The rear bumper is manufactured out of 3/16" cold rolled steel and comes standard with a built in class III receiver hitch and two solid d-ring mounts that are welded on the inside and out for maximum strength. Bumper is designed to accept the Smittybilt Swing Away Tire Carrier #76654.The swing away tire carrier can be added to the bumper at any time.
Love the bumper. With included frame tie-ins, this thing is solid! Textured finish is great. Looks awesome. Install is a PAIN, until you realize you need to drop the fuel tank. Instructions dont mention this, but you CANNOT get to all four inside bolts if you dont (at least on my 03 TJ). As others said, drill larger holes than it says for the inside 4. Put a floor jack under your tank, unscrew the four screws holding gas filler and unbolt the 7 nuts holding the tank in place. Lower 6" with the jack then its easy as pie from there. One exception, when I raised my tank back up, the rear upper gas tank skid plate flange was unable to be raised all the way cause the rear of the receiver on this bumper- sticks out about .25". I had to cut out a 2 inch section of the flange so it could clear the receiver (rear portion).
By J G Gibson from Flagstaff AZ
XRC rear bumper with tire carrier
What a great looking bumper. Put it on in about 5 hours but I am slow and detailed. Do yourself a favor and use a 5/8" bit to drill the 4 holes that are called for. The 7/16" is too small as the templates are not exact and the slightly larger hole will make it much easier to line up the bolts with hole in the limited space you will have. The 4WP tech confirmed this is what they do as well.
On the 04-06 Unlimited models it is not necessary to drop tank as I was warned I guess due to the longer frame.....but definitely made my job easier.
There is a little more hardware than you will use but I saved mine for a "just in case" later. There are brackets for both the TJ and the YJ you will use depending on your model. Install bracket as you are putting the two outside bolts in each end (TJ model) and save yourself a little time. Also, don't tighten or torque "anything" down until you have every bolt in place. You will need to move the bumper around to get each bolt in place. I used the center punch to line up holes.
I think the finished product with the tire carrier looks great and well worth the money spent. Easily carries the weight of my 33 x 12.50. I am super pleased with the way mine turned out.
By Method Man from The Land of Red Clay
This is one stout bumper that mounts to the stock location on my LJ. Very easy to install as well. I towed my enclosed trailer with it and it did an outstanding job. Have a 35" tire mounted on the carrier and it works and works well. Smittybilt's customer service was outstanding as well. I called to confirm that I did not need to use the additional brackets that came with it and they answered on the first call.
By gogators from Dacula, GA
Awesome Matching Bumper
Perfect beumper to compliment the front XRC bumper. Holes you will drill are a tad difficult to get the bolts into, but upon completion you will definately feel as you accomplished something big. Great purchase.
By JBIRD from Federal Way, WA
Great Rugged Bumper
Purchased the rear XRC rear bumper to match & compliment the front XRC bumper on a stock 98 TJ. Now a great looking customized, heavy duty rig with the option of purchasing spare tire carrier at a later date; which I did. The result is a matching black textured powder coat over white paint front and rear. I added the matching side steps later. Note, needs a little drilling if you are going to install the additional brackets to meet the stated towing load bearing capacity for a heavy trailer. If your're not towing a heavy trailer its an easy install. I elected not to install additional brackets. Its not going anywhere.
By Buff from Emerald Isle NC
2006 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited
Where do I start? I am SO pleased with this Smittybilt XRC bumper and tire carrier combination. This was easy to install, did it myself in about 3 hours. Other reviews stated the gas tank had to be dropped, but with my Unlimited model, I did not have to do so. I looked at many bumper/tire combo's, but decided on this product. Shipping was fast, the product is of excellent quality, well engineered and built to last. Would highly recommend - looks awesome!
By Bob from Colorado
By Jeeper from Antioch Ca
Couldn't ask for more
Installed this bumper one afternoon with some assistance from my Uncle helping me lift it into place. Great design definite improvement on the looks of the vehicle. This bumper has proven it can take a beating!
By J from Yoakum, TX; Oceanside, CA
Sick bumper! Durable and tough looking!
It carries my 35 inch tire(I bought the tire carrier) and it's so freaking noticeable how much more my tire is secured. Plus, I have the spare adjusted to the highest setting and it makes my Jeep look bigger haha. Durable, good instructions for the most part(except the fact they leave out you have to drop the gas tank, put in hard to access bolts, and then trim the gas skid a bit so you can raise it back up with the bumper in place. Overall, looks amazing, is amazing, buy it.
By Jeeper from Bay Area, California
Great Bumper & Carrier
This rear bumper w/carrier is awesome! Easy to install. Using a motorcycyle jack to lift the bumper to guide the 4 bolts and align them to the nut that's on the bumper. You'll need the right tools without lowering the gas tank. Installing the 4 bolts behind the bumper, I used a snap-on 3/8 17mm swivel w/a 10in. extention to tighten the bolts. It took me 2.5hrs to install. I would definitely do it again!
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