Hey, guys. Today I'm here with Smittybilt's XRC Rear Bumper, fitting all '87 to '06 TJ and YJs. This is gonna be for you guys looking for some solid rear-end protection as well as an aggressive off-road look while coming with a couple of different benefits like recovery points and the option to add a swing away tire carrier. This won't be your most expensive option on the page, but this is gonna be moderately priced compared to the others at roughly $450. But that lies in the quality of the build and the design of the bumper overall. Install will be a strong one out of three wretches on the difficulty meter because there is a little bit of drilling involved. However, it's nothing you can't do in your driveway in about two to three hours. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that we used for this install are a drill, a small pry bar, a 3/8-inch drive ratchet, a center punch, a smaller drill bit for a pilot hole, an 18-millimeter swivel, an 18-millimeter deep socket, a 16-millimeter deep socket, a 16-millimeter shallow socket, a 3-inch extension, a step bit, and an impact wrench.So before we take off our bumper, we do need to take off our tow hitch. There's gonna be two bolts holding those in and you can use an 18-millimeter socket. After we've taken off our tow hook, we can finally remove our rear bumper. There's gonna be two bolts on either side holding it in, and I'm gonna be removing them with a 19-millimeter socket. Because this body mount is right here, you may have to use a 19-millimeter wrench to get off this nut. After removing those four nuts, there will be two bolts on either side holding up the bumper. I'm gonna be using an 18-millimeter socket. So now that we're over at the other side, the exhaust will be in the way so I'm using an 18-millimeter swivel. Now we can remove our rear bumper.So in order to mount up our new Smittybilt bumper, we will have to drill two new holes in the rear frame crossmember. This is gonna double the amount of bolts holding on your bumper, so your Smittybilt bumper will be a lot stronger than the stock one. So Smittybilt actually provides you a drilling template for your rear frame crossmember. You want to make sure that these two outside holes will line up with your stock mounting holes and that the notch is at the top. This is gonna be used for either side. So when you do line it up, I would recommend taking one of the bolts you took out of your stock bumper and putting it in this bottom mounting hole, just so you can keep it in place while you're marking your drill holes. So once that's in place, it'll keep it sturdy enough and aligned. So once you have your drill template held in place by that one bolt, we can mark where we need to drill. So then we can just take our bolt out and move over to the other side. And again, you just want to make sure that you flip this over, so on the other side, the notch will be facing the top. We can put it in place. Just bolt it up to hold it in place. Then we can mark up where we need to drill. After they're marked, can take that away. After we mark where we want to drill our holes, we can center punch them. After the holes are center punched, we can get ready to drill. I highly stress that the gas tank is right here, so you have to be very, very careful when you are drilling. I'm gonna start with a smaller drill bit and work my way up to 7/16-inch drill bit to allow our bolts to go through.Now, to keep your drill bit cool, I would recommend using a lubricant like PB B'laster or WD-40. So now that we have two decent-sized holes, what I'm gonna do is use my step bit, and drill this out to the 7/16-inch mark. Now with that, I would highly recommend using a lubricant because you do not want to burn out your step bit. So after you went one step up, you can check, we're gonna need to...right now, we are at 3/8 of an inch. We need to jump up to 7/16. What I also like about the step bit is that it's a little bit safer compared to a regular drill bit. This is gonna be a lot longer, so you don't have as much of a chance hitting your gas tank. So we're at 3/8 of an inch, one more step. And there are our 7/16-inch holes. After the center punch are punched, we can drill our pilot hole. After our pilot holes are drilled, we can drill with our step bit.So because we drilled and we exposed bare steel on the rear frame crossmember, I would highly recommend to paint those over so you don't have any rust. So just make sure that you're painting over all of the bare steel. And to protect from overspray, just use a piece of cardboard or a piece of paper to protect your tailgate. So now with the help of a friend, we can mount up the rear bumper, starting with the inner holes that we just drilled out.So now that the XRC bumper is most of the way mounted up, I wanted to show you guys a quick comparison between what you're getting out of this new bumper and your stock bumper. To begin with, I mean, you're getting a huge upgrade in aesthetics with an off-road look and you're getting a lot more coverage around the rear end compared to your stock bumper which is pretty thin and