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11-09-2009 04:33 PM
Catalog
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Originally Posted by Exl2392 View Post
Catalog

tout gf's jeep is mighty nice, especially those flat fenders painted look awesome. Is that a factory color? Seems not so

/hijack on

The color is off an 03 VW bug. Called Gecko Green, but she has a gold pearl over the top aswell. Don't get your panties in a bunch guys, she wheels it hard and leaves lots of paint on the rocks and trees.







/hijack off
11-09-2009 02:04 PM
Schmo
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
It never bothered me but that's not to say everyone feels that way.
It sure bothered me in the beginning, but just like the trail pinstriping, rock rashed wheels, and dented and scraped skid plates, it's something that I'm getting used to!
11-09-2009 01:29 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by Schmo View Post
I know when I got my RockHard, I wanted the bumper mounted set up to avoid having to drill holes, etc into the tub . . . that was then . . . now I'm a bit more used to it and will probably be chopping and doing all sorts of things in the future, but I can understand for the DD guys out there that have yet to dive in 100% the desire to have a bumper mounted set up.
Thanks for reminding me, not all Jeepers want to drill holes into their tub. It never bothered me but that's not to say everyone feels that way.
11-09-2009 01:11 PM
Schmo
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
I'm curious why you specifically want it mounted to the bumper?
I know when I got my RockHard, I wanted the bumper mounted set up to avoid having to drill holes, etc into the tub . . . that was then . . . now I'm a bit more used to it and will probably be chopping and doing all sorts of things in the future, but I can understand for the DD guys out there that have yet to dive in 100% the desire to have a bumper mounted set up. That being said, I have no compliants whatsoever regarding my RockHard set up as after 20,000+ miles and a bunch of trails, it's still as solid and rattle free as the day I installed it.
11-09-2009 11:10 AM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by Exl2392 View Post
I wanted a tire carrier mounted to bumper
I'm curious why you specifically want it mounted to the bumper?
11-09-2009 10:58 AM
Exl2392 Sorry I didn't mean to confuse, I wanted a tire carrier mounted to bumper
11-09-2009 10:13 AM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by Exl2392 View Post
I like that mount, but am looking to go with a front bumper matching set as well , so I'm looking into buying a combo so it will look great.
What mount are you talking about? If you're referring to the Off-Road Fabricators spare tire carrier, it doesn't care what bumper you run since it doesn't even touch the bumper. You can buy any bumper you want if you go with the ORF spare tire carrier, not so with a bumper mounted carrier.
11-09-2009 10:05 AM
Exl2392 I like that mount, but am looking to go with a front bumper matching set as well , so I'm looking into buying a combo so it will look great. The trails around here aren't really insane like I see in some pics, so the bumper isn't going to see harsh treatments.
I don't want to spend over 1000, 1200 would be max. That's why I seen the body armor special at 4wheelonline and also the "shittybilt". The shittybilt looks the best IMO but I'm tryin to find that happy medium between style and performance.. The age old question
11-08-2009 11:54 PM
Jerry Bransford I've yet to see a bumper mounted tire carrer I personally liked. Too much dependence on that on sole pivot point that rests on just one end of the bumper when it's open.

X10,000 on avoiding the Shittybilt products. They now generally, at least in my personal opinion, take a well built U.S. designed & built product and then reverse-engineer it in China and cheapen it in every conceivable and not-so-conceivable ways. I wouldn't touch one of their products any more.

What type of spare tire carrier do I like? Tub mounted. My tub-mounted Off-Road Fabricators spare tire and jerry can (two) holder has been on my TJ for 7-8 years now and it's as tight and rattle/sag-free as when it was brand new. What's its secret? It's not actually bolted to the tub itself, its mounting bolts actually only pass through the tub to hidden brackets behind the tub that are bolted to the rollbar bases. You don't get much more solid than the rollbar mounts. Even when open, it is supported at two points, one more than the others.

Check it out at OR-FAB Off-Road Products - Trail Tested Body Protection
11-08-2009 11:44 PM
Rawkon just make sure when the tire is mounted everything is stable. MOST of the tire carriers shake really bad that i come across. mine does it on the freeway really bad. thats why i built my low profile carrier that doesnt move one bit. but its only good in the summer and for a 33 hahaha. i Have my LOD back on and i need to come up with a brace that keeps it from shaking.

11-08-2009 10:00 PM
Exl2392 I've found they body armor is having a huge sale as well, and for 160 bucks more I can get front quad hoop bumper and tire carrier w/ bumper..
Smittybilt XRC vs body armor??

