American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Front Bumper and Warn Winch Install

From my 2013 JKU, I removed the American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) front bumper, on that build I was anticipating having winch so I already had the AEV winch plate adapter.  For my first Father’s Day, my 11 month old daughter, Amelia bought me a Warn Zeon 10S winch.  

This bumper was on my 2013 JKU since the Spring of 2015, it was a daily driver, and the snow/salt of winter roads in NorthEast Ohio dis start to show some surface rust.  Dee was able to sand off some of the surface rust and we used AEV Touch Up Paint to make it look new again.  I know in the future I will have to remove the bumper and get it striped and re-powder coated again.  

My new Jeep came with Steel front MOPAR bumper, these are really nice, however, a word of advice, the LED fog lights that are in the steel bumper are NOT the same as the ones that are in the plastic bumper, the mounting tabs are different.  This was a problem as the AEV bumper fog light brackets are designed for the plastic bumper.  I was able to buy the Quadratec LED fog lights from a friend on Facebook.

The rest of the install went very smooth with no issues.  The directions from Warn on how to install the winch were not very clear and had to use both AEV winch plate and Warns instructions to make sense.  

One thing that I did install wrong was the way that I spooled the winch line.  It is to go under the drum not on top.  Easy fix, I just had to unspool the entire line and then respell it back on.  When spooling your line, make sure that you have tension on the line.  Its easy to have one person run the winch controller and another person pulling backwards, giving tension on the line.  

https://www.expeditionteamoverland.com/2018-JKU-Rubicon-Recon-Gobi-Build/Front-Bumper-Install

Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. JKFreaks.com was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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