Review & Install Video
Hey, what's up, guys. I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain, and today I'm here with the Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter Rear Bumper fitting your 2018 and up Wrangler JL. Its low profile and sturdy design is going to give you maximum clearance where it's needed, giving you great departure angles while maintaining that full-width wraparound protection. This bumper is gonna accommodate that factory tow hitch, those rear backup sensors, if you have them, and it even allows the addition of little cube lights. Now, ADD makes two different bumpers that they offer. One is for backup sensors, has little cutouts, and one is for not, so make sure that you choose the right one. This bumper is made from heavy-duty steel, fully welded, and has a nice satin black finish powder coat. Now, this bumper comes complete with everything needed to install, brand new hardware, and even gives you a license plate light and license plate bracket to relocate that license plate.
Now, of course, this is one of the more expensive options on the site, currently around $970, but you get exactly what you pay for. You can go with a cheaper option, but you're not gonna get as good of construction, steel quality, or powder coat. So, for the money, I think that if you're looking to spend a little extra money, and you want something that is the best that you can buy, this is a great option to go with. Not only that, but it's made right here in the USA. Now, as far as installation goes, I am gonna give this a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter as you can get this thing installed in about two hours. Now, with that being said, let's hop into the install.
Tools we used for this install, 3/8ths drive impact, 22-millimeter socket, 21-millimeter socket, 16-millimeter socket, 14-millimeter socket, socket extension, 13-millimeter socket, 8-millimeter socket, 3/8ths drive ratchet, 1/4-inch drive ratchet, 3/16ths Allen key, and a wire stripping and crimping tool.
So, of course, to begin this installation, we got to get that factory bumper off. But, the first thing we're gonna do is take the spare tire off. This is gonna make it a lot easier to get that factory bumper off and it's gonna make it a lot easier to get that new bumper on. So, we're gonna use a 22-millimeter socket to take these lug nuts off, pull this tire off. So, now that we have our spare tire off, we're gonna crawl underneath the bumper and start doing some of the disassembly. All right. So, the first thing that we need to do is take off this plastic bumper. And now, of course, different models are going to be a little different. However, this one has three screws right here. We're going to use an 8-millimeter socket to take all three of those out, so we can access the bracket underneath. So, we have this underlying bracket, you're gonna have two bolts on the inside and then two bolts where it attaches to the bumper. So we're going to take all four of those bolts out using a 16-millimeter socket.
All right, so, next, we're gonna detach the bumper from the actual frame. So, you're gonna have two bolts here on both sides of the frame rail, and since we have a tow hook on this side, we'll probably have to loosen up these two bolts as well. So we're gonna start with these two with a 21-millimeter socket. After that, we're gonna move onto these ones, we'll do this on this side, do the same thing on the other side, we should be able to pull this bumper off. So, the last thing we need to do before we get this bumper off is we need to unplug our license plate light. So, over here on the driver side, you're gonna have a plug, has a little white tab on it, you need to press back on that, and that's gonna allow you to disconnect that, and now we're ready to pull our bumper off. Okay, so we did have to take that tow hook off. After that, you should be able to get this bumper right off.
So, before we install this bumper, there's one thing that I like to do. Since we are ditching that factory bumper, we need to relocate our license plate. So, we get this heavy duty license plate bracket, and this is going to bolt up top on the bumper. So I want to install this first before we get that on, because it's a very tight spot to work in, and now we have it out in the open. You also get these brand new LED lights, so we'll probably install these in this bracket as well. So, I'm going to show you how to do that right now. So you get brand new hardware to do this, this is gonna be these little black Allen head bolts. We're going to drop those down through the top, on the bottom we're going to get a flat washer and a nylon lock nut. So, to tighten them up, we're gonna use a 1/8th Allen key, and we're going to use a 13-millimeter socket.
So, the way these little LED lights are going to install is they're actually gonna go through the license plate. So, we're gonna take our license plate, we're gonna fish them through just like this. And then we're gonna pass both of these wires through these little holes in our bracket. Then we'll put our hardware on the backside. So you need to fish all that hardware over top of the wire, and then we're gonna get that thing screwed in. And we'll do the same thing for our other side. So, yeah, these little things are actually gonna hold this license plate in place, and light it up of course. So, since we have to tap these wires into our factory harness for our license plate light, and they're a little short, we're gonna add a little bit of an extension. So, what we're going to do is take some heat shrink butt connectors. These are special butt connectors that you can use heat on to shrink, they're gonna make them watertight.
So, first thing we're gonna do is, take both of our red wires, we're gonna twist those together, and we're gonna crimp this butt connector on there. Now, to get in there, you wanna make sure that that's in and good to go then we're gonna do our other wire. So, both black wires are gonna go together, this is both of our ground wires. Make sure that they're all the way in, crimp them, and now we're gonna strip some new wires and we're gonna splice those in.
After that, I'm just gonna take a little heat gun and I'm gonna shrink these. After that, we're gonna strip the ends, get ready to install bumper.
