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Old 03-25-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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XHD Rear Bumper System

My 2014 JKU has the XHD Rear Bumper System installed. The tire carrier is holding an 18" Moto Metal wheel with a General Grabber 35" tire. I am noticing a couple of things.

1. The tire carrier is scraping across the bumper when I dis-engage/re-engage the latching mechanism to open and close.

2. The tailgate scrapes across the bolt head of the bumper scraping off the paint on the underside of the tailgate. It currently requires me to lift up on the tailgate as I am opening or shutting it. (need to cut the bolt head about in half to make it work)

I spoke with the installer and they said there was nothing they could do about either of the issues. Does anyone know if there are any adjustments that can be made or is this just poor design?

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Old 03-25-2014, 06:33 PM   #2
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Never installed one with the tire carrier as I never plan to run more than a 35" tire however there are some "adjustments" that can be done however they aren't just loosen this and that and adjust... they require a decent sized hammer and a HD drill with some good side cutting bits or a file and a lot of elbow grease... the rear bumper is held on with brackets on both sides mounted with 2 bolts on either side plus an extra 3rd bolt and plate on the passenger side as well as two bolts behind the rear bumper beam... the bolts visible on the face of the bumper literally only hold the bumper onto the brackets and in your case hold the tire carrier, the bolts on the top passenger side hold the tire carrier to the bracket... the only easy option is to remove the spare, loosen everything and see if you can get at most a 1/4 of an inch movement down... I doubt very much it will go anywhere... I have installed 3 of them on my jeeps since 2010, they are pretty good looking and reasonably priced imo however they are pretty much a piece of crap as far as hole alignment and fit and finish from the factory is concerned...

I had to drive two of the visible bolts on the face by the D rings into the bracket FORCEFULLY with a 600ftlb impact as I was fed up with messing about trying to line it up so I just oiled it up good and cut cross threads into the welded nuts on the bracket with the largest of the 4 impact guns I had...

If I were doing it, I would take the bumper off the brackets and modify the holes on the brackets accordingly, it will take some doing but can be done as I have done so to get everything lined up to my liking...

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Oh and the latch scraping across is likely due to the bearing on the pass side that supports the tire mount arm being lose, misaligned, or just poorly measured from the factory...

I personally find the tire carriers to be a pain in the arse... I have seen plenty of 34"s and a few 35"s mounted on the tailgate with little work needed... http://www.quadratec.com/products/12203_0104_07.htm Most folks just put it on the stock carrier and add an extra bump stop but YMMV and its your call if you like the carriers thats your call

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Old 03-25-2014, 06:45 PM   #3
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I have the XHD and agree that the rear bumper has poor bolt alignment. I put on the front bumper with no problem but the rear bumper was too big and heavy for me to do alone. I had a body shop install it. The bumper holes did not align with the frame holes. The shop spent 2 hours drilling and pounding to get it mounted. I didn't get the carrier but would not have been able to mount it because of the hole misalignment. I like the looks of the XHD but wouldn't buy another one.
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I guess I'm a glutton for punishment I bought and installed 3 front and rear sets myself lol

All 3 rears were a mess
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Mid-sixties really zaps one's strength. Wish I was younger and stronger each and every time I add something to my Jeep.
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Mid-sixties really zaps one's strength. Wish I was younger and stronger each and every time I add something to my Jeep.
yea... I have no intention of doing this kinda stuff when I'm 60
I'm only 27... That's what kids are for...at least that what my dad keeps telling me
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Thanks for everybody's responses. Looks like there is some work to be done.
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I also put a ticket in with RR. Here is their response:

"1.) The ramp should rub on the bumper a bit as that is what it is designed to do.

2.) All you need to do is remove the bolt and remove the washer out form under it and re-install the bolt."

Thanks again for everyone's insight.
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Lol I always get a laugh outa their replies... You should have seen what they told me the first time about the rear bumper not lining up... "Every Jeep is different, some may require modification"...

Keep in mind if you remove the washer it will be the only bolt without one... That would drive me batshit crazy...
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Open the tire carrier all the way open to the right side. push down on the carrier to "readjust" the pivot post. When you swing the carrier back into the closed position, you will have more clearance between the ramp and the bumper. If you need to decrease the contact distance, open up as before and lift. This will reduce the clearance when closed. It may take a fair amount of force to readjust, but don't overdue it initially. Apply more force only as needed. If you have a lot to adjust, you may want to loosen the bumper mounting bolts on the post side first, but minor adjustments can be made without loosening.

Also, I didn't want to wear off the bumper paint from the ramp rubbing on it when closed, so I cut a small rectangular piece of black plastic and glued it with goop to the bumper where the ramp rides on the bumper. Break the leading sharp edge of the plastic to minimize ramp wear. As the ramp wears, you may have to "readjust" as above. If you get too much clearance as your ramp wears, you will get rattles. Also, the plastic is less abrasive than the crinkle paint on the bumper, so the ramp wears down slower. A little lube helps minimize the wear as well. You can use lube like lithium grease or silicon spray, as long as it doesn't attack the plastic or the ramp.

Hope this helps. I love my XHD bumpers and tire carrier; it just takes a little ingenuity to get everything setup properly.



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