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Old 09-17-2009, 07:13 PM   #1
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SmittyBilt XRC Front Bumper Fit Issue

The removal of the stock bumper was straight forward. I cant believe how chinzy the front skid plate [plastic] is. JUNK.

The XRC bumper fits great at the front eight [four on each side] mounting points of the frame rails. Exactly like the stocker in fact. No gaps and it sits level.

The issue arises at the bottom four mounting points [square holes] on the XRC Bumper. They are located about one inch too far forward. I am supposed to punch and drill a 1/2" hole in the frame front cross member. Kind of tough to do when I would be drilling on the corner edge of the cross member. It seems to me the lower plate of this bumper is just too short.

Pic 1 = Nice looking bumper
Pic 2 = Nice looking WENCH mount area
Pic 3 = Driver side lower XRC bumper to frame fit.
Pic 4 = Pass side lower XRC bumper to frame fit.

I have left a message with SmittyBilt and spoke to the local distributer. Just pissed it isnt perfect.
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:32 PM   #2
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:40 PM   #3
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I have left a message with SmittyBilt and spoke to the local distributer. Just pissed it isnt perfect.
Your expectations seem to be a bit out of line based on Smittybilt's (aka Shittybilt) reputation for selling low quality products made in China! Can you send it back and get a credit towards a higher quality product that you'll be happier with?
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:43 PM   #4
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China, Did not know that. I paid with Visa and it does not fit so. I dont think the local distributor has a chance. Recommendation PLEASE. Thanks...Pat
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:46 PM   #5
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I've talked with one of the Smittybilt guys at one of the Expos regarding their winches and he seemed like a pretty stand up guy. If it's a manufacturing flaw, I can't imagine you'd have any trouble getting them to replace it. Where did you buy it . . . why can't you just go back and have SB send a new one and swap it out?
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I dont like items that are made in ChinA. Would rather get a refund.
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I dont like items that are made in ChinA. Would rather get a refund.
Hence my original suggestion Can you send it back and get a credit towards a higher quality product that you'll be happier with? If not you could always swap the one you have now for one that is drilled properly and sell it . . . if it hasn't been mounted, and is still packed for shipping hopefully you won't get hosed too bad. It's tough to get a refund often times, but perhaps the place you bought it would be okay sending it back to SB due to the flaw and giving you store credit towards a different bumper . . . most will seeing that they want you coming back to buy the next thing.
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have you tightened the 4 bolts on each side of the bumper.I think they suppose to slide in towards the vehicle once you do.I have the SRC Classic and it fits just fine.
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have you tightened the 4 bolts on each side of the bumper.I think they suppose to slide in towards the vehicle once you do.I have the SRC Classic and it fits just fine.
Yes all tightened up nicely. There is no gap between the frame and the bumper.

Schmo, I cant get hosed really. But their reputation can be damaged on a daily basis. The bumper looks to be well built. Has there been reports of failure in the bush?

P.S. I did email SmittyBilt and asked where their products were made. I wonder what the answer will be. I will post the reply here for all to see.
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Schmo, I cant get hosed really. But their reputation can be damaged on a daily basis. The bumper looks to be well built. Has there been reports of failure in the bush?

P.S. I did email SmittyBilt and asked where their products were made. I wonder what the answer will be. I will post the reply here for all to see.
I just meant that hopefully you wouldn't have to take too much of a hit if you decided to sell it yourself. I can't imagine there have been too many reports of failure on something like a front bumper where there are no moving parts, etc, but overall SB has a reputation for low priced, made in china, products which usually have issues when it comes to overall quality, fit, etc. Personally I'd have no problem buying a SB front bumper if they made something I liked, but I would not buy a tire carrier or something where the quality of matierials, welds, etc will be tested.
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Update

Went into the local shop here and preceded to show them the fit issue. They contacted Ray at SmittyBilt. I will be getting another bumper Monday. I also emailed Ray last night on the SmittyBilt site. Here is his reply:

They are made overseas, please let us know about the fitment issue you are having. As you should not have this problem.



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I should have looked into the place of origin prior to purchasing SmittyBilt. The quality does look excellent but the 'overseas' thing bothers me.
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everything is made in china or india now.. hell, flip the planet over and it reads -

"Made in China"
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everything is made in china or india now.. hell, flip the planet over and it reads -

"Made in China"
Hate to say it but your right. I have been trying to buy made in the USA but it is hard and when I do find Made In The USA the cost is to much on most items. I try when I can. Heck I stopped buyng canned mushrooms because all the ones I have found are.... MADE IN CHINA.

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