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Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Rear Bumper (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review of the Smittybilt XRC Gen2 rear bumper fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. This bumper is for those of you who wanna swap out the factory rear bumper on your Jeep with an aftermarket one that provides a lot more protection, some additional features, and some additional styling to your Jeep. This bumper is packed full of all the features you would normally wanna see in a rear bumper, and it does it with a bit of a unique style. This thing definitely looks different than a lot of the other bumpers on the market. It will definitely go well with your XRC front bumper if you want it to match or with any other aftermarket front bumper. Now, this XRC Generation 2 line is a little bit more expensive than some of the other bumpers on the market. But for the build quality and the features, in my opinion, it's worth it if you have the budget.This bumper is built from three sixteenths inch steel and is covered in a two-stage textured black powder-coated finish, which looks pretty good and also will hold up well and protect the bumper against rust and corrosion for a good long time. As far as features go, this bumper has D-ring mounts that are welded right through it and bolt directly into the frame rails, giving you plenty of strength if you need to use them for a recovery point. It also has a two-inch receiver that is a class III tow rated receiver right in the center, so it gives you the option to tow a light trailer if you decide you want to or use that as a third recovery point.The bumper is gonna be more than strong enough to tow whatever trailer the Jeep can tow. So your towing capacity is going to be limited to the towing capacity of the vehicle. For those of you with a four-door, you're going to be limited to 3,500 pounds with a 350-pound tongue weight capacity. And the two-door is limited to a 2,000-pound towing capacity with a 200-pound tongue weight capacity.Aside from the features that we had already talked about, this bumper has two cutouts right here. And it comes with the reverse lights to fit right inside. The wiring harness that's included gives you a switch, so you can use these as auxiliary lights. But you can also tie them into your factory reverse lights. So when you put the Jeep in reverse, these will come on automatically. This is a really nice feature, because a lot of bumpers don't have cutouts for auxiliary lights. Or if they do have cutouts, they don't include the lights, which leaves you shopping for a light that fits in the hole properly and also leaves you spending a little bit more money.With the factory tint or the tint on a lot of aftermarket tops, it can be a little bit difficult to see at the back of the Jeep. I personally like having auxiliary reverse lights out back. And this bumper includes them right out of the box. The bumper also has this nice large cutout. So if you are still having a large spare tire in your factory location, you're not going to have an issue with the tire contacting the bumper every time you'd go and try and close the tailgate.Now, something that Smittybilt is doing with these Generation 2 bumpers is adding a little bit of plastic. Now, the plastic pieces aren't covering up holes in the bumper. They actually go right over top of the solid steel. So in my opinion, they're more of a styling modification than anything else. And these are a ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, which just means they're gonna be really strong plastic. They're gonna hold up well to UV light. They're not going to crack, fade. And if you do bang them off of a rock, they're gonna hold up, again, without cracking. Of course, you will be able to mar them, because they're just plastic. But they do add a little bit of a styling cue that a lot of other bumpers don't have. The plastic, along with the other angles that are built into the bumper, do make it a little bit unique with.This bumper can also be used with Smittybilt's XRC tire carrier. It's designed to be used with that carrier. So you would just take off this plate right over here, install all of the hardware and the mounting bracket for your tire carrier. And you can turn this right into a tire carrier. Now, if you're not using a tire carrier, you do have these two stainless steel plates right up on top of the bumper. One of them has XRC laser cut into it. In my opinion, I don't really like this silver with the black. I would probably go ahead and spray-paint those. But some of you guys may like the silver. And if you don't, you can always change it up.This bumper is going to install on to your JK in much the same way as a lot of other factory bumpers. The first step in the installation is, of course, to remove your factory rear bumper, which you'll do by removing the two bolts in each frame rail and the two in the rear crossmember. Once you have the factory rear bumper pulled off, you can remove the rear tow hook if you have one and then start installing your new bumper.The first step in the installation is to slide the nut plate inside of each frame rail. From there, you can lift up the bumper, set it over the frame rails, and put a couple of bolts in from either side. You're gonna wanna leave those loose for right now. After that, you can move to the center section of the bumper where you'll put another sandwich plate behind the rear crossmember and bolt that directly into the bumper. That's going to give you a ton of strength for towing and for recovery.That's pretty much it for the bumper after you torque down all of the bolts. Of course, if you're going to be installing the included LED lights, you wanna install those into their slots before you install the bumper on to the Jeep. And they pretty much just clip right into place. There isn't much to that installation.Then once you have the bumper installed, you can go to wiring. The lights do come with the wiring harness that has a control module. And it's a pretty nice harness. It also includes a switch. So you can turn the lights on or off with the switch. Or you can tie into your factory reverse lights' circuit and have them come on automatically.The whole installation for the bumper itself should take you less than two hours, and you won't need any specialty tools, just some regular hand tools. However, the lights and the wiring may take you a little bit longer, depending on how clean you wanna do the wiring and where you decide to mount if switched.This bumper is going to be a little bit more expensive than some of Smittybilt's other options. Now, there is a little bit more to this one as far as the lights go, the material, the features, just the design in general. So a little bit of that price I can certainly understand. However, if you're looking for a bumper-tire carrier combo, by the time you get the tire carrier that goes with this new bumper, you are going to be up over the price tag of a lot of others on the market. That being said, this is a new bumper. So if you wanna have something that's a little bit unique, that not a lot of other people are running, if this has the features and the looks you're after and you have the budget for it, I don't have anything bad to say about this setup.So if you're looking to swap out the factory rear bumper on your JK with one that has more features, better looks, and some auxiliary reverse lights built right in, I would definitely recommend taking a look at this Smittybilt XRC Gen 2.So that's my review of the Smittybilt XRC Gen2 rear bumper fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

