Written By Brycen Conk
In 1956, Basil Smith, also known as “Smitty”, started a small machine shop in his garage, called Rock-ett Products. Being one of the original four wheel drive enthusiasts, his chief concern was to develop four wheel drive equipment for trucks and small SUV’s. Over the years, Smitty’s son Tom worked at Rock-ett and then named the company “Smittybilt”. Having been exposed to the four wheel drive lifestyle all his life, Tom was able to create new and innovative product ideas geared towards the growing off-road aftermarket industry.
As Smittybilt grew, Tom created more and more exciting new products including the original “Nerf Bar” side step and tubular front and rear bumpers like the ones on Marty Mcfly’s SR5 Toyota pickup in “Back to the Future”.
Today, Smittybilt, Inc. proudly supplies thousands of active dealers and distributors worldwide with innovative truck and SUV accessories. Smittybilt has expanded its product offering to over 2,000 different products servicing the international truck and SUV markets. The constant involvement of management in the off-road markets has kept Smittybilt in touch with the latest market trends and on the forefront of engineering and design. The slogan “Get the Original”, comes from the Original Designs of the “Nerf Bars”.
Today, Smittybilt has various products specifically designed to serve the needs of Truck, Jeep, and ATV owners. Examples of Smittybilt truck products include Grille Savers, Sure Steps, Billet Grilles, Street Light Bars, Contractor’s Racks, and Smart Covers, Sidebars, Seat Covers, SRC Roof Racks, Bumpers, Lighting Systems, XRC Armor, Storage Equipment, and Tops. The Smittybilt Samurai top is one of the best made tops on the market.
Smittybilt has hundreds of accessories as well, like Trail Equipment, Trail Tools, and expedition products
such as Tents and Coolers. They make XRC Winches to suit every Off-Road need. Smittybilt’s X20 Winches range between 8,000 to 12,000 lb of line-pull, and are built for serious Off-road Enthusiasts.
M1 Truck products is a fine example of Great Off-Road Products. M1 Bumpers are pushing great looking tough bumpers for the Toyota Trucks
Smittybilt has a great name and has great “Bang for your Buck”. This is why we choose Smittybilt as this months Featured Supplier.