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post #1 of 15 Old 07-28-2010, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Opinion on Smittybilt XRC bumpers

4wheel parts is offering if you buy the XRC front and rear tire carrier bumper they will give you free the XRC fender flares (normally $400). I like the bumpers and seem to be a good cost point, just not sure about them. I wish the front had provisions for the factory foglights. I am also kind of torn between the mid and full lenght. The other I really like is the rampage bumpers. They have a rear with tire carrier as well but can't find any reviews on it. So what are your opinions? I have read bad and good about Smittybilt.

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-28-2010, 08:19 PM
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4wheel parts is offering if you buy the XRC front and rear tire carrier bumper they will give you free the XRC fender flares (normally $400). I like the bumpers and seem to be a good cost point, just not sure about them. I wish the front had provisions for the factory foglights. I am also kind of torn between the mid and full lenght. The other I really like is the rampage bumpers. They have a rear with tire carrier as well but can't find any reviews on it. So what are your opinions? I have read bad and good about Smittybilt.

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i have the smittybilt xrc, both front and rear.

no issues with the rear at all, the tire carrier is stout and the latch holding the gate is very firm. a bit better clearance coming out of an obstacle then stock.

however, after a few months of having the front now i am debating getting something a bit more minimalist. not because the bumper is failing me in any way, its just very large compared to what i thought it looked like in pictures. which is really personal taste and not the bumpers fault.
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I have the rear bumper but went with Rugged Ridge for my front. I love their rear bumper...the tire carrier is excellent and has everything you could ask for. As Skivvis said, clearance is awesome. Very noise-free and I really like the latch system.

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skivviss, did u bedline your fender liners?
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skivviss, did u bedline your fender liners?
nope. fenders are still stock until i figure out if i want tube ones or just hacking the stock ones. the stock ones are torn up pretty good from branches and rocks trying to touch my jeep.

or if i misunderstood and you meant inside the jeep. not yet, i do plan to strip all the carpet and bedline the entire interior.
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I've got both the front and back...love em both! The back rattles a bit, but that is expected from any bumper with tire carrier. I got mine about 6 months ago and saw that deal for the free fenders just the other day...boy I wish that they would have done that back then!

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I have both and there winch and you cannot beat the price of them. They are well made and you will not have a problem for the rear if you ever go to 37's or bigger.

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I've got both the front and back...love em both! The back rattles a bit, but that is expected from any bumper with tire carrier.
i do have some rattle from my back, but i've traced it to the supposedly required third brake light mounting. i really need to double check my local ordinances to see if i can get that sight blocking annoyance off my rig.
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I have the front and have no issues with it. Easy to install, good quality. I agree that it would have been nice to be able to fit the factory fogs but I can live without them. Will probably get the rear when I have the budget to replace the standard rear bumper.

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Question on light mounted on the bumper. Can you wire the lights on the bumper to the factory fog light switch?
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Question on light mounted on the bumper. Can you wire the lights on the bumper to the factory fog light switch?
The best way to do this is to use the factory wiring to trigger a relay with the power for the new lights coming directly from the battery.

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I love my front winch bumper, tough looking and holds up great.
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wow...thread resurrection! I got all excited and went looking for the package deal on 4wheelparts.com They don't have the flair package, but you can get the front and rear bumpers with matching rock rails. (although I have heard the rock rails are worthless)

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Wow. My opinion on the XRC rear bumper changed shortly after this thread.

The rear latch mechanism wasn't very durable, over a few hundred miles of washboards it developed a worsening fitment until it will no longer remain latched without a ratchet strap-like solution to keep it closed.

Both the front and rear have taken some great abuse on the rocks. My issue is just with that tire carrier latch mechanism.


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i have the front xrc bumper.. i love it, with the exception of no factory fog light mounts... but a buddy made me some brackets so i could mount them in the aftermarket light location... i love how the winch mount is recessed so it leaves the grill free for plenty of air..

i have mounted a couple of friends xrc rear bumper/carriers.. the 1st was 3.5-4yrs ago, the 2nd was this past fall.. they have changed the latching a but.. its still the same latch but they have added a bracket to ensure a tight fit. they have figured how to stop the handle from coming loose.. on the intigrated hitch, they have beefed up a bit.. its 500lb tongue weight n 5,000lb towing.. even tho the jk is supposed to haul a max 3,500lb

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