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Smittybilt SRC Carbine Front Bumper (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Video Review & Installation

      The Smittybilt SRC Carbine Front Bumper's for those of you that have a 2007 to 2018 JK that are looking for a bumper that's gonna add some protection and some off-road ability, also change up the look of your Jeep and are also looking for a bumper that's gonna be a little bit shorter than factory, a little bit more of a stubby style like this one is. Most bumpers are gonna be a one out of three wrenches for installation and this bumper is no different. It'll bolt right up to your Jeep and I'll show you how to do that in just a second. So, when you are looking for an aftermarket bumper, you're probably looking for something that's either going to change up the look of your Jeep, add some off-road functionality, or add some protection or maybe any combination of those and I think this bumper is gonna do a really nice job of really all three. You're replacing a plastic bumper with a heavy-duty steel bumper. This does have a lot of very off-road ready features built right into it and I'll get into that a little bit more specifically when we have this bumper side-by-side with the factory bumper and obviously, this changes up the aesthetic of your Jeep quite dramatically.Now, this bumper is going to have, I'll say, a little less fit and finish maybe than some of the other bumpers that we see out there and the reason I say that is because of all of the exposed bolt heads. Now, even some modular front bumpers that are really designed to be a base and then a bunch of other stuff added on it, I feel like they do a little bit better job of just having everything work together very smoothly. It's very clear that these pieces are bolted directly on to the bumper and not welded, not part of the bumper out of the box. Now that's not necessarily a bad thing. This gives the bumper a little bit more of that utilitarian feel to it, but it is something I wanted to point out because not all of you are gonna be into that. Some of you are gonna look for a bumper that has a little bit more of that fit and finish. Now, for all the features and the quality of the construction that you're getting here, I think that the price tag of right around $370 is a pretty fair one. Again, there is a lot of off-road functionality built into this bumper that we're gonna talk about in just a second. And overall, I do think that the quality of the build and the quality of the finish is there, so I think it's gonna be a pretty good deal for you.So let me show you how to get this bumper installed. For this installation, we used a combination of a 3/8 inch electric impact and a 3/8 inch pneumatic impact. We have an 18-, 19- and 16-millimeter socket, two different 3/8 inch extensions, a 5-millimeter Allen head socket as well as a number-2 Phillips socket and two box-end wrenches, a 10-millimeter and a 17-millimeter. This bumper is going to install very easily onto your Jeep, one out of three wrenches for this install. The first step is, of course, removing the factory bumper from your Jeep then we'll assemble the new Smittybilt bumper and then get it bolted up onto the Wrangler. So when you're removing a factory front bumper, the first thing that you're gonna wanna do is remove the splash shield from the bottom. Of course, ours is already missing. A lot of you have removed yours as well, either just because you don't like the way it looks or you did some wheeling and it removed itself. Either way, if yours is still on there, you can pop the plastic clips with the trim removal tool or a flathead screwdriver and get rid of the splash guard. Once that's out of the way, you'll wanna go ahead and unplug the fog lights, which I'll show you in just a second. Depending on what year your Jeep is, that's going to happen in one of two different ways, but you will wanna unplug the fog light wiring harness from the fog lights. Then you can remove the nuts holding the bumper on, take the bumper off, and then there's going to be a frame cover up here, same deal as the splash cover with a couple of plastic clips and you'll pop that off. Again, ours is already missing but if yours is there, you'll wanna remove that. So, first thing's first, let's get underneath this thing. We'll unplug the fog light harnesses and then we'll go ahead and remove the nuts.Now that all the nuts are removed, we can pull the bumper off the Jeep. So the first step in assembling your new bumper is going to be bolting the bull bar onto the bumper itself and that attaches in three spots on either side. The front two holes are drilled and tapped, so all you need is a bolt and a washer for those holes. These back ones here, they're just drilled clear through, so you're going to need a bolt, a washer, and a nut for that as well. So we'll get this lined up and get some of the bolts started. Now we can tighten down this hardware. Now we're going to bolt up the Fairlead mount and the license plate holder. You get both of those functions from this piece right here and then there's also an L-shaped bracket that's pre-drilled. This goes on the inside of the bumper to add a little bit more strength for running a winch. So there are some bolts that are shared by both of these. What we're gonna do is tack this in place with a couple of bolts that go up through the top just so this is held firmly in place, then we'll get the rest of the hardware started, and finally tighten everything down. Now we'll feed our L-shaped support bracket in through the gussets here. Get it lined up where it goes. Drop in some nut and bolt hardware. Now we'll go ahead and tighten that hardware down. The last thing we're gonna install is your license plate mounting hardware. So you have a longer hex head bolt, a washer, and a spacer and they go through the smaller holes in the front of the Fairlead here. Then you have some washer and nut hardware that goes in the back side to hold everything down. So when you see the Smittybilt bumper next to the factory bumper side-by-side, there are definitely more differences than there are similarities. The stock bumper on the bottom there is going to be full width. It's a plastic bumper over a metal support. You do have a couple of tow hooks up on the top there but other than that, not a lot of functionality from that bumper. What you're gonna get from the Smittybilt bumper is, of course, something that's going to be much shorter, which is something that a lot of people just like the look of but especially if you're gonna be doing some off-roading, you're gonna have additional clearance here and if you're running a really big, say a 37-inch tire, again, you're gonna gain clearance by having a shorter bumper. So that's gonna be both functional and aesthetic. One of the things that your factory bumper does share with the Smittybilt bumper is a hole for the factory fog light, and that's something I really like, especially when it comes to a stubby bumper like this. A lot of the times, there just isn't room for your factory fog lights but Smittybilt did a really nice job of finding a spot to put those. You already have the wiring, the switching, and the lights so why not get a bumper that allows you to use those factory fog lights and this will do just that. In a minute, we're gonna show you how to bolt your fog lights up into your new bumper. See you have that right on the corner here. Of course, moving inward from that, you have some D-ring mounts. They're going to essentially replace the tow hooks on the factory bumper and I always like a Clevis mount or a D-ring mount a little bit better because it's a very secure connection between the bumper and the tow hook or winch line or whatever it might be, where with a hook like that, if you have any slack in the line, things can come a little bit loose and that can be a serious problem, especially when you're using something like a snatch strap to pull somebody out of a stuck situation. Right up on top of this bumper, you're going to have a bull bar, and the bull bar isn't welded on. It is bolted on which some people don't like the look of, others really do like the look of it and that's completely up to you but you are gonna have some exposed bolt heads where that bolts on there. But I do like the fact that it has this, sort of, twin tube design. It just looks a little bit more interesting to the eye than the ones that are a single tube. Again, that's just my opinion, but there is some functionality in this bar as well. Right up top here, you have a couple of light mount tabs and these aren't just your simple, run-of-the-mill single light mount tabs. This actually gives you a variety of different ways to mount a variety of different lights. So down here, you have a lower set of holes and those are 9 inches apart to center. Then up top here, you have a larger set of oblong holes that are 12 inches to center and finally, the outside holes here are 15 inches to center and those are also going to be oblong holes. So you have a variety of different ways you can mount a variety of different types of lights. So that's a really nice feature right there. Right up on top here, of course, you're going to have your winch mount. This bumper is going to be a steel bumper. It's going to be designed for a winch, has tons of gusseting on the inside, including an L-bracket that you bolt in when you're assembling this bumper to give it a lot of strength. So you can bolt a winch directly onto this bumper without the need to purchase any additional hardware and you're going to have your Fairlead mount right up here. So whether it's a Roller or a Hawse Fairlead, you can bolt that here. And then directly below that where you see these two bolt heads sticking out, that's actually a license plate mount which, again, is something you don't find on a lot of bumpers. That's actually a really nice feature. Some other bumpers will require you to get real creative, drill holes, tap them, use self-tapping screws, use zip ties, any number of things to attach a front license plate should you need or want one. And this comes pre-drilled before that and they also include the hardware. So that, again, is a feature that I do like. Down below on the bumper, you have some cutouts. They're gonna help to cut down the weight of the bumper a little bit and also to add a little something to the bumper aesthetically. So when you are shopping for an aftermarket bumper, you're really looking for something that's gonna change the look of your Jeep, add some off-road functionality, and also add some protection to the Jeep and I think this bumper from Smittybilt does all of that and you can really see that when you compare this bumper to the factory one side by side like this. So, as I mentioned, the next thing we're gonna show you here is how to pull your factory fog lights out of your factory bumper and get them bolted into the Smittybilt bumper and then how to get the Smittybilt bumper installed on the Jeep. Now we'll remove the factory fog lights from the factory bumper by removing these screws. To get the fog lights bolted into the new bumper, you have some small plastic clips that you need to insert into these square holes. Do that first. The fog light will sit right over top of those. Once the fog lights are bolted into the bumper, you can pop the bumper on the Jeep. So after the bumper is completely bolted up and tightened down, the last step is to plug in your fog lights. Because these fog lights sit outside of the frame rails instead of on the inside, you may have to pull some of the fog light wiring out of its factory looming to make it reach, but that's going to be dependent on your setup and exactly how you wanna accomplish that. So all you need to do is extend that wiring out however you decide to do it and plug things in and you're completely finished with that installation. So if you are looking for a bumper that's going to add a more utilitarian look to the front of your JK and also some off-road functionality, I would recommend this choice from Smittybilt and you can find it right here at

