e-AutoGrilles and Smittybuilt bumpers - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ 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 11-04-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Posts: 35
e-AutoGrilles and Smittybuilt bumpers

I bought a Smittybuilt XRC front bumper a few weeks ago and last week I bought the e-AutoGrilles version of the rear XRC.

IMO I think they are made in the same chinese warehouse on the same machines. The e-AutoGrilles are not exactly the same but material and structurally wise they are.

If you have any worries about the e-AutoGrilles bumpers do not hesitate if your other option is the Smittybuilt

87 06 Jeep YJ TJ Wrangler Heavy Duty Rock Crawler Rear Bumper Tire Carrier Handl | eBay

ta2240 is offline   Quote
Old 11-05-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
408jeeper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 355
how do you like the rear bumper? Any rattling? does it have those extra support bolts in the back?

__________________
PM me if you wanna wheel in the Bay Area
408jeeper is offline   Quote
Old 11-05-2012, 11:43 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 121
I've been planning on buying that back bumper, i have the xrc front amd i cant say a thing bad about it
Bamafan4life is offline   Quote
Old 11-06-2012, 07:43 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Posts: 35
No rattles at all. I really like it so far.

It mounts with 8 bolts to the back of the bumper support and two bolts in the bottom. I had to drill four more holes and it IS A PAIN IN THE AZZ! to tighten the bolts down. Make sure you have ratcheting wrenches cause a socket will not fit from the back, but I also have a gas tank skid plate which made it difficult.
ta2240 is offline   Quote
Old 11-06-2012, 12:29 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Freakville FL
Posts: 479
I have their front and rear bumpers on mine now. Powder coating sucks on the rear where the "receiver" is welded to the bumper. The "greaseable" hinge also sucks. I have to actually lift up on the carrier to clear the tube on the bumper for it to latch but for what I paid for it who cares. It works..Has taken a beating and still hold my 33" tire and Hi Lift jack.

Front bumper is actually better made and coated for some reason.
__________________
98 TJ
4.0L, 5spd, 4.25 Zone lift, Currie Anti-rock, Trutrac D30, D-locked D35 w/4.56 gears, MCE GEN I Flares, 33" Trxxus ATs, Engo 10K# winch, rear disc brake conversion.

My idea of help from the man above is a sniper on the roof.
Diverdown87 is offline   Quote
Old 11-06-2012, 12:34 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
jrussblues's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: se la
Posts: 3,066
I would steer clear of anything smitty with tubes on it. They bend easily. The plate steel is decent enough and can take a hit. The tire carrier suck because of the hinge and latch. I have one so I can testify to its suckiness, but it does hold a tire on.
__________________
06 LJ
78? CJ-7
jrussblues is offline   Quote
Old 11-06-2012, 01:00 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
Mudweiser's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Panama City Florida
Posts: 359
Send a message via AIM to Mudweiser Send a message via MSN to Mudweiser Send a message via Yahoo to Mudweiser
Hmm looks like the same set i have had on mine a while now. For the price..cant beat em. Front bumper has winched full size trucks out of holes, rear has snatched other folks out. Also tow my boat with it. I do recommend the frame tie-ins if you intend on abusing it like i do though.


__________________
01 TJ. Dana 30/44 4:88's, 4.0 5 speed, 38.5x15 Boggers on 15x10 Streetlocks, CAI, B&M short throw, Neoprene Covers, 4" RC, 3" BL, too much to list and building. >..<
Mudweiser is offline   Quote
Old 11-06-2012, 01:37 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
Thomas302's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern, NM
Posts: 304
I'm also running the eautogrills src bumpers front and rear. No squeaks or rattles and the tire carrier works great. I had to grease the cramp out of it tho. It's strong I have dropped off many ledges and smashed down hard on the tubes. It's held up good. The coating on the bumpers is ok, I have some flaking but not to bad.
__________________
Military Jeepers
Southern New Mexico
Sacramento Chapter
Thomas302 is offline   Quote
Old 11-06-2012, 02:24 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Posts: 35
@ Mudweiser, it is the same one. mine came with the Paramount sticky on it also.
ta2240 is offline   Quote
Old 11-07-2012, 05:48 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
tkfx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: La Crescenta, CA
Posts: 1,274
I have the e-auto grill bumper in the front with part of the stock bumper welded on, and I have a smittybilt rear tire carrier and the tire carrier is carrying my 33 no squeak or rattle and turns/opens smoothly. The front bumper survived a collision with only small scratches on the bumper while dealing some heavy damages.

