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Smittybilt Tubular Rear Bumper w/o Hitch - Textured Black (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from and this is my review of the Smittybilt Tubular Rear Bumper, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. This bumper is available in the textured black powder coat that you see here. It's also available in a gloss black powder coat and a polished stainless finish. The bumper also is available with and without a tow-rated hitch. This is for those of you who like that more old school tubular bumper look on your Jeep. Whether you're looking to match a front tubular bumper or you just wanna add that tubular bumper look onto the rear of your Jeep, this is a nice option. This bumper is really well-built. However, it's not going to be as heavy duty, provide the same level of protection, or have all of the features of a more heavy duty, off-road-specific rear bumper. It's also going to be less expensive than some of those other bumpers, so it really comes down to what you're looking for on your Jeep. If you just want the look, this is a great bumper. If you need more protection and additional features, maybe you'll look elsewhere and have to spend a little bit more money.If you get this bumper with the hitch, you'll be receiving Smittybilt's bolt-on hitch. It's very similar to an OE style hitch that will work with this tubular bumper. If you already have a factory hitch or a factory style hitch, that will also work with this bumper. This bumper is built from three-inch tubular steel that is zinc-coated and then either powder-coated or polished. Again, you have your choice of different finishes, and it really comes down to what look you like on your Jeep. This bumper is designed to be completely bolt-on and will come with all of the hardware and the bracketry that you need to get it bolted up. Whether you choose to go with the version that has the hitch or without, the bumper does have a cutout for a larger-than-factory spare tire, giving you a little bit of additional room there. As you can see, this bumper does wrap around to the side of the tub, giving you a little bit of additional protection from the side.As I mentioned, the hitch that's included, if you get the bumper with the hitch, is separate from the bumper itself. It's not built-in, it's not one piece, and that's okay. It's just something to note. This is Smittybilt's OE style hitch that will bolt right onto the rear crossmember, just like the factory hitch would, giving you plenty of strength. The weight that you're able to tow on this hitch is really only limited by the Jeep and not by the hitch itself. If you have a two-door JK, you can tow 2,000 pounds with a 200-pound tongue weight capacity, and if you have a four-door, you can tow 3,500 pounds with a 350-pound tongue weight capacity.Getting this bumper bolted up could not be any easier. All you need to do is first remove your factory rear bumper, which can be done by removing the two bolts holding the bumper onto the rear crossmember and the four bolts holding it onto the frame rails. From there, you can install the hitch if you've purchased the bumper with the hitch. The hitch, again, mounts right to that rear crossmember in the factory location, so there's no need to drill anything. You'll just use the included hardware to get the hitch bolted on to the crossmember. After that, you'll use the brackets that come with the bumper to get that bolted onto the Jeep. There are a couple of brackets that have welded nuts that will slide inside of the frame rail much like a traditional aftermarket bumper will install. There are also some plates that mount on the outside of the frame rail, and, again, all of the hardware you need to get that bracket attached to the frame is included. Once that bracket is in place, it's just a matter of bolting the bumper itself onto the bracket. The bumper does have some slattered holes, so you can make some up/down adjustments and make sure that you get it nice and level and that you have plenty of clearance between the bottom of the tailgate and the top of the bumper. The whole installation process shouldn't take you more than two hours, even if you decided to go with the version that includes the hitch, and you won't need any specialty tools, just some traditional hand tools and sockets.There are quite a few tubular bumpers on the market that are of a very similar design to this one, and most of them are right around the same price range as well. So it really comes down to the style that you like. If I look at this bumper and I base the value off of the build quality, I would say the quality is definitely there. The welds look nice, the finish looks good, it bolts up easily, it includes all the hardware you need, and, of course, the version with the hitch is going to be a little bit more expensive. But with that kit, you get a tow-rated hitch, where with a lot of other ones that have a hitch built into the bumper, the hitch itself isn't tow-rated. So with all of that in mind, I think that this is priced really fairly for what you get. If you like that tubular style, this is a good option.So if you're a fan of that old school retro tubular style bumper look on your newer JK and either you're trying to match a front tubular bumper or you're just looking to add that styling to the rear, I definitely recommend taking a look at this Smittybilt bumper. Especially if you're somebody who currently doesn't have a OE hitch on their Jeep and wants to be able to tow a light trailer, this package, including the hitch, checks all the boxes in and does it at a fair price. So that's my review of the Smittybilt Tubular Rear Bumper, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs, that you can find right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Rear Tubular Bumper
      • Stainless Steel
      • Black Textured Powder Coat Finish
      • Only Works with OEM Hitch
      • 39.6 lbs
      • Five Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
      • Fits 2007-2018 Wrangler JK


      Tough Basic Bumper. Add a tough basic bumper to your Jeep for an understated design that looks nice while holding up impressively well. This product is a thin rugged tube design and designed to last through years of hard performance. The bumper is powder coated black and features a tire cutout, making it easy to hold an oversized spare tire using your Jeep's stock carrier.

