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Old 02-10-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Rear bumper and tire carrier

I have another question I hope you good folks can help me with.

When I upgrade my tire size I would like to upgrade my rear bumper also.
Here is what I will be looking for hope you folks can direct me to the proper builder.

On my wish list

Rear bumper that gives rear quarter panel protection.
Can accept tow hitch.
Can carry oversize rear tire. I doubt I will ever go larger then 33" but would like a carrier that is rated to 35".
Can be locked or opens with tailgate lock. I have a hard top and leave the rig parked at parking lots while hiking. Being able to lock personal equipment up is important to me.
Able to carry jerry cans and jack.

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Would like to see replies as I'm looking for a bumper and carrier as well

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I'm planning on getting this tire carrier, except for the TJ model. ( they don't have a pic unless you get the installation directions off quadratec )

Anyway I don't see a whole lot for options for jerry cans but the selling point for me is that it connects to the tailgate and operates as one instead of two separate devices. Surely something could be fabricated though. A bit pricey though. $769

http://www.bestop.com/bestop-product...-tire-carriers
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:27 AM   #4
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Thanks Hammer

Thats a nice looking system. I didn't see the ability to carry a couple of fuel cans. I would seldom need to do that but sure would be a nice option.

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I just installed this one on mine
http://fessybuilt.com/BumperImages/R...TJYJRear4A.jpg

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you can set it up pretty much however you want to
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I know it doesnt attach to the gate but it is well built and has all other features. I really like it .
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:57 AM   #6
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Thats a nice looking system. I didn't see the ability to carry a couple of fuel cans. I would seldom need to do that but sure would be a nice option.

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Yeah, that's the one downside I saw as well. In my case I can get a neighbor to fabricate something for me if I need. I know you were looking for the option but I thought I'd suggest any way.
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I just installed this one on mine
http://fessybuilt.com/BumperImages/R...TJYJRear4A.jpg

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you can set it up pretty much however you want to
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I know it doesnt attach to the gate but it is well built and has all other features. I really like it .
I hadn't seen that one. That looks like a nice one!
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Not sure you're going to find one that meets all your requirements and opens with the tailgate. The Fessy design is similar to a few others on the market but the latch on them are the weak point. They tent to snap the u-bolt looking thingy no matter how tight you make it... the vibration seems to do them in.

LoD makes one with a slam lock type latch and can be configured to carry the gerry cans. Rock Hard also has a good latching mechanism that I've not seen any issues with... You may have to compromise when it comes to the swing out design if you want it to open with the tailgate.
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Check out thedirtworx
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He has an ebay store as well. I bunch of people on here seem to like is stuff and its pretty cheap. I've heard it take about a month to receive as he builds to order. Seems somewhat similar to fessy built.
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I just installed this one on mine
http://fessybuilt.com/BumperImages/R...TJYJRear4A.jpg

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you can set it up pretty much however you want to
Fessy Built

I know it doesnt attach to the gate but it is well built and has all other features. I really like it .
After all the searching I have done I never ran across fessy built. Gotta say it looks like some good stuff at a good price. Hows it holding up?
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After all the searching I have done I never ran across fessy built. Gotta say it looks like some good stuff at a good price. Hows it holding up?
he does a great job putting it together.. Press in bearings and great welds. I love it so far.. I just got it this winter so we'll see how it goes with the summer trails. but I'm sure it'll good. Like I said it's built very well.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:05 PM   #12
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Some really good ideas given to me, thanks guys.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:15 PM   #13
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I had one question about the fessy built bumper refering to width. Do you feel it's wide enough or could it use a few more inches? What is the optiman width of a rear bumper? Other then thinking the bumper maybe a little narrow it looks like a good product at a fare price.

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I like the JcrOffroad bumper and tire swing. Can you make it in a tube style bumper? or just the close snug look that I see here? Any chance it could be made to accommodate bigger cans, like 5 gallon cans?
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I like the JcrOffroad bumper and tire swing. Can you make it in a tube style bumper?
Sorry, we don't build tube bumpers. Only what you see on our website.

