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Smittybilt XRC Front Bumper (97-06 Wrangler TJ)

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  • 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

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install 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

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

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

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  • (1) Front Bumper
  • Hardware
Tech Specs
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • TJ - 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
  • TJ Rubicon - 03, 04, 05, 06
  • TJ Unlimited - 04, 05, 06

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exactly what i was looking for!

Installed the bumper in half an hour with a winch and 20 inch led light bar mounted on top. The construction is very solid, however, the powder coat seems to be pretty cheap for how expensive this bumper ...

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Stout Bumper

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 ...

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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?


  • The Smittybilt XRC Front Bumper would not accommodate the m8274 Warn winch without modifications or a custom winch plate.

    Rob D

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

    Rob D

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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?


Is there a tow bar made for this bumper ?


  • Hello, unfortunately there is no tow bar made for this bumper.


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Overall Rating 5.0

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  • 5/5

    October 08, 2013

    exactly what i was looking for!

    Installed the bumper in half an hour with a winch and 20 inch led light bar mounted on top. The construction is very solid, however, the powder coat seems to be pretty cheap for how expensive this bumper is. So far it has survived many trail outings and the winch has been used many times with no signs of weakness.


    Year: 2002Central Point, OR, USA

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  • 5/5

    August 15, 2017

    Stout Bumper

    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.


    Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (3)

  • 5/5

    August 08, 2017

    Great look

    Great look, easy install. Plenty of spots to mount lights and a winch.


    Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    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.


    Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    October 10, 2016

    Xrc front bumper

    Great fit, bolts right up no alterations needed. Looks great and quality is as good as it gets for the price!


    Year: 2006Submodel: Rubicon

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  • 5/5

    May 15, 2015

    Product is great looking and has great features.

    My husband has been bugging me for months to buy an aftermarket bumper for my Wrangler. I'm pretty picky about what I wanted it to look like and, after lots of looking, decided on the Smittybilt XRC. Once the bumper arrived I was actually excited to get it on my Wrangler. It was easy for my husband to install and looks absolutely fantastic. It has great welds, an amazing texture to it and really added to the looks of my vehicle.


    Year: 2002Pacific NW

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  • 5/5

    February 26, 2015

    What a bumper

    I can't say enough about how this bumper looks. I attached a 10,000 pound winch on the front as well and everything bolted on perfect. It was easy to install and is very solid. I would have preferred a way to run my wiring for my lights through the bumper so they would not be seen. I would recommend this item for any TJ owner.


    Year: 2006Norman, OK, USA

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  • 5/5

    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.


    Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    September 20, 2017


    It's a direct bolt on and it looks so good very heavy duty


    Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    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......


    Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    September 08, 2017

    Awsome front bumper

    Quality built out of 1/4 inch steel. Easy install.


    Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    August 10, 2017

    Looks great

    Easy install and looks great with the red D rings. It is a strong bumper.


    Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    July 22, 2017

    Good Product!

    Installed very quickly and easily! Arrived very fast also!


    Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    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


    Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    June 12, 2017

    New XRC Front Bumper for a 2006 Unlimited

    Nice heavy duty bumper. The total time to remove the old bumper and install the new Smittybilt XRC was 1 hour and 15 min. All the holes lined up perfect with the factory mounting holes. No problems at all. Looks great on. A big improvement over the stock bumper. 5 Star. Highly recommended!


    Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    September 29, 2016

    Nice Looking Bumper!

    This bumper really sets the front of my TJ apart from others. Relatively easy installation, two person job. Heavy, solid construction and well coated finish.


    Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    August 03, 2015

    Awesome bumper

    Well made bumper, and easily installed.. Would highly recommend.


    Year: 2002Panama City, Fl

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  • 5/5

    December 19, 2014

    Great Bumper

    We bought a used TJ and wanted a winch on it. Looked at many different bumpers before purchasing the XRC front bumper. There were no problems removing the stock bumper and the XRC bumper mounted right up to the existing holes. Very easy and it looks great!


    Year: 2006Daytona Beach, FL, USA

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  • 5/5

    August 22, 2014

    XRC Front Bumper

    Great bumper, huge heavy duty bumper that cant take a beating. Looks great also


    Year: 2002New Jersey, USA

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  • 5/5

    October 04, 2017

    Great bumper

    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!


    Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

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