Ouch! I did not want to pay $300 for a winch plate. At the same time, I did not want a winch plate that would flex under load. The Badland Apex 12000, which is the winch I installed on this plate, is known to generate enough torque to break its own frame rails, so I knew I needed to bolt it to the strongest winch plate I could to reinforce it. Other popular winch plates for the factory Jeep steel bumper measure 4mm, 3/16 or 6mm, and come in multiple pieces. I feel much better having this one-piece 1/4 steel Grimm plate under that winch. So while pricy, it was not out of line with other competitive winch plates and thicker and more solid than the others.Installation was mostly pretty easy. The winch plate fit precisely in the Jeep bumper, so it all went together with no issue. The only difficult was bolting the fairlead through the bumper and the front tabs of the Grimm winch plate. This part of the installation process was skipped over in the installation video linked to on the Grimm website. Due to the thickness of the steel, I had to get longer bolts than those provided for the Badland fairlead. And then there was the difficulty of holding the nuts through the fairlead opening with a wrench so they could be tightened down. I actually bent one of my combination flat wrenches to make this easier.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) William Montgomery from Utah on 6/20/2022