actually to a lot more bumpers that we have on the page, being Smittybilt's premium series. Along with being a lot more aesthetically pleasing than the stock bumper, this is also gonna have a lot more durability. It's made of 3/16-inch cold rolled steel with a black powder coat finish so it's gonna be able to take a hit on the trail and it's gonna resist any rust or corrosion getting to the metal. Another thing that the stock bumper was unable to give you were any recovery points. Your new XRC bumper is gonna have two welded D-ring mounts, as well as a Class 3 tow hitch for recovery. So enough talk about our stock bumper. Let's finish mounting up our new Smittybilt XRC Rear Bumper.So this step is gonna be really hard to see but the two holes that I drilled before, we're gonna mount up that inner hardware. So you're gonna take your bolt, lock washer, and washer and bolt those in. And then you can tighten that down with a 16-millimeter socket. These are gonna be really hard to reach. If you would like an easier reach, you can drop your gas tank but that is a little bit involved. So we are just gonna do our best. So after you get all four inner bolts tightened down, we can go ahead and remove these two outer bolts that we originally had there to secure the bumper up in the air. The reason that we have to take those two outer bolts out is to sandwich this bracket in between as well as bolt this other bracket on the outside to increase the rigidity of your rear bumper. However, I would like to mention that you will be using this on the YJ models, but if you are installing this on a YJ, you will not be using this bracket. So you're gonna be using this nut plate to bolt it inside the frame as well as to the bumper on the other side. And I would also like to mention that these will be side-specific.So I would recommend bolting up the frame side first and then moving over to bolting it up on the bumper. Then you can use an 18-millimeter socket and tighten those down. You can tighten these bolts down with a 16-millimeter socket. So after our first reinforcement bracket, we can go ahead and install our second. We're gonna use a similar nut plate to bolt into the frame and then to our bumper. So let's get the nut plate lined up here. So after you loosely install the bolt on the nut plate, we can go ahead and bolt it into the back of the bumper.So after you loosely installed the bolt on the nut plate, we can go ahead and bolt it into the back of the bumper. The trick is to bolt it into the frame first. Now you can repeat the process on the other side. So you can take your bracket and your nut plate and bolt that up. So we have two bolts in the back that will bolt into the bottom of the rear frame crossmember in the stock location. So you can thread those in and tighten those down with an 18-millimeter socket. Because this rear bumper will accept the Smittybilt heavy-duty rear tire carrier, there is a hole in the bumper for the spindle to go through. However, if you're not installing it at this time, Smittybilt does provide a plate to cover that and hardware to do so.So that's it for my review and install. If you have an '87 to '06 TJ or YJ, and if you're looking for some solid rear-end protection as well as a ton of functionality, you can check out the Smittybilt XRC Rear Bumper right here at extremeterrain.com.
Basic and Functional. The Smittybilt XRC rear bumper is a tough enhancement that you can make to your Jeep versus the standard OEM bumper. It has a standard black textured finish and is one solid horizontal piece. The bumper features a Class III towing hitch, and is built to accept a swing-away tire carrier, though it doesn't come with one. This bumper is solid, dependable and nice looking.
Carrier Mount. This bumper is fitted with a mount for a swing-away tire carrirer, though it does not come with one.
Cold Rolled Steel. The Smittybilt XRC rear bumper is built from 3/16" cold rolled steel. It's tough and dependable and designed to withstand the pressures of towing. The bumper is powder coated black and made to withstand rust and moisture well over time.
A Simple Install Procedure. This Smittybilt XRC rear bumper installs in around two hours with the basic hardware that comes with it. The installer can put it into position and then lock it in place using the included hardware.
Protected for Life. While many bumpers come with limited warranties, this one is protected for life from Smittybilt. It's safeguarded to guarantee reliable performance over time.
Application. This Smittybilt XRC Rear Bumper is designed to fit on the 1987-2006 Jeep Wrangler YJ and TJ 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!.
52006 Rubicon Unlimited -
Racer77Installation Time: Full Day
Heavy duty, great fit, great look.
I just installed this bumper and tire carrier on my 05 LJ. Really a heavy duty bumper that fits perfectly.. I'm impressed with the quality, coating that's on it, look, etc.
Learnings from install:
- one person can do this if you have a cheap mechanics stool. i put the bumper on the stool and slid it right into place on my LJ (which has a 4 inch lift).
