Originally Posted by jabradley
How many people tow their Jeep Wrangler by an aftermarket bumper? I have the Smittybilt XRC Gen 2 bumper with the Blue Ox adapters. Has anyone had any issues or have any experience with this setup? Thank you!
We have a '15 JKUR and I set it up with both front and rear Smittybilt XRC bumpers. I think ours are Gen I but, not sure, it was about 3 years ago since I did all that. Anyway, yep, we tow it with the recovery tabs and, use the Blue Ox adapters. The only issue we've ever had was, one of the tow arms came off while doing about 60 mph. I was really, really fortunate that I had a place to pull over, at a very slow rate of deceleration, to keep the Jeep up against the motorcycle rack that I had on the back of the coach.
Once we got stopped, it appeared that, I had those over-center snap type linch pins. Well, I'd been using them for years without issue. But, in the light of what happened, I switched to the hair pin type. I purchased another D-handle 1" diameter pin from a close by Tractor Supply and, bought a couple extra hair pin type retaining pins.
As for that Smittybilt bumper, and its recovery tabs handling the load, without a doubt, I trust them immensely. Three years and several thousand miles and, all is well.