(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge rear tubular bumper, available for all 2007 and up JKs. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of this bumper, which is a very simple one out of three wrenches because this is designed to bolt directly in place of that factory plastic rear bumper that's already on your JK. We're also going to talk about the construction and a few features of this bumper. There are a few different reasons to want to upgrade the factory rear bumper on your JK to an aftermarket one, and one of those reasons is aesthetics. You just want to change up the look of your Jeep, and that's really what a tubular bumper is all about. A tubular bumper like this one will offer a little bit more protection to the Jeep than the factory plastic bumper will, but you're not going to have a lot of other off-road ready features. This doesn't have recovery points, reverse lights, the opportunity to mount a spare tire rack on it. This is really just about the bumper that's going to change up the look of your Jeep. So whether you're looking to match a front tubular bumper, or you just want to change up the look of the rear of your Jeep, this is going to do that. Now, this bumper is slightly more expensive than other tubular bumpers of a similar design that are on the market, but something that sets this aside from some of those other ones is right here. This is a plastic frame cover piece that comes with this bumper and it really finishes off the look of the rear of the Jeep, in my opinion. Some of the other tubular bumpers on the market have the opportunity to purchase a frame cover separately. Some of those are metal, this one is plastic. But those are all additional costs. This gives you both pieces in one package, they're guaranteed to work together, and it's not that much more than the bumpers available without the front cover.As far as the construction goes, this is a tubular sealed bumper covered in a textured black powder coat finish. That textured black finish is a really nice option because a lot of other aftermarket Jeep parts are going to have the same finish, so they'll all match really well. You can certainly get a matching front tubular bumper from Rugged Ridge or a lot of other brands that will have a similar finish, and this will also match a lot of the factory plastic black accents that are on your Jeep right out of the factory. As I mentioned, not a ton of features on this bumper, especially ones that are geared toward off-roading, but this does have a few unique styling cues. One is on this side here, this is more of an angle cut or a baloney cut on the ends of the tubes. Just changes up the look of the Jeep a little bit, gives it a little bit more attitude than just having those straight cut. This does have a cutout here where the upper tube ends so that you can have a nice, large spare tire on that factory spare tire mount if you choose to do so, or on a [inaudible 00:02:45] carrier and mount that tire nice and low, without having the tire contact the bumper. So that is really nice. Another nice notch right here is for a factory or factory-style tow hitch so you can have your tow ready hitch so you can put your bumper on there and not have any clearance issues. And again, the biggest differentiating factor with this bumper over some of the other tube bumpers on the market is this body filler panel that comes right in the box, designed to bolt right on, and really gives the back of the Jeep a nice finished look.I mentioned before that the installation for this bumper is going to be a very simple one out of three wrenches. All you need to do is first remove your factory bumper by removing the two bolts in each frame rail, and the two bolts that are on the cross member, allowing you to just give that bumper a tug and completely release it from the Jeep. After that, you will first set your plastic body filler panel on top of the frame rails. Don't bolt it in place, just let it sit there for now. Then slide the bumper right into the frame rails with the brackets that are already welded right on the back. Those brackets have captured nuts that come pre-greased, so all you need to do from there is take the L-shaped brackets, sandwich them on the outside of the frame, and use the included hardware to tighten everything down. Now, at this point, you will want to leave that hardware a bit loose. You'll attach the bolts that hold the frame cover onto those outside brackets, and then because there is a little bit of adjustability in this bumper, you wanna make sure that it's level, straight, square, that you have clearance with everything, and it's sitting exactly where you want it. Then you can do the final torque and tighten down all the bolts. You should be able to get this bumper installed in about an hour without anything more than traditional hand tools.When you look at the cost of this bumper versus the quality that you're getting, I think this is a very fair price. This bumper is very well put together. It looks good. The finish on it is nice, but what really differentiates this one from the other ones, and I've said it before, is this body filler panel. I really like the look of the body filler panel on the Jeep. Yes, it's adding a plastic piece, but in my opinion, it just looks a lot more finished. So for the slight premium that you pay for this bumper over some of the other tubular bumpers on the market, I think it's worth it because this comes with all the pieces. So whether you're looking to match a front tubular bumper, or you're just looking to change up the look of the rear of your Jeep, but you don't have the need for a more expensive, heavier, off-road feature, heavy bumper, this is going to be a really nice option. A tubular bumper is generally more of a retro old school look, and if that's what you're after, this is a good option.So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge rear tube bumper, fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Bumper Construction. This rear bumper is constructed out of high quality 3 inch tubular steel for reliable protection and aggressive looks. The textured black finish allows protection against road hazards and the elements.
