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post #16 of 35 Old 02-27-2013, 04:18 PM
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Just took a second look.

Seriously!

Integrated jacking points, hi-lift jack mounting, gas-can mounts, unique latch, storage capability, integrated 2" tow, good departure angle, brake light relocation, d-ring mounts...I am sincerely impressed!

The only thing I can think of that it's missing is an integrated CB mount, and that's a minor thing.


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post #17 of 35 Old 09-28-2013, 12:58 PM
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...and for the curious, here's what it looks like on a JK.

For the curious, just had one installed myself. Really happy, though as others have said in other places about the partial covering of the rear license plate am slightly concerned about getting busted.





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post #18 of 35 Old 09-28-2013, 07:21 PM
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Awesome!

It'll probably be a bit before I can set aside the cash for one, so you'll have to do a follow up report after some abuse!

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post #19 of 35 Old 09-28-2013, 07:47 PM
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For the curious, just had one installed myself. Really happy, though as others have said in other places about the partial covering of the rear license plate am slightly concerned about getting busted.
what's in the rear hitch receiver?

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post #20 of 35 Old 09-29-2013, 12:29 PM
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Looked at the front andrear bumpers last weekend at Indy Jamboree,Rubicon Express was there and had both bumpers on it,looks killer but i too am little concerned about blocking part of plates,i really like front bumper too,they finially making bumper that incorporates factory driving lights,i love the MOD bumper except i had to do away with lights and didnt want to lose them
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post #21 of 35 Old 09-29-2013, 07:01 PM
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That's a lot like the one I made for my yj years ago !!!!! Should have copy righted it and the Jerry can tool box I made !!!

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post #22 of 35 Old 09-30-2013, 03:49 AM
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what's in the rear hitch receiver?

Id like to know too????
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post #23 of 35 Old 09-30-2013, 01:50 PM
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i really like the rear bumper. How was the fitment? My side bars had to be drilled out a little to fit. I really like the atlas front bumper as welll.
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post #24 of 35 Old 09-30-2013, 02:43 PM
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I'd wait and see it in person. I have found most of their products to be low quality.
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I'm not here to get into a debate or bag on anybody that has and likes their S*ittybilt stuff, so I'll keep it factual and give you my abbreviated 1st-hand experience with my S*ittybilt XRC Rear Bumper + Carrier:

- The handle came off the carrier on mine during a long trip. The handle would never seem to rest fully closed from day one, so I had to use a carabiner [rock climbing clip] as a safeguard from the carrier working its way loose and swinging open on its own.

- Replacement handle from Shi**ybilt took a month to receive, so all the while I'm driving around and having to use pliers every time I want to open the rear carrier.

- The bumpers are made in China and the quality blows ... [#1] I have texture coating that wore off prematurely and [#2] the carrier's swing arm simply does not not line-up with the locking mechanism smoothly; I have to push down on the carrier to secure it each and every time. [#3] I'm far from being the only person that has quality issues with Shi**ybilt; plenty of other folks here at JF have similar stories.

Spend a little extra coin and buy quality. I learned my lesson the hard way and blame my self for not having researched before committing to the XRC bumper on our 2008 JKU. For our 2013 JK, I'll be going with AEV or something else that costs a bit more, but has a proven track record of making solid products. I seriously would not buy another Smitty bumper/carrier if it was 50% off - the product sucks that bad and I will likely replace it some day.
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For the curious, just had one installed myself. Really happy, though as others have said in other places about the partial covering of the rear license plate am slightly concerned about getting busted.





Front is an XRC M.O.D, G+ album at plus.google.com
That looks great! I hope to be ordering mine in the next month or so.

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post #26 of 35 Old 10-02-2013, 10:08 AM
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what's in the rear hitch receiver?
Sad but true: dog step. I have a basset hound. She's 26 kilos at target weight, so she really needs to get in and out on her own.
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On quality: I can't speak to the rest of what's out there, but I have no real life issue with the atlas part. The handle is stiff, and doesn't have as smooth an action I'd wish for - but it certainly isn't opening on its own. Given the dog has to get in an out of this thing, the action is getting a lot of use. Good pivot.

The stubby M.O.D. on the front is a much lower quality part, IMO. But its a bumper, and I'm kind of expecting to f*** it up.

I won't be able to gauge reliability for a while. I'll report back.
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For the curious, just had one installed myself. Really happy, though as others have said in other places about the partial covering of the rear license plate am slightly concerned about getting busted.
I see the plate. Being its California and I worked 30 yrs as a CHP officer...the answer is "maybe" you'll get stopped for the plate. You may want to jury rig the license plate light wiring and run the plate on the swing out. But chances are 90% that most officers will not screw with you because 90% think modded Jeeps are cool. Take your chances the ticket is a free fix-it or at the most $25 to clear it.
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post #29 of 35 Old 10-10-2013, 07:55 AM
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Atlas Rear Bumper Arriving Today

Hey folks! It has been forever since I posted on Jeep Forum. Back in my 04 TJ days I think....

Anyway, I am scheduled to have a new Atlas rear bumper delivered this afternoon and I noticed that no one seems to have a review/install up. Any interest in seeing a detailed install? I plan on install this weekend.
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Hey folks! It has been forever since I posted on Jeep Forum. Back in my 04 TJ days I think....

Anyway, I am scheduled to have a new Atlas rear bumper delivered this afternoon and I noticed that no one seems to have a review/install up. Any interest in seeing a detailed install? I plan on install this weekend.
Yes, please!

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