(approx) 2 Hours
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I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Smittybilt XRC Atlas Front Bumper, fitting all 2007 and up Wranglers. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of this bumper which is a fairly simple one out of three wrenches. There are a few additional parts to install with this bumper than some other aftermarket front bumpers, but this is still completely bolt-on and an easy install. We're also going to talk about the construction and a few of the other features of this bumper.This is for those of you who are looking for a really heavy-duty plate steel full-width front bumper that comes right out of the box with a winch mounting plate, a bumper hoop that accepts auxiliary lights. This will work with your factory fog lights. This has a front skid plate. This really has everything that you could want any full-width aftermarket front bumper right out of the box, at what I think is a pretty fair price. As I mentioned before, this is a full-width front bumper. This will cover the full distance that your factory front bumper will. However, unlike some other steel aftermarket front bumpers that are full-width, this has cutouts on the corners that will allow you to run a 37-inch tire in most lift configurations without any clearance issues. This is, again, specifically designed to give you a little bit more clearance to run up to a 37, which is a really nice feature.As I said before, this comes out of the box with a winch mounting plate. This is winch-ready, and this does put the winch down in between the frame rails, which is a look I really like. A lotta people say it helps to keep the winch from blocking air to the radiator. I don't know how much air it actually blocks, I personally just like the look of a sunken winch. This also comes right outta the box with this over rider hoop on it that does have two mounting tabs on the top for some additional auxiliary lighting. With a lot of other bumpers, this is something that you have to add afterward. And a nice part about this being a bolt-on piece, instead of it being welded on, is you can not install it if you want to and just put the bolts in the holes to block them off or get plastic block off caps. Either way, it's an option. If you wanna run it, you can.This also accepts your factory front fog lights, which is always a win in my book. You already have the factory fog lights, you already have all the wiring for it, and this keeps you from having to go out there and buy additional auxiliary lights to fill those holes. And finally, this does come with a front skid plate. Now, there isn't a lot in that area to protect unless you're a Rubicon owner with a front electronics play bar disconnect, there's not a lot directly under the bumper to protect. However, the skid plate does give the front bumper a more substantial look and does make this look a little bit more aggressive and off-road-like. So a lot of you are going to like that feature as well. So, like I said, this comes with a lot of things all right out of the box, and that's what makes me say that this is at a fair price. It is expensive for a front bumper, but there aren't many other features that you would want.So for installation, as I said, I'm giving this a one out of three wrenches. This will bolt directly onto your Jeep. there are a few more parts and pieces than some other aftermarket front bumpers, but again this is an easy install, just follow the instructions. The first step is of course removing your factory front bumper which you'll do by removing the eight nuts that hold it in place. Make sure that you also remove your splash shield, your frame cover, and unclip your wiring harness for your fog lights from the crash bar before removing the bumper. After that you'll remove your fog lights from that bumper and bolt them into your new one, using the included hardware. After that, the next step is to install the winch mounting plate for your new bumper on the Jeep that will go directly in between the frame rails and bolt into place using the included hardware. After that, you'll install your winch on your winch mount plate, then go ahead and install the rest of the bracketry and install the front bumper on the Jeep. After that, you'll install the lower skid plate section and you'll be finished.This whole installation, because it does have a few more steps than some others, might take you closer to two hours than one. But it's still going to be a very simple install that can be done completely with hand tools. I've said before that I think this is a fairly priced bumper for what you get, and I really do. I think this is a really well-built bumper, but when you think of all the features you get, this is a full-width bumper giving you full-width protection, a plate steel bumper that allows you to run 37s, that gives you an over rider hoop with auxiliary mounts, has a winch mount, uses the factory fog lights, and has a front skid plate all right out of the box, it becomes worth the price you have to pay for it. There are other bumpers out there that are a little bit lower priced if you are on a little bit more of a budget. And those are gonna be great bumpers as well, but they're probably not going to have all the features that this bumper has. So if you're looking for a really complete full-width plate steel front bumper with a lot of bells and whistles and all of the features you might be looking for, this is going to be a really nice option for you. So, that's my review of the Smittybilt XRC Atlas Front Bumper, fitting all 2007 and up JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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October 29, 2019
