(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Made Sturdy and Functional for Off-Road Use. With the Smittybilt XRC Gen1 Rear Bumper, you get more than something that just supremely protects your Jeep Wrangler’s backside—with its 1-piece welded design consisting of 3/16-inch cold rolled steel. It is also made to be extremely functional to serve you well when you are out in the wild.
The Powerful Perks. The Smittybilt XRC Gen1 Rear Bumper includes a Class III hitch for remarkable towing ability with D-ring mounts. It possesses raised corners to make entering and exiting your Jeep much easier, which is especially crucial under the most extreme environmental conditions. Also worthy of mention is the 2-state matte textured black powdercoat finish its sports to forever keep rust away. This bumper comes with, or without a tire carrier.
Covered by 5-Year Limited Warranty. For a period of 5 years from the date of purchase, Smittybilt Depot warranties that this rear bumper will not have material or workmanship detects.
Medium-Level Installation. Requiring about an hour to install, this rear bumper comes with all the hardware necessary to complete the task. It is accompanied by bolts, a nut plate, flat washers, and lock nuts.
Application. The Smittybilt XRC Gen1 Rear Bumper fits all 2007–2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.
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: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
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April 04, 2020
Great bumper, heavy duty
On the 2016 there is a recovery hook that needs to be removed, spray it with penetrating solution well before starting. Also, there are two brackets in addition to those discussed in the video. The brackets are simple, but the hook is tough; you will need a breaker bar. Install is easy, great looking bumper, I will post pictures.Helpful (0)
March 22, 2020
Easy out on. Taking the original Rubicon one was a hassle. Putting this one on was easy!Helpful (0)
March 20, 2020
Great size and a super easy install, it sticks out perfectly to step on to reach the top. I would recommend a wheel spacer for your spare tire if you have stock size tires.Helpful (0)
March 18, 2020
Great addition to the rear of my JKU. Strong and sturdy, great product for the price! Smittibuilt comes thru again.Helpful (0)
February 27, 2020
Very nice bumper . Impressed with finish. Straight forward bolt on install.Helpful (1)
February 24, 2020
Solid Bumper and pretty easy to install. Had to have help on a couple of parts in order to get things to align up properly. Need to know that this may make the spare tire need to have a extension in order to close the tailgate properly.Helpful (0)
February 15, 2020
Smittybilt Rear Bumper
Easy install. A little heavy to hold by yourself while placing bolts. May need a second set of hands to hold for a short moment.Helpful (0)
February 03, 2020
Great looking bumper
Great looking, heavy, easy to install only issues is that I have the duel exit muffler and the tips hit the bottom of the bumper and makes a rattle.Helpful (0)
January 27, 2020
New rear bumper
We had an accident , a car hit us from behind. The factory bumper was crumpled so chose to install a new custom bumper instead of the factory bumper. Wasn't sure how it would look but took the chance. Makes it look fantastic, had it installed by a body shop and glad we did because even though it said it fit our Jeep they had to drill new holes to bolt it on. But we are happy with the bumper so far.Helpful (0)
January 21, 2020
Easy to install. Looks good and provides extra foot room for stepping up and accessing the roof of my Jeep.Helpful (0)
What is the hitch towing capacity?
This would be a class III rated hitch
Is this or any Smittybilt rear bumper tow rated?
Yes, the hitch on this Smittybilt bumper has a Class III rating.
How much does the bumper weigh? Only bumper without carrier.
The weight of the Smittybilt XRC Gen1 Rear Bumper is 107lbs.
Will I have to remove my factory hitch?
Installation of the Smittybilt XRC Gen1 Rear Bumper would require the removal of the factory hitch as the one attached to the bumper replaces it.
Is the tire carrier opening wide enough to accommodate a 37” tire with 4.5”bs with a Teraflex HD tire carrier with adjustable mount? I’m running the Teraflex mount now that accommodates 37” tires with the stock bumper. Thanks!
This will clear a 37" tire yes.
This bumper will include a 2” receiver hitch.
The stock tire carrier is compatible with this bumper.
This will not work with the Gobi Stealth Roof Rack.
A class III hitch has the weight capacity of 3500-600lbs
This Smittybilt XRC Gen1 Rear Bumper does not come with D-rings, but the D-ring mounts utilize 3/4 inch D-rings.
This bumper have not been tested for proper fitment with a Garvin Adventure Rack and modifications may be necessary to install both items.
You would need to remove the factory tire carrier to install this one and it is recommended to install a delete plate.
It would depend on the backspacing of the wheel. With the tire carrier combo option, you'd have no issue whatsoever. Without it, as long as you have a wheel with say 4.5-inch backspace (aftermarket) and an aftermarket carrier mount or extension you'd be fine. Please keep in mind the stock tailgate, hinges, and carrier mount doesn't to well at supporting the weight from a 35 inch tire.
The Smittybilt XRC Gen1 Rear Bumper and Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack will work together.
Yes there are chain mounting locations for trailers.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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