Barricade Classic Rear Bumper w/ Tire Carrier Review
I finally got the chance to test out the Barricade Classic Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier. It is designed almost exactly like the Smittybilt SRC Classic Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier.
Now, the Barricade is made of 3/16" steel and 2" x 0.120" tubing, which is a little thinner than the Smittybilt SRC. However it is still plenty thick and is pretty stout! (I’ve had the front Barricade for a while now, and it has proven its worth) It does have a textured finish which I do like quite a bit, give you the kind of hardcore feel to it. The weight is pretty heavy. It is equal to the Smittybilt SRC Bumper coming in at a whopping 114 pounds for Bumper and Tire Carrier. So it is a pretty heavy and stout bumper, but still lighter than a lot I have seen!
I look at everything when I get a product and I try to give a fair assessment of everything. If there is a good product I like to let people know. I don’t do a lot of reviews, I normally keep these things to myself and share the knowledge when asked my opinion, but felt the need to share this thing as it is comparable to the Smittybilt bumpers, and just like the front bumper, you get a little more for your buck.
So when I received the item, after ordering on the interwebs. I was pleasantly surprised with the packaging, that was, until I wanted to open it. It was wrapped in cardboard which was wrapped in, I swear, some cosmic plastic, impossible to open with any human tool, which was wrapped in tape. It was secure and covered, couldn’t have asked for better packaging. Make sure you have a razor blade on hand. Don’t try opening it with the biggest kitchen knife or hand saw like I did. A razor blade works wonders on it!
Packaging as it was left at my door:
Once opening there are a few little boxes and such for bolts and braces and such. And hidden SOMEWHERE in one of the packages (Mine was in the tire carrier) is a piece of paper with “instructions”. I say it like that because the instructions it comes with leaves something to be desired. It is a piece of paper with 2 drawings that show how the bumper should go on the Jeep. Pretty drawing, but for someone who doesn’t know how to do the bumper, you might be a little confused at where everything goes. Personally, I thought it was really simple and self explanatory and it took me about an hour to install.
Alright, now the install review. It was pretty simple to me, then again my Jeep has almost been rebuilt by me from front to rear. There are 14 bolts to put the Rear bumper on the frame, which isn’t a lot.
I will say this:
BEFORE YOU START THE INSTALL GO TO LOWES OR FASTENAL AND GET GRADE 8 BOLTS THAT ARE ALSO A LITTLE LONGER THAN THE ONES THAT COME WITH IT!
The bolts that come with the bumper are 8.8 bolts, meaning they are Grade 5 hardened bolts and are a little short. I say this because it also comes with lock nuts for everything, and over half of the bolts don’t make it to the locking portion of the nut!! I will actually be replacing all of my hardware this weekend with Grade 8 bolts that are a little longer. $20 investment for a piece of mind! (Don’t forget to get stainless steel!!!)
Other than the bolts the installation process was pretty smooth. I did most of it myself and could do it alone, but having 2 pairs of hands do make it an easier job (Just like anything)
When installing the brackets on the frame rail, make sure you have all the nuts on the inside of the frame, otherwise, you will be hitting the bolts with the bolts from the top of the bumper and you won’t be able to tighten the bolts all the way down.
The only other issue I had with my bumper was the License plate bracket. It doesn’t allow for the handle to be pushed in and turned, simple enough for me, I took a sawzall and cut the bracket and license plate. I took a little more then I had to off, but that was on accident, and still looks fine. After that, it was cake walk.
I love the bumper. I love the quality. It is stout and over all a good buy personally!
If I find anymore good bang for your buck products out there, I will certainly pass it along!
Some Other Install Pictures: