Review & Install Video
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.