I want to replace the stock bumpers on my Sporty with steel-types. And I'd like to be able to mount a winch on the front. So I took off the plastic bumpers to get an idea of how to mount the front so it could handle the pull of a winch. But I don't see any solid-access to the frame, just the body mounts, and then the crumple-zone in the frame right behind them. And the body lift on my Sporty (3") seems to only add to the design-confusion. I know others Sporty-owners have custom bumpers with winches. Are the body-mounts solid enough to handle the pull? Can anyone explain how they did it??? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />
Here's a photo of a stripped front-end that I found on 4crawler's website (part of the install-instructions for a body lift kit)... for reference.
1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />