Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this is my review and installation of the Barricade three and a half inch Oval Bull Bar with Skid Plate, fitting all 2010 and up JKs. There are a couple of different versions of this bull bar because Jeep did change the design of the crash bar a little bit where this mounts to, so make sure you get the right bull bar for your year Jeep. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of this bull bar, which I'm gonna give a one out of three wrenches. This is designed to bolt directly onto your Jeep. The only area of modification you're going to have to do is to your splash card if you're still running one, but for most of you that's not going to be a big deal. It's easy to cut the plastic with a sharp razor knife.
We're also gonna talk through the construction and a few of the other features of this bull bar. This is for those of you who want to change up the look of the front of your Jeep and also add an area to mount some additional auxiliary lights. A bull bar like this isn't going to add a ton of protection to the front of your Jeep. However, if you still have a plastic factory front bumper installed, having a metal bull bar up front will add a little bit of additional protection over what that plastic would offer.
Now, this skid plate that's on here is a little bit stronger than the skid plate that's on the Barricade three-inch bull bar. This one also is stamped so it has a little bit more rigidity. It is going to be a little bit stronger. However, for most of you, there isn't much in this area to protect. That skid plate will be good for those of you who have a Rubicon that has electronic sway bar disconnects, but other than that, there isn't much up in this area to protect. That being said, the skid plate does add more of a visual impact to this bull bar and overall this does give more of a tough, rugged, off-road look that some of you are after.
As far as construction goes, this is a steel bull bar and, again, what makes this different from the Barricade three-inch bull bar is that this is three and a half inch oval tubing. Now the oval tubing does look a little bit different, the fact that it's three and a half inches is a little bit more substantial, and as I mentioned before, the skid plate on here is a lot stronger. The one on the three-inch Barricade bull bar, you could bend with your hand. This one has some stamped lines in it that do make it a lot stronger for what it's worth. This will install, as I mentioned, very easily and this does have light mounds on it and those light mounds are on this lower bar instead of the upper hoop. In my opinion, it's a little bit of a cleaner look.
So like I said before, I am going to give the installation of this bull bar a one out of three wrenches even though there is a little bit of trimming to do to get it installed. The first step is going to be removing that factory splash shield if you still have it installed on your Jeep. I know a lot of you guys get rid of it or if you back up in some deep mud or snow, it might've gotten rid of itself, but if you still do have that installed, you'll need to remove that as the first step for this installation. After that, there are some nut plates that you'll need to slide inside of the crash bar and some brackets that go on the outside bolted to those nut plats. Then you can go ahead and install the bull bar itself onto the Jeep. And there is no need to remove your bumper to get this installed. Once you have everything installed with all of the bracketry, including the additional support brackets, then you're going to actually remove the bull bar leaving the brackets in place. What this allows you to do is hold your splash shield up, figure out what areas need to be trimmed, mark them, and then use a sharp razor knife to trim them out.
Now, you can also install this bull bar one time, not remove it, not mark and trim your splash shield, and just not reinstall the splash shield. A lotta people aren't running it with really no ill effects. So if you decide to do that, it makes the installation a little bit easier, there's no cutting involved. However, if you do want to reinstall that splash shield, you certainly can. After you have it trimmed up, you'll go ahead and reinstall your bull bar, then reinstall your splash shield, and you're finished with the installation.
Now I mentioned before that this does have light mounds that are a little bit lower down than the other Barricade three-inch bull bar, and I really do like these light mounds. The way that these come is with threaded holes built right into the bull bar and those are capped off with rubber blockers. If you do decide to install lights, this comes with the light mound brackets that you need. All you need to do is remove the rubber plugs, bolt those light mound brackets in place, put your lights in pace, and do all of your wiring.
The installation of the bull bar itself shouldn't take you more than an hour to do if you are going to be trimming that splash shield. If you're not, this is going to even be a quicker and easier install. There's no need to drill anything, all you're going to need is your traditional hand tools. A lot of you are looking to change up the look of the front of your Jeep but aren't ready or willing to buy a full steel front bumper, or you just don't need it, you don't want to make that investment. And if you fall into that category, this is going to be less expensive than a full steel front bumper but still have a big visual impact on your Jeep. It also gives you the ability to mound some lights, and this skid plate is pretty stout if you're a Rubicon owner and you have that electronic sway bar disconnect to protect.
So if you're looking to change up the look of the front of your Jeep, you want a couple of integrated light mounds and you had that electronic Rubicon sway bar disconnect to protect, this is going to be a really nice option. So that's my review of the Barricade three-and-a-half-inch Oval Bull Bar with Formed Skid Plate fitting all 2010 and up JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.