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I have several write-ups on how-to's. Should they go on this thread or is there some other place they belong? Sorry still new to this and don't wanna get beetch-slapped again.


BTW - WTH is 'DIY'?? :???:

Ok, the word was yes put em right here so...


I didnt ask Pete if i'm supposed to change the subject or not. Well I learn everything by doing it wrong first. I copied this from the old MJ group [which I still prefer over this one but thats jus me].


My '86 had a busted spare tire winch crank which I replaced with a junkyard one

but my '89 is also busted and there are no MJ's to be had in the junkyards

around here so I just repaired it. Usually its just a broken cable mere inches

from the end. Easy fix - here's some pics and info if anyones interested...


First, grind off the end of the rivets on the winch housing...

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Then knock them out and remove the plate to make sure the cable is wound


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Replace the cover and bolt it together with four 1/4" x 2" bolts..

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If yer lucky enough to still have the cable end - great, but I didnt so I just

used a u-bolt cuz its easy to get thru the centerhole of the spare wheel...

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Bolt the winch back up and as you can see theres still plenty of slack left...

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The u-bolt [aka exhaust clamp] is plenty strong to keep the spare up but I still

ended up putting the flange on and nuts finger tight just to make sure. [not

pictured] until I find an end for it...

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Done. Thats a 31" spare and a 3" lift so you know the thing works and is still

long enough. Got the tire out of my bed anyway..

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Ok, mine was broke too. I really liked your write up.


I used a drill to pop the rivets on mine though, really quick. I usually have problems popping rivets.


I got a question, what is holding your tire up? In those pictures the U bolt is not large enough to stop the tire. I must be visually missing something here..


I used a large P bolt. It’s about 5in long, diameter of a wheel stud. I connected it through one of the 5 bolt holes on the Rim. But I would like it centered, I suppose a large U bolt would work, I just can’t figure out how your U bolt works.

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I don't understand the purpose of repairing something that is just going to fail again.


that said, the u-bolt looks pretty chintzy considering you took all that work to fix the unit. why don't you use a piece of flat stock, or just use the factory piece.

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