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Old 03-21-2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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Smittybilt bumpers

Hey ya'll, I was wondering if any of you guys have a smittybilt classic rear bumper on your Jeep? My question is, even though the manufacturer says they aren't made for towing, do any of you think it would be okay to pull a small fishing boat on it and use it for a recovery point? Thanks

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Old 03-21-2009, 11:47 AM   #2
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Bumper hitch..

It's primarily a liability issue - they don't want to dela with lawsuits when people try to pull 10K lbs and tear everything up... so they simply say 'not for towing'.

They are great for recovery points, as long as you don't snatch with them. Being in the center of the bumper, instant force will bend the bumper.

Also - note that they typically don't put safety chain connection points - so if you plan to tow, you'd have to come up with simething to solve this.

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Old 03-21-2009, 01:05 PM   #3
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My Smittybuilt bumper has been used to pull a lightweight trailer and others people stuck on the trail. I've had it 3 years and it's just fine.
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I added two middle brackets on each side of the reciever back to the crossmemeber, this seemed to take the twist out of the bumper when the weight of the trailer was on it. For safety chain connections just drill two holes in the bumpuer about 1/2 an inch from the bottom edge and you can put the safety chain "s" hooks throught the holes.
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:45 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. I ordered one last night, but it was on back order at 4wheel parts. So, they substituted it with the identical Pro-comp model. Only difference is Pro-comp's is gloss black, I wanted Smittybilt's matte black. Oh well. I don't want to be waiting around for another month on my bumper.
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Old 03-29-2009, 11:06 AM   #6
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I enforced my Smittybilt bumper inside with some additional metal plates. The German Association for Technical Inspection allows me to tow 2.8 tons with this bumper.
Here´s a pic of the bumper:

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Old 03-29-2009, 11:12 AM   #7
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nicolas-eric, I love that bumper! How did you get it to tow 2.8 tons?!
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I asked the engineer at the German Association for Technical Inspection what I could do to enforce it. He said that I have to weld some 3/8" metal pieces inside the bumper and that would be ok.
Here in Germany the maximum tow weight = gross vehicle weight.
I towed a friends 27' 2.3 ton (+ boat trailer) Formula boat with my Jeep and that wasn´t a problem. But I wouldn´t do that when it´s stormy outside.
Btw. all trailers over here with more than 0.75 tons have roll dampeners and own brakes.
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Ok, nice, I might have to look into that when I can afford it. lol

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