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Old 03-20-2014, 10:56 PM   #1
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What is everyone's thoughts of Smittybilt? Cheap? Worth my money? I'm looking at the SRC front and rear bumpers, plus side armor.

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Old 03-21-2014, 03:28 AM   #2
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I would pass on Smittybilt product's. Not the greatest products. Made in China and their powder coating is terrible. If you are broke college kid? Maybe cost is important to you and not going to keep your jeep for a long time then maybe. But I would strongly recommend OR-Fab made in USA, In Arizona. Their products are amazing and warranty is great. Just remember what you pay is what you are going to get.

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Old 03-21-2014, 06:41 AM   #3
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It has the name Shittybuilt for a reason
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:11 AM   #4
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I bought their door straps and they failed miserably. One stiff breeze and the stitching popped and I was back to square 1
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:12 AM   #5
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I have the Smittybilt classic rear bumper and tire carrier, (rattles like a beast I quieted mine down by banding down the handle with a bungee) I also have the rock sliders and XRC front bumper.

I will eventually be replacing the front bumper with an OR FAB stinger and the rear with a JRC or some sort.

The powder coating on mine is very durable and I have no rust nor flaking after 2 years of use. The are very stout, but I look at my Jeep with pride knowing I built it all with US by Gosh of A components and knowing the Chinese crap is on there kinda bums me out... That is the reason I am saving to swap it out, the tire carrier would drive Jesus to drink though...
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:25 AM   #6
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I just installed the SmittyBilt 3" Sure Steps, and they are the first aftermarket exterior product I've ever bought.

There were three driving factors in my decision - Price, I dont offroad, and Price.

Once they arrived, it was clear that you really do get what you pay for. They were only $149, but they are built like they were only $149 too.

They function fine, look good, but they are very lightweight and I'm fully expecting them to rust within the first two years. But then again, I don't offroad so if they dont get scratched, and metal isn't exposed, then they may be fine.

You'll have to ignore the fanboys, and egos, and make your own decision. The fact of the matter is that they are made in China, and are on the low end of the price scale, so they are automatically going to have a bad rap, and be looked at as inferior. Based on my needs, and my budget, their product will work for me.... for now.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:52 AM   #7
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Today's Smittybilt company has nothing in common with the original Smittybilt with all U.S. made products that had a great reputation. After old man Smitty died, the family sold the Smittybilt name to investors. Just the name which was valuable because at the time, it had a great reputation. The new Smittybilt is nothing but an importer... they have everything made in China & in my personal opinion, their stuff is poor quality and shoddily made. I personally wouldn't touch anything with Smittybilt's name on it.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:40 AM   #8
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I bought the XRC front bumper and have no problems with it. It's not as stout as the ARB I had on my toyota, but I would buy it again. Good bumper.
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I haven't had a problem with them, I bought a smittybilt xrc stinger recently (last year) and it's been great, no problems and went on super easy. They use the same thickness in metal and the welds are good so I don't see the difference between smitty and someone around the same prices
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If you want to buy something Smittybilt, go back to 1960 and get it.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:07 PM   #11
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How many of you have owned smittybilt products in the past five years?


I used to run smittybilt front and rear xrc bumpers, tire carrier, and still use their rocker guards. I heard all the horror stories about rusting out, flaking powder, etc.
Over the 2.5 years I used the xrc bumpers, the coating stayed almost perfect, except where i ran them into things. Tire carrier was rattle free and strong. Good welds. I smashed them into trees, rocks, and had some serious momentum-recoveries.

I can't speak for their "soft products" though, as I don't own and have never been around any. It's hard to beat their price for bumpers.

Oh, also, the metalcloak bumper I run now... I think metalcloak is a great brand, I love their products, but the front bumper showed up with flaked coating on one edge from shipping damage. All im saying is, no coating is going to stand up to being smashed into things, even high quality stuff.
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i have seen 4 different guys with their XRC wiches only 1 of them worked when they needed it...
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i have seen 4 different guys with their XRC wiches only 1 of them worked when they needed it...

Perhaps 3 of them didn't know how to properly wire the power.
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I have an xrc 8 and have used it more than a few times when I needed it. Hasn't let me down yet!

Also, you're much more likely to hear about it when someone's winch breaks than hearing about someone's winch working just as it should.
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I bought based on price and looks, before I did much homework or learned it was all Chinese. Got xrc front bumper and rear bumper with tire carrier. Bought them in October.

Powder coating is fine and has held up so far. Instal on front was easy, the rear took some time. Only thing I don't like is the bearing on the tire carrier, it's not very stout and I have to lift it up about an inch to get it closed. No rattles though.

Looking back I would shop around for 'merican products and do more homework but they look good and have performed ok so far.



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Old 03-21-2014, 09:13 PM   #16
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Love mine. Here is great prices free shipping. Smittybilt 76721 SRC Front Bumper by Smittybilt http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000JKQDQ6/..._V5oltb12KP2R8

Smittybilt 76611 SRC Rear Bumper by Smittybilt http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000JKO6ME/..._L6oltb1RK1NP8

The rear bumper has a tow rated receiver. I towed a trailer from Alaska to Missouri with it when I moved. They sell a tow bar for the front bumper that hooks to the d ring mounts. I have flat towed my jeep with it many times. The powder coat is as good as it can be. It can get a rock chip but it don't fail on it's own. I flat out love my bumpers. Have seen a jeeper on here hit a concrete median at 35/45 mph and it saved his fender then he was able to bend it back with a tow strap. I also have an X20 comp winch with synthetic rope. I did 2 full length pulls with the e brake on when I got it. Figured if it breaks I can return it. Well it has been flawless. I've rescued 3 different girls that slid off snow banks 2 SUVs and a full size Chevy pick up and recently I tore 2 trees out of my yard roots and all. It was scary lol. The oak dragged my jeep through the yard with my foot on the brakes. Total traction and all the weight of my jeep and it pulled it no problem. I worry more about my suspension components with the stupid stuff I torture my winch with. It smashes the front end down HARD pulling that kind of weight.