The instructions for the bumper are basically pointless. Pics are bad and the order of assembly is totally unknown going by the instructions. Took way too long to install cause of having to remove it twice in the process. All in all it's the exact one I wanted and it looks greatHelpful (1)
October 08, 2019
This bumper looks like your coming!! Love it change the entire look of my baby.Helpful (1)
November 30, 2018
Awesome bumper! Gets five stars even though I replaced two of the bolts that connect the winch plate to the frame with flanges nuts to make it easier to install.Helpful (5)
June 20, 2018
Very nice product. I would recommend it always. It gave my Jeep a completely different lookHelpful (5)
June 13, 2018
Went on with ease with a little adjustment. It had a few paint issues, like some bubbles and uneven layering on the inside of the bumper. Not what you expect for the price, but it is tough. It has taken a few hits with no marks.Helpful (5)
June 10, 2018
Nice looking bumper
Overall I’m happy with the XRC Atlas. The only problem I had (hence the 4 stars instead of 5) was the outermost bolt holes on the skid plate didn’t quite line up. I had to squeeze the skid plate outer ears to the main bumper structure with big C-clamps to get the bolts in, and I had to redrill the hole on the right side. That said, I really like the bumper design and the way my Warn VR10S looks and how it fit right in with no modification required. 24” extensions for the OEM fog lights made their installation and wire routing no problem. I’d buy this bumper again despite the manufacturing annoyance.Helpful (6)
May 22, 2018
Sturdy but Directions are Weak
This is a very sturdy product but directions are not detail enough and the miss some important information when advertising like: 1) you may have to grind the edges of the front bumper mount on the jeep; 2) you may need fog light cable extenders. All of which are not a big thing but it would be nice to know a head of time. I am impressed with how strong this bumper is; how tight the wench fits; and the fact that I can mount a tow bar to it.Helpful (6)
March 24, 2018
This bumper is heavy duty. I had a harder time getting it out of the box it came in than I did installing it. The fit was very good and when you follow the directions it was easy. The bag of bolts you get takes a little time to sort and the sizes in the directions don't match what you actually get but its easy enough to figure out where they go. I didn't use the bumperette and it looks fine with out it, put my front tag on one side and plugged the holes on the other side. Covers a lot of the winch so make sure you have completed that installation prior to starting on the bumper. All said this is a very nice unit for the money.Helpful (6)
March 20, 2018
I love love love this bumper. It makes my Jeep stand out. It took my friends longer to assemble than the guide recommended. The instructions were vague and the pictures were not helpful. A lot of room for improvements in this area. With the winch it took them 6 hours; and then they had ten leftover washers.Helpful (6)
March 13, 2018
Nice bumper, very well made, looks great too. Little pricey but to be expected for this quality.Helpful (7)
I have this bumper and was wondering if there are any replacement parts for the Still metal plates on each side of the which that have an A on them I also have the rear bumper to match and was just wondering if those pieces could come off, I've tried but no luck. They are rusting a little any way I could avoid it or take it off?
For replacement hardware for this bumper we recommend contacting the manufacture.
I would like to install a nice looking winch bumper like the smittybuilt XRC atlas style, but I need to be able to flat tow my 2018 Rubicon unlimited jeep behind my rv safely. Any recommendations for bumpers that have adapters or allow for baseplate applications? I would like to use my blue ox tow bar if possible!
We currently are not aware of any bumpers that are compatible with the blue ox tow options. We would suggest checking on forums or confirm with Blue Ox if they are aware of any aftermarket bumpers that are compatible with their tow options.
When installing with a Smittybilt wench on a 2 door Rubicon, would a one inch front coil spring spacer be advised to counter the added weight?
If you notice sag with your Smittybilt XRC Atlas Front Bumper and your Smittybilt winch and want to correct it -we would suggest a small spacer usually 1 inch to .75 inches pending how much sag you notice.
Does it require vacuum relocation?
No, the Smittybilt XRC Atlas Front Bumper does not require a vacuum pump relocation.
Will this bolt onto a JL OR JLU?
We have not tested this for fitment on a JL Wrangler.
The stock springs will sag a considerable amount when installing steel bumpers such as the Smittybilt Atlas.
This bumper is able to be repainted as desired, though it may require removing the powder coating finish it has now.
The Smittybilt XRC Atlas Front Bumper will not interfere with the airbag deployment for safety reasons.
The Smittybilt XRC Atlas Front Bumper can handle most 12,000Lb winches with center mounted solenoids.
The Smittybilt XRC Atlas Front Bumper would require the winch to be installed onto the bumper first, and then the bumper can be installed onto you Wrangler. We do have a install guide provided here: https://www.extremeterrain.com/smittybilt-xrc-atlas-bumper-jk-76892-manu-install.html showing the steps.
Thank you for your question! You would not have interference with 37's and a 3.5" lift.
We do not offer the Smittybilt XRC Atlas Front Bumper in a bare steel finish.
Hello, this bumper does include the Skid Plate.
Yes, the Smittybilt XRC Atlas Front Bumper (07-17 Wrangler JK) comes with the bull bar.
(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.