Smittybily Rear Bumper Sits Too High - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 01-11-2014, 04:01 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
jcharlson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon / Murfreesboro, TN
Posts: 139
Smittybily Rear Bumper Sits Too High

Hey,
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.

jcharlson is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-11-2014, 04:26 PM   #2
Moderator

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Sinister6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 4,799
Is there slack in your tailgate? If you open it does the door lift up and down?

__________________
The Wolf is not concerned with the opinion of sheep.

MY BUILD: :
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f322/si...ad-235526.html
Sinister6 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-11-2014, 06:17 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
gecko4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: ontario
Posts: 655
Sounds like a job for a carbide bur. Elongate the mounting holes until it fits properly.
gecko4 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-11-2014, 07:46 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
jcharlson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon / Murfreesboro, TN
Posts: 139
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?
jcharlson is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-11-2014, 07:57 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
gecko4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: ontario
Posts: 655
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.
gecko4 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-11-2014, 08:07 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
jcharlson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon / Murfreesboro, TN
Posts: 139
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!
jcharlson is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-11-2014, 08:12 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
gecko4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: ontario
Posts: 655
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.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2737387539.jpg
Views:	20
Size:	160.3 KB
ID:	661065  

gecko4 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Tags
rear bumper , smittybilt , xrc

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:47 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC