(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Ryan: The Smittybilt SRC classic rear bumper with the D-rings and the hitch as well as the tire carrier is gonna be for those of you that have a 1987 all the way up through the 2006 YJ or TJ that are looking for a rear bumper that's going to offer you some on-road and also some off-road features as well as a tire carrier and a bumper that overall is going to be pretty simple in its design and in its aesthetics. This is going to be something that installs on the Jeep very, very easily. Definitely one out of three wrenches here. This is going to just bolt right up to your Jeep. If you do have a YJ or a TJ the install's gonna be a little bit different. We'll show you how to get this installed on a TJ and we'll show you exactly how to do that in just a second here. Up on top you're going to have the tire carrier and this is the piece where there are a couple different areas you're gonna wanna look at for features that you may want and you may want to spend a little bit more for or you may be happy with this one that is a little bit simpler. So the first thing we're gonna look at is right over here on the pivot. This has a clamping mechanism so the tire carrier is actually going to clamp onto the spindle that is welded directly into the bumper here. So the spindle does have a grease fitting so as long as you keep that greased everything should continue to work really, really well for you. Some of the other ones are going to have a solid round piece that slides over the spindle with bearings on the inside, and that in my opinion is going to be the best option for you. It's going to ensure that everything continues to move really smoothly, not bind up and just, in general, give you a nice easy working swing away tire carrier. The ones that are solid round, not the clamp, but don't have the bearings, that I like less than this design because if you do neglect it a little bit you end up with some rust in there, it can be very hard to get the carrier off of the spindle to clean things up and regrease it. At least this way with the clamp if you do neglect it for a while you can remove these bolts, you can pry this thing apart, pound it off of there, clean it up, grease it up, put it back together and it will continue to work for you. So in the realm of good, better, best, this is going to be a better design in my opinion. Over here we'll take a look at the latching mechanism. To go along with the very simplistic design of the rest of the setup this is going to be very, very simple. It has a very simple release here. It does have a little bit of a catch so that you can lock this thing into the down position, into the locked position. It does have a piece of plastic material, very, very high density plastic material and that is going to be your wear point so as you're opening and closing the tire carrier that's what's going to wear so you don't have any metal on metal there which is great. And that will also hopefully help to absorb any sort of rattle that you might have otherwise got. Now there are some latch mechanisms on some more expensive, more premium brands that are going to work almost like a car door does and those are going to ensure zero rattles and really work very well even though they are a little bit more of a complicated mechanical piece, and then there are going to be these ones that are much more simple and then a couple down in the middle. So I like this for its simplicity, there's a lot less to break here, but if you want something that's gonna be a little bit more rattle free, if you want something that is a little bit more engineered, then some of those other options are there for you but again they are gonna be a little bit pricier. Up on top of here is the other area that I always look at on a tire carrier and this is the area where the tire actually mounts to the tire carrier. So here's the other piece here, the stud's on the front over the tire mounts. So you can see that these holes here are slotted and what you can't see quite as easily is the holes on the side here are slotted as well and what that gives you is a little bit of in to out adjustability and why that's important is depending on your wheel width, your backspacing and your tire width, you are going to want that spacing to be a little bit different because you want the tire to be nice and tight up against the tire carrier here. You don't want it hanging way out here torquing around, bouncing around, moving and fatiguing the steel. So that adjustability is good. It's not a ton of adjustability but you do have enough that you should be able to get everything nice and tight up against the carrier. Now what this doesn't have is any up-down adjustability and what I like is to be able to have the tire mounted as low as possible, giving you the best visibility out that back window. Now it's a certain point with a really big tire you're not gonna be able to see anyway but if you're running a 33 or even a 35, being able to get that mounted down nice and low is going to give you the best visibility and this does not have any adjustability up and down. So again I'm not knocking it, I'm not saying anything bad about this carrier. I do think it's really well built and well put together. But what I am saying is that there are some features that this does not include. If you wanted to spend more money, if you wanted to get more features, those options are going to be out there. I mentioned before that this carrier and bumper combination comes in at right around $400 which I do think is toward the upper end of what a simple carrier bumper combination like this should be. But I don't think that it's a bad price because of the build quality here. You are gonna get a pretty high quality piece. Everything is very simple but again that's less to break and overall very, very simple piece here. So I do think $400 is gonna be pretty fair. Now somebody from the install team will show you how to get this bolted up.Male: Now to remove the spare tire from our tire carrier we're gonna use the proper socket that fits our lugnuts. Now ours happened to be a 21-millimeter, yours might be a little different, maybe you also have a wheel lock on there. So we're gonna go ahead get that removed and set it off to the side and then we're gonna move in to getting the tire carrier off our tailgate. So on our ratchet we're gonna be using a 13-millimeter socket. You don't need to use an electric ratchet, you can use a regular hand one to do this, I'm using an electric. Okay. Now to move on to our rear bumper, we're gonna have to remove our end caps off our rear bumper. Now our rear bumper is equipped with 10-millimeter bolts. I do believe that the factory one are a