      Product Information

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

      Features

      • Stubby XRC Series Gen2 Rear Bumper
      • Fender-to-Fender Protection
      • Resists Corrosion
      • Textured Matte Black Powdercoat
      • Modular Design for Customization
      • Solid D-Ring Mounts
      • LED Lights Included
      • Wiring is Required for Proper Installation
      • Weight: 107 lbs.
      • 5-Year Limited Warranty
      • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

      Description

      Modular Offroader. Transform your standard Jeep to a more capable off-roading vehicle with the Smittybilt XRC Gen2 rear bumper. It's designed to make off-roading a bit easier to handle with a built-in recovery point and room for an oversized tire carrier. This bumper provides full rear protection from one side to the other, and is built from tough materials that will hold up on the trail.

      Built in LEDs. This Smittybilt XRC Gen2 rear bumper is designed with included LED lights to help illuminate your vehicle while out on the road or trail.

      Thermoplastic Coated Steel. Designed from cold-rolled steel, this bumper is built to withstand serious impact. It's also highly weather resistant because it's coated with UHMW or Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, one of the toughest plastics on the market. It can withstand abrasions and keep protecting the underlying metal well.

      One Hour Installation. This bumper is built to go on easily and can be installed in just one hour. It goes on using bolts and will lock into position with basic tools. There will be some wiring required to illuminate the LED lights included in this bumper.

      5 Year Protection. Smittybilt offers a long-term limited warranty on this bumper and covers it for five years after purchase. This gives you plenty of protection over the term of your bumper.

      Application. The Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Rear Bumper is an ideal upgrade for any 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK.

      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 Details

      MPN# 76858

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

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      Customer Reviews (16)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.3 out of 5 overall rating from 16 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      Installation Cost: 0-$100





      • July 10, 2019

        4 2018 Wrangler - Tholstrup

        Rear Bumper

        Like this bumper. Do not like this review process. Requires too much.

        Helpful (1)
      • May 10, 2019

        4 2013 Wrangler - snow Installation Time: Afternoon

        Great bumper!

        Great looking and really well built. My only complaint is with the installation instructions. They've been photocopied so many times it's hard to see what exactly is in most of the pictures. There were also some parts included that I didn't end up using and didn't appear to be necessary.

        Helpful (0)
      • December 23, 2018

        4 2016 Rubicon - RickH Installation Time: Full Day

        Solid, but needs better instructions...

        The bumper itself is very solid. The instructions however are not. Took much longer to install than anticipated as we had the tire carrier also (and with the aforementioned "instructions").. Getting the turnbuckle nice and tight is the key to making the rattle go away.

        Helpful (4)
      • October 09, 2018

        4 2012 Wrangler - JuanE Installation Time: Afternoon

        Good bumper terrible lights

        Overall I like the bumper but the lights are not strong at all. Got a reverse camera but lights do not light enough to see.

