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Price $279.99
Rating 3
Average Price $302.41
Manufacturer Smittybilt
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1987-06 Wrangler;2-stage textured black powder coat;E-coat undercoated ;Heavy duty 1/4 steel plate design;Three point mounting system supports over-sized tires;Special lock design keeps tire carrier secure while off-roading

The perfect add-on to your Jeep® when you have oversized tires. Original Jeep® tailgates are unable to support the weight of an oversized tire- especially when you are off road. This bumper mount tire carrier takes the load off the tailgate and puts it on the frame mounted bumper. Each tire carrier incorporates grease fitting to keep the hinge mechanism running smooth. Constructed of the finest materials and Zinc under-coated, Dual Stage durable powder coat painted, this heavy duty off road design is built to last. Will hold up to 35 tire. Available in Textured Black only.
 

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Price $279.99
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Comments: Overall I am very pleased with this bumper. It looks great. Only problem is the little plastic bushing where the tire carrier mounts to the bumper broke right away. But I don't think it is hurting anything or preventing it from working as it should. Overall Great value for the price...
 

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Price $250
Rating 4
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Comments: Its solid, Install is a bit of a [email protected]#$. You have to bend a couple tabs on the body to get some of the brackets in. not too bad if you have the right tools. The finish cloggs some of the inside threads and it needs some tough love.
 

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Price $160.98
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Comments: See Review Below
 

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Price $350
Pros Great bumper strong powder coating
Cons Poor latch design.
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Comments: Make a Jeep look great and lets you open up the rear window all the way
 

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Price $359
Pros Price, heavy duty, looks great.
Cons Tire carrier latch rattles a bit without modification.
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Comments: A lot of people on here hate Smittybilt for very good reason, but when you're on a budget in this economy, their lower prices are hard to resist. I've been very happy with this bumper.
 

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Price $349.99
Rating 3
Pros Low price, carries tire, fairly easy to install
Cons Weak welds, cheap hardware, cheap powder coating.
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Comments: I've had my smittybilt rear classic rock bumper with tire carrier on for about a year and a half and have broken 2 of them with only a 33" tire. The first one, the bottom tab that connects to the frame broke off and was really causing the bumper to swing and bounce. I got a replacement one for free within 2 days, so great customer service on their part. That one was fine for a while until the weld on the spindle broke and was causing the tire to lean. I got yet another replacement for free within 2 days, again, great customer service but the bumper has weak welds, cheap hardware. It's great if you just need to carry a spare tire and don't have a ton of $$ to drop, but if I were to do it all over again I would throw my spare in the rear and save up a bit more money to buy a stronger carrier.
 

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Price $320
Pros Looks and Price
Cons Installation of top bumper support
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Comments: This bumper is very well priced and looks to be solidly built. The installation is overall pretty easy but I did twist off a few bolts (did not use any impact). I would reccomend buying a nuts for the top support to make the installation easier, then using the provided locking nuts and double nut the bolts.
 

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Price $289
Pros Great price, solidly built
Cons none yet
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Comments: I've been running this bumper for a couple months with no problems. My installation went very smoothly, everything lined up great. I did upgrade the hardware to metric 10.9 from the included 8.8, so I can't comment of the quality of the original bolts.

As a note, it does look as though I'm running an updated version of this bumper. Mine has a closed-in back and a reinforced class III tow hitch rated for 5000 lbs. I also have a 1/4" between the zirk fitting on the swing out and the door hinge, so no clearance issues.
 

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Price $450
Pros Strong bumper and holds big tires
Cons Needs to be greased often and can be a pain to pull out if it hasn't been greased..
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Comments: Nice look, gives better clearance, solid construction.. just make sure to grease the joint or it takes a good bit of muscle to pull out
 

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Price $315
Pros best bang for the buck for a nice bumper/tire carrier.

Hinge is welded all the way through. Great for a 33" tire
Cons almost impossible to install correctly unless you completely drop the gas tank(four hex head bolts). noise with the latch system they implemented.
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Comments: for the price it was worth it. for the quality, its on par with the price. Would I buy again, NO. Too noisy.

I highly recommend frame tie-ins with this system if you want to use the 2" receiver or D-rings for recovery.
 

