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Old 01-11-2009, 03:22 PM   #1
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Exclamation Smittybilt bumper pics (finally!)

Okay, so I posted the thread about the Smittybilt rear bumper install, and Whitey J wanted pics, so here are the pics of both Smittybilt bumpers on my 2002 Wrangler!

I ultimately replaced all of the bolts I could with grade 8 hardware, and I have been working on replacing the rubber bumper stop on the tire carrier on the rear to end the rattling and opening itself issues... Still working on that stuff, but overall I like these bumpers.

The third brakelight cost me every bit of $6 from Tractor Supply...

So, whaddaya think?
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:27 PM   #2
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And one more from the side, just for Whitey J, LOL... Without pics, it did not happen, right?
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:33 PM   #3
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Lookin good man. I have always liked the simplicity and looks of that rear bumper. Had a friend with the front bumper and he loved it too. They tie your TJ together very well though.
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:36 PM   #4
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Welcome to the club. Looks good.

If you need any tips on "de-rattling" it let me know.
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:48 PM   #5
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Man, I am open to any help, particularly about de-rattling this bumper and keeping it locked!

I have tried shimming the rubber stop that came with the rear bumper with washers, and that worked well until the screw head pulled through the rubber stop. Then, I used a rubber door stop that I trimmed down, but it still allows enough movement for the thing to unlatch itself on heavy bumps. I even tried shimming the spring to add more tension with poor results.

Help me pleeeease!!
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Ok....

The handle latch...If it is to loose and comes latched ,,, take a pair of vice grips and lock them down on the latch handle. And take it off......it's screwed in. Just turn it counter clockwise. The intire latch will fall out when you remove the bar.

You can use a larger spring or simply use something as a spacer to give more tension to the spring ....reinstall.....POOF....latched fixed.

As for the rubber bumper...you can simple use spacers as you did but place a small washer on the head of the screw to prevent it from pulling through.

I threw the screw away and used a small bolt and washer with a thicker piece of rubber.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:06 PM   #7
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Looking good!! Thats the look for the front bumper I'm thinking about. But I'm thinking about making my rear bumper/tire carrier myself.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:24 PM   #8
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Hey Rogue,
What size tires and lift are you running. It looks like a 4" lift with 35s. Is that right? I've got the same color rig and it's good to see it looking so big. Nicely done.
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:02 PM   #9
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Thanks for the help Distorted TJ! And for the kind words.

Kauka, the bumper is the Smittybilt SRC or RRC and I got a steal on it from 4WheelParts.com with free shipping as I picked it up in Jacksonville. They also have the rear bumpers on sale, and the shocks. Kind of like a year end clearance deal I think.

G-Pur, I have a 4" Pro-Comp suspension lift, but with Skyjacker Hydro shocks, and a Skyjacker Hydro steering stablizer. The Pro-Comp shocks were worn out. The tires are 33" x 12.50's. I was thinking about going higher with a 1" body lift and a 1" engine lift, but don't think I am going to do it just yet...
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:34 PM   #12
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Thanks guys, it is a work in progress...
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:50 PM   #13
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I really like those bumpers...those are something that I am looking for for "The Chief".
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:20 PM   #14
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nice bumper..

you should make it like this

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/aerodynamics-20164.html

see post number 12
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:40 PM   #15
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Not the colors I'm looking for.
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looks awesome, love it!
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Looks great. I have that same rear bumper in the garage waiting to be installed.
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I really like it too, but funds are the issue now. Guess I will be waiting.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:31 AM   #20
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Those are the exact bumpers I just ordered!!
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:29 PM   #21
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PM me if you need some guidance on the the install. I did another thread detailing our installation issues with the rear bumper... Still, I am really liking these bumpers.
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