The winch plate from Bulldog did not have the space necessary for the winch to clear the fairlead mounting bolts. We found it necessary to use a different winch plate.
The installation instructions are somewhat lacking. They seem to be out of order calling for installing winch plate on the vehicle prior to mounting the winch. They also instruct the installer to mount the winch on the mount plate twice ? once before installing the fairlead and once after. Furthermore, they do not mention connecting the ground cables to the bottom of the winch motor until after the winch is mounted to the plate.
We informed Bulldog about the problems that we had with the winch plate, and they are in the process of redesigning it. Until that time we suggest using a winch plate from a different manufacturer.
We also suggest that Bulldog update their installation instructions to make it easier for the installer.