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Old 04-24-2019, 09:36 AM
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rear bumper with reciever to clear 35" rear tire

Been poking around for a bit and looking to start cleaning up the relatively new to me jeep, a 2012 arctic.

I am looking to replace the rear bumber on a 2012 JKU with part of the goal to relocate the hitch backwards about 3" so that the bike rack and cargo basket will clear the rear tire.

Right now I'm looking at the smittybuilt gen 1 xrc or the dv8 rs9/10. The barricade bumper looks like it might do it, but i would like to keep the tow rating if possible.

Does anyone have experience with these or something similar? it looks like all the hitch extenders that i could find were about 7", which is way more than i need.

I would like to keep it under $500 would prefer full width and am not a big fan of the tubular styles.


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Old 04-24-2019, 12:45 PM   #2
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I had a Smittybilt Atlas, and I still needed a hitch extender for my bike rack with 295/70R17s.

I really think your best, and cheapest, solution would be the shortest hitch extension you can find.

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Old 04-24-2019, 12:49 PM   #3
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This extension/drop doesn't look like it would be more than about 4" extension at the shortest setting.

Meyer FHK45058 Receiver Hitch Extension with 2" Drop/Rise, Black

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Old 04-24-2019, 04:25 PM   #4
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Ace pro series worked well for me. I run a 4 bike Yakima rack and there was just enough room. My current setup no longer works however as I changed it up a bit. No bumper and run an evo pro series carrier. Moved the tire closer to the jeep but moved the hitch way further forward. I just throw the bike inside now.

Good looking Jeep BTW....
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Old 04-25-2019, 09:21 AM   #5
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I had a hitch extender on mine when I used to have a hitch rack, but I switched to a Yakima Spareride when I got a tire carrier and I'm a way bigger fan of that setup.
2008 Wrangler Unlimited X | 2.5" DualSport XT | 35" KO2s | Tow Hooks & Transfer Case (seriously it came without them)
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Old 04-25-2019, 04:21 PM   #6
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I have no answer for you about the bumper but wanted to say nice ride.
Although I might be a little bias
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:09 PM
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Just wanted to say thanks for the tips and update this in case someone else has a similar predicament.

After a number of disappointing email trying to get measurement specs and living in an area where I don't have any local options to go to a showroom and measure stuff myself, I wound up stumbling upon this:

which fit perfectly. I ultimately had to take the stock bumper down due to the way that the bolts were put in, and in the process the metal inserts came out with the bolts. I was able to get it back attached, but will still eventually probably need to replace the bumper, just with one without the integrated receiver.

for now though, problem solved.
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:43 AM   #8
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I went with this one, and for the price the quality is astounding. Everything well coated and wrapped. Looks very nice. Somehow I have no pics (just installed it)

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