Bumper Specs. This bumper weighs in at 30 pounds and is designed to be a bolt-on replacement. It features rugged three inch tubing and allows drivers to keep their spare tire.
Accessories & More. Rugged Ridge designed this bumper with a special cut-out to accommodate the spare rear tire on the back of your rig. In addition to the bumper, Rugged Ridge includes a UV treated plastic filler piece to eliminate the gap between the bumper and the body.
Application. This bumper fits all 2007-2018 Wrangler JKs with tires up to 35 inches tall.
Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods. What is freight shipping? Your Answers are Right Here!.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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January 17, 2020
Received my Rugged Ridge Tubular Rear Bumper and was very pleased with it. It was very well packaged, everything was there, no missing hardware or anything. Very easy to install, took about an hour total. I love the look. I was wanting that old school look and this gives it to you. Quality is very good as far as welds, coating, fit. Well worth the money in my opinion.Helpful (0)
October 15, 2019
Great bumper. Clean look. Very easy install
Great bumper. Clean look. Very easy install. Looks amazing on my JKU SaharaHelpful (0)
July 29, 2019
Great Bumper , BUT
The bumper looks really good, fit is great, and install was very easy !! However it WILL NOT work with the Barricade roof rack as stated in the questions and answers !!Helpful (1)
July 14, 2019
holes in weld seams
The rear bumper installed in about 90 minutes. It looks great! Removing old bumper ate up most of the 90 minutes. However, after 2 weeks I noticed a rust streak in two places. Upon closer inspection there are two small holes at the weld seams allowing water into the bumper. I removed the rubber plugs at each end of the bumper (on the underside). About 2 cups of rusty water poured out! I used J-B Weld epoxy to fill the holes. The manufacturer needs to do a better job welding their product together so its water tight! I hope the epoxy does the job.Helpful (0)
June 12, 2019
Love the look!
I ordered both the front and back matching bumpers, and got the back one on about an hour. It took more time to get the old nuts loose than to install the new bumper. But nothing a little penetrating spray and elbow grease couldn't handle. I posted a photo of the back end, and will do the same when I get the front end on. Too hot (96 at noon in Portland) to keep working today.Helpful (0)
April 02, 2019
The product was easy to install and had all the appropriate hardware and looks greatHelpful (1)
March 08, 2019
Rugged Ridge Tubular Rear Bumper
The bumper is a great fit and really complements the Jeep!Helpful (1)
February 13, 2019
Rear Tubular Bumper
The item is great! I love the different look of my Jeep!! I’ve already received a lot of compliments and asked where I got it from. I told them extreme terrain!Helpful (4)
January 08, 2019
Rear Tuby for Ruby
easy installation. clearer pics would have been nice in the instructions, too small blurry. but it worked and looks nice. Had to remove the tow hook, they did not incorporate a spot for it to be reinstalled. They could have done better with that.Helpful (5)
December 12, 2018
Exactly what I wanted
Great appearance and easy installation. Will not hold up to minor car impacts as it will dent and show scuff marks.Helpful (6)
Is this bumper actually rated for towing?
The Rugged Ridge Tubular Rear Bumper does not include a hitch, it allows reuses of your factory hitch on your Wrangler.
Will this bumper work with the Barricade Roof Rack I already have on my jeep? I have the rear mounts mounted to frame.
The Rugged Ridge Tubular Rear Bumper should not interfere with the Barricade Roof Rack.
Will this bumper allow me to retain the factory hitch and factory recovery hooks on my 2015 Rubicon Unlimited? Thanks
The Rugged Ridge Tubular Rear Bumper will work with your factory hitch but the factory frame mounted tow hook will need to be removed. The 2015 Rubicon has a different bumper setup than the standard base model Jeep so the hooks may be in different positions.
I know this bumper allows for retaining of the factory trailer hitch. Does the hitch need to be temporarily removed during bumper install or can it stay on the whole time?
You would not have to remove the factory hitch to install the bumper.
Is the lower part of the bumper about the same distance from the ground as the stock bumper? I have a dual axle-back exhaust where the tailpipes are just below the stock bumper and I am hoping they will be about the same on this bumper and not a bigger gap.
Your dual exhaust should still sit just below this bumper, as it is very close to the stock specs. I have added a link to a customer photo. This customer also has a dual exhaust, and you can see where this sits for them! https://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged-ridge-textured-black-jk-115711.html#customer_pics-0
This bumper would not work with that hitch no.
Hello, yes, this bumper will work with the Rugged Ridge Hitch Kit.
Yes this bumper would indeed be compatible with that roof rack.
The painted finish is not designed for heat resistance, so care should be taken with exhaust clearance.
Yes, with the proper prep you can paint match theRugged Ridge Tubular Rear Bumper to your Jeep!
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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