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Unread 07-23-2009, 02:09 PM   #1
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ARB rear bumper / tire carrier question

I'm eyeballing the ARB Quadratec Edition front bumper for my Rubi, and would prefer to also use the same brand to replace my rear bumper. Looking at the ARB rear set up that is in the catalog, it lists both separately and together the bumper and the tire carrier. It also says you do need them both. Do I really need the tire carrier assembly just to replace the bumper if I don't plan on lifting it just now or putting bigger tires on it? I really want to put the bumpers on before winter, but it'll probably be several years before I lift it or put bigger tires on it, so if I don't need the carrier right now I could save myself that additional $600 or so.

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Unread 07-23-2009, 03:01 PM   #2
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I got mine as a combined kit.

The swing-arm fills in the space in the middle of the bumper.






I don't know what you get if you order the lower part only. I don't know if there's a filler piece to cover it up.


However - the ARB rear Bumper is much higher clearance than it looks.

Take a look at the picture with the swing arm open. Look how close the tailgate is to the top of the bumper. This is because the bumper is covering up the bottom of the tub, instead of being below the tub like stock.

This means using the stock tire mount, you've lost several inches of clearance between the tire and the bumper.

Save up a little longer and do it all at once
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Unread 07-23-2009, 10:57 PM   #3
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I'd get something else if I wasn't getting the carrier too. It'll look like a$$ without it. On the other hand though it's a pretty stout bumper, I haven't seen another with a better frame tie in. Maybe you could fab up a filler for it as alluded to above.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:51 AM   #4
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That is the exact angle I needed to see how the ARB rear bumper would look with the AEV Highline kit. At this point, I'm fairly certain that I wouldn't need to cut the fenders if it was all installed on an Unlimited.

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BTW, the piece of metal that hides/covers the latch looks bent outward. Is it made that way? Trick of perspective?
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Unread 07-24-2009, 01:05 AM   #5
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That thing looks stout as h*ll!! How well has the carrier/latch/hinge assembly held up? Any rattles, clunks, banging etc? I know ARB front's can take a HUGE beating but I have never even seen a rear on anything around here.
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I hv had mine for 2.5 years. No rattles or anything so far. I hv been rear-ended twice with not a scratch. Very very happy with it. A total of 18 bolts holding it to the frame and crossmember. No problem with using d-ring tabs as recovery points. Its rated for towing as well (not many are officially ratedU.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 05:36 AM   #7
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That is the exact angle I needed to see how the ARB rear bumper would look with the AEV Highline kit. At this point, I'm fairly certain that I wouldn't need to cut the fenders if it was all installed on an Unlimited.

Thanks!

BTW, the piece of metal that hides/covers the latch looks bent outward. Is it made that way? Trick of perspective?
With an Unlimited you would have no problems at all. You've got an additional five inches of clearance between the bumper and flare.

As for the way the cover looks - i think the way the dust has settled on it is playing tricks with your eyes. The kit includes plenty of washers / shims / adjustments so you can make everything perfect. Even the hinge bolt has a second bolt pushing into it so you can counter any sag and make it swing closed effortlessly.

Here's some clean pics so you can see it line up.





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Unread 07-24-2009, 06:55 AM   #8
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Oman Jeep, thank you for posting those pictures, it gives me a MUCH better idea of what's going on with it than what I could see from the webpage at Quadratec. Now I see why they say you need both pieces, and that's exactly what I needed.
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Oman Jeep, thank you for posting those pictures, it gives me a MUCH better idea of what's going on with it than what I could see from the webpage at Quadratec. Now I see why they say you need both pieces, and that's exactly what I needed.
Happy to help... there's a bunch of extra pics on here:

http://www.oman4x4.com/gallery/arbtire

It's not an easy installation but it's by far the best engineered swing out carrier system I've seen to date. No rattles / noises etc. at all.
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I have it and it is fantastic. I installed it alone; get someone to help you.
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Ok older post but someone point me in the direction to find those rear fender flares please.
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Unread 09-13-2014, 10:09 PM   #12
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Those are part of the AEV Hi-line setup, which unfortunately I think they don't make anymore. I wanted the same same thing but I was sol by time I had the $
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