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Old 01-16-2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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Is the Smittybilt XRC Stinger all show, no go?

I'm inches away from clicking checkout right now but I actually know nothing about stinger bumpers. I see a lot of threads suggesting people to build their own, unfortunately that's not in the cards for me. I really like the look of the XRC (I know a lot of you aren't a fan..) but I'm not sure how much, if any at all, reinforcement it has. As far as I gathered on here the functionality of a stinger all comes down to how well it's reinforced.. So what's the deal with the XRC? Would it survive an impact or would it just fold right up into the hood?

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:27 PM   #2
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The consensus on this forum will be "Made in China" "cheap chinese crap". I just purchased the SRC bumper. Is it made as well as say Savvy? No. Will it take as much damage as Savvy? No. But I know that I owe $13k on my Jeep and will not be Rock Crawling. So why spend $600 on a bumper that is well made, when i can get one that is exatly what I wanted, still made well with a lot of good reputation behind the company, for $200. Is another company made the SRC exactly with better material, I prob would of bought it. But I wanted that style and no other companies bumpers stood out to me like this one. If you like it, buy it. If you dont, keep searching. And if you dont have the hook ups for building your own, I doubt your the guy to go Rock Crawling and needing a $600 bumper. Just my $.02

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I don't have the ability to fabricate, but I crawl all the time. A guy I went wheeling with had his SRC out on its inaugural run at Left Hand Canyon in Boulder, CO. He bumped into a tree with it while in 4lo, so moving really slow, and the stinger cracked where it was welded to the bumper. That's all I needed to stay clear of them.

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:48 PM   #4
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I was considering that bumper as well since I got the classic rear bumper with tire carrier for Christmas.

But then I found dirtworx bumpers on eBay. The front hoop is not a stinger, and you have to prime and paint it yourself. However, it is very comparable in price to smittybilt, and its US made.

Those are my $0.02. Like the other reply said, if you like it, get it.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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I have the src and it works perfect to get me to the mall and back lol. I loved the look of it as well. I don't crawl rocks or climb hills. Just because you own a jeep doesn't mean you have to buy the roughest piece of hardware known to man if your rig doesn't call for it. If you think you'll be in a situation that would cause the need for a super heavy duty bumper go for it.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:03 PM   #6
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I considered buying this bumper, and have purchased a few other Smittybilt products (tube fenders, rear corners, winch). I've had very good luck with their products, although I understand that is not the consensus of the majority.

The reason I did not purchase the bumper was because I don't believe it utilizes both upper frame mounting holes on each side; i.e., I think it was only 1 per side on the top. A friend had the bumper, and it seemed to flex a lot and not be solidly-mounted. I wanted something more durable so went with a custom-built bumper that another friend fabbed for me.

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For what I paid for mine, I love it and it's held up fine.




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Old 01-16-2013, 08:12 PM   #8
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Thanks for all of the responses guys! I'm really split on this.. Are there any more people with the bumper that put it through some damage with or without bad results..?

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For what I paid for mine, I love it and it's held up fine.
Looks awesome! Have you ever hit anything with it yet? What jasongind said is really making me want to steer clear..
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Thanks for all of the responses guys! I'm really split on this.. Are there any more people with the bumper that put it through some damage with or without bad results..?



Looks awesome! Have you ever hit anything with it yet? What jasongind said is really making me want to steer clear..
I hit this rock pretty good every time I climb up
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:28 PM   #10
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the SRC is alright. i installed one for a friend this past weekend. be aware tho that some enlarging of holes may be required
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Not too long ago, I went wheeling with a guy who recently rear ended mini-van. According to him, the collision was around 20-25 mph. Did the stinger save his front end? Yes. Did the stinger hold up? Not so much. The welds broke loose where the hoop meets the bumper and the bumper portion twisted a bit. If he was traveling any faster, I believe it would've folded back into the hood and grill. Seeing the damaged bumper in person was enough to convince me to stay away from Smittybilt products. The flaw is that there are no rear gusset supports to prevent the hoop from folding back which IMO renders it useless. With that being said, if you want it for looks only, go for it. If you want something as a potential front end saver, buy a nice, well built, quality U.S. made stinger. I wish I thought to take better pics of the damage but this should give you an idea of how the bumper held up. The top of the hoop is not a few inches away from the hood.
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Not too long ago, I went wheeling with a guy who recently rear ended mini-van. According to him, the collision was around 20-25 mph. Did the stinger save his front end? Yes. Did the stinger hold up? Not so much. The welds broke loose where the hoop meets the bumper and the bumper portion twisted a bit. If he was traveling any faster, I believe it would've folded back into the hood and grill. Seeing the damaged bumper in person was enough to convince me to stay away from Smittybilt products. The flaw is that there are no rear gusset supports to prevent the hoop from folding back which IMO renders it useless. With that being said, if you want it for looks only, go for it. If you want something as a potential front end saver, buy a nice, well built, quality U.S. made stinger. I wish I thought to take better pics of the damage but this should give you an idea of how the bumper held up. The top of the hoop is not a few inches away from the hood.
I meant to say that the top of the hoop is only a few inches away from the hood.
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Smittybilt = Made in China