All right, so, before we get this bumper installed, and since we got everything assembled, ready to install it. Before we do that, I wanna take a moment just to point out some of the key differences between your factory bumper and an aftermarket bumper such as this. Also, I wanna go over some of the features and functionality that you're gonna get with this particular bumper. Now, first thing I wanna talk about is that factory bumper. That factory bumper is plastic. So, it's not really gonna add a lot of protection, it's there for basic protection like shopping carts in a parking lot. Maybe minor bumps and bruises, however, it's kind of bulky in design, it hangs down very far, and it doesn't give you much clearance behind those wheels. So, what are some of the main reasons why we would wanna upgrade our factory rear bumpers? We wanna upgrade to something with a little more clearance, depending on the bumper design, also, functionality, strength and of course we wanna make it our own. That's the point of having a Jeep, you can make the Jeep anything that you want. So, adding a bumper that you choose is gonna separate you from the rest of the jeeps.
Now, the first thing I wanna go over is the design. It has a very aggressive design, it's also a very slim design. This is the Stealth Fighter Series. It has these high cut tapered ends, this is gonna give you really great approach angles, unlike that factory bumper. So you're on the trail, you're driving over an obstacle, you come down over that obstacle, this is gonna give you plenty of clearance and it's gonna give you a little more space. Now, this is a full-width bumper. So, just like your factory bumper, it's gonna give you full with protection, but it's gonna give you a ton of clearance. This works with a factory tow hitch, so you can retain your factory tow hitch, and it even gives you a spot to mount that plug as well. Now, the next thing I wanna talk about is these plates. ADD has these really cool etched plates all throughout this bumper. And not only do they add to the styling of this bumper, but also these are removable.
You can take these out, paint them any color you want to, put them back in, kind of make that your own. Now, next thing I want to talk about is your tow hooks. Your factory Jeep most likely has a tow hook, this Jeep has a tow hook, but this bumper is going to add D-ring mounts. So, even though it doesn't come with D-rings, these are gonna fit a 3/4-inch D-ring. We have plenty of options to choose from on our site. This is a great recovery point for if you're pulling someone out and also it has little spots to mount LED cubes. So, if you're like me and you like driving around the trails at night, this is gonna be a great feature. Those reverse lights aren't really bright, so you can wire these up to a switch and turn them on for whether you're backing up on a trail, or you're doing a recovery and you just need some additional lighting. Like I said, it's a high clearance bumper, it has little drain holes in here, which is a really nice feature.
It's gonna fit your factory tire with that cut-out, it's also going to fit a larger aftermarket tire, and it even has the option to add the Stealth Fighter tire carrier to the end over there, so you can fit an even larger aftermarket tire. Now, of course, we are ditching that factory bumper which holds our license plate and our license plate light. So we need to relocate it. ADD offers a very nice heavy-duty bracket, it's gonna bolt right onto this bumper. They even give you nice, little bright LEDs, you can wire those up and that's gonna make you totally street legal. As the bumper is a very heavy-duty bumper, it's gonna add a ton of strength to the rear end, a ton of functionality, and also has a very aggressive styling, it's gonna give you that off-roading look. This bumper is very easy to install, it comes with brand new hardware, and the whole thing is finished off with a very high quality black powder coating that's going to add to that aggressive styling. It's also going to protect your investment from the elements.
So, with all of that being said, all we got to do is get this bumper on, wire up some lights. All right, so, at this point in time, we are ready to install, you wanna stage all that hardware, that way it's ready to go, also, you wanna grab a friend to help you get this on. So, I'm gonna get my friend to help me
pick this up, we're gonna get this thing installed. So you're gonna have these large bolts that come in your kit, each one is gonna get a flat washer, and that's gonna be for these two outside holes on the frame rail. These are our supporting bolts. So then you can take a 22-millimeter socket on an extension, we're just gonna snug these up a little bit. So I wanna do the same thing on the other side, get those big outer bolts in. So, next, we're gonna install our lower bolts. So, you're gonna have a threaded hole in the frame right here, and we're going to pass this little silver bolt with a washer through there.
If you don't have a hole here, they give you the hardware necessary to drill a hole and install a nutsert, and that way you'll have a threaded spot right there. So we're gonna get this bolt in, then you can do the same thing on the other side, and then we'll tighten all this stuff up and adjust the bumper.
All right, so, the last thing that we have to do is wire up our new license plate lights. Now, there's one of two ways that you can do this. If you're never gonna put your rear bumper back on, you can cut that harness off, that plug end, and just splice it into these wires, and that way you can just plug them together. Since we don't want to do that to our bumper, we're actually gonna cut these factory wires, and we're gonna install a weatherproof butt connector and splice these wires into it. That way, if we wanna plug our bumper back in, we can. So, I'm gonna show you how to do that right now.
First thing we're gonna do is cut both of these wires. So, you wanna cut some of this sheathing up here, get that out of the way so you have a little bit of wire length, and then we're gonna slice these wires. After that, we are going to strip the ends. So we're gonna take our wire stripper, we're just going to take a little off the top. After that, we're gonna get ready to install our butt connector. So, I'm gonna take both of these wires, I'm gonna twist them together, slide the butt connector on that end, and then we're gonna crimp it. So I'm using the little pink ones because they are the smallest ones that you can get. So, once we have both of those hooked up, we can go ahead heat shrink these, that way they're watertight. After that, you're gonna zip tie those wires in a safe place. Don't forget to tighten these little license plate lights and slap your spare tire back on. However, that's going to wrap up my review and install. For more videos like this, check us out at extremeterrain.com.