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post #1 of 26 Old 07-14-2010, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Bumper suggestions

I will be buying a 06 LJ Rubicon this weekend and the PO installed a HORRIBLE rear bumper and Im looking to replace it.

I wanted to stay under or around $300 and I wanted the bumper to have some D-Ring mounts, 2" reciever that I can tow with and possibly somewhere to mount some lights.

I don't like round tube bumpers and looking from something that is sturdy and won't rust in a year.

Anybody have any suggestions on REAR bumpers that I should look into?

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post #2 of 26 Old 07-14-2010, 11:23 PM
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looking for just a bumper, or a swing out tire carrier rear bumper?

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Just a bumper

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something like this maybe?

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Can you tow with it? Most bumpers like that say not rated for towing... is that just to cover them when it breaks?

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what do you plan on towing?
what kind of lights are you going to mount?

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lawn trailer and maybe a 17ft boat sometimes...and I would be mounting extra reverse lights. Its not manditory but I thought it would be cool if a rear bumper had light tabs like a front bumper has

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i dont think you should be pulling a 17 ft boat with a TJ.
you might swing your tailgate open too far and take out one of your extra reverse lights.

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its not a heavy boat, its a jon boat. Either way any more idea for a bumper? Smittybuilt makes one is that any different that than Pro Comp from above

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i think you would break the mounting bolts before the hitch would break.
otherwise, check eBay.

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post #11 of 26 Old 07-15-2010, 12:30 AM
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Get some frame tie ins for it as well. Most arent rated for towing because the manufaturers dont want to be held liable. Truth is, most will hold up fine for whatever a TJ/LJ would safely be able to tow.
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I've got a rear bumper like the one pictured in post #4 (might be stamped Genuine Steel or Pro-Comp). It was a bit of a pain to mount, but it seems pretty sturdy. I had two triangle shaped tabs (with a hole punched in the center of each) welded on both sides of the receiver and to the bumper to further tie it in with the bumper itself. It reinforced the receiver, and gave me a place to put the safety chains when pulling a trailer. I also got a pair of ROKMEN bumper/frame tie-in brackets. All-in-all I've got around $200 in it. You're on your own for mounting additional back-up lights.
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I've got a rear bumper like the one pictured in post #4 (might be stamped Genuine Steel or Pro-Comp). It was a bit of a pain to mount, but it seems pretty sturdy. I had two triangle shaped tabs (with a hole punched in the center of each) welded on both sides of the receiver and to the bumper to further tie it in with the bumper itself. It reinforced the receiver, and gave me a place to put the safety chains when pulling a trailer. I also got a pair of ROKMEN bumper/frame tie-in brackets. All-in-all I've got around $200 in it. You're on your own for mounting additional back-up lights.
Yup, I'd definitely gusset the receiver if youll be towing. Just a little more piece of mind.
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If you don't want it to rust right away I would avoid smitybuilt. Most bumpers aren't rated for towing for two reasons the first is liability the second is they don't tie in to the frame. If you plan to tow anything with your bumper you must buy frame tie ins, like the Rokmen ones the rear cross member is not strong enough for towing.

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Also if you're going to be towing with one of these (Pro-Comp/Smittybuilt/Genuine Steele bumpers) or using it as an attachment for pulling:

These bumpers usually have a piece of 1/4" plate welded on the back of the bumper with threaded holes for bolting to the rear crossmember. So even if you use the best frame tie-ins (I prefer the Rokmen) the bumper bolts are only threaded into a 1/4" thick piece of metal; therefore the bolts only have 1/4" of threads to bite into to hold the bumper in place, and to resist pulls. So for the outside four bolts (there's two on each side one above the other) get longer (grade 5 or 8) bolts so at least 5/8" - 3/4" of threads protrude after you've cinched it down, and then thread a locking nut down the threads. These four outside bolts you can reach them from the backside of the bumper - you can't put a socket on them, but you can turn them with a box end wrench. That way (going from rear to front) you've got a locking nut, bumper backing plate, cross member, frame tie-in, washer, & bolt head. Those extra locking nuts might make all the difference.
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