So ive been thinking about the OBA on the 88. When i first put the 460 in, i put the York where the factory a/c compressor used to go. While this worked well, it caused problems with the factory air intake. I figured while the front clip is off, is the perfect time to come up with a better solution.
Looking at it, there is definitely some room down where the smog pump used to be
Problem is, it would require a ton of work to the bracket to get it in there. As it sits in that pic, its laying on the frame. I considered putting it where the alt was, and moving that down as it would be easier to do
I rejected this idea as well, because i dont like having the alt down that low. So i pretty much had no choice but to see if i could build my own accessory drive bracket. So, here we go!
So a buddy found a Warn M12000 for sale on FB. Missing electronics, but at $500 still too good of a deal to pass up, so i ended up buying it last week.
This thing is massive, it dwarfs my 8000Xi
The M12000 is supposed to come with 3/8" cable, this one came with 7/16", which is what Warn used on the M15000 (15k winch)
So i did some digging. Turns out this winch came off of a Dodge Powerwagon. It uses the 7/16" cable that the 15k winch uses, and the cable spools off the top of the drum instead of the bottom like the regualr 12k. Also, it uses the same planetary & all internal components of the 15k winch, which means that for all intents & purposes, this is a 15k winch! Apparently Warn sold Dodge a 15k, which was de-rated as a 12k, presumably due to liability issues.
Once i get the front clip all done and back on the '88, ill have to build some kind of beefy bumper to carry this thing.
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