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NFRs2000NYC 02-26-2013 02:50 PM

New Smittybilt Atlas Rear Bumper.
 
XRC Atlas Rear Bumper - Smittybilt

Thoughts? I like it, I just don't know how crazy I am about having the spare tire so far off the tailgate.

okeedoky0 04-15-2013 11:19 AM

Smittybilt XRC Atlas rear bumper system
 
I contacted Smittybilt last week to ask when the new Atlas bumper system would be released and they provided the following response.

"According to R&D the bumper will be ready to ship by late August. Sorry for the inconvenience! Thanks for your interest in Smittybilt."

I also contacted RebelOffRoad because they have it listed on their site for pre-order and this was their response.

"We are waiting for them to release it at this time, we are told it is coming soon."

l2abbit 04-15-2013 07:57 PM

I've been after this bumper forever ! My four wheel parts had this bumper from sema last year.. Everyday I would see it and ask if I could buy it!

legitposter 04-15-2013 11:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NFRs2000NYC (Post 3423760)
XRC Atlas Rear Bumper - Smittybilt

Thoughts? I like it, I just don't know how crazy I am about having the spare tire so far off the tailgate.

I don't think it would matter, since its not actually hanging from the tailgate.

Lowerumble 04-15-2013 11:10 PM

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Originally Posted by legitposter (Post 3642046)
I don't think it would matter, since its not actually hanging from the tailgate.

Oh it would matter when you were coming off an obstacle...

legitposter 04-15-2013 11:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Lowerumble (Post 3642079)
Oh it would matter when you were coming off an obstacle...

That describes a problem for about 2% of wrangler owners... For the most part, anyone else can enjoy this bumper if they want to. Also, perhaps the name 'atlas' suggests its meant for land cruisers not rock crawlers.

WatchThis! 04-15-2013 11:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by legitposter (Post 3642103)

That describes a problem for about 2% of wrangler owners... For the most part, anyone else can enjoy this bumper if they want to. Also, perhaps the name 'atlas' suggests its meant for land cruisers not rock crawlers.

Rock crawlers are not the only ones that face obstacles where this could get in the way. But you are right this would be no isue for a mall crawler.


Oh and the name Smitty Built suggest it is not ment for rock crawling .

Lowerumble 04-15-2013 11:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by legitposter (Post 3642103)
That describes a problem for about 2% of wrangler owners... For the most part, anyone else can enjoy this bumper if they want to. Also, perhaps the name 'atlas' suggests its meant for land cruisers not rock crawlers.

It is greater than 2% of those buying aftermarket bumpers that are looking for greater protection. So, if you are looking at upgrading the stock setup of a jeep then departure and protection seem reasonable. Jeep advertises its capabilities, including aproach, departure, and breakover angles extensively, inlcuding in tv commerials. It doesn't seem unreasonable that "upgrading" a part that may "downgrade" the "Jeep Experience" may not be what someone wants to do. You just spent alot of money on something that was """"Trail Rated"""". Oh god I hate that term! :rofl:

WatchThis! 04-15-2013 11:32 PM

Haha I stuck my trail raited badge on my Trail Blazer.

Circa1973 04-19-2013 04:30 PM

I drool over this bumper, I want one!

Circa1973 04-19-2013 04:34 PM

Any idea on pricing? I'm going to guess 1k or more???

ThingsAbove 05-10-2013 05:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Circa1973 (Post 3657521)
Any idea on pricing? I'm going to guess 1k or more???

Local 4wd parts store said $999

Gelinasty 05-10-2013 06:01 AM

Smittybilt has a lot of things that I would buy, but I see a lot of people bash them on this forum.. Are they really that bad of quality

sgtkersh 05-10-2013 06:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gelinasty (Post 3740412)
Smittybilt has a lot of things that I would buy, but I see a lot of people bash them on this forum.. Are they really that bad of quality

No, they aren't. I have a Smittybilt XRC MOD bumper on my 2013 and two bolts didn't line up on the bull bar install. I have a Smittybilt SRC JK rear bumper with zero issues.

Of note, my Poison Spyder Crusher Flares had many more problems lining up and are all missing at least one bolt that was never going to line up.

Both bumpers have taking serious abuse rock crawling with zero issues. My front XRC took a head on going over an obstacle at night and it didn't even chip the paint.


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Circa1973 05-10-2013 07:47 AM

Update: I asked the guys at 4 wheel parts when they were getting this bumper. Dan said, late July, early August. And yes, it will run around 1k. They have one on their SEMA Jeep with the jerry cans and Hi-lift jack. It looks really well built and sturdy. I'm on the list to get one, can't wait!

fireron 05-10-2013 08:09 AM

They show two styles on the website on just how the bumper wraps around into the rear wheel flares. I wonder which one is for production.

Monster75 05-10-2013 04:07 PM

That is an awesome looking bumper. I want one.

Jetjocchris 07-21-2015 09:20 AM

Just installed my XRC today by myself. Took about 4 hours. Had a tough time with the hinge pin, could not get it to line up without using some persuasion. I really recommend having another warm body to help when you get to those tricky parts.

I have a couple of questions.

My swingarm seems to be a bit loose when closed. I can push forward on the latch end and it will move forward a bit. I know there is an adjustment. Should I adjust it so that it's tight and will not move or should there be some play...???

Second question, when my swingarm is unlatched, I can lift up on it from the latch end and there is play in it as if it could use another thin spacer between the arm and the bumper base. I already have 3 spacers in now. Should I try to get another one in there or is this normal play...????

Thanks guys, so far I'm liking this bumper/tire carrier, very solid and good fitament, carries everything I want, looks good on the rig...

Circa1973 11-05-2015 05:02 AM

Pics or I didn't happen. I plan on installing one soon. I may just have 4 wheel parts install it. It weighs 350lbs!!! I'll have to wait and see how much I owe the tax man first.

PRspawn 11-05-2015 04:05 PM

Pics please! I just put on SRC rails and like the look of these front/rear bumpers. Good luck with the troubleshooting.

BUZZ31 11-05-2015 04:10 PM

no way I would pt a 350LB bumper on my JKU. That is insane.

SoDakSooner 11-05-2015 04:20 PM

I had one on mine. It was ok. Had to make a few adjustments from time to time but it was ok. No way it weighed 350 lbs, maybe...maybe with a 100 lb spare on it....lol. I took it off by myself in 2 pcs, tire carrier and bumper and didn't have a problem lifting each piece. I didn't install as the dealer put it on. I managed to back over my toyota corolla with it and didn't even scratch it, so I would say it is pretty durable.... :(

Went with Ace instead as I didn't like having an extra latch (Ace is tied into the tailgate.)

dawhitesJKU 11-05-2015 05:13 PM

regarding the XRC atlas latch itself... its very easy to open. A fellow member had a scary moment when it opened out of nowhere while driving his jeep. It does look nice, but given smitty's track record, I would not trust the longevity of the latch.


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