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Old 06-19-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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Smittybilt XRC Bumpers - Opinions

What is ya'lls opinion on the Smittybilt XRC bumpers (front and rear with tire carrier)? Good, bad, details you like or don't like, etc.

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Old 06-19-2013, 01:08 PM   #2
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Some people run them and like them. Have heard of some issues with fitment with some of their products. And they are made in China, so that turns a lot of people off their products, including me. Personally, I wouldn't buy any of their products because of that. If I have to spend extra money to get a product made here in the USA, then I have no problem doing that.

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Old 06-19-2013, 02:21 PM   #3
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My Front's OK

But I haven't done any hard core rock crunching yet.

I scraped a guardrail in a parking structure once with the XRC and the guardrail lost lightly.

It also worked fine as a winch mount when I used my winch once for medium duty.

I agree with Greg on the China thing but 4WD Parts gave me a deal when I needed a new bumper after crunching the OE. So, for $500, I sold out.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:31 PM   #4
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Talking I Want the Best of All Worlds on the Rear

AEV makes a rear bumper that can store liquid. I wouldn't use it for gasoline or drinking water, but hand rinsing water can sure be handy on the trail. They also have a setup for 2-5 gallon plastic rounded containers that fit unnoticed behind the spare.

I've also seen setups for dual spares, and gas cans that tandem out the back of the spare from recessed in the wheel. All that and a couple of jerry cans beside the spare(s), a high cooler rack, and somewhere to stow a high lift and I'd be set, but I can't seem to find it all in one package, especially through someone that will install it all.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:09 PM   #5
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I have the front so far so good. But I don't see a lot of rocks where I am at just mainly pushing through small trees and brush. I have had to use my winch with little to no help from my jeep it worked well nothing broke. The fitment was a little challenging but just get a bigger hammer it will fit.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:44 PM   #6
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Front is awesome. Love mine.

Rear? Stay the hell away. The rattle is abhorrent. I'm ripping mine off and slapping on an AEV. If I could send you my rear one when I'm done with it I would. I think I'm going to let Northridge keep it and melt it down... LOL

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