Rampage Tire Carrier Bumper VS. Smittybilt - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Wrangler Forums > TJ Wrangler Technical Forum > Rampage Tire Carrier Bumper VS. Smittybilt

Clayton Off Road WJ Long Arm Kits!Baseline 4x4 Lifetime Warranty 4340 Chromoly Axle Shaft KiClayton Off Road - JK Prototype Gas Tank Skid

Reply
Unread 04-26-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
ImBruno
Registered User
2006 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Royal Oak, MI
Posts: 21
Rampage Tire Carrier Bumper VS. Smittybilt

I have been searching for a affordable (less than $400) rear bumper / tire carrier bumper. I have a 33" tires on my 2006 Wrangler. I like getting my Wrangler dirty, but I'm not going on the Rubicon trail (yet), so I don't need a crazy custom setup.

I have read all the reviews I could locate, but it just made me more unsure of which to pick (so many strong positive and negative reviews all in the same thread).

I'm mostly considering the Rampage and Smittybilt bumper. Any feedback on which is better? Is there a better one I am missing in my budget range?

Thanks,

CJ

ImBruno is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-26-2011, 08:42 PM   #2
blackouttj
Registered User
2001 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North east, Maryland
Posts: 243
I have the smittybilt tire carrier and am honestly considering swapping it out for the rampage one. The smittybilt is cheap and that's the quality you get. I've had it for about a year and it rattles alot and it wobbled the threads out from my Jeep bouncing around so now the whole bumper is loose. Junk. And the coating is flaking off and rusting. Stay away from their products. They're just cheap knock offs of other companies products.
__________________
2001 Sahara, mildly built, sold
2006 impact orange Rubicon, totaled
2001 sport constantly changing
blackouttj is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-26-2011, 08:47 PM   #3
SolidBrass
Registered User
2000 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jackson Hole, WY
Posts: 1,235
Do any search with my name and Rampage in it.

I've bought it, modified it to actually fit, been angered by it's rattles, ground down sanded and painted the rusty powder coat (1 year old) and generally HATED ON IT every time someone considers buying one. Better bumpers are about 10-20% more and worth it. Some like the LOD bumper. It's beefy! Some like a more simple set up. But for the love of god don't repeat my mistake.
0406111554.jpg   0406111554a.jpg  
__________________
[B]I like the baby version the best[/B]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0-u85aAYg"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0-u85aAYg[/URL]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74y88YuSJ8&feature=player_embedded"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74y88YuSJ8&feature=player_embedded[/URL]


Why Jeeps are Better.
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxQhuwMNOVs[/url]
SolidBrass is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-26-2011, 08:52 PM   #4
ImBruno
Registered User
2006 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Royal Oak, MI
Posts: 21
thanks for the feedback, after hearing what you have to say, i'm glad i haven't bought either! other than the LOD bumper, any other good choices i should consider? maybe upping my budget to $500?

the LOD looks pretty good, is it solid? any rattles?
ImBruno is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-26-2011, 08:54 PM   #5
blackouttj
Registered User
2001 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North east, Maryland
Posts: 243
Quote:
Originally Posted by SolidBrass View Post
Do any search with my name and Rampage in it.

I've bought it, modified it to actually fit, been angered by it's rattles, ground down sanded and painted the rusty powder coat (1 year old) and generally HATED ON IT every time someone considers buying one. Better bumpers are about 10-20% more and worth it. Some like the LOD bumper. It's beefy! Some like a more simple set up. But for the love of god don't repeat my mistake.
They do make a nice soft top though. I'll give'em that
__________________
2001 Sahara, mildly built, sold
2006 impact orange Rubicon, totaled
2001 sport constantly changing
blackouttj is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-26-2011, 09:02 PM   #6
SolidBrass
Registered User
2000 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jackson Hole, WY
Posts: 1,235
Quote:
Originally Posted by ImBruno View Post
thanks for the feedback, after hearing what you have to say, i'm glad i haven't bought either! other than the LOD bumper, any other good choices i should consider? maybe upping my budget to $500?

the LOD looks pretty good, is it solid? any rattles?
I can't say I'm up to date on brand. What is important? Clearance (rampage sags low), Size of pivot bolt.

All the weight is on that pivot so make sure it's big and well supported.

Quote:
Originally Posted by blackouttj View Post
They do make a nice soft top though. I'll give'em that
Good. Cause bumpers only would put them out of Biz
__________________
[B]I like the baby version the best[/B]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0-u85aAYg"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0-u85aAYg[/URL]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74y88YuSJ8&feature=player_embedded"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74y88YuSJ8&feature=player_embedded[/URL]


Why Jeeps are Better.
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxQhuwMNOVs[/url]
SolidBrass is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-26-2011, 09:08 PM   #7
ImBruno
Registered User
2006 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Royal Oak, MI
Posts: 21
thanks for the feedback. do you know how much a fabrication shop would usually charge for a decent bumper / tire carrier?
ImBruno is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-26-2011, 09:15 PM   #8
SolidBrass
Registered User
2000 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jackson Hole, WY
Posts: 1,235
Do a few "searches" I think the warns are solid or LOD

Just the first few results:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/s...arrier-789806/ (the one I get angry in)

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/b...older-1148919/

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/b...rrier-1041216/
__________________
[B]I like the baby version the best[/B]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0-u85aAYg"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0-u85aAYg[/URL]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74y88YuSJ8&feature=player_embedded"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74y88YuSJ8&feature=player_embedded[/URL]


Why Jeeps are Better.
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxQhuwMNOVs[/url]
SolidBrass is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
rampage , rear bumper , smittybilt , tire carrier
Thread Tools


Suggested Threads





Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.