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Price $269
Rating 4
Pros Seems well built. Made from 1/4" steel. Plates that bolts screw into to mount bumper are 2, 1/4" plates back to back. Also there are plates to tie the bumper into the main frame. It is a Class III rated bumper.
Cons I ordered the bumper without d-rings, I had to attach safety chain attachment points. There are two plates that attach the bumper from the main frame to the top of the bumper, the bolts that go into the top of the bumper strip out easy as it is on 1/4 plate there, but I put Nyloc nuts on the inside there.
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Comments: For the price you are getting a pretty well made product, that has paid to have the testing required to receive a class III rating. The finish is strong, and good looking. The spare tire carrier is greasable and adjustable. It doesn't flex under the weight of my 33" tire/rim combo. I have no rattles as of yet. Great bumper for a Jeeper on a budget.

Kudos to Smittybuilt :cheers2:
 

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Price $300
Pros very solid steel. takes a beating. D-rings. low profile; good departure/approach angles.
Cons tough install. It rattles a bit.
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Comments: Solid. hasn't gotten a single dent throughout all the wheeling I've done with it. D-rings and tow hitch. Tire carrier is strong also, but it rattles sometimes. Its not a big deal though.
 

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Price $329
Pros Cheap $329 with the d-rings
Cons Fit could be better. Rattles Powder coating feels cheap
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Comments: So far so good looks and was cheap. Fit could be better grease zirk on tire carrier hinge hit the tailgate hinges and broke off the first time I opened it. It also rattles quite a bit.
 

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Price $280
Rating 5
Pros Very durable, mine obviously was an upgraded version. None of the problems normally mentioned... Perfect fit on a '04 TJ Overall, VERY happy with bumper and price!
Cons Install was easy, except the part about dropping fuel tank. But then again, how important are those x-tra bolt? :)
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Comments: Got bumper for a STEAL, on streetsideauto.com... Had a coupon code, and only paid $280 + Free Shipping = $280 TOTAL WITH D-Rings. Install went smooth, up until the part about removing fuel tank. I had installed the 3 bolts on either end, but there were 4 more to install more towards the center of frame. Had to lower fuel tank to get those bolts in, was a pain. Also, made me question just how important those last 4 bolts were... Very happy with bumper, NO rattle, and holds 33" tire very firm. Finish seems peretty durable to me. My version's zerk cleared my tail gate with plenty of room...
 

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Price $300
Pros Tough as nails. Easy installation. Inexpensive.
Cons Heavy. Not well packaged/shipped (some minor damage occured to bumper). Instructions kinda sucked. Need 1" body lift to properly mount and use the tire carrier.
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Comments: Got a good price through Amazon.com. The packaging didn't protect the ends of the bumper very well, so the grease zerk (sp?) had broken off (easily replaced) and the powder coat had been worn off the very ends of the bumper. The installation instructions kinda sucked, but I figured them out. After I drilled the extra mounting holes (template included) the bumper went on relatively easily, but having a friend to help position it for installation helped, because it's quite heavy. I intentionally enlarged the holes I drilled in the bumper frame a bit, and that made inserting the mounting bolts much easier. ***IMPORTANT NOTE***: as mentioned in the "Product Cons" section, you need a 1" body lift to make proper use of the tire carrier; otherwise, the lower hinge on the rear door contacts the carrier when you open the door. All-in-all, this bumper/tire carrier is a good value, despite the issues metioned above.
 

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Price $499
Rating 2
Pros Good looking, D-rings included
Cons After 8 month the post on the bumper for the carrier just decided to break! Poor welding or metal?!?!?
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Comments: Should have paid 300$ more for a better bumper without problems!

 

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Price $375
Pros Strong, Style, Price, Looks, Durability
Cons Tire Swing-Arm Rattles like you would not believe.
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Comments: The Bumper is a nice design just has it's flaws like everything else. The biggest issue was the latch mechanism. You have a 3/4" square latch going into a 1" square hole. What were these engineers smoking? The other issue I had with this bumper was the fact that it does not direct bolt onto the rear cross member. This bumper is designed for the YJ & the TJ only. so why not make it a direct bolt on? Both cross members have the mounting holes in the same spots.

Well on my bumper I removed the latch and dipped it into liquid rubber to seal it. I then took a 3/8" piece of rubber and attached it to the 1" latch hole. It does not completely stop the rattle but it did help a lot. I did have to drill into my cross member to mount the other 4 bolts.

If your looking for a good strong bumper and do not mind the flaws then this is the bumper to get, I do like it and it matches perfectly to my front bumper.
 

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Price $300
Pros Bumper is heavy and strong
Cons Tire carrier is very cheap;
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Comments: You get what you pay for. The bumper itself is nice but the tire carrier needs work. It rattles and shakes all of the time, I had to grind down the corner of it because when you opened it it would swing and chip off the paint on my jeep. The latch doesn't line up right so its hard to open and close. You get what you pay for.
 
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