- The old bumper removal, is the most difficult part of the job.
- The directions are not great, but the extreme terrain video is - i followed both at once and would highly recommend it. (the paper install instructions are needed so you know what hardware to use), even though the directions are not accurate as the hardware is metric and directions list SAE.
- The only think I'd change on the install video from extreme terrain is that the last bracket from bumper to frame for me was easiest to attach to bumper first, then frame, which is the opposite of the video.
- Install on an LJ is simple because the gas tank is not in the way at all.
- Some of the hardware that comes in the kit is borderline short (for the brackets). I bought a longer bolt to pull into place, then used the supplied hardware.
Some have more money than I, and some less. For the price, I can't imagine a better value. Really nice bumper.
I think it's a great bumper and it lined right up on my 92 YJ that hasn't had a bumper in 27 years. Install took me twice as long because my right hand has limited function. My wife had to hold the bumper up for a few seconds till i got a couple bolts started. I had to drop the gas tank but it was a good opportunity to turn my 15 gal tank into a 20 gal tank (pull the vent tube out of the tank and trim it down to about 2 inches, then put it back in. It lets you fill the tank another 5 gallons but watch for spillage. I still don't top off though and I have no choice but to hold the pump or my license plate frame will catapult it). I had to drill into the frame but it was worth a Class III hitch.
The bumper is well built and looks great. There was a little issue with the bolt holes matching up on my 1998 TJ, but not a huge deal. You will want some help holding the bumper in place while putting the bolts in!!!!
This bumper is a great upgrade! Absolutely love the fit and finish! Can't wait to get the spare carrier to compliment it! Heavy duty for sure and will protect the rearend a lot better than factory. Getting the bolts installed wasn't as bad as some make it seem.
Looks fantastic! Sturdy, great finish and simple installation. The only thing I wish is they could swap the 7/16” x 1” mounting bolts for 7/16” x 1-1/4” mounting bolts for the frame brackets to allow for easier/quicker installation.
51997 Wrangler -
BryanWInstallation Time: Full Day
Excellent rear bumper
Super happy with this bumper. Very stout and looks great. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can install this w/out dropping the fuel tank on a TJ. Loved the ET review and install video. She did a great job on this. However, notice why they didn’t show installing the inner two bolts on the drivers side? It’s because you cannot without dropping the tank. It’s no big deal and should not steer you away from this bumper at all. All those bolts are there for a reason. Just get it in your head you have to drop the tank prior and notch the tank skid plate to clear the receiver.
The bumper was received in excellent condition. I clamped the templates onto the rear chassis where the new bumper will mount. This ensured no movement of the template while the hole was being drilled. A 7/16" drill bit is recommended which I used and then used a 1/2" reamer to open the hole so as to provide more tolerance which is needed when the 4 bolts are inserted into the back of the bumper. Since I have TJ Unlimited I did not have to drop the fuel tank. I had plenty of room for my socket wrenches.
Is this easier to install on an '04 Unlimited? All the instructions and reviews seem to wring their hands with concern over drilling into the gas tank when putting required holes in the crossmember. My "LJ" seems to have room behind the tank. I'm concerned about all the talk about dropping the tank.
Hello, you shouldn't have to remove the tank, but when drilling, Be Very Careful not to drill into the fuel tank. Use a drill stop on the drill bit to prevent the drill bit from over penetrating.
Hello, unfortunately we do not have a picture of the Smittybilt XRC Rear Bumper (87-06 Wrangler YJ & TJ) on a Jeep without the tire carrier, besides that Green Jeep. What we can tell you is that this bumper will align just like the stock bumper, and the stock bumper with the stock tire carrier will accommodate a 31" tire, so you will be just fine using this bumper with your stock tire carrier and your 31" tires.
The videos outlining the capabilities, specs, and installation were instrumental to my decision on purchasing this winch. The website is well laid out which makes navigation a breeze. Friendly Customer Chat Support is helpful and appreciated as it provides a human connection for an otherwise cold internet transaction.
James C, 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJCustomer Service I’ve always loved Jeeps from a young age, after moving to Puerto Rico at the age 9 my uncle had a Cherry Red 73 CJ5 which I fell in love with. He would use that Jeep to ride up the mountains on his farm, I knew after seeing that Jeep I would have one. The fact that a Jeep can be so versatile in ever...
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