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Old 01-22-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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Rampage Recovery Rear Bumper

I’m in the process of installing new bumpers on my 2013 JKU Sahara. For the rear, I went with the Rampage Recovery bumper as I wanted a bumper that was robust and had a full wrap around fit at the fenders like the OE bumper. I thought I’d post my experience and impressions for others who are considering the same bumper.

The Rampage rear bumper arrived yesterday via Fed Ex. Got it from
Truck Add Ons . com and price was great. The shipping weight was 102 lbs and I forgot to weigh the bumper without all the packaging. There was a lot of packaging. I’ll try to weigh the packing materials tonight to get an approximate net weight for those interested. If I had to make a rough guess, I’d say roughly 80 lbs net for the rear bumper. The packaging itself was not bad but could have been a little better. I think an extra dollar or two of packing materials in key areas might have avoided two areas that tend to rub in the box as it shifts around slightly and save both customers and Rampage some headaches. One area is surface abrasion/scratches – not deep at all and can probably be fixed up with a little buffing and wax (hopefully). The other area was at the tip of the corners at the end of the bumper on the inside where it meets up with the fenders. So, the area is definitely hidden and out of view by the fender trim. The bad part is that this area on each side was down to the bare metal. I applied some primer to the small area (about size of finger nail) and then applied some paint. If I take the bumper off in the near future, which I may need to do (see below), I might do a more thorough job in these two spots to prevent possible rust issues down the road.


Aside from the minor shipping damage, the bumper itself is really nice. Welds look good. Very robust and well built. Paint looked good. I went with the semi-gloss black for the finish.

The stock bumper came off quite quickly and easily. Wow, is that OE thing light. It’s 100% plastic – no metal at all in it. I’ll weigh it tonight but I’d guess maybe 20 pounds. The OE rear recovery tow hook must also be removed. That probably weighs maybe 8 to 9 pounds.

The Rampage bumper went on very easily and having a couple extra hands to get it up and on the first couple bolts makes life a lot easier. No drilling or cutting was necessary – 100% bolt on.. It reuses all of the OE hardware attachment points and adds a couple others for a more secure fit. It comes with two large d-ring shackles, both of which were powder coated in the semi-gloss black. Nice touch.

After the install, I did some quick measurements to see how much I lost in height due to the added weight of the bumper. It looks like I lost about 3/16". Not bad at all and proably due to have 59 springs in the rear.

The Rampage bumper has rear cutouts for lights. I ordered those lights and plan to install once they arrive. After getting the bumper on, I felt around and looked around at the area where the lights attach inside the recessed cutouts and I have to say I’m not sure how I’m going to get my fingers in there to attach the bolts to hold them in. Doesn’t appear there is any room but we’ll see. So, for those coming along after me…install the lights before putting on the bumper. I may have to either pull the whole bumper off to install the lights or more likely just loosen up all the bolts and slide it back a couple inches to be able to get my fingers in there. As for replacing the bulbs should that need to be done in the future….not sure how that will get done but we’ll see once they’re mounted.

In any event, looks like a good bumper and will match up well with my OR Fab front bumper that should ship soon (hopefully). Here are couple of pics taken early this AM.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:38 PM   #2
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It comes with two large d-ring shackles, both of which were powder coated in the semi-gloss black. Nice touch.
Nice bumper.

One thing...if you think you'll use the D-rings regularly, you might wanna look into a set of good ones made by Crosby. The ones that come with the Rampage (and most bumpers, actually) are nowhere near the quality and strength of the Crosby version.

Jeep looks good, man.

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Did you have to lose the factory recovery hook? I know you have the d-rings, but the hook is nice and quick.

Also, is there still good access to hitch mounting point? I assume the average hitches will still connect?

This is the black gloss finish, right?

Congrats, looks great!
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Great looking bumper and know you got a great price on it!

Regarding the d-rings, in all my years of wheeling I have never seen one fail whether it was Warn, Smitty, Rampage, ARB, Van Beest, Tractor Supply, etc. I would expect bumber mounting options or frame twisting before a failed shackle. That being said, Crosby and Van Beest are supposedly the best of the best with the nod going to Van Beest.
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Did you have to lose the factory recovery hook? I know you have the d-rings, but the hook is nice and quick.

