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WK2 Hidden Winch Mount

by: Chief Products

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Chief Products WK2 Hidden Winch Mount provides a high-strength place to mount your winch without ruining your Jeep's good looks. We've engineered a winch mounting system that can remain completely hidden while still being 100% compatible with all of your Jeep's safety systems, (air bags, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and parking sensor systems). It delivers numerous industry leading features - including an engineer certified 10,000lb max rating, E-Coat Corrosion Protection and a very low 12.85kg install weight. By positioning the winch between the chassis structure (lower than our competitors) we're able to provide significantly improved cooling, better off-axis strength, as well as more space for larger winches. Best of all, we spent (12) months performing rigorous real world testing to ensure you can rely on our winch mounting system when you need it most.

  • Chief Products WK2 Hidden Winch Mount provides a high-strength place to mount your winch without ruining your Jeep's good looks. We've engineered a winch mounting system that can remain completely hidden while still being 100% compatible with all of your Jeep's safety systems, (air bags, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and parking sensor systems). It delivers numerous industry leading features - including an engineer certified 10,000lb max rating, E-Coat Corrosion Protection and a very low 12.85kg install weight. By positioning the winch between the chassis structure (lower than our competitors) we're able to provide significantly improved cooling, better off-axis strength, as well as more space for larger winches. Best of all, we spent (12) months performing rigorous real world testing to ensure you can rely on our winch mounting system when you need it most.

    FEATURES
    High-Strength Steel (High Strength To Weight Ratio)
    E-Coat (Industry Leading Corrosion Protection)
    Durable Powder Coat Finish (Advanced Polyester Thermosetting Powder)
    Drainage Slots
    Easy Installation (Difficulty = 4/10)
    SPECIFICATIONS
    10,000lbs WORKING LOAD LIMIT [Engineer Certified]
    12.85kg Installed Weight (approximate without winch)
    Same As Stock Approach Angle (lower front fascia installed)
    INCLUDES
    2011-2015 (HYDRAULIC STEER)
    1 Winch Cradle - 2011-2015 (Hydraulic Steer)
    2 Bonnet Supports
    2 Cradle-Frame Mounts
    2 Chassis Support Brackets
    2 Chassis Mounting Plates
    6 M12 x 35mm High Tensile (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    6 M10 x 40mm High Tensile (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    2 M8 x 25mm (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    2 M6 x 25mm (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    6 M12 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    6 M10 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    2 M8 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    2 M6 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    2 M8 x 32mm Washers (Zinc Plated)
    2 M10 (CL10) Hex Nuts (Zinc Plated)
    4 XMas Tree Fasteners (Black Plastic)
    1 4g pouch Anti-Seize
    1 Installation Instructions
    2016+ (ELECTRIC STEER)
    1 Winch Cradle - 2016+ (Electric Steer)
    2 Bonnet Supports
    2 Cradle-Frame Mounts
    2 Chassis Support Brackets
    2 Chassis Mounting Plates
    6 M12 x 35mm High Tensile (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    6 M10 x 40mm High Tensile (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    2 M8 x 25mm (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    2 M6 x 25mm (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    6 M12 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    6 M10 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    2 M8 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    2 M6 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    2 M8 x 32mm Washers (Zinc Plated)
    2 M10 (CL10) Hex Nuts (Zinc Plated)
    4 XMas Tree Fasteners (Black Plastic)
    1 4g pouch Anti-Seize
    1 Installation Instructions
    [MOUNTING BRACKETS ONLY]
    2 Cradle-Frame Mounts
    2 Chassis Support Brackets
    2 Chassis Mounting Plates
    6 M12 x 35mm High Tensile (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    6 M10 x 40mm High Tensile (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    2 M8 x 25mm (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    2 M6 x 25mm (10.9) Bolts (Zinc Plated)
    6 M12 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    6 M10 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    2 M8 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    2 M6 Wedge-Lock Extended Washers (Zinc Flake Coating)
    2 M8 x 32mm Washers (Zinc Plated)
    2 M10 (CL10) Hex Nuts (Zinc Plated)
    4 XMas Tree Fasteners (Black Plastic)
    1 4g pouch Anti-Seize
    1 Installation Instructions
    OPTIONS
    2011-2015 (HYDRAULIC STEER)
    All WK2s from 2011 to 2015 (with hydraulic steering).
    2016+ (ELECTRIC STEER)
    All WK2s from 2016 to 2020 (with electric steering).
    [MOUNTING BRACKETS ONLY]
    Only the Mounting Brackets, NO winch cradle included.
    EXTRAS
    ACC Camera Kit
    Mounting bracket & hardware for WK2s equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control.
    Air Suspension Kit
    Mounting bracket & hardware for WK2s equipped with Quadra-Lift Air Suspension.
    WK2 Lower Front Guard Kit
    Mounting bracket that provides extra strength to the WK2 Lower Front Guard, (recommended, but not required).
    OEM Tow Hooks Kit
    Mounting bracket & hardware for installation of OEM Tow Hooks with WK2 Hidden Winch Mount. Please note, this kit will not allow installation of OEM Tow Hooks with the WK2 Lower Front Guard (see fitment tab for more information).
    Hawse Winch Fairlead
    Designed with slim lines, large radius edges and a mirror polish finish that fits perfectly on WK2s.
  • High-Strength
    We've engineered our hidden winch system from the ground-up to evenly distribute recovery forces to the chassis of the WK2. This unique approach is especially important during high load pulls and off-axis recoveries that can easily twist (and sometimes even tear) the monocoque chassis of the WK2. Unlike our competitors, we mount to the chassis in multiple locations and strategically use high-strength steels to ensure recovery forces are evenly distributed and don't overload the chassis mounting points. Through FEA computer modelling and (12) months of real world testing we've delivered a high-strength winch mounting system that you can rely on when you need it most.