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Any chance it could be made to accommodate bigger cans, like 5 gallon cans?
Can't help here either. 10 gallons of gas is 100 trail miles, are you going on an expedition? We feel that 5 gallons of fuel is the perfect amount for the normal trail runner. No need to carry anymore weight than needed.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:37 AM   #17
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check out tuffdesigns i had their bumper liked it alot and it was dirt cheap. it was the only bumper that did all that minus locking closed but i bought a bike lock that was the PERFECT length to lock the tire and jerry cans
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Sure glad I asked for help I was not able to find this type of bumper selection on the web. I do like the looks of the JCR bumper looks vary well made and a clean design. I like how you tappered the ends and extended them just past the rear quarter panel. I would do something vary similar If I build my own bumper. As mentioned I would perfer carry jerry cans over the 2 gallon cans. IMHO the only time you have to much fuel is when your on fire. Would it be possible to make a swing out braket to accomedate jerry cans? Also can you lock the swing out tire carrier with a paddlock or other device? What is the towing capacity of the bumper?

Thanks MNTNGOAT I will follow up on them.

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Would it be possible to make a swing out braket to accomedate jerry cans?
We don't do custom work, everything is built in bulk. So we wouldn't be able to make any changes.

You are more than welcome to mod how ever you see fit.

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Also can you lock the swing out tire carrier with a paddlock or other device?
No, but from our experience, having to unlock a lock to open the gate to use the tailgate is a nuisance. We recommend that you just pick up a cable bike lock. You can than weave it through the wheel, the hi-lift, the cans and the carrier itself. That way you can use the tailgate as normal, but not have to worry about theft.

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What is the towing capacity of the bumper?
Add the Frame-in brackets and tow the full factory tow rating
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:32 AM   #20
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For those who have been following this post I have found a couple other builders.

Rampage Page 18

Jeep BodyArmor4x4, Toyota FJ, Jeep JK Front Bumpters

What do you guys think any history with these brands?

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Again with those two designs you have a weak point in the latching mechanism. They aren't terrible by any means but I've seen that style of latch break from vibrations. If you go with a bumper that has that style of latch on the swing arm just keep a spare. You may never need it but I haven't seen one yet that didn't loosen and eventually break.



The square looking u-bolts are threaded with a nut on the end... This is how you tighten the latch but is usually (ultimately) their undoing.
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I'd like to find a spare carrier that would also hold gas can.
I hate carrying fuel inside...wife says it smells!
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:52 PM   #23
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Jeremy at Cassidy's Customs can make one for you similar to mine.
After 4 years carrying a 33, still solid as the day it was installed, no rattle or movement at all. No issues with the latch mechanism. The way it connects to the tailgate is unique and problem-free.

It does not meet your requirement to open with the tailgate.

Jeremy can build whatever you need...
Cassidy's Custom Creations - Custom Jeep Bumpers and Jeep Accessories

My rear bumper/swing does not show up on Cassidy's website, but you can see pics of the unit he built for me here:
Lynn's Site - lynn225 > LJ Swing_



When I was shopping for a swing in the summer of 2007, I had the opportunity to walk around the show field at PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show. I touched no less than 150 swingouts on all types of rigs. Cassidy's was the only one solid enough to satisfy me.

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For those who have been following this post I have found a couple other builders.

Rampage Page 18

Jeep BodyArmor4x4, Toyota FJ, Jeep JK Front Bumpters

What do you guys think any history with these brands?

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I run the Rampage Recovery rear bumper on my rig. Love it. There is an additional safety pin on the latch. Plenty of vibes and hits etc and no worse for the wear.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:12 AM   #25
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I purchased I rear and front bumper from 4wheelers here in Phoenix. The bumpers are made locally and bring years of experience to the design it's hell for stout with the little things making it a great design. These guys have been making bumpers for a while and have them pretty well figured out. I appreciated there ability to work with me on the locking system I believe they will incorporate it into there next production run. There bumper could be rigged for five gallon cans if I feel it needed To add them latter. The bumper swing arm is vary stout and works smooth as silk and will never require servicing again. The position of the latch makes for easy open closing and locking. The bumper is rated to tow extra bracing is attached to the frame for support. One thing that they did tell me to be careful of was overloading the bumper with weight (tires, fuel , coolers). The extra weight can cause the frame to crack. I have taken pictures will post later. The guys at 4wheelers were top notch to work with I recommend them and there bumpers.

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