The new Smittybilt SRC front bumper has been completely redesigned with more aggressive styling and heavy duty features. The new bumper features an integrated over-rider bar and corners that extend to match the factory fender line for greater protection. The redesigned solid D-ring mounts feature an integrated recovery point for easy access. The winch plate has been placed lower for greater airflow to the radiator.
2013 Wrangler JK Sport I chose this bumper because it provided the frontal protection I was looking for but yet reducing the weight. The GEN2 also provided the OEM fog lights to be mounted that the first one didn't. I readed the comments that were given by others and found that with the help on two friends the bumper and winch were a breezes to install. We did what was recommended and installed the winch (XRC 9.500 winch/syn rope)and flairhead on the bumper first . Recommended that you connect all the winch wiring first and route the wires close to the motor so they tuck in between the winch and grille, than mount the winch to the winch plate. The winch's rear mounting bolts were not easy to get too but openend wrench did the trick. We found no other issues with the OEM fog lights or Flairhead when assembling these parts to the bumper. It appears that these probloms encountered by others has been corrected. This process took us about 30 minutes to accomplish. As the bumper was lifted by two people (Really recommnd 2)and set into place the third person ran the winch wires up behind the grill and then screwed the bumper down and didn't find any holes that had to be rounded out. As with any project that requires wiring routing, it's the installer's choice as now you want to do it, all the wire leads reached the battery with enough slack. we accomplished this task in 45 minutes without any problems. I showed off the SRC GEN2 bumper at a trail ride with our 4 wheel drive club, and got many good comments on the the construction, full frontal protection of the tubes, unrestricted airflow to the radiator and solid D ring and jack points. It was pointed out that the triangler cutouts in the "D" rings will allow for a Hi-Lift jack to be inserted into them for storing the jack. Since I was doing the front bumper I ordered the Package deal of front and rear SRC GEN2 bumper. If you plan on doing this in your garage you WILL NEED a pickup truck to bring them home! I love this bumper as it affords me less weight than a full bumper but yet the protection,the lower mounting of the winch and airflow, bull bar for grill protection and aux light mounts, the design of the raised corners for entry & exit and last but no least "Its one AWSUME" looking bumper that says " I can hit a army tank and drive away".
I fell in love with this bumper's styling especially when compared to the 1st Gen JK SRC bumpers. Stock fog lamps do stick out a little bit past the bumper but still well behind the d-ring/jack points. I had issues mounting the outboard bolts as they were slightly low and too wide. I am not sure if it is due to the bumper or a front end crash I was in that was supposed to be fully repaired. The bolt holes on my 2012 bumper mounts were the correct diameter and likely do not need to be drilled as per the instructions but mine did require some modification to fit. You really should mount and torque your winch and install the fog lamps first as I did because the rear winch bolts are very hard to get at when it is mounted. A ratchet swivel and several different length extensions are required to reach most of the bolts if you do this. I was still able to torque the bumper mounting bolts to the correct spec. The skid plate support bolts that attach to front crash bar / cross member come pre-installed and must be removed before installing. I also purchased with a Smittybilt XRC 9500 winch. The winch fairlead roller mounting bolts were too big for the bumper holes, but I was able to find smaller diameter (M10) bolts the same grade at local hardware store. The nuts were hard to reach on the back but fit correctly and were tightened easily with a box end wrench for support. I removed my grill for winch wiring routing and while it was tight, I had no issues reinstalling it with the bumper installed. There is no place on this bumper to route off-road light wiring from the bull bar so you will have to get creative when mounting accessory lights. There are two holes on the top of the bumper and two mounting tabs on the bull bar for use on the top or bottom so there are plenty of options to mount lights. Time will tell if the finish is better than older Smittybilt products, but so far it looks very good. My only wish is that it provided some more protection to the Rubicon sway bar motor.
Great looking aggressive style bumper. Excellent fit, great air flow to my radiator, even with the winch. My only problem with the bumper is how to mount it. If u put the winch in first you can't get to the inside frame bolts. If u mount the bumper and then put the winch in you can't get to the rear passenger side winch bolt. I had to remove my sway bar to get to the rear winch bolts. Secondly the fair lead is a tuff install do to the stock fog light brackets. Even with a s/b low profile far lead I had to drill out 4 holes because the center holes would not work because of said brackets. All in all I'm pleased with the bumper. If you are not mechanically inclined then it would be highly recommended that u let 4wheelparts do the install.
How do I mount a license plate to this bumper with out a winch or rollers? What mount do I need to purchase?
Asked by Boris from Edgewater NJ on
Hey Boris, the Smittybilt SRC Gen2 Front Bumper - Black Textured can have a plate mounted to it with part number W/I2360. You don't need to have a fairlead to mount. Thanks for your question.
Answered by Devin B. ext 4835 from Edgewater NJ on
Hi I'm not planning on getting a winch at this time and want to mount a front license plate on this bumper. What mount should I get? Will this one work or it only installs on top of the rollers? Thank you Roller Fairlead Mounted License Plate Bracket Smittybilt | Part Number: S/B4432
Asked by Boris from Edgewater NJ on
Hi Boris, This Smittybilt SRC Gen2 Front Bumper - Black Textured can use the roller mounted license plate holder s/b4432 if you install the fairlead to the bumper. Thanks for your interest in it.
Answered by Jim G Ext 4806 from Edgewater NJ on
Will the front bumper fit with a blue ox tow bar? 2012 Rubicon 4 Dr
Asked by NA from Albuquerque. NM on
NA, the Smittybilt SRC Gen2 Bumper Package will work just fine with the Blue Ox tow bar. Hope this helps!
Answered by Zach O. ext 4939 from Albuquerque. NM on
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