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Smittybilt XRC Front Bumper (97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from, 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

      Product Information

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


      • Rock Front Bumper
      • 3/16 Inch Cold-Rolled Steel with a 1-3/4 Inch Wall Over the Kickers and Rider
      • Matte-Black Powder Coated Finish
      • Built-In Winch Plate Included That Allows for Up to a 10,000 Pound Winch
      • Able to Accept 2 Lights, Up to 9 Inches, with No Issue.
      • Fits Properly on All 1997-2006 TJ Wranglers
      • 5-Year Manufacturer Limited Warranty
      • Weight: 62 lbs
      • 58 Inches, by 12 Inches, by 17 Inches


      Construction. Made from cold-rolled steel, Smittybilt's XRC front bumper is designed for rock climbing application and is manufactured with raised corners for extra rock and terrain clearance in extreme conditions. With a computer-welded, one piece design, the XRC is made to fit to factory specifications. Its solid-plate center section provides frame horn and cross member protection.

      Accessories & More. Built to accept a winch up to 10,000 pounds, and two off-roading lights, up to 9 inches in diameter.

      Application. Made to specifically fit TJ Wranglers built from 1997 - 2006

      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: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details

      MPN# 76800

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (31)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.7 out of 5 overall rating from 31 customers

      • May 23, 2019

        5 1998 Wrangler - Jeepin

        Great fit, Great look

        The bumper is well built! It looks great and match’s the XRC rear bumper and XRC tire carrier well on my 1998 TJ. I also bought the XRC9500 winch and it bolted up to this bumper with no problem.

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      • April 02, 2019

        5 1999 Wrangler - Beware

        great bumper

        Bought this for my 99 tj to put my warn winch on it. Installation was straight forward however I had to drill out one side of the bumpers holes to make it align. Otherwise easy installation looks great good price I am happy.

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      • October 11, 2018

        5 2003 Wrangler - RandyN


        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!

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      • June 11, 2018

        4 2006 Wrangler - JRauck

        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.

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      • June 06, 2018

        5 1998 Wrangler - JacobA

        Front Bumper

        It was everything they promised and more. Looks great on my TJ

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      • May 05, 2018

        3 2003 Rubicon - GlenM


        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.

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      • May 03, 2018

        4 1998 Wrangler - JeremyD

        Well built.

        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.

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      • January 31, 2018

        3 1998 Wrangler - RonL

        XRC Bumper

        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.

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      • January 27, 2018

        3 2005 Wrangler - LarryM

        Looks good but

        Looks nice and the bolt holes lined up pretty good but some machineing flaws

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      • January 23, 2018

        4 2006 Wrangler Unlimited - Jason

        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

        Helpful (5)

      Questions & Answers (10 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions


      • The Smittybilt XRC Front Bumper is not designed for towing.

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      What size D rings fit this bumper?

      • This bumper would use 3/4" D-rings.

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      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.

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      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: which can then be ran through one open grille slots into the engine bay.

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      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.

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      5 More Questions
      Will this bumper fit your 12,000 lb X2O winch, and if not what bumper or mounting plate do you suggest for that. 1 answer
      Which front bumper do you suggest putting on the TJ to be able to tow behind a motorhome.. really do like the Smittybilt! 1 answer
      Is this compatible with the tow package I already have on my '06 Wrangler? 1 answer
      I have m8274 warn winch it is a front foot mounting instead of bottom foot mount it is also taller than a regular winch would this bumper work with my winch? 1 answer
      Is there a tow bar made for this bumper ? 1 answer

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