(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Wilco Offroad MC2X Rear Bumper with Steel Step Plates, available for all 2007 and up JKs. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of this bumper, which is a pretty simple one out of three wrench installation. This does install slightly differently than some of the other aftermarket bumpers in the market, but it's still going to be an easy bolt-on installation that you can get done in about an hour. But we'll talk more about the install in just a second. We're also going to talk about the construction and a few of the other features of this bumper. This bumper is going to be for those of you who want some additional off-road features in your rear bumper, and also a steel bumper that's going to do a better job of protecting your Jeep than that factory plastic bumper will. Now, this bumper does not have a tire carrier with it, so if you are looking for a bumper mounted tire carrier, there are other options out there that are going to be a better fit for you. However, you can certainly run a tub mounted tire carrier in conjunction with this bumper. This is going to be a well-built bumper that is going to be a lighter weight than some of the other metal rear bumpers that are available on the market. Wilco achieves that lighter weight by using a steel and aluminum alloy for this bumper, which allows this to come in at right around 57 pounds, which is quite a bit lighter than some of the other steel bumpers available on the market. Of course, not as light as an aluminum bumper, but this still gives you a lot of the strength that you're looking for from a steel bumper. This bumper is made from CNC laser-cut steel, which gives you a very precise fit, and it is a slightly different design than some of the others that you'll see on the market. You'll see here you have round tube steel that's welded onto the steel plate that bolts directly to the frame rail. This is going to be your D-ring mount. This bumper does have a bar that goes along the bottom, which is really the main structural piece for that center section of the bumper, because this piece that's up on the top here bolts right in place as do these two side plates. Those are called the step plates. And those are available in the black finish that you see here, or in a silver finish, depending on what look you're going for on your bumper. Other than that, this bumper does have some holes cut out here and here. They're not specifically reverse light holes. There's no internal bracketry to easily install a reverse light. However, if you are creative and have some fabrication skills, you could certainly mount some lights in there. This is not going to have a hitch, and it will not allow you to use a factory or factory-style tow hitch. However, this is going to be a full-width, steel bumper that's gonna give you a lot of protection while still being a little bit lighter than some of the others out there. And it is going to give you a little bit of a unique look.As I said before, this bumper installs a little bit differently than some of the other rear bumpers on the market, but it's still a very easy one-out-of-three-wrench install that can be done in about an hour. The first step is, of course, removing that factory rear bumper that you have on your Jeep, which you'll do by removing the two bolts that hold it to each of the frame rails and the two bolts that are across the center rear crossmember. Once that factory bumper is removed, you'll remove any tow hook you may have mounted in that driver's side frame rail, and then go ahead and slide the included brackets inside the frame rails. You'll use a single bolt up through the bottom of the frame rails to hold that bracket into place. Then it's just a matter of sliding the bumper over the frame rails, using the included aluminum spacers to fill any gap between the mounting surface and the frame rail itself. If this is slightly wider than it needs to be, you can go ahead and fill that gap with the included spacers or shims and then use the included hardware to bolt the bumper through the frame rail into that included bracket. So this is going to be a very strong connection once everything is bolted up. Again, you're just gonna need some traditional hand tools for this job. Some of these bolts are an Allen head key, so you will want to have an Allen head socket handy to make sure everything gets nice and tight. But other than that, about an hour's time and you'll have a nice easy install that you can complete in your driveway.Overall, this bumper comes in right in the middle of the price range for a rear bumper that does not have a tire carrier. There are more expensive ones, and there are less expensive ones. Now, as far as the construction, the finish, all of that is really solid on this bumper. As some of these welds on the step plate might not be the prettiest welds I've ever seen. The welds are left unground for a little bit more of that rough and tumble look, but if that's what you're after, this is going to certainly be a good option. Again that I think is fairly pricey for what you get. It doesn't have a ton of over-the-top options as far as reverse lights or a tow hook or third recovery point in the center here. This does not have a tire carrier that comes on it. But for a bumper that is just a bumper that has some recovery points, that's a unique look and made of that composite material. I think that this is going to be a good option at a fair price. So if you're looking to swap that factory rear bumper on your JK for an aftermarket bumper that's going to provide more style, some recovery points, and more protection, I think that this is an easy-to-install and fairly-priced option. So, that's my review of the Wilco Offroad MC2X Rear Bumper with Steel Step Plates, fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Redecorate your Jeep and strengthen it with the Wilco Offroad MC2X rear bumper. This addon is rock-solid and it features a step plate as well for climbing up when taking down the tire, steeping into the back or accessing straps on the rear of your Jeep. This bumper is smple to install, has a cool looking design and makes a good addiiton.
Steel and Aluminum. This Wilco Offroad MC2X rear bumper is built from a mix of carbon steel and aluminum for superior strength while cutting down on weight. This bumper features carbon steel plating on the outside with aluminum alloy in the center for improved strength overall.
Bolt Installation. The Wilco Offroad MC2X rear bumper installs with basic hardware and locks in place with bolts simply. It can be put on quickly and easily. Professionals can put it in place in just an hour.
Lifetime Warranty. This bumper is protected with a lifetime warranty from Wilco. The warranty does not cover everything,, but protects against defects and manufacturer problems.
Application. The Wilco Offroad MC2X Rear Bumper with Silver Aluminum Step Plates fit 2- and 4-door models of 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK.
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(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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