Step 9: Part fabrication: additional reinforcement
A reinforcing 1.25" diameter cross-tube was welded on, tying the two 3/8" plate uprights together. It serves to hold the distance between the plate uprights during welding, and it strengthens the back of the bash plate upon impact.
Since the winch is mounted on a horizontal surface, the plate will undergo significant torsional (twisting) forces. Two 1/8" gussets, whose profile echoed the shape of the 3/8" plate uprights, were added which tie the winch plate and reinforcing cross-member together.