Installation and Review of the Maximus-3 Winch Mount, Bumper Hoop, Hook Anchors & D-Ring Loops
The Mopar designed Rubicon X front bumper is a great foundation for a superb, strong and utilitarian styled factory front end. As part of only a few Limited Addition packages from Jeep over the past three years, it’s a sharp upgrade over standard Rubicon or Sahara front bumpers. This well engineered front clip sets our Rubicon X apart from just another standard out-of-the-box Rubicon. We loved the balance between style and rugged modular steel construction. The visible Torx bolts remind us of the visible rivets on old military hardware. We also like the integrated driving lights and easily removable wings that transform the front end into a high clearance rock crawler. Considering the fact that we would probably be replacing a standard Rubicon front bumper at some point, it seemed well worth its share of the X packages extra expense so long as we kept it on the Jeep. But it would need a few things.
The Need for Upgrades
Maximus-3 offers several packages for the Mopar front bumper, so we went over their packages and components and came up with a short list of items we wanted to add to enhance an already sharp front clip.
- Winch Plate
- Classic Hoop
- Offroad Light Brackets
- Hook Anchors – Installs right behind the Houser Fairlead and gives us a place to park our winch hook
- D-Ring Loops – Attaches to the bottom of the winch plate and gives us a couple of more recovery attach points on the front end. A very useful thing to have when we need a secure attach point to use a line pulley (elaborate).
Also part of our installation was:
- Warn 9500i Winch
- Red Powder Coated D-Rings
- D-Ring Spacer Isolator Bushings
- Lightforce RMDL170 ‘STRIKER’ 170mm Lights with H.I.D. Conversion
- Rubicon Express Billet Aluminum Hawse Fairlead
While spec’ing out our requirements, we had a few questions about the installation options using our winch. Joseph, one of the engineers at Maxumus-3, was extremely helpful with our questions and gave us a few pointers letting us know our massive Warn 9500i would fit, although it would be very tight, even letting us know there would be a specific bolt that we would have to cut shorter.
Maxumus-3 engineered their winch plate to accept both a center mounted winch and an offset mount winch. Even though our large Warn 9500i would have had better clearance in the offset position, we really wanted to mount it centered and were able to get that accomplished. Maximus-3 also offers several varieties of trim plates depending on the winch and how it’s installed. After we were able to settle in on how the winch was going to be mounted, we gave Joe a call to describe our application and Maximus-3 sent over a set of upper trim plates to nicely finish off our installation.
Installation and Review
The next several pages document the installation, and then wrap it up with our review of the Maximus-3 Winch Mount, Maximus-3 Classic Hoop and D-Ring Loops, and the Maximus-3 Light Brackets.