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Old 12-07-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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I am looking to put on a new bumper. Looking at the Smittybilt SRC as seen at Smittybilt 76721 - Smittybilt Front SRC Bumper in Textured Black for 87-06 Jeep® Wrangler YJ, TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec I know the knock on Smittybilt paint and that doesn't bother me. I like the look of it and the price. Also found a Westin that looks the same for about $40 less. Anything I should be wary of?

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:32 PM   #2
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The last time I looked at a smitty built bumper in person it was poorly made. Simple little tack welds and not full beads. I know smitty is chinese bult. I'd stay away from it.

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
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Poor smitty, they get such a bad rep sometimes, sad but true. TJspeed is correct.
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There is a reason why smittybuilt has the nickname shitty-built.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:23 PM   #7
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If people would just quit buying smitty junk, then smitty would either go out of business, or quit exporting to the USA.. But if that happened we'd all be sad, cause there wouldn't be any more smitty to bash around anymore...
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:33 PM   #9
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Don't buy Smittybilt they rust the paint and quality is crap.
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I am looking to put on a new bumper. Looking at the Smittybilt SRC as seen at Smittybilt 76721 - Smittybilt Front SRC Bumper in Textured Black for 87-06 Jeep® Wrangler YJ, TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec I know the knock on Smittybilt paint and that doesn't bother me. I like the look of it and the price. Also found a Westin that looks the same for about $40 less. Anything I should be wary of?
Ive heard good things about that bumper and plan on getting it when I get the $$$
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Ive heard good things about that bumper and plan on getting it when I get the $$$
What good things have you heard?
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What good things have you heard?
Surviving accidents with only a scratch and they actually have a prettygood powder coat. The welds are full, not spot on the src
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Surviving accidents with only a scratch and they actually have a prettygood powder coat. The welds are full, not spot on the src
Are they front and back welded? Obviously not spot. Are they just a stitch weld?

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Are they front and back welded? Obviously not spot. Are they just a stitch weld?

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The only one I've really looked at is the src front bumper and it had full welds.
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I saw one on the trail not too long years ago, The welds were broken on one side after bumping a large root hidden in the mud..
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:18 AM   #16
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I have that bumper. I was hit almost head on by a Chevy Silverado at about 35mph. He hit me on the drivers side corner, near the hoop with the light mount. His grille, head lights, radiator, and bumper were all trashed. I had some blue paint on my black bumper and that's it.

Few months later I did some dumb shit while talking on the phone moving my jeep on my street. Let out the clutch and slammed into a 95 Honda civic rear end. Broke his tail lights and pushed his trunk lid all the way to his back window. Just scratched my bumper pretty good.

It gets worse. Few weeks after that that kids mom backed her scion tc into my jeep. Damaged her trunk lid pretty good and another scratch to my bumper.

Bottom line, I understand what every one says about smitty and why. I would probably not have bought the bumper my self. I'm more a fan of the stubby looking bumpers and bumpers where my winch would sit down in the bumper. This was on my jeep when I bought it. I just cant say its crap like every one says. I've also hit trees on the trail and winched my self and others outta some nasty shit. My bumper has been great in that way.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:14 AM   #17
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By the way weekend....that's not the same bumper.
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This is about what I expected, but thank you for everyone's input. I'm not a hard core mudder, my jeep is my daily driver as well. Therefore, I feel that it should stand up for what I'm doing. Any thoughts on a Westin though?
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:45 AM   #19
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Poison spyder has a trail stinger going for around $209! The only thing is its not pre powder coated but I think you can add an extra 30$ for them to do it!
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:24 AM   #21
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Surviving accidents with only a scratch and they actually have a prettygood powder coat. The welds are full, not spot on the src
This is a Smittybilt SRC after a minor impact.
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This is a Smittybilt SRC after a minor impact.
I know of sevral other people that have done close to the same thing as \/ with the same outcome as \/ tha was more than a minor impact, I can tell by the way the fender is pushed back.

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I have that bumper. I was hit almost head on by a Chevy Silverado at about 35mph. He hit me on the drivers side corner, near the hoop with the light mount. His grille, head lights, radiator, and bumper were all trashed. I had some blue paint on my black bumper and that's it.

Few months later I did some dumb shit while talking on the phone moving my jeep on my street. Let out the clutch and slammed into a 95 Honda civic rear end. Broke his tail lights and pushed his trunk lid all the way to his back window. Just scratched my bumper pretty good.

It gets worse. Few weeks after that that kids mom backed her scion tc into my jeep. Damaged her trunk lid pretty good and another scratch to my bumper.

Bottom line, I understand what every one says about smitty and why. I would probably not have bought the bumper my self. I'm more a fan of the stubby looking bumpers and bumpers where my winch would sit down in the bumper. This was on my jeep when I bought it. I just cant say its crap like every one says. I've also hit trees on the trail and winched my self and others outta some nasty shit. My bumper has been great in that way.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:31 AM   #23
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Yeah, I have seen that thread on here and luckily I did not have that happen to me, and That's the exact spot the Silverado hit me. I was stationary, he was doing at least 30-35 speed limit was 45 but he wasn't to speed yet.
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I was 100% going to get the smittybuilt stubby bumper too, untill i saw the JCR stubby bumper. it seems like its built with better quality at a decent price. check it it out! JcrOffroad, Inc. Wrangler Front Stubby Stinger Winch Bumper (CJ YJ TJ)
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I have that bumper. I was hit almost head on by a Chevy Silverado at about 35mph. He hit me on the drivers side corner, near the hoop with the light mount. His grille, head lights, radiator, and bumper were all trashed. I had some blue paint on my black bumper and that's it.

Few months later I did some dumb shit while talking on the phone moving my jeep on my street. Let out the clutch and slammed into a 95 Honda civic rear end. Broke his tail lights and pushed his trunk lid all the way to his back window. Just scratched my bumper pretty good.

It gets worse. Few weeks after that that kids mom backed her scion tc into my jeep. Damaged her trunk lid pretty good and another scratch to my bumper.

Bottom line, I understand what every one says about smitty and why. I would probably not have bought the bumper my self. I'm more a fan of the stubby looking bumpers and bumpers where my winch would sit down in the bumper. This was on my jeep when I bought it. I just cant say its crap like every one says. I've also hit trees on the trail and winched my self and others outta some nasty shit. My bumper has been great in that way.
Awesome post! It was nice to see some positive comments about a smittybilt bumper. I have the classic tube with hoop bumper in textured black. I love it, it gives my TJ a classic look.
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I have that bumper. Its good for daily driving, but if you plan on taking it off any sweet jumps or doing any tricks I would stay away from it. If your just planning on impressing the ladies then I say go for it!
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I have that bumper. Its good for daily driving, but if you plan on taking it off any sweet jumps or doing any tricks I would stay away from it. If your just planning on impressing the ladies then I say go for it!
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Im going with this bumper. It has nothing to do with the brand. I just love this bumper. If a company could build one that looked like it but better quality, i would be all over it. I hate the stubby look, because it doesnt protect the tires at all. I like this bumper because it almost looks like a basket for the winch. Add lights to it and its awesome. I knw quality with suffice. Luckily I have insurance if I'm in an accident. If I damage offroading, then its my own fault for putting my jeep in a position to do damage. Its your jeep, be unique.
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i was also questioning this same bumper earlier today but I was looking at the combo package which included the XRC-8 Winch for $500

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