    Maintain OEM Appearance
    The WK2 Hidden Winch Mount can be installed behind your bumper and lower front fascia, maintaining the great looks of your Jeep Grand Cherokee. Then if needed you can still easily remove the lower front fascia when heading off-road.

    Low Installed Weight
    Only 12.85kg when fully installed. This is extremely light when compared to a Bull Bar which often weighs 40kgs (alloy) - 90kgs (steel).

    Better Cooling
    By positioning our winch cradle lower than our competitors, we're able to acheive significantly better air flow to the radiator, which delivers much better cooling in hot weather. This is especially important if you're towing or have additional items (off-road lights, etc.) restricting airflow to the radiator core.

    Lower Winch Position
    Our lower winch position provides numerous benefits. In addition to providing significantly better cooling, it also enables installation of taller winches, doesn’t interfere with number plate mounting and positions the winch directly between the frame rails for maximum strength.

    Maximum Approach Angle
    Since our design doesn't extend past the front of your WK2, the maximum approach angle is retained.

    Compatible With Adaptive Cruise Control
    Through careful engineering & testing we've delivered a hidden winch mounting system that is compatible with the adaptive cruise control system on all WK2 models.

    Compatible With Parking Sensors
    Through careful engineering & testing we've delivered a winch mount that is compatible with parking sensors on all WK2 models.

    Compatible With Our Entire Product Line
    Already own our WK2 Lower Front Guard, WK2 Sump Protection Plate, WK2 Recovery Hooks, WK2 Recovery Points or WK2 Nudge Bar? We’ve designed the WK2 Hidden Winch Mount to integrate easily with all of our products.

    Compatible With Excellent Front Recovery Options
    Can be installed with OEM Tow Hooks or Chief Products WK2 Recovery Points & WK2 Recovery Hooks (engineer rated to 4,500kg).

    Industry Leading Corrosion Protection
    We utilise E-Coat (Electrophoretic Coating) to provide the very highest corrosion protection available for steel automotive parts. Deposited from a water-based solution using a high voltage DC charge, the process coats all wet surfaces with an extremely tough and highly corrosion resistant finish that is unlike any other process. On top of that industry-leading electrophoretic coating we apply 80µm of extremely durable powder coat (advanced polyester thermosetting powder). Finally, whenever possible we build our products with highly corrosion resistant materials and fasteners (stainless steel, aluminium alloys, etc.) to provide enduring protection against corrosion when a coating is scratched or damaged off-road.

    Real World Testing
    There aren’t many off-road companies who own a WK2 as their daily driver, or regularly take it all over Australia in search of off-road adventures. In our opinion, that extra testing and passionate attention to performance leads to superior products.

    Top Quality Finishing Touches
    We include all the details that matter. High tensile zinc plated bolts for maximum strength and corrosion resistance. Wedge-Lock washers to create bolted joints that are extremely resistant to loosening. Anti-Seize for bolted joints that are resistant to seizing. A Chief Products Shop Rag for all the dirty jobs around the garage. All packaged with extreme care to arrive safely and looking great.
  • Bolts into existing mounting points in the frame, no drilling or cutting required. Installation of lower front fascia requires cutting a hole for the winch fairlead.
    WK2 Hidden Winch Mount fits the following vehicles:
    2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee - All Models & Limited Editions
    2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee - All Models & Limited Editions
    2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee - All Models & Limited Editions
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee - All Models & Limited Editions
    2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee - All Models & Limited Editions
    2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee - All Models & Limited Editions
    2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee - All Models & Limited Editions
    2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee - All Models & Limited Editions
    2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee - All Models & Limited Editions
    2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee - All Models & Limited Editions
    2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee - All Models & Limited Editions

    * Fits USA & Export models.
    ** Fitment on Summit & High Altitude (including all models with same lower front fascia) requires permanent removal of the lower front fascia.
    *** Fitment on SRT requires cutting-modification of the lower front fascia, as well as relocation of the power steering cooler (no bracketry is provided for power steering cooler relocation).
    Fitment unconfirmed on the following vehicles:
    2018-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Trackhawk
    Fitment confirmed with the following products:
    Warn Zeon 10-S Platinum
    Smittybilt Gen2 X20 Comp (10,000lb)
    ** OEM Tow Hooks (part# 82212095)

    * Fitment with Australian versions of the WK2 Lower Front Guard (purchased before March 2017), requires (2) metal tabs be cut-removed from the centre section of the WK2 Lower Front Guard. This modification is not required for USA model WK2 Lower Front Guards or any WK2 Lower Front Guards purchased after March 2017.

    ** You can install OEM Tow Hooks OR the WK2 Lower Front Guard with the WK2 Hidden Winch Mount. You cannot install OEM Tow Hooks AND the WK2 Lower Front Guard with the WK2 Hidden Winch Mount. For more information read our Support Article, (here).
    Does NOT fit with the following products:
    Jeep Australia Tow Hook (part# CH8220WKRH or AUSWK14HOOK)
    INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS


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