Also, is there still good access to hitch mounting point? I assume the average hitches will still connect?

This is the black gloss finish, right?

Congrats, looks great!
Thanks.

Had to remove factory recovery hook. Doesn't fit with new bumper.

There are two threaded holes for mounting a hitch receiver. Not sure whether you he's a Rampage receiver hitch or if OEM will work.

It is the gloss black finish. I think they call it semi-gloss smooth finish. It's not textured.
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Weighed the packing material and it was about 21 lbs, which means the bumper itself is about 81 lbs including the d-ring shackles.

OE rear bumper weight is 15 lbs. and recovery hook is another 7 lbs for combined total of 22 lbs.
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OEM hitch receiver will not work. Make sure that the top of the bumper does not rub against the paint on your Jeep. I had to put a couple spacers on the drivers side to push the bumper out away from the body.
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OEM hitch receiver will not work. Make sure that the top of the bumper does not rub against the paint on your Jeep. I had to put a couple spacers on the drivers side to push the bumper out away from the body.
Ditto. This was the only problem I encountered on my installation, otherwise Im happy. BTW there is no way to install the lights after you have the bumper installed, you will need to remove it first. Ask me how I know.
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Not sure I understand. Please clarify... you lose your Receiver hitch with this? Yet it appears the above picture has it still on? Love the bumper but can't lose my Hitch.

Also, not finding this bumper on their web store. Got a link?
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Glad i installed the lights before.. Too bad the bumper is still sitting in my house.
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Hansen, you finally got it! Good job, looks great. Hopefully you got a good price. Post some pics in the rampage front bumper thread so i can take a look!
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Not sure I understand. Please clarify... you lose your Receiver hitch with this? Yet it appears the above picture has it still on? Love the bumper but can't lose my Hitch.

Also, not finding this bumper on their web store. Got a link?
I was referring to the mounting washers. Anyway, I had to remove the OEM hitch receiver but installed the Rampage one in its place, sold separately from the rear bumper.

Got mine from amazon with free prime shipping:

Rampage 88605 Textured Black Powdercoat Recovery Bumper : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Hansen, you finally got it! Good job, looks great. Hopefully you got a good price. Post some pics in the rampage front bumper thread so i can take a look!
Thanks. Got a really good price via jeepaddons.com. Got it for less than Amazon's price and free shipping and no tax. I dealt with Jamie, who was great, and I understand Chris is also good to work with.
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OEM hitch receiver will not work. Make sure that the top of the bumper does not rub against the paint on your Jeep. I had to put a couple spacers on the drivers side to push the bumper out away from the body.
Thanks for this tip. I double checked this and looks like I have no contact points between body and bumper. .
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Thanks.

Had to remove factory recovery hook. Doesn't fit with new bumper.
This could be the reason why when I tried to put it on and it wouldn't fit..
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Will it fit with factory tow hitch? what was the cost at jeepaddons?
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From what I am reading is that you do lose the factory hitch and the Rampage replacement is not rated for towing. So this is a no go for me if that is the case.
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would buy one but...

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From what I am reading is that you do lose the factory hitch and the Rampage replacement is not rated for towing. So this is a no go for me if that is the case.
same here, I'd 100% pop for the Rampage rear if it would accept the factory hitch
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same here, I'd 100% pop for the Rampage rear if it would accept the factory hitch
Agreed. Thats the one thing stopping me from getting one. I don't want to lose my factory hitch that I already paid for. Hopefully they re-work the bumper and include the fix in their next run.
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From what I am reading is that you do lose the factory hitch and the Rampage replacement is not rated for towing. So this is a no go for me if that is the case.
Same here, love my front rampage bumper and would love to add the matching rear, but lose my towing capability is a big No Deal for me.
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received this reply from Rampage re: rear bumper and factory hitch

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Hello,
Thank you for sending me this link. The factory hitch does not work with our bumpers (which you’ve already found out via that thread). Due to the design of the factory hitch and how we wanted the bumper to be secured to the back of the Jeep, there was not feasible way for them to coexist. Which is why we produce our own hitch. Our hitch is not rated for towing but I can say that it’s plenty strong enough to utilize it as an extraction point, storage racks, bike racks, etc. Being that it has not be rated, I am unable to say that it can be used for towing on public roadways.