Torx bit, that should be somewhere around a T30 to have them removed. So let's go ahead and get these off. It's gonna be two bolts on top and then there's one underneath. Once those three are out this should slide right out and just repeat it for both sides. All right. Now we're ready to go ahead and get our rear bumper beam off the back of our Jeep TJ here and it's gonna be two 18-millimeter bolts on each side. Now we happen to be missing one on this side, well probably road vibrations, it fell off somewhere down the line, it happens. So let's go ahead and get this off. All right. Now that all our hardware's removed we're gonna go ahead and slide our rear bumper out and you're gonna do this do this carefully, make sure you get a good grip on it and you don't drop it. All right. Now we're all ready to go ahead and get our new bumper installed. Now you're gonna need the help of a friend, this bumper definitely has some weight behind it. Now I got our friend here, Ryan, who's gonna give me a hand, slide it up into place. Now using the supplied hardware that comes in the kit we're gonna go ahead and get our bumper installed. All right. We have these two bolts that go underneath using the existing holes in the frame rails. So we're just gonna get them started. This will add extra strength to your bumper to make sure that nothing gets ripped out. Now you're just gonna make sure you install one on each side and use the proper bolt that comes with the kit, they give you a few options. All right now using a 16-millimeter socket on our ratchet we're gonna go ahead and start getting our bolts tightened up. Now using an 18-millimeter socket that we used earlier we're gonna go ahead and tighten up our bottom bolts. All right. Now that our bumper is bolted down and secured we're ready to go ahead and get our tire carrier up into place. Now you may be wondering, "Oh, where is the tire mount to?" We'll be getting to that in a little bit. Let's go and get this up into place. We're just gonna lift it up, and we're gonna slide it down over the pivot pin then we're gonna add a couple of bolts in there to secure it down with a lock ring. Okay. Now that our tire carrier is down on the pivot pin, we're gonna lock it in place using a circle clip, also known as a spring lock. So what we're gonna do is using our specially tool for this, we're gonna carefully do this because you want to keep your hand over top of it so it doesn't spring out and fly and hit something or someone. Next we're gonna insert these bolts into these two holes on our pivot point. Now this will help you adjust how loose the swing is on your pivot point. And you want to keep this moderately tight but you don't want it too tight that you can't move it but you also don't want to loose that it's just rattling around. Using your bolt and your washers go ahead and slide them through and insert the nuts on the back. Now when installing these two bolts here sometimes you run into an issue of the brackets might actually be spread open a little too far. I was able to get the one started so what I'm gonna do is slowly tighten on that one until I can get the other one started. Now using a 16-millimeter wrench and socket on my small impact gun here I'm gonna slowly pull this bolt together. Now once it's completely assembled you're gonna wanna go ahead and use this grease fitting it came built into the top of it, so go ahead and squirt some grease down in there that way that this slides nice and easily and you never have to worry about it binding up. All right. Next we're gonna go ahead get our extension mount put in. Now this extension just so you can mount your third brake light up above your spare tire. If you're carrying a larger spare tire somewhere around 35 or a 40 your factory one is not gonna clear it anymore so we're gonna go ahead and get this on, just slides down into the top of your tire carrier and we're gonna secure it with this rather large bolt that comes in the kit. It's not hard to miss, it's definitely the biggest one that comes with it. Now using your bolt, your supplied washer and your supplied lock nut, let's go ahead and get that in there and secured down then we're gonna go ahead and tighten that up. Now to tighten this up, I'm going to be using a 24-millimeter socket on my impact gun and a 24-millimeter open-ended wrench on the other side. All right. Now that that's locked down and secured we're gonna go ahead and get our tire mount on next. All right now this is our new wheel adapter and we're just gonna go ahead slide this over. Now you're gonna wanna make sure that you adjust this for the size wheel and tire that you have. Now this slides in and out for a wider tire. My suggestion is you keep it as tight as possible to the tire carrier. This way that your tire will rattle around a lot less and you don't have to run the risk of it putting a lot of extra weight hanging off the end. Gonna use our supplied lock nuts that come with the kit and we're gonna tighten them down. Now to tighten these up we're going to use our 16-millimeter socket. Okay. Now we're all ready to go ahead and get our tire mounted up on our tire carrier. Now the tire carrier kit does come with the three lug nuts needed to mount your tire to it. Just carefully lift up your rim, slide it over the studs, and attach them with your lug nuts. Now that ties up the installation of our Smittybilt rear bumper and tire carrier on our Jeep TJ series Wrangler. Now for more parts and videos like these make sure you come and visit us at extremeterrain.com.
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By Smittybilt. Reinvent the look of your Jeep Wrangler with the high-performance Smittybilt SRC Classic Rear Bumper with D-Rings, Hitch & Tire Carrier in Textured Black. Its unique 3-point mounting system allows it to fit larger tires up to 35 inches.
Robotically Welded Design. This textured black, rear bumper is constructed using a heavy-duty 1/4-inch steel plate, 2-stage powder coat painted, and zinc-plated for rust and corrosion resistance. Plus, it is class III tow rated at 5,000 pounds.
Warranty. Smittybilt provides a limited warranty, which protects purchasers from any defects in materials and workmanship. For more information, please visit the manufacturer’s website to learn more.
Installation. If you have light to moderate mechanical skills, expect to complete this installation in under 2 hours. A D-ring mount is included. If you prefer, you can visit your nearest auto mechanic to have this rear bumper installed.
Application. The Smittybilt SRC Classic Rear Bumper with D-Rings, Hitch & Tire Carrier in Textured Black is compatible with the 1987-2006 Jeep Wrangler YJ & TJ.
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