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Unread 12-21-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
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dirtworx bumper and tire carrier

I've read a few reviews on this bumper/tire carrier combo on here, but I think most of those are pretty old.

It took a long time for it to arrive, but it is fabbed from raw steel to order, and I knew that and if I wanted one fast I could've order a made in china one for about the same cost. But this one is built so much better. It does come in raw steel so you have to either get it painted or powder coated. I opted to paint it myself since my Jeep is a trail rig and it's going to probably hit some rocks and stuff so I painted it with some Rustoleum "Hammered" for a fraction of the price.

It was really easy to install and everything lined up perfectly. I haven't been able to trail test it yet, and won't be able to until spring. But overall I'm much happier I went with this over a $hittybilt or the like.



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Unread 12-21-2013, 02:18 PM   #2
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is the bumper tow rated ? looks nice
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Unread 12-21-2013, 03:13 PM   #3
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is the bumper tow rated ? looks nice
Well, considering how it's made out of solid steel, has those tow hooks, I'm guessing yes.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 05:20 PM   #4
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Have had mine for awhile, solid as the day I mounted it. No rattles, swing opens very smooth, I also ordered the high lift jack mount, it holds my jack and shovel. Only mod I did on mine was a wheel spacer as with my 35" tires and rim I didn't feel there were enough threads on the wheel studs. This moved my tire out a bit so it just touches the bars.
BTW it is rated as a class III hitch unlike many of the eBay bumpers which say "not for towing"
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Unread 12-21-2013, 05:21 PM   #5
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That would be a stupid guess then.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 05:51 PM   #6
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That would be a stupid guess then.
safe to assume that MOST of the small fab shop bumpers are NOT rated for towing. To officially have a tow rating of xx,000 lbs costs a ridiculous amount of money.

If the hitch receiver is welded all the way through front and back, and the bumper is tied into the frame, I would tow a few thousand pounds with it. I have the dirtworx front bumper. If the rear is the same quality and the hitch goes through I'd feel very confident in its capacity to tow. Anything over a quad or two I'd make sure to get the frame tie in brackets from whoever it is that makes them.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 06:23 PM   #7
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I have a dirtworx rear bumper. When I asked if it was tow rated, the answer I got was "officially no".
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Unread 12-21-2013, 08:12 PM   #8
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I have a dirtworx rear bumper. When I asked if it was tow rated, the answer I got was "officially no".
Right, because officially it has to go through engineering, certification, and testing, and the manufacture then has to deal with liability and insurance. They have to say no to save their butt.

The materials and construction of these are better than the thin angle iron add-on hitches.

My only concern would be with frame tie in. The rear bumper plate is pretty thin on a YJ.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 10:33 PM   #9
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Looks great! I bought his hardware kit and I've been very pleased. The latch is very secure and functional.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 10:46 PM   #10
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So much better than a mass produced bumper ordered from a catalog!
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Unread 12-21-2013, 11:46 PM   #11
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My only concern would be with frame tie in. The rear bumper plate is pretty thin on a YJ.
It not only bolts to where the bumperettes used to be, but bolts to the frame as well.

This bumper could tow more weight than I'd ever want to tow with the YJ.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 03:24 AM   #12
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So basically if you decide to tow with it and it fails, then no pointing fingers no matter what the consequences.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 07:34 AM   #13
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I've read a few reviews on this bumper/tire carrier combo on here, but I think most of those are pretty old. It took a long time for it to arrive, but it is fabbed from raw steel to order, and I knew that and if I wanted one fast I could've order a made in china one for about the same cost. But this one is built so much better. It does come in raw steel so you have to either get it painted or powder coated. I opted to paint it myself since my Jeep is a trail rig and it's going to probably hit some rocks and stuff so I painted it with some Rustoleum "Hammered" for a fraction of the price. It was really easy to install and everything lined up perfectly. I haven't been able to trail test it yet, and won't be able to until spring. But overall I'm much happier I went with this over a $hittybilt or the like.
If you don't mind me asking, how much was that setup?
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Unread 12-22-2013, 12:13 PM   #14
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I paid $436 to have it shipped to my door, I think you can get it cheaper if you opt to not have the Hi-Lift Jack Mount or provisions for shackles IIRC that was like $100 less. (You can't see the Hi-Lift Mount in mine because I don't have a hi-lift yet and the tire is blocking it).

http://www.thedirtworx.com/Rearbumpers.html
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Unread 12-22-2013, 02:54 PM   #15
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I bought one of these for my jeep a year ago and it is as nice and solid now as the day i bought it. As far as the hitch, when using it to tow the YJ suspension and brakes are the weak link before the hitch. Some of the best money i ever spent on my jeep, i would also highly recommend dirtworx over $hitttybuilt any day.
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