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Old 09-22-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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Anybody have this bumper? Dont flame


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Old 09-22-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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If so, how does everybody like it? Don't comment unless you have it.. I know smittybilt has a bad rep but I need something with D-ring mounts and a tire carrier at an affordable price

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If so, how does everybody like it? Don't comment unless you have it.. I know smittybilt has a bad rep but I need something with D-ring mounts and a tire carrier at an affordable price
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im in the same boat, and as much as i dont want to spend another four hundred dollars - Im going to need a spare tire (33) eventually.
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Make your own I am about to, and if it looks good I am going to start selling them pics to come....
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Don't comment unless you have it.
I was going to comment about that particular carrier's design roots and history but I guess I can't since I don't own one.
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I have one. Just the bumper only, without the tire carrier. I use a Bestop tub mounted carrier. The bumper is fine without the carrier. My friend has the tire carrier bumper on his YJ.
I chose mine without the carrier due to the troubles he is having with his: The latch is funky and pops open. So much leverage on the bumper with just a 33" tire, the tire bounces front to back when off roading. He uses a ratched strap to secure it to the roll bar.
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I was going to comment about that particular carrier's design roots and history but I guess I can't since I don't own one.
I meant everyone but you.. Ha seeing as you seem to know alot about everything on this forum .. Please do comment
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:57 PM   #8
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[QUOTE="TJDave"]I have one. Just the bumper only, without the tire carrier. I use a Bestop tub mounted carrier. The bumper is fine without the carrier. My friend has the tire carrier bumper on his YJ.
I chose mine without the carrier due to the troubles he is having with his: The latch is funky and pops open. So much leverage on the bumper with just a 33" tire, the tire bounces front to back when off roading. H
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Check out nates 4x4. Very reasonably priced like smitty, and its made in the us of a!!!!
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Also I have heard from owners it rattles a little bit.
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I have this bumper and tire carrier. Bought it on sale. Love the way it looks, nice and tight & symmetrical. Have had it for close to year. The rattle on the lock is enough to drive me & anyone around the Jeep nuts. I also had to pull the carrier down with a frame machine to straighten enough for latch to lock. ERRRR..... Small things. However if they have not changed the latch I would not get another one. I woulda waited and saved up more $$$.
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I was going to comment about that particular carrier's design roots and history but I guess I can't since I don't own one.
Lol. Bravo
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It does rattle but you get used to it, just like every other rattle on the Jeep.
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Is it bad to carry a 33" tire on a stock spare holder on the gate??
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I have one. Just the bumper only, without the tire carrier. I use a Bestop tub mounted carrier. The bumper is fine without the carrier. My friend has the tire carrier bumper on his YJ.
I chose mine without the carrier due to the troubles he is having with his: The latch is funky and pops open. So much leverage on the bumper with just a 33" tire, the tire bounces front to back when off roading. He uses a ratched strap to secure it to the roll bar.
I couldn't of said it any better............
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Thank you.. Maybe I'll just get the one without the tire carrier for now since my spare is only 31" !!!!!??? Thoughts
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That particular tire carrier and bumper is a direct and shameless knock-off of Currie's design. The problem is (in my strictly personal opinion) Smittybilt's version is shoddily made, has poor quality control, will likely need bolt holes to be redrilled for it to mount, and it will start rattling badly enough to drive you crazy before long. Design-wise, it only looks like Currie's from the outside. Those who have opened it up including the pivoting spare tire carrier show just how shoddily it is made inside where you can't see it.

There is a lot to making a bumper and spare tire carrier strong enough to hold up to carrying larger spare tires and in my personal opinion, Smittybilt struck out on everything but the cheap price on their combination bumper/spare tire carrier.

Sadly, Currie dropped their entire bumper line in 2011 to concentrate on other parts of their business.
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I am starting to make and sell them, front and rear bumbers with d-ring mounts and with out tire carrier on the rear pics to come halfway done with front bumber now....
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That particular tire carrier and bumper is a direct and shameless knock-off of Currie's design. The problem is (in my strictly personal opinion) Smittybilt's version is shoddily made, has poor quality control, will likely need bolt holes to be redrilled for it to mount, and it will start rattling badly enough to drive you crazy before long. Design-wise, it only looks like Currie's from the outside. Those who have opened it up including the pivoting spare tire carrier show just how shoddily it is made inside where you can't see it.

There is a lot to making a bumper and spare tire carrier strong enough to hold up to carrying larger spare tires and in my personal opinion, Smittybilt struck out on everything but the cheap price on their combination bumper/spare tire carrier.

Sadly, Currie dropped their entire bumper line in 2011 to concentrate on other parts of their business.
What is a bumper with 2 d ring mounts and a trailer hitch that you would recommend that looks like a smittybilt but that is good quality?
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Check out nates 4x4. Very reasonably priced like smitty, and its made in the us of a!!!!
I second Nates 4X4. Very affordable, and made in Michigan. My buddy has one of his bumpers on his XJ and loves it. It's built like a rock.
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What is a bumper with 2 d ring mounts and a trailer hitch that you would recommend that looks like a smittybilt but that is good quality?
My rear bumper was made by The Dirt Worxs in Corona Calif. and it has D-ring mounts and a 2" receiver hitch.

