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Old 05-26-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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Dam you smittybilt!

Trying to install the xrc front and rear armor. Awesome awesome product. The worst thing evr to install!!!

And the instructions are sheit. Its 2012, why do they include spotty black & white photos??

Dear smittybilt,
Please post a pro video on how to install this product or i will.....and it will be horribly wrong. And it will be ur fault. Or due to the fact that i don't know how to follow instructions. .

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Old 05-26-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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We all have different experiences, and tolerances... but:

I've had 1 product of theirs, and will NEVER buy another.

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Old 05-26-2012, 06:50 PM   #3
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What was it? And why?
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:52 PM   #4
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I-rack ??
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:50 PM   #5
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We all have different experiences, and tolerances... but:

I've had 1 product of theirs, and will NEVER buy another.

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like holes that dont line up with anything on your jeep and you have to mod your mod to make it fit.,, yeah i bought 1 shittybuilt product.... i would rather flush my money down the crapper.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:00 PM   #6
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I have the XRC stinger, and the front & rear tube fenders, I had no trouble installing anything, but you have to understand that the install guides are just that, a guide, every install will be different, your Jeep will be different from mine, at the same time I was doing my front fenders a friend was doing his, and while we found some things the same that we had to change, we found that we didnt have the same issues and we have the same 2.5l TJs. You have to use the install guide as a guide to the install not as directions, they are good products, if they have a short coming its the thin powder coat, but as I bought the armor to be armor, I dont mind, it gets repainted often anyway.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:04 PM   #7
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We all have different experiences, and tolerances... but:

I've had 1 product of theirs, and will NEVER buy another.

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I bought black seat covers....


They're purple now.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:06 PM   #8
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OR FAB makes a nice rear armor. I have not purchased that, but have installed their side armor. Great product. Very good instructions and an online video.
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In general, you get what you pay for-just saying.
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In general, you get what you pay for-just saying.
Im not bitching about the product. Its their instal process.
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What was it? And why?
It was an addition to my seat covers, seen here. Although this looks like a newer model. Thankfully I only bought one. Thought it would be a good idea for extra storage... it really is, just didn't last any time at all.

Within 3 weeks, the material started to separate at the seams, and within 2 months, it was shredded. Plus, it never fit well at the top from the start.
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I Have to give it to Smittybilt everything I have got has bolted rite on even the front bumper called for drilling but I didnt even have to drill perfect fit. Guess I got lucky
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:01 AM   #13
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Smittybilt SRC Stinger bumper, XRC8 Winch, Mesh Grill inserts, Mirror relocation Brackets, SmittyBilt Overhead Console, 4" Rough Country Suspension lift, 1 1/2 wheel spacers, Toyo Open Country 35X12.5R18, Custom 5th wheel removal kit, 6" Crown Extended brake lines.
This is off topic but what the heck is a 5th wheel removal kit??????
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ok, now Im seriously curious as well lol
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I got the smittybuilt front bumper as a present and it took several attempts of drilling out holes to get it to bolt on.
Don't feel bad, but it was worth it in the end.
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We all have different experiences, and tolerances... but:

I've had 1 product of theirs, and will NEVER buy another.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of China-built products. Touching a Shittybilt product is akin to sleeping with a truck-stop prostitute; you're not gonna wind up with anything positive.
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:24 AM   #17
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I mixed a smittybilt xrc8 winch with a bestop stubby bumper and it went right on no problems other than it would have been nice to have longer cables on the winch only complaint was with the bumper shiety made sorry quality control on bestops part never buy from them again Joe.
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Welcome to the wonderful world of China-built products. Touching a Shittybilt product is akin to sleeping with a truck-stop prostitute; you're not gonna wind up with anything positive.
Truck stop prostitute?!?!? Actually, i think you would leave with something positive.......on ur blood test!
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:37 AM   #19
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i have few of there products on my jk i love them no extra mods ever they all bolted straight on.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:45 AM   #20
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I'm happy that i caught on to this thread. I love aftermarket parts but I cant' stand it when a company doesn't make a quality product and / or puts in a crappy information and installation sheet.... I wont buy there products any time soon.
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Truck stop prostitute?!?!? Actually, i think you would leave with something positive.......on ur blood test!
Exactly! Nothing "positive!"
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Welcome to the wonderful world of China-built products. Touching a Shittybilt product is akin to sleeping with a truck-stop prostitute; you're not gonna wind up with anything positive.
Shittybuilt...Exhibit 1 on the "You Get What You Pay For" defense. Sometimes you get a good one, sometimes its rubbish. Seems to be about a 50% quality rating with those jokers. Spend a little more for a quality made in the USA product and it wont fall apart they day you get it and it may actually fit the way they say it will
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Shittybuilt...Exhibit 1 on the "You Get What You Pay For" defense. Sometimes you get a good one, sometimes its rubbish. Seems to be about a 50% quality rating with those jokers. Spend a little more for a quality made in the USA product and it wont fall apart they day you get it and it may actually fit the way they say it will
Exactly. Sometimes Americans just do it best...like when it comes to guitars. I have 9 guitars; 3 of which are USA-made. Guess which ones have NEVER failed me; electronics, staying in tune, etc.

