The SRC Gen2 bumpers have been completely redesigned for greater fender-to-fender protection. Manufactured from 3/16" cold rolled steel, the bumpers feature corners that extend to match the factory fender lines. The raised corners allow for better entry and exit angles in extreme conditions. The bottom and sides have been reenforced with replaceable PP+TPO slip strips, which provides an extra 5/16" of damage protection. The redesigned solid D-ring mounts are welded in the inside and out and feature an integrated recovery point for easy access. Each rear bumper features two reverse lights and a class III, 2" receiver hitch that is incorporated into the bumper and bolts directly up to your factory mounting points.
First thing, Smittybilt did an amazing job packaging the bumper for shipping. The bumper came in a very large box with a lot of packing inside to protect your new bumper. The install went well. After making just a few of the holes bigger for the bolts to go through, it bolted up easy. I also installed the Smittybilt X20 10k winch with the bumper. The pair look very good together.
Several of the threaded studs that are for the fog light mounting had weld spatter on the threads. This was easily preventable during manufacturing as well as easily detectable if there was any Quality inspection of the product. Apparently there isn't. I had to use die to chase the threads and clean up the spatter without damaging the stud threads. Using a nut for this would likely result in thread damage. Several studs were affected. The second challenge concerned the OEM (LED) fog light installation. I shopped for a bumper that would accept the OEM LED lights and the Engineer's did a decent job of designing an interface to accept multiple options. The problem is there is no adjustment capability. It would have been nice to see a warning for this in the instructions. I didn't even consider this and didn't notice that my lights were pointed too low until weeks later. Ooops, my bad. The only adjustment option is a washer stack under the top mounting screws to raise the beam and now I will have to remove the winch to access the fog lights. There is very little clearance between the winch and the fog lights so future replacement of the fog lights requires winch removal and possibly bumper removal. I installed the winch after installing the bumper. This was not an issue. No issues with bolt alignment and no enlarging holes required. My installation was onto a 2020 JLU Rubicon. I was disappointed however, to see "Made in China" on the product label on the box. My personal preference is to support US manufacturing and this is why I did not purchase the matching rear bumper for my Jeep.
For 60 years Smittybilt has been fabricating aftermarket parts and today their products include Jeep tops, bumpers, lighting, winches and trail gear. Off-roaders count on the company's innovative parts like the original nerf bar side steps to equip their Jeeps for the trail and day-to-day driving. Pairing affordability without compromising quality is the hallmark of Smittybilt and the manufacturer's reputation carries over to products like its Overlander Series of tents, Adventure Boxes and SEMA award-winning magnetic trail skins for Jeeps. Smittybilt offers over 2,000 interior and exterior parts and accessories for 4x4s with multiple capabilities for jeepers of all levels. Shop Smittybilt Now
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