Your rear bumper has the potential to take more abuse than any other body armor on your Jeep. Whether its on road traffic collisions or off road rock damage, you need some serious armor to keep you safe. 1/4 inch thick plate steel corner guards with 3/16 inch x 2 inch x 4 inch thick tubing center sections combine to offer what is truly the strongest bumper you can install. High clearance corners, user friendly "1-finger operation" latch, and a weather resistance finish make this rear bumper combo a no brainer. The secret to our tire carrier's success is our in house designed and constructed hub assembly. Instead of a single bearing system like competing models, we use a dual bearing and race combo for smooth and consistently reliable operation. See our components section below for complete details. All this strength adds up to one of the best spare tire size carrying capacities on the market: a massive 38 inch tire! Options Longer off road excursions require more cargo and fuel. Our Rear Bumper's unique tire design is the perfect platform for accessories. Our optional heavy duty driver side Tank Mount and Cargo Rack bolt on to our tire carrier to give you space you need for extended range or duration trips. PLEASE NOTE: RH-2003-RT Passenger Side Tank Mount Not Compatible When installing our rear bumper you should also consider protecting your exposed and critical fuel tank. Our bolt-on RH-3009 Fuel Tank Skid gives you a plate of solid 3/16" steel armor. Once your gas tank goes your trip is over and it's time to call a tow rig. This simple addition to your XJ gives you peace of mind and increased capability. Ease of Installation It does not take a PhD to install the best rear bumper and tire carrier on the market. No welding is required and the truly bolt on design makes your garage your own off road shop. Components RH4x4 Rear Bumpers and Tire Carriers are very recognizable for two major reasons: owners bragging about how durable it is and it's clean, functional design. What makes up a RH4x4 Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier is what makes it so strong.
This bumper simply is NOT what I was told I was buying. It's measurements were different from what I was told, I had to grind a LOT of steel off of the bumper to make it fit, I also had to cut sheet metal off my jeep. The welds were incomplete and sloppy with places they had over penetrated and under penetrated, the powder coating did not cover all areas, there was missing hardware, and no instructions. When I called their customer service line I was told "That's how we designed it". In addition, the picture on the Rock Hard website of this bumper is incorrect. The 2x4 tube on the back is only zipper welded to the 1/4" plate below it -not welded all the way across. (The pic on this website however is correct.) I asked Rock Hard about this and I said it looked horrible and weakened the bumper. They said "Yeah that's the way make them now". They also said if I tried welding it the rest of the way myself that it would warp the tubing and not fit right. After installing this puppy, I don't think that would have even mattered -as much cutting as I had to do. I expected MUCH more for a [$] bumper (now it's [$]).
The concept for Nebraska-based Rock Hard 4x4 Parts was hatched back in the 1980s and evolved from DIY cage installation to a full-service manufacturing facility. Employing state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, outstanding craftsmanship and laser cut precision, Rock Hard takes the bolt-in design of bumpers, skid plates, cages and sliders to the next level. Their patented locking collar distinguishes itself in the aftermarket industry and all of their exterior products make off-roading in Jeeps safer and smoother. Protection is paramount on the trail and Rock Hard's products are easy to install, affordable and exude superior style. Shop Rock Hard 4x4 Parts Now