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Unread 11-24-2015, 09:56 AM   #1
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Ok, so I have a Rampage Recovery bumper with swing right now and within 4 years of use it rusted and the welds cracked where it connects to the frame.... Needless to say I won't be getting a Rampage again. I am looking at the Barricade and Smittybuilt SRC... They are similar in design. I was wondering if any of you have first hand experience with either? Thoughts? They are the same price... Here are the pics of each: BARRICADE:
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Unread 11-24-2015, 10:19 AM   #3
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I have the Smitty Built and it rattles all the time the latching mechanism looks like it was an after thought, and is hard to open with out rocking the tire back and forth.
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Unread 11-24-2015, 12:06 PM   #4
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I assure you if I could make my own I would!

And thanks for the info on the Smittybuilt. I will definitely take that into consideration. I had never heard of Barricade so I was a bit worried.
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Unread 11-24-2015, 12:15 PM   #5
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I'm betting you're getting Chinese junk either way. I went with Dirtworx, American made its held my 35" tire, highlight jack and shovel for a couple years now. No rattles, no rust, solid as the day I put it on.
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Unread 11-24-2015, 12:20 PM   #6
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The latch for the barricade looks beefier than that of the smittybilt. That being said, mine rattles too but for the price I was willing to risk it. I ended up taking one of the stock spare tire bumpers from the tail gate and mounted it to the frame of the tire carrier to add just enough pressure to keep the latch from rattling. Works for me at least. I just like the simple design of it, I don't like big bulky bumpers with lots of angles to them. I will attest to the fact that it hasn't really seen any rough abuse so I don't know how it's going to hold up long term, but it works for me. It also hasn't rusted nor has the coating chipped anywhere as of yet. Even after a mild winter in tahoe last season it still looks perfect. Someone on another forum mentioned that it's also apparently class III towing rated as well? Not that we tow thst much with jeeps
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Unread 11-24-2015, 12:39 PM   #7
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I'm betting you're getting Chinese junk either way. I went with Dirtworx, American made its held my 35" tire, highlight jack and shovel for a couple years now. No rattles, no rust, solid as the day I put it on.
I heard about Dirtworx and just looked at their site... Just about the same price. Do you have any pics of it and the latching mechanism? I'd just monstaline it I guess since it comes unfinished to match the rest of the jeep...
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Unread 11-24-2015, 12:40 PM   #8
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Here is a good read over in the Fab Shop http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/r...-along-101332/
Eddie (BESERK here on the forum) built me one prolly 7~8 years ago and the quality is top notch and the pricing was good too! I don't know if he still makes them, but it's worth a shot...
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I heard about Dirtworx and just looked at their site... Just about the same price. Do you have any pics of it and the latching mechanism? I'd just monstaline it I guess since it comes unfinished to match the rest of the jeep...
Lots of guys run the dirtworx I'll be purchasing one next month for my YJ. I rather have something that I can finish myself and won't rattle then something that will fail. The latches are standard swingout carrier cam latches
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Unread 11-24-2015, 01:08 PM   #10
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I have the Dirtworx and it is pretty well built. I have zero issues with mine. Only downside was it took about 6 weeks to get it so if you go with them don't be in a hurry.



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Unread 11-24-2015, 01:51 PM   #11
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The last I heard he was still making them at his house in southern California. That's probably why it takes so long. Then again Eddie had a big turn around time for a while too.
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The last I heard he was still making them at his house in southern California. That's probably why it takes so long. Then again Eddie had a big turn around time for a while too.
To me, the quality of work and the lifetime warranty on it was well worth a 6 week wait.
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Unread 11-24-2015, 01:59 PM   #13
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To me, the quality of work and the lifetime warranty on it was well worth a 6 week wait.
Even better for me. I can drive down there and have him fix it. Maybe when I get my taxes haha
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Yes it's a one man shop. I went to check it out before I bought. Great product and a stand up guy for an owner.
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Unread 11-24-2015, 03:12 PM   #15
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I installed a barricade this weekend. First thing to note is that the boxes have Chinese characters on them and no instructions. Probably drop shipped straight from China upon ordering. BUT for $370 I'm not complaining. Install was easy, it's really heavy and also really heavy duty. The latch is beef cake too but looks like a complete rip off from the new $700 smittybilt xrc.
It doesn't rattle. I don't know if I would tow anything important with it though
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