Project WJ: Arb Bull Bar Installation

The first step that I took in my Grand Cherokee build up was to purchase an ARB Bull Bar and Warn M8000 Winch. I ended up getting the ARB Bull Bar from 4wd.com and the winch from Streetside Auto. The bar and winch got delivered some time in February, but it was much too cold to install it then. So I waited until April when the temperatures were milder.

The installation took about 10 hours as several things ended up going wrong. I think it was a combination of incorrect drill bit size, and not reading the directions carefully. When I installed my bull bar on my Cherokee, the directions had you clock the M8000 winch to the bottom. So that is what I did, only to find out that on the WJ bar, they have you clock it to the top. So that took some time to pull the winch back out of the bar, reclock it, and remount it. And then there was a stripped bolt that had to be retapped. Overll, the installation didn't go very smooth, but I think a lot of it was my fault.

Here are some pictures from the install:

Warn M8000 Winch.Step 1: The Warn M8000 winch needs to be clocked. (Click picture to enlarge)

Front view of truck.Step 2: Front view of truck.(Click picture to enlarge)

Remove front bumper.Step 3: Remove front bumper and tow hooks. (Click picture to enlarge)

Paint front area.Step 4: Paint front visible area on truck. (Click picture to enlarge)

Install frame horns.Step 5: Install frame horns. (Click picture to enlarge)

Install frame horns.Step 6: Install frame horns. (Click picture to enlarge)

Test fit bumper.Step 7: Test fit bumper. (Click picture to enlarge)

Install winch and bumper.Step 8: Install winch and bumper. (Click picture to enlarge)

Finished view of ARB Bull Bar.Step 9: Finished view of ARB Bull Bar. (Click picture to enlarge)

Finished view of ARB Bull Bar.Step 10: Finished view of ARB Bull Bar. (Click picture to enlarge)

Finished view of ARB Bull Bar.Step 11: Finished view of ARB Bull Bar. (Click picture to enlarge)

License plate relocated.Step 12: License plate relocated. (Click picture to enlarge)

Pulling out a root ball.Step 13: Pulling out a root ball. (Click picture to enlarge)

Pulling out a root ball.Step 14: Pulling out a root ball. (Click picture to enlarge)

Pulling out a root ball.Step 15: Pulling out a root ball. (Click picture to enlarge)

 

Vehicle owner: Bryan Penberthy
Words and photos: Bryan Penberthy
Install performed by: Bryan Penberthy, Hunter Jacob

 

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