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So why does everybody hate Smittybilt, I have the SRC Front bumper on my 04 TJ and it's great, I have the side steps and only issue is some paint chips (but umm on the trail almost once a week) and I have the headlight covers(that's the only product I've had issues with, the holes didn't line up 100%). But nonetheless I think their gear is great.
What's everyones opinion?
 

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It all boils down to "you get what you pay for." I've had some S'bilt bumpers front and rear for bout 2 yrs now and like em just fine. Since they were considerably cheaper than many others I had no problem doin some cuttin an weldin on em to make more what I wanted. As to why they get bad mouthed so much, they do come from overseas and the metal and finish are possibly inferior to many better known domestic products. I respect everyones opinion however I've experienced zero problems.

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Ive got there bumpers,the rear with the swing out tire carrier.Ive had them on for a year and a half.For the price,i cant complain.Some holes were off a little bit here and there,easy fix.Powder coats holding up fine,tire swing out works nice and smooth with a 35x12.5x15 hanging on it.They are made in China,like everything else it seems nowadays.
 

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So why does everybody hate Smittybilt,
Its not everybody. There area couple guys that post a ton on jeep sites that have biased a lot of peoples opinions. They may not be the best quality, but cheap is good too. If you have to hit it with a rattle can to save a couple hundred, then so be it.
 

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I'm not sure they have the best quality control, because holes and such seem to be off. But thats not terribly hard to fix, especially for the savings. I have their hitch and it kind of leans to one side. Annoyed me a bit at first, but it was less than half the cost of most the others so I got over it.
 

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Most people have problems with the crap powder coating they use. Me personally, when I got my smittybuilt, the first thing I did was to give it a spray with a 12 bucks
can of matt clear coat which gives extra protection. 2years later - still good and no rust.
 

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Just to echo what others have said.....they have decent prices but sometimes their quality has a lot to be desired. I do have some smittybuilt stuff and to be honest, depending on your environment it usually last about 2-3 years before falling apart.

Another issue is that it is made in China, thus American companies/workers are not being used.

If you have a lil extra cash and some patience, check out the American companies that manufacture jeep bumpers etc. A lot of these places are small shops, used quality Steele and make it as soon as the order comes in, so there may be a 2-4 week wait, but the quality is so worth it!
 

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Just to echo what others have said.....they have decent prices but sometimes their quality has a lot to be desired. I do have some smittybuilt stuff and to be honest, depending on your environment it usually last about 2-3 years before falling apart.

Another issue is that it is made in China, thus American companies/workers are not being used.

If you have a lil extra cash and some patience, check out the American companies that manufacture jeep bumpers etc. A lot of these places are small shops, used quality Steele and make it as soon as the order comes in, so there may be a 2-4 week wait, but the quality is so worth it!
There you have it all, well said. :punk:
 

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If I remember correctly - years ago Smittybuilt was top quality stuff. Their rag tops and bikini tops were terrific. I had one, loved it!
They also made quality "roll bars" (show bars) and skid plates, again, top quality.

Then about 10-12 years ago old man Smitty died. The company closed up. Several parts suppliers made a mad scramble to buy the stock.

A year or so later the remains of the company got bought out - probably mainly for the good name.

The new company outsourced most everything to other countries - mostly China I think.

Quality went to hell - customer service was almost non existent - lots of complaints on the boards. I've seen some of the junk roll bars and cages made since - thin stuff with very bad welds - JUNK!

But they still sold stuff because it was, and I guess still is, CHEAP.

You get what you pay for.
 

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If I remember correctly - years ago Smittybuilt was top quality stuff. Their rag tops and bikini tops were terrific. I had one, loved it!
They also made quality "roll bars" (show bars) and skid plates, again, top quality.

Then about 10-12 years ago old man Smitty died. The company closed up. Several parts suppliers made a mad scramble to buy the stock.

A year or so later the remains of the company got bought out - probably mainly for the good name.

The new company outsourced most everything to other countries - mostly China I think.

Quality went to hell - customer service was almost non existent - lots of complaints on the boards. I've seen some of the junk roll bars and cages made since - thin stuff with very bad welds - JUNK!

But they still sold stuff because it was, and I guess still is, CHEAP.

You get what you pay for.
You are correct sir!
 

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For looks alone, they are adequate. For durability in actual off road scenarios, not so much. They fold like an aluminum can when they hit rocks. And they are cheap, Chinese made crap. That is my opinion.
Hmmmmmm....
Haven't been on the rocks but does a Nissan count?
I have the sidestep/rock rails and got hit a day after installation.....
Not a scratch and well the car was DEAD......
 

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Yeah I have the smittybilt xrc stinger smittybilt cargo net and island safari top. So far I like their products. Yeah they seem to feel cheaper(top and net) but for being cheap why not. And the bumper is really solid I've had hole problems with mine a nice snug slip on and bolted it down. I guess it's just personal opinions like you all have said
 

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I understand how a car absorbs impact, however they would kill an aluminum can no issue...
They are plenty adequate for off-road use like sliding over a downed tree but rocks I cant vouch for......
They will support being jacked on as well, lift a whole side of the jeep with a highlift rotate the tires and your off....

Smittybuilt products have their place in the industry but there are better choices....
I just wish the American companies would get stuff built quicker and stop insisting their labor is worth a fortune cause its not welding is welding (assuming equal quality)....
If you want to make a living doing it you need to do it better, faster, and cheaper than the competition....
Omix-ADA does just as nice of a job for half the price of USA companies....
I would use them over Smittybuilt any day....
 

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I understand how a car absorbs impact, however they would kill an aluminum can no issue...
They are plenty adequate for off-road use like sliding over a downed tree but rocks I cant vouch for......
They will support being jacked on as well, lift a whole side of the jeep with a highlift rotate the tires and your off....

Smittybuilt products have their place in the industry but there are better choices....
I just wish the American companies would get stuff built quicker and stop insisting their labor is worth a fortune cause its not welding is welding (assuming equal quality)....
If you want to make a living doing it you need to do it better, faster, and cheaper than the competition....
Omix-ADA does just as nice of a job for half the price of USA companies....
I would use them over Smittybuilt any day....
Yes they do, on Mall crawlers.
 

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I understand how a car absorbs impact, however they would kill an aluminum can no issue...
They are plenty adequate for off-road use like sliding over a downed tree but rocks I cant vouch for...... They will support being jacked on as well, lift a whole side of the jeep with a highlift rotate the tires and your off....

Smittybuilt products have their place in the industry but there are better choices....
I just wish the American companies would get stuff built quicker and stop insisting their labor is worth a fortune cause its not welding is welding (assuming equal quality)....
If you want to make a living doing it you need to do it better, faster, and cheaper than the competition....
Omix-ADA does just as nice of a job for half the price of USA companies....
I would use them over Smittybuilt any day....
I can, and have. For the moderate wheeler, they are OK. Anything above that, where rock contact is often, or even occasional, SB would not be a great choice.
 

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My buddy has the Smitty front and rear tube fenders and they have rusted pretty badly in 6 months, and they havent even seen snow yet
 

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I figure if Im going to spend the money Ill spend a bit more and get something I know is going to last. Sure the 400 bumper and tire carrier is a hell of a deal but I would much rather save and pay 800 for the wilderness rack by garvin because I know it could survive a direct meteor strike
 
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