Rear bumpers might be one of the most underappreciated components on the exterior of a vehicle. While wheels and paint usually get the bulk of the attention, the rear bumper stays tucked close to the back end, quietly supplying important features like impact protection, a hitch receiver, recovery points, or spare tire mounting. ExtremeTerrain’s (XT) Merideth Evasew went through five different Wrangler rear bumper options in a recent video to show just how many styles are available and what advantages come with each.
Full-width heavy-duty bumpers are usually made of plate steel and offer the maximum amount of protection with a big, boxy build. A full-width off-road style bumper is very similar, but differ in that it will be “a little more compact and even angle up on the sides to stay out of obstacles on the trail.” Incorporating a few more features is the spare tire carrier style bumper. “This kind of setup is perfect for the Wrangler owner who wants to get everything out of the way when it comes to functionality on the back of their Jeep,” Merideth says.
For a more vintage style, a tubular classic style rear bumper might be the right choice. While it’ll be a bit lower in weight than the plate steel versions, it’ll also be a bit shorter on features because of its simple styling. On the other side of the spectrum is the tubular off-road style that is a bit more complex and can incorporate a few more trinkets while also supplying plenty of trail clearance. Either way you go, XT is sure to have a bumper to fit your needs.