      Product Information

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      • Manufactured from 3/16” Cold-Rolled Steel
      • Signature Two-Stage Matte Black Finish
      • 1.75” Removable Overrider with Light Mounting Tabs
      • Constructed to Retain Factory Fog Lights
      • Accommodates All Winches up to 12,000 lbs.
      • Raised Corners for Better Entry and Exit Under Extreme Conditions
      • Exclusive Triangulation Anchors Fastens to Frame in Numerous Locations
      • Solid 3/4” D-Ring Mounts
      • Detailed Bolt-On Installation
      • Limited Lifetime Warranty
      • Fits All 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models


      Dreams Come True. Upgrade your Jeep’s front end to that look that you have always been dreaming of. The Smittybilt SRC Carbine Front Bumper serves as the perfect accent to your Wrangler exterior, all while suppling a stylish presence that goes above and beyond the look of outdoor ruggedness and screams fortified toughness.

      Solid Carbine. Manufactured from 3/16” cold-rolled steel with a signature two-stage matte black finish, the SRC bumper features a 1.75” removable overrider with light mounting tabs and comes specifically constructed to retain your original factory fog lights. Its new mid-width open top/side design accommodates all winches up to 12,000 lbs. while its raised corners allow for better entry and exist under extreme conditions. Also featured are exclusive triangulation anchors that fasten to the frame in numerous locations and solid 3/4” D-Ring mounts.

      Installation. This carbine front bumper calls for a detailed bolt-on installation. Be advised some light drilling and wiring might be required for a successful install.

      Warranty. Smittybilt warrants this front bumper with a limited lifetime warranty against all manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship.

      Application. The Smittybilt SRC Carbine Front Bumper is designed to fit all 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.

      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!.


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