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Unread 02-21-2014, 04:45 PM   #1
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Barricade Rear Bumper/Tire Carrier

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!

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Unread 02-25-2014, 12:07 PM   #2
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Great review Turbostixxx! Thanks for the detail. I'm sure a lot of people will benefit from you install tips.

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Unread 04-04-2014, 02:43 PM   #3
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Nice review. I've wanted this rear bumper for a while but the only place I've found it is Extreme Terrain and it's back ordered and no clue when they will get more in. Any other sources for this bumper?
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thanks for the review. as for ss bolts and nuts, i've was told by my local fastenal store that they are equivalent to grade 5 hardware.
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Unread 07-27-2014, 03:53 PM   #5
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Anyone know if this bumper could handle a 37 inch tire?

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Unread 07-28-2014, 10:50 AM   #6
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Anyone know if this bumper could handle a 37 inch tire? Thanks
yes, it can handle 37s without a problem
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Unread 09-11-2014, 07:36 AM   #7
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I know this bumper isn't tow rated, but has anyone actually used the tow hitch. I occasionally use bike racks and snowboard racks. I also tow a very light trailer that holds 2-3 kayaks. Weighs no more than 300 pounds.
Anyone know if this hitch can handle that?
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Unread 09-15-2014, 11:27 AM   #8
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Great info Turbostixxx. I installed one on my '93 2 weeks ago, it went on really easy for me as well. The front bumper was a whole different story. Does your rear bumper & tire carrier shake a lot? Everything is tight on mine but the spare shakes the whole thing like crazy & it's only a 32" tire. I love the bumper just wish it didn't shake so much.
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Unread 09-15-2014, 06:21 PM   #9
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Mine shakes and the handle rattles....It's really annoying with the top off. Especially when wheeling.
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Unread 09-22-2014, 02:56 PM   #10
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I have this bumper too. I haven't had any rattling or shaking. I've even tried to shake it enough to get it to rattle.
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Unread 09-23-2014, 09:28 AM   #11
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Mine shakes and the handle rattles....It's really annoying with the top off. Especially when wheeling.
Your carrier shouldn't be rattling at all....

I'd like to get you a new bumper if you're interested. Just shoot me a PM with your order number and I'll get one out to you.

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Unread 09-24-2014, 06:46 AM   #12
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Mine shakes and the handle rattles....It's really annoying with the top off. Especially when wheeling.
Did you install it with the rubber washer between the carrier and the bumper?

the one in this pic.



I had to take a round file to the aluminum washer behind it to get the latch to push in to latch just to clean off the burr. I almost just left the rubber washer off before I figured out what the issue was.
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Unread 10-13-2014, 07:09 PM   #13
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Did you have to drill for the inner set of bolts?
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Unread 10-22-2014, 11:08 AM   #14
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Did you have to drill for the inner set of bolts?
i did not
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Unread 10-22-2014, 09:22 PM   #15
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Good review! Your post helped me decide on buying one. After a week of searching and reading reviews, this bumper is the best bang for my buck.
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