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Old 10-07-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Rear Bumper Feedback

hey guys i am just now putting bigger tires on my rig, and it is to the point of needing a bumper/tire carrier. i drive an 06 tj. anyway i thought i would get some feedback from those of you who actually have these bumpers. i saw that smittybilt has a tire carrier bumper that is really economical but it kinda makes me hesitate because it seems too good to be true and as a general rule, if it seems that way it usually is.

so, anyone who loves their rear bumper give me some info!
likewise if you hate a specific rear bumper tell me why.

specific bumpers i am interested in are

smittybilt classic rock crawler rear bumper/ tire carrier
Smittybilt Part 76651D - Classic Rock Crawler Rear/Tire Carrier Bumper with D-rings


smittybilt xrc rear bumper/ tire carrier
Smittybilt Part 76653 - XRC Rear Tire Carrier Bumper


rancho rear bumper/tire carrier
Rancho Part RS6229B - Rear Bumper


rugged ridge rear bumper/tire carrier
Rugged Ridge Part 11546.10 - Rear XHD Bumper


rampage recovery rear bumper/tire carrier
Rampage Part 76610 - Recovery Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier


poison spyder rear stinger
Poison Spyder Custom Part 14-13-020 - Rear Stinger with Base Plate and Tabs



i would love to know about other bumpers you guys have found and love. i am trying to spend less than 800 prefer around 600 but that isn't always an option for good quality. as always i appreciate everyone's feedback

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Old 10-07-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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i would love to know about other bumpers you guys have found and love. as always i appreciate everyone's feedback
I like my Bestop HighRock rear bumper but it is abit over your limit on cost.

The two main things I was looking for was a tire carrier that opened with the tailgate AND hold atleast a 37" tire (incase I want to move up at some point). It has one piece and one motion to open both the tire carrier and the tailgate. Makes life simpler when you are opening and closing the tailgate or on any sort of incline/decline.
The HighRock will hold up to a 40" tire so the weight of my 35" tire is nothing for it to handle.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
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I really like my bumper by body armor. I wanted one that could carry gas cans and didn't want to drill into the tub. It is heavy however so beware of that.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:57 PM   #4
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yea, i have seen that one around, and i thought i had put it on the list. its hard to not break down and spend the money on it. it certainly would be nice to not have to worry about the tire carrier flopping around while i have the tailgate open
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:10 PM   #5
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yea, i have seen that one around, and i thought i had put it on the list. its hard to not break down and spend the money on it. it certainly would be nice to not have to worry about the tire carrier flopping around while i have the tailgate open
I have the XRC setup and like it very much. Very stout bumper. Doesn't move, shake or rattle off road. Looks great too.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:59 PM   #6
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I have the XRC setup and like it very much. Very stout bumper. Doesn't move, shake or rattle off road. Looks great too.

good to know, i have been looking at that setup. rattling is something that definitely concerns me
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I like my Bestop HighRock rear bumper but it is abit over your limit on cost. The two main things I was looking for was a tire carrier that opened with the tailgate AND hold atleast a 37" tire (incase I want to move up at some point). It has one piece and one motion to open both the tire carrier and the tailgate. Makes life simpler when you are opening and closing the tailgate or on any sort of incline/decline. The HighRock will hold up to a 40" tire so the weight of my 35" tire is nothing for it to handle. Here are some pic from Quadratec's website : - - -
X2. I have the high rock and it's great. If you're worried about getting a jerry can mount you can use smittybuilts I rack system and it can hold one can and a highlift if you want. Goodluck
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Does anyone out there have that to good to be true bumper? I'm referring to the one made by smittybilt
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:41 AM   #9
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How about DirtWorx? I have Roberts rear bumper and for the $$ it is pretty insane quality.

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Old 10-09-2013, 09:36 AM   #11
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I recently put the LOD xpedition series bumper on and it was a gigantic pain!!! You have to drill holes in the middle of the rear frame and you better be damn sure you are spot on. You also better have a helper and some tiny fingers to get the brackets behind the frame and above the gas tank, or just drop the gas tank off.

When I contacted them about instructions they referred me to a website that was a write up about the install, but the design had changed so I had to figure out where all the extra parts went.

That being said... It is nice and very sturdy and is at a good price point. It also comes highly recommended and no one else seems to have had any problems, so I'm probably just a dumb amateur.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:26 PM   #12
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anyone else have a bumper you love?
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Does anyone out there have that to good to be true bumper? I'm referring to the one made by smittybilt
I have the first smittybuilt on your list. I've had it for about 4 or 5 years now. Only problem is the powder coat is trying to flake off. After having backed into trees & pulled trailers with it & had no problems I'm pleased with it especially since I got it delivered tomy house & only spent $200. 4wd.com had a special on them when I bought!
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:36 PM   #14
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I have the first smittybuilt on your list. I've had it for about 4 or 5 years now. Only problem is the powder coat is trying to flake off. After having backed into trees & pulled trailers with it & had no problems I'm pleased with it especially since I got it delivered tomy house & only spent $200. 4wd.com had a special on them when I bought!

any shaking or rattling while driving?
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:57 AM   #15
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I have the smittybilt classic and love it, price is definitely righ,t install was not too hard about 2 hours by myself no rattles just be sure to use the rubber bumpers they send with it
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any shaking or rattling while driving?
A little rattle but I can live with it for the price difference. By the way my bumper doesn't have the d ring mounts. I've also pulled trailers with the built in hitch. Nothing real heavy just a 4'x8' trailer loaded with firewood & a flat bottom boat.

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