- (1) Front Bumper
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I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Smittybilt XRC Front Bumper, fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJs. Today, we're gonna talk through the installation of this bumper, which is a very simple one out of three wrench installation. You should be able to get this bolted on the front of your TJ in about an hour because it is designed to bolt right in place of your factory bumper, making the install very quick and easy. But we'll talk more about the installation in just a second. We're also gonna talk through the construction and a few of the features of this bumper. A bumper like this is for those of you who want a front bumper that will provide a little bit more protection to your TJ, but moreover, offer additional features that make this bumper off-road ready. This bumper is going to provide D-ring mounts, recovery mounts, a few other features that make it a really nice off-road bumper. And because this is from Smittybilt, which are known for making a quality product at a lower price range, this is going to be an affordable bumper as well. As far as construction goes, this bumper is made from three-sixteenths-inch cold rolled steel, and the whole thing is covered in a textured black powder coat finish to help it resist rust and corrosion. As far as a few of the features that I really do like about this bumper, it does have two D-ring mounts, right up on the front here, which are going to give you really strong connection points for recoveries. It also has a winch mount up on top, which is ready to hold a 10,000-pound winch without the need to purchase any additional accessories or winch mounts or anything like that. You can just bolt your winch right up, making install of the winch very easy as well. So some of you might be thinking, "If I have a winch, why do I need the D-ring mounts?" Well, the D-ring gives you a really solid connection for using a tow strap or a snatch strap in those situations where that is a better option for recovery than your winch would be. And even if you are using your winch, you can double your winch pulling power by going to a snatch block on a tree and back to that solid connection of the D-ring on your bumper. So having both really gives you a lot of different options. No matter what sticky situation you get yourself into, you're going to be able to get out with this bumper outfitted with a winch. Above the winch area, of course, you see this overrider hoop, and on top of that, you have two welded light mount tabs. Now, these mounts are spaced so that you can run a nine-inch round off-road light or a smaller light, of course, if you choose. Even a small three-inch LED light pod would look good up there and give you the opportunity to run some auxiliary lighting, which is very nice. Now, this bumper is approximately a full-width bumper. It is going to give you good coverage across from fender to fender, and it's going to give you that style that we talked about as well. I said before, installing this bumper on your Jeep is a very simple process. The first step is going to be removing your factory bumper, which you'll do by removing the six bolts that hold it in place. There are two bolts in the top of each frame rail and one in the bottom of each frame rail. Once that bumper is removed, it's a simple matter of setting your new bumper on the frame rails and using the included hardware to bolt it down. If you are going to be installing a winch on this bumper, you can install the winch before bolting the bumper onto the Jeep. It'll make it a little bit easier to get to those winch mounting bolts. However, of course, the winch and bumper combination is going to be a lot heavier to hoist onto the Jeep, so you might wanna have an extra set of hands around. Other than that, you're not going to need any specialty tools for this job, just your traditional hand tools, and as I said before, about an hour's time. This is a very easy one out of three wrench install. This bumper comes in at right around $420, and when you compare it to the competition from a feature and a build-quality perspective, I do think that it's worth the cost. You're not going to find a bumper that has the overrider hoop, the light mounts, the winch mount, the D-ring mounts, full coverage, all of the things that you're getting with this bumper for much less, without giving up any build quality. So I think this is a pretty good value. So if you're looking for an aftermarket front bumper for your TJ that's going to provide protection, off-road ready features, and some additional style, I think this is a really fairly-priced option. So that's my review of the Smittybilt XRC Front Bumper, fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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What size D rings fit this bumper?
This bumper would use 3/4" D-rings.
will a Warn VR 8 winch fit on this bumper?
Yes, this Smittybilt XRC Front Bumper will work with that winch, as well as any winch with a 10"x4.5" mounting footprint.
How is the wiring run for the lights on the brush guard?
The wiring can be done with a harness like this Raxiom LED Lighting Switch Kit: https://www.extremeterrain.com/raxiom-led-switch-kit-j100996.html which can then be ran through one open grille slots into the engine bay.
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The Smittybilt XRC Front Bumper is not designed for towing.
Could you explain what the 3/16 Inch Cold-Rolled Steel with a 1-3/4 Inch Wall Over the Kickers and Rider Means?
The Smittybilt XRC Front Bumper is made of 3/16" cold rolled steel, with the stinger being made from 1 3/4" steel tubing.
The Smittybilt XRC Front Bumper would not accommodate the m8274 Warn winch without modifications or a custom winch plate.
Hello, unfortunately there is no tow bar made for this bumper.