Nothing bad to say for each bumper, the front bumper thats e-autogrille does seem a bit low quality. The inside has minimum welding and not too much support. Had to do some customizations on the front bumper to make the holes line up.

The rear bumper that is smittybuilt came with frame tie in, welds look good and tons of suppoort inside. Came with clear instructions and everything bolted in perfectly.
tkfx is online now   Quote
Old 11-07-2012, 05:53 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
TJgunner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 239
My front is an auto grilles - Love it!!
__________________
2004 Sahara kahki D44 4whl disc breaks - OME lift - 31 duratracs - T&T Short arms - Dynomax Exhaust - Bestop Trektop NX - Tube front bumper - Hella E Codes - 15x7 Cragar V5s
TJgunner is offline   Quote
Old 11-07-2012, 08:29 PM   #12
Jeeper
 
bmpage84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF MASSACHUSETTS, Somerset
Posts: 535
Quote:
Originally Posted by ta2240 View Post
No rattles at all. I really like it so far.

It mounts with 8 bolts to the back of the bumper support and two bolts in the bottom. I had to drill four more holes and it IS A PAIN IN THE AZZ! to tighten the bolts down. Make sure you have ratcheting wrenches cause a socket will not fit from the back, but I also have a gas tank skid plate which made it difficult.
I agree!!! I Could not get a decent bite on the 4 (drilled) inner bolts with a ratchet wrench or universal adapter and a long extension or enough torque to tighten them down properly. I ended up dropping the skid pan so I could tighten the bolts to the recommended torque specs.

[QUOTE=Diverdown87;2965606]I have their front and rear bumpers on mine now. Powder coating sucks on the rear where the "receiver" is welded to the bumper. The "greaseable" hinge also sucks. I have to actually lift up on the carrier to clear the tube on the bumper for it to latch but for what I paid for it who cares. It works..Has taken a beating and still hold my 33" tire and Hi Lift jack.

Powder coating on mine was fine, but after greasing the hinge, the pressure lifted the swing gate a little and there was a bit of a space between the slider pad and the bumper. After a couple days of rattling, I added a piece of heavy rubber gasket material between the bottom of the tire carrier and the slider. Not a rattle since.

The latching system could have been designed a little better, but I guess for the price it's OK. I keep it well greased, so it's not too bad.

I've had them on for just about a year now and both bumpers have generally held up well. I wheel just about every weekend, and have pulled or been pulled from both the front and back D-rings without issue. I've banged them off quite a few obstacles and haven't chipped the coating or noticed any rust on them yet.

I do have some concerns with tire carriers that have only one hinge point, so I've been thinking about adding a safety cable thru the tire carrier and attach it to some eye bolts set into the mounting holes of the old factory tire carrier. At least if the hinge pin ever fails the carrier and the tire will drop a bit, but at least it will stay on the Jeep and not hit some poor guy behind me.
__________________
Happy Trails!