        Helpful (5)
      • September 21, 2018

        5 2015 Wrangler - Whitewidow Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Easy and tough

        Super easy to install. You will NOT be able to run a 35” tire on your stock tire mount with this bumper. The tire will hit and won’t be able to close.

        Helpful (5)
      • September 06, 2018

        5 2017 Wrangler - JeromeW Installation Time: Afternoon

        Rear bumper

        Love the fact that my spare tire is resting on my bumper and not on door anymore. Quality of product is great and it worked out very well with my roof rack. Lighting in bumper is a nice little extra.

        Helpful (7)
      • August 31, 2018

        4 2015 Rubicon - LenS Installation Time: Afternoon

        Back up lights are tewrrible

        Lights are not adjustable straight out and not much light. Wished the holes weren't precut.

        Helpful (6)
      • May 16, 2018

        5 2015 Wrangler - NathanH

        Love it

        What an awesome bumper, especially with the led back up lights, i had a toggle switch installed so i can light up whenever i want.

        Helpful (7)
      • March 05, 2018

        5 2017 Wrangler - TomC Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: 0-$100

        Awesome

        Best looking and I really like the lights really shows off the rear tires. Was hit and it was going to cost $760. To fix,this won't happen with this bumper maybe a little paint and I feel sorry for whoever hits me now.

        Helpful (9)
      • March 05, 2018

        4 2015 Wrangler - KevinR Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Gen2 Rear Bumper

        All good except send with wrong hardware for lights.

        Helpful (6)

      Questions & Answers (20 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      what is towing capacity rating for this xrc gen 2 rear bumper?

      • Your Jeeps towing capacity is going to be limited to the towing capacity of the vehicle itself. If you have a four-door, you're going to be limited to 3,500 pounds with a 350-pound tongue weight capacity. And the two-door is limited to a 2,000-pound towing capacity with a 200-pound tongue weight capacity.

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      What is the weight limit on the hitch combined on this bumper?

      • This hitch has a class 3 tow rating, and is able only limited in towing weight of the model wrangler you have. A four-door,isgoing to be limited to 3,500 pounds with a 350-pound tongue weight capacity. And the two-door is limited to a 2,000-pound towing capacity with a 200-pound tongue weight capacity.

      Helpful (2)

      What size D-Ring does this bumper accept?

      • The Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Rear Bumper will accept any D-ring with a 7/8 inch center pin.

      Helpful (1)

      Does the XRC Gen2 Rear Bumper support the Gen2 Bolt On Tire Carrier? Did not see any mounting hole in the pictures.

      • The Smittybilt Gen2 Bolt On Tire Carrier will work with the Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Rear Bumper however you would need to modify the bumper but cutting the hole. The tire carrier will come with a new plate that will have the hole already cut out.

      Helpful (1)

      Does Smittybilt offer a single action tire carrier for this bumper that will accommodate a 2 inch lift?

      10 More Questions
      Are the rear bumper led light strips purchasable separately? Only have two LEDs on one side working and need to replace. 1 answer
      What is the replacement light that gets integrated into reverse light on Jeep? What are the specs on that particular light? Thank 1 answer
      Can you still fit a 35” tire on the OE tire carrier with this bumper? 1 answer
      How wide is this bumper? 1 answer
      Is there a way to wire it so that the lights in the bumper are on a switch? and would they help with backing up in the dark? I would assume they do I just am curious. 1 answer
      I have a 2016 jk sport with a teraflex HD tire carrier and have a 35” nitto ridge grappler on a 17” wheel. will this bumper clear this wheel tire set up? 1 answer
      I'm looking to purchase a 500 lb Steel Hitch Mount Motorcycle/Dirt Bike Carrier to carry my Yamaha R3. I have this bumper and am wondering if the Tongue weight will carry it? The bike is about 370lb wet, and the carrier is another 50lb. 1 answer
      Is the receiver hitch shown in the pictures removable? My JK came with a factory hitch that I don't want to remove. 1 answer
      I just bought a Wrangler Saraha Unlimited with the XRC bumpers installed only a yr old and I have rust on rear where the XRC chrome plate screws are, is this covered under the 5 yr limited warranty? If so how do I get this corrected? 1 answer
      is the five year warranty for the entire bumper including the lights. if not how long are the lights warranted for. 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Gen2 Rear Bumper
      • LED Lights

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

      • JK Rubicon 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Rubicon 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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