While I do have some very cheap guitars (made in China/Indonesia), I ALWAYS make sure to do a VERY thorough inspection. They are hit or miss. You could play two different guitars which are the same exact model and they feel totally different, or the quality is decent on one and complete rubbish on the other.

I'm currently trying to find info on Rough Country. I'm not sure where their products are made, but given they're budget-priced lifts, I'm very apprehensive about pulling the trigger on one.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:19 AM   #24
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It was an addition to my seat covers, seen here. Although this looks like a newer model. Thankfully I only bought one. Thought it would be a good idea for extra storage... it really is, just didn't last any time at all.

Within 3 weeks, the material started to separate at the seams, and within 2 months, it was shredded. Plus, it never fit well at the top from the start.
I had thought about the seat covers too. Thanks for the info on how they work out, or in your case how they don't. I bought the tail gate bags and will post how they work out. Guess I won't be buying these seat covers.
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Exactly. Sometimes Americans just do it best...like when it comes to guitars. I have 9 guitars; 3 of which are USA-made. Guess which ones have NEVER failed me; electronics, staying in tune, etc.

While I do have some very cheap guitars (made in China/Indonesia), I ALWAYS make sure to do a VERY thorough inspection. They are hit or miss. You could play two different guitars which are the same exact model and they feel totally different, or the quality is decent on one and complete rubbish on the other.

I'm currently trying to find info on Rough Country. I'm not sure where their products are made, but given they're budget-priced lifts, I'm very apprehensive about pulling the trigger on one.
Know what you mean dude. Had 2 US custom jackson guitars. Flawless.

BUT! I have 2 cheap chinese jackson guitars that play awesome! Bur nvr stay in tune. Floyd rose, bitter sweet.

Love the look of the fender armor. Its the only reason i ordered them. I will nvr buy smittybilt again though The brake light cuts are supposed to be the same size right?????? Not these.....

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Dunno if u can tell or not. The passenger side light barely fit in there.
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Sheittybilt, now that's funny right there.
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Smittybuilt is like odd fetish porn (or truckstop lot lizards), no one ever looks at it, no one ever buys it, no one ever wants it, but somehow they stay in business dont they

Smittybuilt products arent all bad, sorry, they just arent or they wouldnt be here, sometimes a product has to be installed a little different from the last time, theres nothing wrong with that, we should all have enough common sense and a minimum of mechanical aptittude to accomplish it.

Yes, they are made in China, thats too bad, I would feel bad about it but I dont, blame unions getting unskilled workers $34/hr for why we cant make products here and when we do they get recalled with alarming frequency, I mean seriously, if your baby was deathly ill and the hospital was 35 miles away and you had a 1982 chevy citation or a 1982 toyota corolla, which would you take trusting to make it? yeah, sucks but me too.

Smittybuilt isnt a bad company, they are a profit driven corporation, if I owned them I imagine I would maximize my profits too, its ok to not like them, its ok to not buy them, and of course its ok to proclaim this to the world, just dont expect it to make an impact in Smitty's bottom line
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I had the Smittybilt XRC front and rear bumpers on my old JK, decent quality but the front bumper was a ightmare install...none of the holes underneath matched up, and they werent off by a fraction, they were off quite a bit. The rear bumper installed perfectly, but the tire carrier broke twice within a year at the connecting handle....wouldn't buy their bumpers again.
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I agree with Capper, Smittybuilt is not all bad, I've got the side armor on my JK and they look and perform great.

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