Project X-Blade Gets A Shrockworks Rear Bumper And Tire Carrier
Our Nissan Xterra project rig is finally starting to look like an off-road-capable vehicle. OK, to be fair the vehicle has always been off-road-capable, which is one of the reasons we chose to even take on this project. But in the eyes of a wheeler, you need certain modifications before your vehicle is prepared to take on the unknown. After sliding our way through numerous rock gardens, we realized chunks of our rear bumper were slowly disappearing. Mother Nature's appetite for bumpers and door panels is unparalleled throughout most of the trails we choose to travel.
Knowing the quality of our rock sliders, we gave Jim at Shrockworks a call again to see what products he had that would help us keep our rear end safe and secure. He told us about a new rear bumper and tire carrier that would be perfectly suited to our needs: a strong, durable rear bumper that would also allow us to carry a fullsize spare tire and a Hi-Lift jack and still give us full access to the rear cargo area. Jim quickly sent us the bumper, and after opening all of the boxes we could tell the installation was going to be a breeze. We decided to see if it could be done solo in a garage with basic tools and maybe an extra hand just to negotiate the weight.
This is the installation procedure that the author followed to install the Shrockworks rear bumper and tire carrier. Please consult the included instructions with your product before attempting installation. If you are not sure you can install this product yourself, please give Jim a call and he will walk you through the installation process. You may also want to seek out a local four-wheel-drive shop to perform your install if necessary.