The ONLY con I see in my smittybilt stuff is I plan on getting a currie antirock sway bar. When I do I will have to remove some metal from the bumper (plan on using my angle grinder) as the metal covers the hole through the cross member partly.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:16 PM   #17
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Well, dang! Y'all just threw my plans all for a loop! Was going to get smittybuilt tube fenders, rocker gaurd and corner guards based on price. I couldn't bring myself to paying $500 for a bumper. Seriously. $500 stupid.
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Bumpers were my first aftermarket purchase. Rear one was a huge pain getting on there, and after only a few months the powdercoat had chipped. I like how they look better than the factory bumpers, but if I could go back I would definitely save up for some higher end bumpers.
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Paint chips. No paint is rock proof. I used to paint and powder coat for a living. Right here in the USA! The powder on my smittybilt is as durable as any and yes rocks can chip it. Same as any painted/powder coated bumper regardless if you pay 250 or 500.
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It has the name Shittybuilt for a reason
Everyone I know who wheels call them that!
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Everyone I know who wheels call them that!
I wheel and love them. I'm assuming no one you know owns them like the posters above that own them and have good things to say. Everyone has an opinion and the un educated one on these bumpers probably has costed many people a lot of money. I don't go bashing stuff I never owned. Sure Nikes are cool but I can out run most in some pro wings. you would probably make fun of me for wearing them. to each is own.
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I've had a XRC front bumper and XRC 8 winch for almost 2 years now with no issues at all. Pulled an elk up into a tree with no problems, lol
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Well, dang! Y'all just threw my plans all for a loop! Was going to get smittybuilt tube fenders, rocker gaurd and corner guards based on price. I couldn't bring myself to paying $500 for a bumper. Seriously. $500 stupid.
You get what you pay for. Shittybilt is the Toys-R-Us special of the off-road world. For $500+ you know your getting a good solid well built bumper.

Ive never owned anything shittybilt but Ive seem their stuff in person. Not impressed at all.
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[QUOTE="TJspeed;9242394"] Ive never owned anything shittybilt /QUOTE]

My wife believes that crap. She has a $300 dollar coach purse. Her friends think it's cool. It's just a sack. It's design, steel, paint and a name. Pay for names all you want.

And toys r us is overpriced.
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I'm assuming no one you know owns them like the posters above that own them and have good things to say. Everyone has an opinion and the un educated one on these bumpers probably has costed many people a lot of money. I don't go bashing stuff I never owned.
Not anymore. Everyone got rid of it after some failures and quality issues. But, like hand tools, you get what you pay for. Buy Harbor Freight over and over or buy Snap On once! If you are happy with it and how it performs, enjoy it. I hope it doesn't let you down.

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I pulled an elk into a tree with a rope and my stock bumper with no problem.
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Not anymore. Everyone got rid of it after some failures and quality issues. But, like hand tools, you get what you pay for. Buy Harbor Freight over and over or buy Snap On once! If you are happy with it and how it performs, enjoy it. I hope it doesn't let you down. I pulled an elk into a tree with a rope and my stock bumper with no problem.

So what failed? Curious....

Edit I have snap on and harbor freight and none have broken lol.
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My wife believes that crap. She has a $300 dollar coach purse. Her friends think it's cool. It's just a sack. It's design, steel, paint and a name. Pay for names all you want.

And toys r us is overpriced.
$250 for a bumper vs $500+ you have better welds, over all made better, better paint/powder coat, better hardware and, your supporting men and women here in the U.S. One thing of learn since owing and modifying a Jeep, its you get what you pay for.

Although I do believe in what you said about names. (You pay for the name. But, when it comes to the aftermarket world for Jeeps, read reviews and you'll always find the cheaper brands getting worse reviews then the higher price companies. I.E. Look at rough country vs OME. Shittybilt vs Savvy/Curry.
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Been modifying a jeep 14 years powder coated for a living in America. Best bud welds. Still just brand name talk. The welds and paint are great. It's getting dumb. There is nothing wrong with these bumpers. Chinese people can paint and weld. Like it or not they are not inferior. It's all here say. No naysayers are saying anything other than "I heard that sucks"
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All I have so far is rear tube fender. Don't know how long it was on bought it from previous owner like look and no chips, rust or whatever.
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So what failed? Curious....

Edit I have snap on and harbor freight and none have broken lol.
It was a weld on rock guard step plus the power coating failed all over them causing them to rust. Another had an issue with a bumper bending after a very small hit. Other apparently hit the same place and didn't have any issues. Others had fit and finish issues.

Qualifier - I have never owned it but the group my kids wheel with have and when I asked about Smittybuilt, they said, you mean Shittybuilt? Then we went to see the examples above in the "boneyard." Believe me, my kids have to watch their pennies and would by less expensive add-on if they would mean their needs.

By the way, take a wrench from both HF and SO - same size and check it on a nut or bolt head. Compare the slop. I also have some HF tools. They are cheap in both price and quality.

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