The Smittybilt Classic SRV Rear Bumper is as tough as it is practical, as is seen in the 1/4 inch steel plate design, intuitive mounting system to carry an oversized spare tire. The SRC Classic rear bumper is powder coated in our signature textured finish.
Solid bumper for the cost(on sale). Unless you have a 5 year old(tiny hands) that is mechanically inclined, you have to drop the fuel tank to install the inner bolts. My con is that the D-ring mounts are too thick to install the washers for an isolator. Metal on metal is not good.
By Lakeboy from Tennessee
Happy so far
I bought my Jeep with this bumper. It was missing the tire carrier, so I ordered that. I’ve been very happy with it. The bumper took a big hit at river rock and not a scratch or dent. I’m hauling a 35” spare. Biggest problem is that it is heavy an my wife struggles to open it to access the trunk area.
By Josh from St Marys
I just installed the bumper. It went about the way I expected too. I have an '06 LJ so I didn't have to drop the tank. The template worked fine. My only issue I have is with the grease fitting on the tire swing pivot point. As someone else mentioned(even though I didn't see it before) my tailgate hinge will not clear the grease fitting. I have no body lift. I plan on filling it with grease and then replacing it with a bolt.
By MOE from Cypress,TX
Not a Quick install
Installed on a 1983 CJ7: Didn't have to drop the tank and everything lined up perfectly, biggest issue I had was trying to install by myself and a few rusty bolts on my jeep all in all looks great
By CJ the 7 from AZ
GREAT BUMPER, NO PROBLEMS INSTALLING, NEVER HAD TO DROP THE GAS TANK BOLTED RIGHT UP TOOK 1 HR INCUDING REMOVING THE STOCK BUMPER
By POPS from WOODSTOCK CT
very well built but be prepared to work.
The bumper and tire carrier are very well built and you will not be disappointed with the quality of them. However like other people have said, you do have to drop the gas tank completely and you will need to make the holes on your jeep fit the bumper, so be prepared to work. I didn't have to use the template to drill holes, mine already had them but nothing lined up...kind of frustrating, if this is a know problem you would think Smittybilt would fix this problem. But if you have a die grinder or at least a dremel you will be fine.
With removing my old hitch and dropping the gas tank I was able to get it all installed in about 4hours...
In the end if you want a sturdy bumper and aren't afraid to work this is a good money saving bumper and it gets that darn spare off the tailgate!
By OregonMike from Veneta, Or
I appreciate the other reviews, I went into the install with some clear expectations. I have an '06 TJ and yes you do need to drop the fuel tank, but its pretty easy, it's only 3 bolts and 6 nuts. I also removed the exhaust hanger just so it was easier to get a socket on a few of the bolts for the new bumper. I did not have any of the issues that I read about on here such as, holes not lining up or bolts not threading. The only problem that I had on the install was that when I opened the gate on my Jeep the hinge would hit the grease nipple in the top of the pivot post for the tire carrier. This could be my fault but i was careful to line up the template and everything else lined up. What I did was, I used the nipple to grease the fitting and then replaced it with a bolt. So far so good, I have only had it on for a few days and no problems. I do feel much better with the tire off the gate, I have 35x12.5x15 BFG Mud Terrains.
By Mike from Ocoee, FL
Lets all vote paint or no paint
If i may make a suggestion, How about seling un-painted bumpers in all models, Someone may like to do there own paint work.That power-coat is fine but you need a Ba'Jesus blaster to remove it or 40 grit & a DA sander...Signed just thinking out side the box Thank's
By Rblue from Carrollton, Texas
Not as easy as you would think
Good heavy duty bumper. Material difficult to drill and tap, as I added two of the removed bumpers to the carrier supports. Used the template to drill additional mounting holes per the instructions but they did not align and required enlarging and elongating. Extra hardware made it confusing too. Had to drop gas tank and push forward to allow access for installing mounting bolts. Good bumper/carrier for the money but don't expect an easy install on a '99 Wrangler.
By Carl from Central Oregon
The bumper was easy to install, works great and looks great. Yes, the gas tank needs to be dropped a little to get to the bolts from the backside; its not that big a deal. The bolt holes do line up just fine if you use the template provided and take your time to center punch the holes right. I had not problem installing the bumper. There is a problem with rattling from the latch on the swingaway. I placed a piece of adhesive pad used for furniture and the problem was solved. The instructions are very easy to read; just follow everything carefully and will install easy.
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