I have not yet crank torsion bars.

I plan to get Cooper tires Discovery AT3 in special size, LT215-85/16 which are nominal 30" OD.
My LT225/70-16 BFG KOs are great but only 28" nominal.

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 Post subject: Re: Winch capacity for AStro AWD, Warn M8000 vs M10000, vs V
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:05 am 
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Astrophysics wrote:
Other promising news is that Journeys Off-road is creating a winch tray for Astro.


Hey, that looks nice. I'm a hidden-winch kind of guy myself, so that looks good. Spendy, though.

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