Made in China = Garbage

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Not too long ago, I went wheeling with a guy who recently rear ended mini-van. According to him, the collision was around 20-25 mph. Did the stinger save his front end? Yes. Did the stinger hold up? Not so much. The welds broke loose where the hoop meets the bumper and the bumper portion twisted a bit. If he was traveling any faster, I believe it would've folded back into the hood and grill. Seeing the damaged bumper in person was enough to convince me to stay away from Smittybilt products. The flaw is that there are no rear gusset supports to prevent the hoop from folding back which IMO renders it useless. With that being said, if you want it for looks only, go for it. If you want something as a potential front end saver, buy a nice, well built, quality U.S. made stinger. I wish I thought to take better pics of the damage but this should give you an idea of how the bumper held up. The top of the hoop is not a few inches away from the hood.

Yea stay away from a stinger if you plan on hitting anything at 25 mph, but good luck doing that on any trail.

does it work fine and take abuse? yes it does that just fine
does it prevent damage from a 25 mph collision to a tree,boulder or otherwise? NO but what bumper would?
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:37 AM   #15
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I personally like the looks of this one better and it's about the same price.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/orf-83662/overview/
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:06 AM   #16
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my uncle has a smitty src(the brushguard tube style) on his jk rubi .... we have pulled up to a tree in order to winch out an f250 (pulled up to a tree and used it to prevent the truck from pulling the jk towards it)..... the bumper didnt bend

that being said i did not buy a smitty bumper ... but i might buy the tube fenders they offer .... if you like the design you could easily pay smeone to add gussets to strenghthen it .. or buy from poison spyder,rokmen,savvy,or get one custom made and have made in the usa quality.
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oh and btw ... i agree ... the smitty stiinger is a very good looking bumper (whether or not it is strong is another question entirely)

also be aware that many stingers will bend in a rollover/accident if not tied into tube fenders and/or shock hoops
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The consensus on this forum will be "Made in China" "cheap chinese crap". I just purchased the SRC bumper. Is it made as well as say Savvy? No. Will it take as much damage as Savvy? No. But I know that I owe $13k on my Jeep and will not be Rock Crawling. So why spend $600 on a bumper that is well made, when i can get one that is exatly what I wanted, still made well with a lot of good reputation behind the company, for $200. Is another company made the SRC exactly with better material, I prob would of bought it. But I wanted that style and no other companies bumpers stood out to me like this one. If you like it, buy it. If you dont, keep searching. And if you dont have the hook ups for building your own, I doubt your the guy to go Rock Crawling and needing a $600 bumper. Just my $.02
My Savvy front bumper was $300. Yall can keep your cheap Chinese shit, I would rather run the stocker cut up than run Shittybilt, oh wait, that's what I did, ran my stocker cut up until I had the money to buy something good.....
But that's just me YMMV....
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:51 PM   #19
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Again, thanks for all the responses guys. Damn, I love this forum. I ended up pulling the trigger on it, it'll be in tomorrow and I've got a 3 day weekend, so if the weather permits, I'll be wearing it by Tuesday. I really appreciate all of the incite and pictures and everything. From what I saw (in the pictures anyway) it seemed the major downside of this was the way the stinger was attached to the bumper..the tube seemed to hold up without denting, even though it was smacked hard enough to break the welds attaching it. So I'm going to take this idea:

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if you like the design you could easily pay smeone to add gussets to strenghthen it
Thanks BRS.

I've got a welder at the house, and my dad has connections with a few machine and tool shops so I'm sure I could get some nice pieces of metal cut to exactly what I need. So if I weld some gussets from the stinger to the bumper, granted it won't help in a roll over or a huge collision, but in the event of smacking into something at a somewhat slow speed, as long as it's not too high up on the stinger, it should be fine, right? I'm excited for this.

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I bought the src bumper for 125 shipped to my door from amazon a couple years ago. Its cool looking but I dont expect it to hold up by any means in a crash. Actually toying with the idea of cutting the stinger off of it.

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