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Old 11-25-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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Smittybilt Tubular Bumper without hitch

I was in a bumper bender on the interstate today in heavy heavy heavy stop and go traffic. (My b entirely)

Bumper did its job, with very minimal damage to the fender. Instead of paying a $500 deductible, I'm looking at the Smittybilt tubular front & rear bumper without hitch, and my question is, will the rear bumper allow me to keep using my pre existing hitch? Its a class 2 I think, memories foggy, but its a lot stronger than just the bumper hitch so there's no reason to take it off. Just wanted to see if anyone has this set up.

The only thing that's changed is I've plastidipped the tires and put forever black on the bumpers to cover the fade.

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:05 PM   #2
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I would stay away from tube bumpers completely, and if you can smittybilt too.

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:09 PM   #3
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i would stay away from tube bumpers completely, and if you can smittybilt too.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:41 AM   #4
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I bought my Jeep from a car lot and the previous owner installed all the stuff on mine. It has the Smitty Bilt Tube bumpers front and rear. I am not sure if these are the same ones you are looking at but here are some pictures. I don't think I would have chose these if I was the one making the purchase but its what is on mine and I don't have it in my budget to change it right now.

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:20 AM   #5
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Stay away from tube bumpers if they arthrow ones in that pic above. It doesn't take much to bend those, trust me
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:48 PM   #6
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Well turns out that Santa had already gotten these before I even started this thread. I don't have the heart to return them. Looks like I'll be rockin these till I get a spare couple $100
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:52 PM   #7
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The app is being difficult and won't let me post the pic. I'll try to put one after I get them on I guess.

I don't think they look bad, and for a daily driver they'll function just fine. Its the same ones as the pic above but powder coated black. Plus they don't weigh hardly anything so it won't affect my amazing mpg.

Since I'm on the subject, has anyone owned or dealt with Rustys bumpers?

http://www.rustysoffroad.com/jeep-bu...age-tj-yj.html

It seems like it would be a pretty good bumper for a decent price, but I have no idea.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:27 PM   #8
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There it goes. Just ignore the other stuff.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:04 PM   #9
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I like the look of them but I'm old school lol.

P.s. I'll take the front pads off the front bumper if your in the giving mood
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:56 PM   #10
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There it goes. Just ignore the other stuff.
That's the front I just replaced.. Pretty easy to bend but it looks fine. Took out the ends of mine of my ex girlfriends car... They can't hold up to a rock.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:02 AM   #11
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I've plastidipped the tires
You're kidding, right?
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:40 AM   #12
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You're kidding, right?
Not at all. Why?
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I like the look of them but I'm old school lol.

P.s. I'll take the front pads off the front bumper if your in the giving mood
Same with my dad, the one who got em for me.

I would, but I had already promised the pads, and milk jugs to a friend when he comes to town in a couple weeks. Can't imagine why anyone would want them but he said he'd give me $20 for it all so i ain't complaining.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:40 AM   #14
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Those tubular bumpers are mainly for looks, will not really hold up to fender-benders. They are tend to rust easily.
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Not at all. Why?
Perhaps you meant you plastidipped the wheels (not tires)?
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Perhaps you meant you plastidipped the wheels (not tires)?
That's mostly what I meant. I wasn't exactly wide awake when i made the first post. But I did put some on the white lettering. Its held up a lot longer than I thought it would.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:49 PM   #17
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On the instructions for the bumpers, it says to wax them. Why would you wax the metal? Is that a necessary step? Wouldn't it cause it to be stained white?
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the wax is to keep the finish (paint) like others have clearly stated they are not the best but the price was right FREE!! I had them on my Jeep thanks to PO, and they do take some abuse like so....

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Barf. A dented stock bumper looks better and is more functional.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:50 AM   #20
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Barf. A dented stock bumper looks better and is more functional.
Well I'm not gonna be doing any offroading so I don't need very much function. Its gonna be a street queen for a long time.
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:44 PM   #21
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Any chance someone can answer the original question? I like the tube bumpers and want to replace my rear bumper with one but dont know if i should order the one with the hitch receiver or if i can leave the receiver thats already mounted to my frame and buy the bumper without one.
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:49 PM   #22
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I have both front and rear tubular bumpers by smittybilt. I like them, and the look is nice, I am soon upgrading to a new front bumper though. They do their job though, have hit a BMW, gotten hit by an SUV, and have hitting a small tree of two offroading.
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