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I'll post some more pics soon, but I just got my front receiver/winch mount added.

I REALLY wish i had of just ordered Get Lost's mount .. I spent the better part of three DAYS getting it done.



I originally planned to tuck the mount it inside the front frame tube ...

But ended up cutting the WHOLE front frame tube out.





Sorry the pics are blurry I ended up doing most of this after dark outside



Here's a shot of drilling one of the mounting holes ... the plywood is to protect the rad when the drill bit catches ... I broke 2 drill bits, but all the rads survived :0)

I'll put some more pics up tomorrow ... just finished tonight at midnight
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you cut the front crossmember out?........ It looks like you have done nice work but I am not sure about cutting that front support out. I guess the testing will tell.

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I think you should weld the receiver hitch frame to the XK frame instead of just bolting.
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Braver than me but good work.

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Thanks for the replies guys! ... I'll add some more pics later on today

adamag25... No worries there the new cross member I put in is probably 5 times stronger than stock one I took out

GPintheMitten... the frame is folded up out of light 14 gauge sheet metal (under.080" of thickness) ... it's pretty much too light to weld 1/4" steel to ... if you tried it would just blow away when the welding rod hit it

I used Heavy Plate back washer (2"X1"by3/8" thick) under the 1/2" bolts and there's five grade 8 bolts holding it on ... it's actually stronger than a weld.

Iowa Commander... If I had of KNOWN it was going that far I probably would not have started I really needed the winch mount for this weekend and like Nike says ... just did it!

I've been doing all sorts of fab work on trucks since I was a teen ager though, and I worked as a Millwright for many years.

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Don't get me wrong, it looks stronger than stock and I've done my share of irreversible alterations. Just looking at it with the missing piece looks rough. Looking forward to the after pics.

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OK, Yeggster, you've got the experience and the skills. Are you going to re-attach the black plastic crush part and the plastic bumper fascia? You might want to use the cut out cross member and re-attach parts of it to support the plastic parts. Then it would not look so scary to all of us.

Anyway, good job. I know you will like having the front receiver mount as much as I do.
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Yes good points!! ... I have some pics of thoese items too, hopefully not too blurry
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looking foreward to it...trying to figure out a way for mine as well...and allthough this is a bit rough ...it looks like another viable option.
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not bad.

i have my bumper mount welded to my front crossmember. it actually welded really nicely.

i have a mig though. just hold your arc to the thicker metal then swing out to the thinner stuff really quick and then back to the thicker stuff. i also welded PolarBZ's mount to the frame when i installed his.
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