At this time there are no planned revisions to the bumper; though there is scuttlebutt of a new bumper line coming out in the future and if we do in fact expand the line, the factory hitch will definitely be a consideration.

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As a follow up to this thread, I installed the Rampage lights into the rear bumper light cutouts this weekend. I had hoped to be able to loosen the bolts up on the bumper enough to get my fingers in there to install them but no such luck. I ended up pulling the entire bumper off the Jeep and installing the lights on it and then putting it back on. Light install worked well. I ended up wiring them up directly to the OE reverse light circuit - no relay. I also popped in new 35w H3 bulbs in place of the 55w bulbs so that the current draw would be lower. Worked great. No problems powering them directly from the OE reverse circuit.
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Hello,
Thank you for sending me this link. The factory hitch does not work with our bumpers (which you’ve already found out via that thread). Due to the design of the factory hitch and how we wanted the bumper to be secured to the back of the Jeep, there was not feasible way for them to coexist. Which is why we produce our own hitch. Our hitch is not rated for towing but I can say that it’s plenty strong enough to utilize it as an extraction point, storage racks, bike racks, etc. Being that it has not be rated, I am unable to say that it can be used for towing on public roadways.

At this time there are no planned revisions to the bumper; though there is scuttlebutt of a new bumper line coming out in the future and if we do in fact expand the line, the factory hitch will definitely be a consideration.

Thank you for your time and input.




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The Rampage hitch is built just as strong as the OEM receiver hitch and likewise mounts with 4 bolts. Mounted with grade 8 bolts It will hold anything a 1/4 ton Jeep will tow thats for sure. Apparently they havent submitted it for class testing/rating yet. I have had no problems towing pop up camper with it yet anyway.
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Had mine installed last week and love the looks... Planning on getting the rear with carrier soon
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Well received my Rear rampage bumper and NOT a Happy Camper. Bought from Jeep add ons Or Truck add ons, like I did my front bumper. My opinion the sales person doesn't know his product. I told him I had a powder coated not textured front bumper wanted to match the front I had bought from them. The one he ordered ended up coming textured. Of course Jeep addon's blamed it on me. They offered to exchange it with me paying return shipping like ($70). They just drop ship from factory. Needless to say I won't be ordering from them any more. So be sure you know your part numbers because they DONT KNOW THEM. *****Quick note also they charge your credit card they day you order NOT when shipped.
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First time post! I have a 13 JKU Sahara in Triple Crush. I just bought and installed the Rampage rear bumper. I want to get the lights for the cut outs but I have a few questions before I purchase:
1. Fog or Driving? When I hear fog, I think of a yellow light. Driving is white. Can someone please correct/confirm? what is the difference?
2. Is one beam tighter/wider than the order?
3. I assume I would hook up to its own toggle switch?
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I've been lurking here for a while. My wife own the JK in our family. We just installed front and rear Rampage full width recovery bumpers. I have some tips for the issues with this bumper. The front bumper mounts well and I had no problem with that. I made a plate with 2 mag light clips for the license plate.



I didn't like the frame showing below the bumper. I took some 1/8" plate and made a skid plate.



The rear bumper needs the lights to look good. I found O'Reilly auto parts carries a 4" round driving light for $29 that mounts the same way. You need 4 6mm bolts about 3/4" long and I used some 1/4" nuts for spacers. They fit perfectly. The other issue is the hitch. I don't want to spend the kind of money they want for their hitch. I took a piece of 3/8" plate and band sawed out a couple of pieces to fit. I cut the rear part of the stock mount off and welded it up.










I even kept the bracket for the trailer plug. I didn't like that there was only for bolts holding it on. I drilled two 1 1/2" holes in the bumper to allow access and put in the two center bolts and nuts. With 6 hardened bolts holding it on I feel confident it will be as strong as stock.








A couple of snap in plumbing plugs painted wrinkle black fills the holes. Hope this helps someone with or thinking about these bumpers.
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Is there any chance you remember the measurements for the hitch bracket you made? I really want to replicate that
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I don't remember the measurements off the top of my head. Which ones were you interested in? I could measure the plates tomorrow.

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