Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, today I'm here with these Smittybilt XRC Gen1 Rear Bumper without the tire carrier, fitting all 2007 to 2018 JK Wranglers. So, if you're looking for a heavy-duty rear bumper that's gonna provide you some extra styling to the rear end of your Wrangler, as well as some durable protection and a little bit of functionality then this option is going to be a really good one to take a look at and also a very affordable rear bumper to take a look at. So, this like I said is gonna provide you a couple extra benefits that your factory bumper is not going to be able to give you including that heavy-duty construction that's gonna provide some protection to the rear end of your Wrangler. You're getting a couple of recovery points for a little bit of insurance on the trail. And you're also getting some good departure angles with this because of the angled up ends which is going to give you a little bit more performance on the trail.Now, what I do really like about this is the simplistic design, however, it's still gonna have that boxy feel that every HD aftermarket rear bumper has, giving you that off road and aggressive look to the back end of your Wrangler. So, I would like to call out really quick that this is not able to accept a spare tire carrier. So, this is more or less for somebody who's looking for the benefits of just a rear bumper. Now, some other options on the page may have a cutout or a mounting location on the side that you're able to mount up a spare tire carrier. But if you're interested in this, you may have to upgrade to a tub-mounted tire carrier, if you are looking to upgrade your wheels and tires. So, I personally think that's not a big drawback and if you're just looking for the benefits of a heavy-duty rear bumper, then this is gonna be right up your ally.So, like I mentioned before, this is going to be incredibly affordable at roughly $200, making this one of your most affordable options on the site for a heavy-duty rear bumper. Now, because this is not able to accept a spare tire carrier and it does have a simplistic style, then that is really why it is going to be at a lower price point. However, in comparison to some other more expensive options, this isn't gonna have any plate mounting points or come with any additional lighting. It's not gonna have any jack mounting points and like I said, it's not gonna come with that spare tire carrier. However, if you are looking for just the basic benefits for a little bit of recovery, insurance, as well as protection on the trail, and an aggressive look, I really think that for $200, you really can't beat it.So, install's gonna be a pretty easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, probably taking you about an hour to install with some very basic hand tools and probably a friend to help you lift this thing. So, speaking of that install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, a 13/16-inch deep socket, a 16-millimeter and 18-millimeter deep socket, 18-millimeter shallow socket, 3/8-inch drive ratchet, a 19-millimeter and 18-millimeter open-ended or box wrench.So, our first step to taking off our rear bumper is actually to take off our spare tire, this is gonna give us a little bit more room to work with. So, I'm using a 13/16-inch socket to take off these three lug nuts. So, on either side of our bumper, we're gonna have a bracket on the frame rail that's gonna be held on by two 16-millimeter bolts and we're gonna go ahead and remove them with a 16-millimeter socket. Then we can do the same thing on the other side. So, after we've removed all four bolts what we can do is remove our bumper. So, we do have an aftermarket hitch on our Wrangler, but we will have to remove it in order to install our new bumper because it does come with a hitch as well. So I'm gonna use an 18-millimeter socket and wrench to remove our aftermarket hitch.So, before we go ahead and install our new Smittybilt rear bumper, I did wanna tell you guys a little bit more about it and the benefits that you're gonna get from this in comparison to your factory setup. So, right off the bat, you can tell that this does have a similar length to your factory rear bumper. However, on the sides, you are gonna have an angled up side. So, you're still getting that full rear-end protection but you're getting some uncompromised departure angles here. Now, you're also getting a couple of different benefits that your stop rear bumper's are unable to give you, including an integrated hitch for recovery, as well as light towing and any hitch mounted accessories. You're also getting two welded D-ring mounts on either side which are going to make a perfect recovery point to the rear end of your Wrangler. And then also in the middle, you're getting a large cutout to allow a larger wheel and tire and as you can tell from your factory rear bumper, the cutout for your spare tire is not that big. So, if you're looking to upgrade to a 33, a 35, or possibly even a 37 with the right setup, this will be able to allow that.Now, this is also going to be a lot more durable than the factory setup. Now, this is made of basically plastic and this new Smittybilt rear bumper is gonna be made a 3/16-inch plated steel giving you a ton of protection while you're out on the trail and even while you're out on the street. And then there's a two-stage black texture powder coat finish on top which is gonna provide a little bit of protection to that steel underneath from any rust or corrosion. What's it's also gonna do is provide you a more aggressive and off-road feel to the backend of your Wrangler. Now, enough about these two side by side, let's go ahead and install our new one.So, before we can mount up our bumper, we do have to install our nut plates inside the frame. These are gonna line up with the holes in the frame. So, all you have to do is slide those in then we can do the same thing on the other side so we can mount up our rear bumper. So, now we can grab a friend and go ahead and put this into place.So, before we tighten down our frame bolts, I want to make sure that our hitch bolts are in place. So, we're gonna grab our provided hardware with our flop washer. Try to go above our muffler here, through our bumper, through the frame and then again through our bumper. You might have put a little bit of pressure on the bumper in order to get that all the way through. And then this will line everything up. So, once that's through, we're gonna attach a flat washer and then a nylon lock nut. Then we can do the same thing for the other three hitch bolts. So, what we can do now is tighten everything down. I'm gonna start with our hitch bolts using an 18-millimeter socket on the bolt head side and a 19-millimeter wrench on the nut side. So, next we can move to our frame bolts and I'm going to be using that same 18-millimeter socket to tighten those down. So, we can do the same thing on the other side. So, our last step is just to reinstall our spare tire. Just gonna snug those up with the same 13/16-inch socket. So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe and for more videos and products like this always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.