Chrome on a Jeep is like a hot chick with herpes!

bmpage84 is offline   Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 02:19 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
jrussblues's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: se la
Posts: 3,066
As I said before, be careful with the tubes.
__________________
06 LJ
78? CJ-7
jrussblues is offline   Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 02:47 PM   #14
Jeeper
 
hosejockey61's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Aurora, CO
Posts: 1,827
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrussblues View Post
As I said before, be careful with the tubes.
Youch! do you have a picrure of the back side of the end caps? Are they reinforced now or just open?
hosejockey61 is offline   Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 02:59 PM   #15
Jeeper
 
jrussblues's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: se la
Posts: 3,066
This was a guys at a local 4wd shop, the plate steel is fine, he even hit a car with it and only had scratches. The tubes are the weak link, one yank on the tube and you see what happened. Granted you shouldn't pull, but you can see how weak the tubes are, and if you plan on wheeling you will likely hit it at some point. There are other pics floating around on here of similar stuff on cheap bumpers. The bumpers themselves are stout enough but any tubing should be considered a light holder or ornamental. On a related note, replace the torx bolts with a hex cap when you swap, very very tight clearance on the upper mount bolts.
__________________
06 LJ
78? CJ-7
jrussblues is offline   Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 09:13 PM   #16
Jeeper
 
Some Farkin Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Kentucky
Posts: 278
I got an e-autogrilles rock slider and i love it. The welds look well done and the paint on it is holding up fine. Paint isn't a big deal though, if it chips or flakes I'll just bed liner it like I do everything else.

Some Farkin Guy is offline   Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 09:19 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
desert-jeeper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 27
I have the rear e-autogrilles bumper with tire carrier, and have nothing bad to say about it. It was half the price of others, and gets the job done! No rattles thus far
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-233245359.jpg
Views:	601
Size:	148.3 KB
ID:	176519  
desert-jeeper is offline   Quote
Old 12-02-2012, 03:08 AM   #18
Jeeper
 
Enemy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Abq NM
Posts: 392
Bumping this thread since Im looking into both the e-autogrilles and smitty rear bumpers. Are either welded inside where the D rings and receiver are?
__________________
Joe
00' F150
02' TJ X
03' Lightning
12' MIni Countryman
Enemy is offline   Quote
Old 12-02-2012, 08:29 AM   #19
Jeeper
 
jrussblues's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: se la
Posts: 3,066
Quote:
Originally Posted by Enemy View Post
Bumping this thread since Im looking into both the e-autogrilles and smitty rear bumpers. Are either welded inside where the D rings and receiver are?
D rings are stout, the receiver is for holding bikes.
__________________
06 LJ
78? CJ-7
jrussblues is offline   Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 08:55 AM   #20
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Posts: 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Enemy View Post
Bumping this thread since Im looking into both the e-autogrilles and smitty rear bumpers. Are either welded inside where the D rings and receiver are?
From what I remember they are welded from the outside only. I am not 100% but I think I would have noticed if they were because that would have impressed me.
ta2240 is offline   Quote
Old 02-10-2014, 08:52 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
GoldenEagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 336
Very old thread, but for those who have these bumpers, is there enough room for a rear winch on the middle "step"? the space cleared for the tire. Just curious
GoldenEagle is offline   Quote
Old 02-10-2014, 02:31 PM   #23
Jeeper
 
BlueSheepDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 149
I dont think that would be a good place for a winch... With a 33" tire you would have room height wise but you would be adding a winch plate to make room for the "foot print." These things weren't designed for that type of stress on that portion of the bumper and any type of real load would likely damage the bumper. Also without frame tie in's you may also damage your rear cross member. If you're wanting a rear winch, I'd consider mounting to a 2" receiver mount so that it can be removed and use on a quality bumper. The 2" mount also lets you move the winch from front to rear and removed for storage. Not optimal but certainly an option

Quote:
Originally Posted by GoldenEagle View Post
Very old thread, but for those who have these bumpers, is there enough room for a rear winch on the middle "step"? the space cleared for the tire. Just curious
BlueSheepDog is offline   Quote
Old 02-10-2014, 03:55 PM   #24
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Milan, PA
Posts: 237
I have the e-autogrilles front bumper, and hit a deer with it going 30-40 mph. It killed the deer instantly but didn't even scratch the bumper.

Note here! If you are going to mount a winch order the version with the built in fairlead mount! A standard winch plate won't fit and i had a mess of a time finding a fairlead mounting plate that would.

steelrfn is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not 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




Download our Mobile App

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:48 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