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Artec Industries Nighthawk Rear Bumper (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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    Video Review & Installation

    I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this is my review of the Artec Industries Nighthawk Series Rear Bumper fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. Artec Industries is known for making some really high-quality products and this is another great example of that. Along with the extremely high build quality, the design and the quality of the materials comes a higher price tag. If you have the budget for it and you're looking for something that's super heavy duty and a little bit unique, this is a nice option. However, if you don't have the budget for this, there are plenty of other rear bumpers on the market that have the same features as this one. In fact, there are bumpers out there that include a tire carrier for right around the price of this bumper alone. This bumper is built from eighth-inch laser cut steel with three-quarter inch shackle mounts that are welded and bolt directly through to the frame giving you a ton of strength. As you can see, the design of this bumper is a little bit unique compared to a lot of the other ones on the market, and that is something that makes this bumper desirable, again, if you have the budget for it. The bumper has internal gussets giving you plenty of strength. But, as you can see, it does come in raw steel so you will have to get it painted or powder coated when you get it home. That's nice if you want to give it a custom color or a custom finish. Or, if you're doing a lot of off-roading and you plan on nicking up the finish a lot of guys will prefer to just hit it with a rattle can so that you can easily touch it up. However, if you're somebody who wants to take it out of the box and put it right on the Jeep, that is an extra step that you may not want to have to deal with. One of the features of this rear bumper that I do like is the very large cutout here for a large spare tire. If you do have a tub-mounted tire carrier, you can get that tire nice and low and not have to worry about a clearance issue with your bumper. That'll give you maximum visibility out of your rear window. Again, it's just a different styling cue that some bumpers don't have. Getting this bumper installed on your Jeep is going to be a really simple process. The first step is to remove your factory bumper. That'll come off by removing the two bolts on either frame rail and the two bolts that are into the rear cross member. From there, that factory bumper will pop right off and you can install this one. A lot of other bumpers on the market will have an internal nut plate that you'll slide into the frame rail of the Jeep, and then there are tabs on the bumper that go on the outside of the frame rails that you bolt through. This is a little bit different. There are no nut plates that go inside the frame. This bumper is designed to bolt directly onto the frame with threaded holes into really heavy steel right on the back side that's welded through. The design isn't any better or worse than having a nut plate, but it is a little bit different. The whole installation process for this bumper shouldn't take you more than an hour. It comes with all of the hardware you need to get it bolted up. You'll just need a socket set and you'll be good to go. Like I said before, this is probably one of the best-built bumpers that I've ever come across, however, along with that comes a high price tag. If you're looking for something incredibly strong and with a unique style and you have a budget for it, I would definitely recommend this bumper. There's nothing that I don't like about this except for that price tag. If you are on a bit of a budget, you can find a bumper that has even additional features, like I said before, that come with a tire carrier for right around the same price as this one. It comes down to what you want for your Jeep and what your budget is.If you're looking for a unique rear bumper solution on your Jeep and you don't have the need for a built-in tire carrier, I would definitely recommend taking a look at this bumper. It is going to be a higher price point than a lot of other bumpers on the market but it has a unique design and it is incredibly well built. That's my review of the Artec Industries Nighthawk Series Rear Bumper fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs.

    Product Information

    Features, Description, Q&A, Specs & Installation

    Features

    • Internally Gusseted for Ultimate Strength
    • High Clearance Design
    • 1/8” CNC Laser Cut and Formed Steel
    • 3/4” Thick High Strength Alloy Steel Frame Brackets
    • Bare Steel Finish
    • Made in the USA
    • Fits 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler JKs

    Description

    Nighthawk Rear Bumper. There will be no more plastic or questions about whether your Wrangler looks as tough from the rear as it does from the front. Artec has crafted a rear bumper that fits the lines of a Wrangler JK to a T. Designed to avoid impacting all clearance issues, the rear bumper is a must-have for a serious off-roader looking to match the Nighthawk front bumper.

    Simplicity and Science at Work. The Nighthawk Rear Bumper features clean lines and comes without paint, offering you a chance to match color schemes with minimal fuss. Cut via CNC laser assist, the rear bumper comes across as professional work on delivery. There is no trailer hitch option at this time.

    Installation. With the proper tools, this has a do-it-yourself option. However, it does require painting and modifications for adding a trailer hitch include boring four holes. The rear bumper swap would not require modification to the Wrangler frame.

    Application. The Artec Industries Nighthawk Rear Bumper will work with all 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler JKs.

    Fitment:

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    Installation & What's in the Box

    Installation Info

    What's in the Box

    • (1) Rear Bumper

    Questions & Answers

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