Review & Install Video
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.
You don't use your Jeep just to tool around town. No, you're an off-roader. You face rugged trails with rough terrain, huge rocks, mammoth stumps, and more. So the stock rear bumper isn't the one for you. Upgrade to the MC2X Rear Bumper from Wilco Offroad. This rear bumper with black steel step plates offers a lightweight and durable defense against potentially damaging off-road challenges. Composite Technology.
The beauty of this construction is in the composite material. The engineers at Wilco understand the need for strength in a rear bumper, but they also get that excess weight can be a literal drag. So they combined the strength properties of steel with the lightweight and easier rock-sliding attributes of aluminum alloy to create this—the strongest and lightest bumper on the market. Quality Construction.
Wilco used the best manufacturing processes to ensure a quality product with an exact fit. The MC2X rear bumper is CNC laser cut and precision formed then MIG/TIG welded and finished with a corrosion-resistant and long-lasting powder coat. The steel step plates are zinc-plated and then further protected with a sharp-looking black textured powder coat finish. Application.
The Wilco Offroad MC2X Rear Bumper with Black Steel Step Plates is an easy bolt-on upgrade for any 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK.
- What's in the Box
- (1) MC2X Rear Bumper
- Black Steel Step Plates
- Mounting Hardware
- Installation Instructions
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
- 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