Tryingto place order this week, sold tube bumpers already
11-07-2009 10:55 PM
Exl2392 Catalog

tout gf's jeep is mighty nice, especially those flat fenders painted look awesome. Is that a factory color? Seems not so
11-07-2009 10:49 PM
Bignuke I was going to go with the Smittybilt rear bumper/tire carrier once I get the money, they look good, but if it rattles.. you won't really hear it would you? since your IN the Jeep most of the time...? If so, just put something soft under it
11-07-2009 08:44 PM
Exl2392 Arb rear tire carrier and bumper is 1200$!!
11-07-2009 04:45 PM
Catalog ARB rear bumper is VERY stylish!
11-07-2009 02:58 PM
Exl2392 The 894 free shipping is for the front , rear bumper and tire carrier (all 3 components)
11-07-2009 02:57 PM
Exl2392 I've heard good n bad things about Smitty products, So it is kinda hard to decide. As for looks, I think it looks alot better than the rockhard that's just simply a metal tube as the bumper. I'm looking for something more stylish, that's why Im deciding on this setup.

It's going to be 894 with free shipping to my doorstep, sounds like a good deal to me

can the latch or whatever rattles be replaced on the Smitty to be better?
Or any other bumpers that look as stylish a this setup?
I seen the highrock is a nice front but no matching rear with tire carrier (don't want the bolt into body tire carrier high rock offers)
11-07-2009 02:27 PM
Catalog the rampage bumper leaves a lot to be desired. I wouldn't call it junk but I've had to do a fair amount of work to it to make my GF happy with it on her jeep. The backup lights are sick though.





doesn't come with any bracing to keep it from tearing apart the rear x member. you have to put spacers in it to clear any king of corner armor. and the swivel is just a bolt that is wiggling now. A bolt holds the spare tire mount plate together and is not coated or painted when you get it..... and no mounts for Jerry cans.



But THE BACK UP LIGHTS ARE SICK!
11-07-2009 02:22 PM
03 RUBI Check out Tomken. Good product at a good price. No rattles or looseness after 1000 miles off-road
11-07-2009 12:05 PM
boomer27127 I bought my jeep used with the smittybilt src bumpers already on it and they are not a terrible bumper for the price. but as said above they do rattle quite a bit and the swingout hinges on them suck. From what I have seen the higher quality bumpers use a spindle with bearings as the hinge that can hold more weight and is a lot smoother and easier to swing out than the smittybilts. If your on a budget and cant wait to get bumpers they'll do the job but if you can hold out I would and get something a little better. I plan on replacing mine in the next year after I take care of a few other things on the jeep.
11-07-2009 11:02 AM
HyperBuzzin
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Originally Posted by Exl2392 View Post
.. I just like the idea of backup lights mounted inside bumper
Just make sure whatever lights are mounted in the bumper are sealed.
I was gonna mount some lights on the bumper, but then thought about water crossings or deeper puddles causing problems (atleast with the lights I had on hand)
11-07-2009 10:45 AM
Schmo
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Originally Posted by Exl2392 View Post
I found the look I really love, debating in ordering this week from 4 wheel parts, they have 30% off an free shipping from smittybilt

anyone ever seen/tested the front bumper and rear bumper/tire carrier XRC models from smittybilt?
I like how the bumpers wrap the body and conform, most stylish bumpers I've seem to find for my 04 TJ
Personally I wouldn't trust a Shittybilt product for the rear bumper/tire carrier . . . a front bumper that just sits there, fine, but not a tire carrier. Shittybilt has a reputation for being cheap, made in china, crap. With all the issues people have with the tire carriers rattling, and worse, I'd save up a bit more and buy something from a company with a better reputation for quality such as RockHard or Warn. Just my .02
11-07-2009 08:46 AM
Exl2392 I found the look I really love, debating in ordering this week from 4 wheel parts, they have 30% off an free shipping from smittybilt

anyone ever seen/tested the front bumper and rear bumper/tire carrier XRC models from smittybilt?
I like how the bumpers wrap the body and conform, most stylish bumpers I've seem to find for my 04 TJ
11-03-2009 11:19 PM
Rawkon thats a pretty slick tire carrier/hi lift carrier. i wanna add some gas can holders to mine.
11-03-2009 03:16 PM
AzTJ Try and find someone local to make one for you. When I'm closer I'm going to see if I can get one like this added on to a rear bumper.





11-03-2009 09:03 AM
Exl2392 Yeah I found that one for 270 on eBay and it seems like a good deal, the guy fabs it himself.. I just like the idea of backup lights mounted inside bumper
11-01-2009 02:02 PM
boomer27127 I also have been looking into getting a new rear bumper with a tire swing out. I have herd a lot of good things about the rockhard, durengo, and shrockworks bumpers. if you get a chance check them out. If you like the rockhard bumper northridge4x4.com has them listed cheaper then rockhard does with free shipping!
11-01-2009 12:14 PM
rebel88 yeah the ones on thedirtworx.com are pretty awesome, Thats what i'm going to order soon
11-01-2009 12:10 PM
Hensman I love the LoD bumpers myself. I'm looking into getting this one, but they have others.
1996-2006 Jeep TJ/LJ Xpedition Series Bumper/Tire Carrier*::*Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier*::*1996-2006 Jeep TJ/LJ Products*::*Jeep*::*LoD Offroad
11-01-2009 11:37 AM
Jp90Talon Check on Ebay a bit. I just got in a custom one from thedirtworx on there for a great price.
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