October 11, 2018
Very nice looking bumper, you will need a t-55 torque bit for old bolts, had no issues lining up new holes but would advise starting the bottom on each end and then go to the top, use new bolts. I put old bolts in a bag and taped to inside of old bumper (I save everything) Very nice product, I also added the smittybilt winch at same time, great time to add when bumper is off!
June 11, 2018
Great bumper, but slight powdercoating problem
I purchased this bumper a while ago (2 years or so) and it has been a great strong bumper. While offloading I hit a tree and didn't even get a dent in it. Only issue I have had is it has slowly started to rust. Nothing crazy, but it is slightly noticeable. It's possible it is from the saltwater at the beach, but not completely certain.
June 06, 2018
It was everything they promised and more. Looks great on my TJ
May 05, 2018
The final bolt hole on the bumper didn't align correctly with the bolt hole in the frame. Not overly concerned about it though since the bumper was 52 off when I bought it. Had the same problem with the rear bumper from Smittybuilt. A few runs in the powdercoat, but nothing very noticeable. Sub-par quality control. Definitely not buying their products anymore. Bumper does not come with the shackles shown in the pic. Even called Smittybuilt to make sure. Not a huge concern, but would have been nice to get them included, especially considering the quality control issues.
May 03, 2018
Fit great on my ‘98 TJ, threw on a warn and fit great no modifications needed and has a great look. Woulda liked it to be a bit longer but otherwise a good bumper.
January 31, 2018
Received my bumper today for my 98 wrangler, appearance looks good, one tab for the light mount was slightly bent, not that big of a deal but the holes on top don’t line up, I read some reviews before I purchased and thought they would have corrected this issue, there is a lot of play in the holes but the hole spacing is to narrow, not happy to have to make them bigger.
January 27, 2018
Looks good but
Looks nice and the bolt holes lined up pretty good but some machineing flaws
January 23, 2018
Xrc front and rear bumper
As to modify the mounting holes but other that that easy install, winch went on easy. The rear went on pretty easy
December 26, 2017
XRC front bumper
Easy to install. Very sturdy and well finished in matte Black. Love it!
October 04, 2017
This was such an easy install !! It fit perfectly in place of the old one!! Took more time to take the old one off then to install the new one! It works best to get your winch at the same time and install it on the bumper before you install the bumper!
September 23, 2017
Very good bumper!
I went back and forth on a lot of bumpers and ultimately choose this due to the winch mount and lighting arrangement. It is very sturdy. I’ve used my winch a few times and have had no issues with the bumper bolts. Very easy install. All the hardware included is top notch. I have yet to jerk someone out or be jerked out while attached to the front bumper. I’ll update if anything changes after I use it like that. I would highly recommend this bumper to anyone. Gives great coverage of the front while not hindering any use of the front tires or lining up wrong.
September 20, 2017
It's a direct bolt on and it looks so good very heavy duty
September 15, 2017
looks great but fit could be better
The bumper looks great and should have been a super simple install except for the fact that the holes on the mounting bracket were off just slightly. Enough to require using a rotary file to elongate two holes in order to get the mounting bolts to fit up correctly. Looks great now but I could have done without the frustration when the holes didn't line up......
September 08, 2017
Awsome front bumper
Quality built out of 1/4 inch steel. Easy install.
August 15, 2017
I have been looking for a solid bumper to replace my 12 year old homemade iron battleram which finally was needing an upgrade, and this bumper seemed perfect. I like the position of the auxiliary lights and the integrated winch plate. The bumper arrived just 4 days after purchasing, packed in a cocoon of wrapping. There were no scratches or dents. On install, it was a breeze. I did have to ream out one side of the upper 2 mounting holes to align with the holes in the cross member (5 minutes with the drill and no problem). So, under 30 minutes job done. To run a front license plate, unless you zip tie or drill holes, you will best get a swing up winch plate bracket to mount to the fairlead. Again, not a hard task and makes life easy using the winch and looks great. This is the first time I bought a Smittybilt bumper, and I read people either really like or really hate. I am liking and would recommend.
August 10, 2017
Easy install and looks great with the red D rings. It is a strong bumper.
August 08, 2017
Great look, easy install. Plenty of spots to mount lights and a winch.
July 22, 2017
Installed very quickly and easily! Arrived very fast also!
July 18, 2017
Great bumper easy install
It took less than an hour to install this bumper just 6 bolts. Looks good and is a heavy duty bumper
June 28, 2017
XRC front bumper for TJ a winner!
The bumper looks well made and with a nice finish. I particularly like the heavy-duty d-ring attachments which are 1" wide and welded inside and out to the bumper plating, as I intend to tow the Jeep from these points. Installation was straightforward.