Jeep Wrangler Rugged Ridge RRC Rear Bumper w/ Tire Carrier (1987-2006 YJ & TJ) Review & Install

Jeep Wrangler Rugged Ridge RRC Rear Bumper w/ Tire Carrier (1987-2006 YJ & TJ) Review & Install


I’m Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com and this
is my review of the Rugged Ridge RRC Rear Bumper, fitting all 1987 to 2006 Wranglers. This bumper comes just as a plain bumper,
it also comes built ready to install a tire carrier on it with the spindle and the latching
mechanism, and it comes in a kit that includes the tire carrier that you see here. So regardless of what you’re looking for on
your Jeep, Rugged Ridge has an option for you. In my opinion, this bumper and tire carrier
setup is pretty unique. Because usually when you see a tubular bumper
like this, it doesn’t have a lot of functions built into it, i.e. the tire carrier. This bumper is available of course without
the carrier, but it also has the option to have a tire carrier in a kit when you purchase
it, or to purchase the bumper ready for a tire carrier, and purchase the carrier later,
which allows you to spread out the cost a little bit. So for that reason, I do like this setup. If you like a tubular bumper but you want
the function of a tire carrier, this gives you that opportunity. Unfortunately you do pay for it. This setup is a little bit expensive in my
opinion for what you get. You can get a plate steel bumper that has
even more functions and is going to be a little bit stronger for not much more than you have
to pay to purchase this setup. This bumper is built from 0.12 inch wall thickness
steel tube that’s covered in an e-coating and then either a black textured powder coat
finish or a titanium finish. Now regardless of what setup you choose, either
with the carrier, without it or with provisions for it, they’re all going to have this [inaudible
00:01:35] in the center which makes a great recovery point. If you do decide to get this with the tire
carrier, the carrier that it includes is the same one that comes with the classic Rock
Crawler Rear Bumper from Rugged Ridge. And in my opinion, the carrier has a couple
of small drawbacks. One is that the mount on the carrier is only
adjustable in and out. So depending on your back spacing and the
width of your tire, you can get the tire nice and tight up against the carrier. However, if you’re running a smaller spare
tire, there’s no up and down adjustment to move the tire down as low as possible. That’s beneficial because it gives you maximum
viewing out of your rear window. This keeps it up high regardless of how large
or small your tire is. Another one of the drawbacks of this setup
is the latching mechanism. It has the safety pin built into it that you
have to remove and then you have to pull up on the latch in order to open and close the
carrier. I’ve seen a lot of latches that in my opinion
are better designed, that make things a lot easier, don’t have a two-stage locking pin
mechanism built into it, and especially for the cost of this setup, I would like to see
a little bit of a more refined latch. To get this installed on a TJ, the first step
is to remove your factory rear bumper. You’ll do that by first removing the plastic
bumper end caps, which will give you access to the two bolts on either side that hold
the bumper into the side of the frame rail. From there you’ll also have to remove two
bolts that hold the bumper into the frame rail from the bottom, and once all six of
the bolts are removed, the factory bumper will fall right off. From there you can hold up your new bumper
and you’ll a mark a couple of holes that you’ll have to drill into the crossmember. Now, you can drill the crossmember with the
fuel tank in place, but of course you have to be very careful not to drill into the fuel
tank itself. However, you’ll probably wanna drop the fuel
tank to make accessing the bolts that hold the bumper onto the crossmember a little bit
easier. And if you’re gonna drop the tank anyway,
you might as well do it right off the bat to give you additional clearance for drilling,
to make sure you don’t end up with a problem there. Once you have the holes drilled, the bumper
will bolt directly into the crossmember and into the bottom of the frame rails in the
factory location, and if you’ve got the option with the tire carrier, you can assemble the
carrier and put it onto the bumper as well. From there it’s just a matter of installing
your spare tire and adjusting it so the tire’s nice and tight up against the carrier and
you’re finished. The whole process shouldn’t take you more
than about three hours because you do have to drop the fuel tank, which is a little bit
longer than some other installations. However you won’t need any specialty tools,
except for some Torx bits and a drill with some nice sharp drill bits. Like I said, in my opinion, this bumper is
a little bit pricey for what it is. I would like to see a little bit more of a
refined lashing mechanism, and also a more refined spindle mechanism on a bumper that
is of this price. However, like I also said before, this is
a bit of a unique bumper, it is a two bumper that has the function of a tire carrier. So if you really like the tube look but you
also want a tire carrier, this is one of the few options out there on the market, and maybe
it makes it worth the price. So if you really like the tubular bumper look
for your Wrangler but you also need a tire carrier and a recovery point, this bumper
gives you that option. Whether you just want the bumper itself, the
carrier as a kit, or the bumper set up for a carrier so that you can spread out that
price and purchase the tire carrier later, you have all of those options with this Rugged
Ridge bumper. And even though this is a little bit more
pricey than I would like it to be for some of the features that it has, it is a little
bit unique, which may make it worth the price. So that’s my review of the Rugged Ridge RRC
Rear Bumper, fitting all 1987 to 2006 Wranglers, that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.

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