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Old 01-11-2014, 04:01 PM   #1
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Smittybily Rear Bumper Sits Too High

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So I recently picked up a Smittybilt XRC rear bumper. Took it out to the garage, got it all bolted on and then realized it sat about 1/4 - 1/2 inch too high and I couldn't open my rear door without the bottom of it scraping on the top of the bumper.

It is not just un-even in one spot, the whole thing slopes just slightly upward, just enough that it causes issues. I don't want to pound on the thing with a hammer to try to get it to fit, but I need to figure something out.

My original thought was to somehow drill out about 1/4" out of the top of each bolt hole, so theoretically, that should drop the whole thing by 1/4". I'm not completely sure that would actually work though, and I was a little bit worried about the possibility of that weakening the integrity of the bumper. I don't want the thing ripping off of my jeep when I'm being pulled out of a hole somewhere.

So, has anyone had this issue before? And if so, How did you fix it. If you've not had this problem, any ideas?

Thanks for the help.

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Old 01-11-2014, 04:26 PM   #2
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Is there slack in your tailgate? If you open it does the door lift up and down?

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Old 01-11-2014, 06:17 PM   #3
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Sounds like a job for a carbide bur. Elongate the mounting holes until it fits properly.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:46 PM   #4
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There isn't any slack in the tailgate. I had thought I could just put a couple shims in to raise it just enough, but I don't think that's a possibility.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking Gecko, was just hoping that there might be a different solution. Would I need to worry about the strength of the thing if I were to elongate the holes like that?
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:57 PM   #5
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I'd think you'd only have to oval them a 1/4 inch or so. If the holes aren't already too close to an edge, you'll be fine.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:07 PM   #6
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Is there an alternative to the carbide burr? From what I'm seeing, they can't fit into my standard drill, and I'm not really looking to go buy another expensive tool for one seemingly small job. Thanks for the help!
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:12 PM   #7
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They are designed for the speed of a die grinder, but they only have a 1/4 inch shank, so they will fit in any drill. I'd maybe try cutting fluid if using a drill, and don't overheat the bit.

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