Though I went to his house to buy mine because he's local to me, he mainly sells them on eBay. The bumper I bought is at Jeep rock crawler rear bumper CJ YJ TJ Wrangler | eBay

It comes unpainted so you'll have to paint it yourself but for only $131, it's tough to beat. Incidentally I tow my pop-up trailer all over with it.

He's a really nice guy and hand-builds them all right in his garage where I had a chance to view his work and welding quality which was first rate. Here's some other of his items on eBay...

thedirtworx | eBay

The below pic shows it unpainted. A little Krylon or Rustoleum primer and satin black paint is all you need.
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My rear bumper was made by The Dirt Worxs in Corona Calif. and it has D-ring mounts and a 2" receiver hitch.

Though I went to his house to buy mine because he's local to me, he mainly sells them on eBay. The bumper I bought is at Jeep rock crawler rear bumper CJ YJ TJ Wrangler | eBay

It comes unpainted so you'll have to paint it yourself but for only $131, it's tough to beat. Incidentally I tow my pop-up trailer all over with it.

He's a really nice guy and hand-builds them all right in his garage where I had a chance to view his work and welding quality which was first rate. Here's some other of his items on eBay...

thedirtworx | eBay

The below pic shows it unpainted. A little Krylon or Rustoleum primer and satin black paint is all you need.
Thank you so much for the advice and the link.. I think I'll order mine next week
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My rear bumper was made by The Dirt Worxs in Corona Calif. and it has D-ring mounts and a 2" receiver hitch.

Though I went to his house to buy mine because he's local to me, he mainly sells them on eBay. The bumper I bought is at Jeep rock crawler rear bumper CJ YJ TJ Wrangler | eBay

It comes unpainted so you'll have to paint it yourself but for only $131, it's tough to beat. Incidentally I tow my pop-up trailer all over with it.

He's a really nice guy and hand-builds them all right in his garage where I had a chance to view his work and welding quality which was first rate. Here's some other of his items on eBay...

thedirtworx | eBay

The below pic shows it unpainted. A little Krylon or Rustoleum primer and satin black paint is all you need.
I have the same one as Jerry.He answered all my questions & did a great job.Jerry,we think alike!!! LOL

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I don't know anything about Rough Country's swing away bumpers, but every once in a great while one will show up in the scratch and dent store. I think it was less than 300 last time I saw one.
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My rear bumper was made by The Dirt Worxs in Corona Calif. and it has D-ring mounts and a 2" receiver hitch.

Though I went to his house to buy mine because he's local to me, he mainly sells them on eBay. The bumper I bought is at Jeep rock crawler rear bumper CJ YJ TJ Wrangler | eBay

It comes unpainted so you'll have to paint it yourself but for only $131, it's tough to beat. Incidentally I tow my pop-up trailer all over with it.

He's a really nice guy and hand-builds them all right in his garage where I had a chance to view his work and welding quality which was first rate. Here's some other of his items on eBay...

thedirtworx | eBay

The below pic shows it unpainted. A little Krylon or Rustoleum primer and satin black paint is all you need.
I'm sold! Thanks for the info
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Does anyone have a side shot view of the Nates 4x4 Model 1 or 2. I'm trying to decide on which one. I want to see how far it sticks out.

I currently have the Smitty SRC although i like the looks, it just sticks to far out for my taste and i dont like that it doesnt use all 6 bumper bolts.

That beign said if anyone wants a SRC near VA Beach let me know, i'll sell it to you and trade for the stock bumper.
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Does anyone have a side shot view of the Nates 4x4 Model 1 or 2. I'm trying to decide on which one. I want to see how far it sticks out.

I currently have the Smitty SRC although i like the looks, it just sticks to far out for my taste and i dont like that it doesnt use all 6 bumper bolts.

That beign said if anyone wants a SRC near VA Beach let me know, i'll sell it to you and trade for the stock bumper.
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Jerry or 1jeeplvr ,

What has your experience been with the tire carrier? I like that its American made, the price is right and i actually kind of like that you have to paint it yourself so at least you arent cursing the cheap quality of it when it fades or chips... haha.

Im just wanting to basically make sure the tire carrier doesnt rattle. I'll probably only have 31" tires or 33" at some point.

Also curious if anyone has used his front bumpers?
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I don't use a bumper mounted spare tire carrier so I have zero experience with those that Dirt Worx makes. My spare tire carrier is made by Offroad Fabricators in Arizona and it mounts to brackets hidden inside the tub that are bolted to the rollbar bases. In fact I've had that same carrier on both of my TJs... absolutely ZERO rattles, no sagging, no problems whatsoever. I put probably 140K miles and 8-9 years on it on my previous TJ while it also carried two full 5 gallon jerry cans. My present ORF carrier has been installed for about two years so I have about ten years of sag-free and rattle-free performance on it.

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