      Stainless Steel. Built from stainless steel tubing, this bumper is made to last through heavy use. It's powder coated black for added durability and will withstand hard use very well.

      Reliable Installation. The Smittybilt Tubular rear bumper installs with a set of bolts easily and reliably. It locks into position fast and can be done at home or by a professional at the garage. There's no drilling required to put it into position.

      Lifelong Protection. This bumper comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects and construction issues. It's made to hold up over time and is protected in a way that you can count on.

      Application. Fits 2007-2018 Wrangler JK.

      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

      MPN# JB48-RT

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (19)

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      4.7 out of 5 overall rating from 19 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • February 12, 2020

        5 2008 Wrangler - APearson Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Awesome Fir

        This bumper was so easy mount to replace the OEM bumper. Instructions were easy to follow and I did the job by myself.

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      • May 01, 2019

        3 2018 Wrangler - AmandaM

        Missing filler plates

        Bumper is nice and steardy... but for the price and it still doesn't come with the filler plates is disappointing. The gap is too big not attractive at all

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      • April 07, 2019

        5 2015 Rubicon - Deeter Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Love it

        Fits perfect with the factory hitch. Maybe a half inch or less of clearance over top of it. Also goes great with the src rack if anyone is wondering.

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      • October 03, 2018

        4 2014 Wrangler - AshleyA Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Awesome retro bumper

        I love this bumper and the fact it has an old school vibe to it. It’s solid and the textured powdercoat is finished nicely. I definitely feel for city driving and light off reading this would be perfect. However if you are much harder on your ride you may want something a touch heavier. The only reason I give this a 4 out of 5 is because of the gap it leaves. I bought a gap filler which solved the issue but wish it came with. Easy install with a friend there to hold while you screw into place. May need more time if you try alone. Took me less than an hour with help.

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      • May 01, 2018

        5 2018 Wrangler - NewCarMark Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Smittybilt Tough

        Good quality rear bumper that is priced right! Excellent craftsmanship. Built to last.

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      • April 29, 2018

        5 2015 Wrangler - Dag Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Good upgrade for under $200

        It took hardly any time or effort to install this bumper. The ad says it fits up to 2018 Wranglers but the included instructions said '06-'13 JK. The fit is perfect. It acccomodates with an aftermarket hitch receiver I already had. The clearance is tight (1/8") but it works perfectly fine.

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      • October 05, 2017

        5 2011 Wrangler - Tony Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        fits great and looks awesome.

        very easy to install. although it would be nice for the option of some sort of "vanity" plate to go between the bumper and body to cover up the frame and fill up the large gap it creates

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      • October 04, 2017

        5 2015 Wrangler - MikeR Installation Time: Afternoon

        Great looking tube bumper

        I've always been a fan of tube bumpers and really like this one in textured black. It's nice to keep my original hitch and the bumper is aligned perfectly. I plan on getting bigger tires, and a spare will have no problem fitting above this bumper. No issues installing and I did it myself.

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      • August 12, 2017

        5 2016 Wrangler - OzarkOverlander Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great Look, Easy install.

        Very simple install, bumper looks great. Seems stronger and sturdier than the stock bumper but not a lot more weight.

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      • August 07, 2017

        4 2014 Wrangler - MLH0098 Installation Time: Afternoon

        Design works well with roof rack.

        This rear bumper works well with the roof rack but would like something to fill in the gap on top to cover the pinch seam on the rear body of the Jeep.

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      Questions & Answers (8 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Will this bumper work with my factory hitch

      • Yes, the Smittybilt Tubular Rear Bumper will work with your factory hitch.

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      Will this bumper fit with my 35" spare tire mounted?

      • Hello! This bumper will still fit with your 35" spare tire mounted!

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      Will this bumper install without interfering with the factory-location hitch I just spent $100 on?

      • The Smittybilt Tubular Rear Bumper, No Hitch, Textured Black (07-17 Wrangler JK) is compatible with most OE styled hitches.

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      Does this bumper work with the Barricade roof rack with the frame mounts, not body mounts. Thanks

      • Hello, yes the Smittybilt Tubular Rear Bumper, No Hitch, Textured Black (07-17 Wrangler JK) will work with the Barricade Roof Rack - Textured Black (07-17 Wrangler JK)

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      Does this come with the filler panels to fill the gap between bumper and jeep?

      • This item does not have the filler panel. To get a Tube Bumper that has a filler panel look at Item J15446.

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      Will this bumper work with the Barricade roof rack frame mounted with factory hitch that came with the Jeep? 1 answer
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