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Smittybilt XRC Rear Bumper (87-06 Jeep Wrangler YJ & TJ)

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      Video Review & Installation

      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

      Product Information

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


      • Features a Textured Black Finish
      • Has Solid D-Ring Mounts
      • Features a Class III Receiver Hitch
      • Weight: 93 lbs
      • Fits 1987-2006 Jeep Wrangler YJ and TJ Models


      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!.

      Fitment: 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      What's in the Box

      • XRC Rear Bumper
      • Rear Bumper Braces
      • Frame Brackets
      • Bumper Cover Plate
      • Hardware

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