Review & Install Video
The Barricade Adventure HD Front Bumper with LED Fog Lights is for those of you with an 1987 to 2006 YJ or TJ that are looking for a front bumper that's going to add a lot of style, as well as a lot of functionality to the front of your Jeep while still being a little less expensive than some of the other choices out there on the market.
We're gonna go two out of three wrenches for this installation because you have to make a couple of connections with your wiring harness for the lights that are built into this bumper but it is very, very easy to do and we're gonna show you how to do it in just a second. So most of you are gonna be buying a new front bumper because it is going to change the look of your Jeep and/or add some functionality and this bumper is going to do both. So you'll see in just a second when we have this side by side with your factory front bumper, there aren't a lot of similarities. So let's just run through some of the features real quick.
You're gonna have this bar up top with a couple of light mounts, a built-in winch mount, a couple of recovery points and those built-in lights, so this really does have a lot going for it. A steel bumper like this is also going to offer more protection off-road than your factory bumper will with its plastic end, so really, a pretty drastic difference between this bumper and your factory bumper.
Like I said before, this is also going to be a little less expensive than some of the other choices on the market. This one coming in at right around $320 which I think is a pretty good deal for what you're gonna get here. Now, one thing to note about these lights is they're not going to be tremendously bright, they are gonna be a nice piece of accent lighting, they're gonna be a little on the bluer side of things.
But if you're looking for a really, really bright light that's gonna be super functional on those dark backroads or on the trail after the sun goes down, you might consider upgrading or changing out those lights to something else, but again for the price, I think you're getting a really good deal with this total package. So two out of three wrenches for this installation. Let me show you how to do it.
For this installation, we used a 10-millimeter deep well socket as well as a 10-millimeter swivel socket, a seven-sixteenths socket, and a 19-millimeter socket. We also used a 4-millimeter Allen head socket but the Allen key that comes in your kit will work as well. We drove all of those sockets with a combination of a three-eighths socket driver and a quarter-inch socket driver and our three-eighths electric impact. We also used the 10-millimeter, 13-millimeter and 14-millimeter wrench as well as a 19-millimeter ratcheting wrench.
This is going to be a very easy installation. We're only going two out of three wrenches because of the wiring involved in getting this project done. But as far as getting the bumper itself installed, it bolts right up and the first step is, of course, removing your factory front bumper. So we have hardware in all of the factory locations, even though it's not factory hardware.
If you have your factory hardware, you're going to need a large Torx head socket in order to break these bolts loose, ours have been replaced with regular hex bolts, so we're gonna use a regular socket to get them loose. So they're gonna be two on the top and one on the bottom on each side for a total of six bolts. Once you have those removed, the bumper will just come right off the Jeep.
Once all six of the bolts removed, you can just take the bumper right off the Jeep. The last thing to remove is this plastic frame cover and we're gonna do that by removing the four small bolts that hold it to the side of the frame. So as you can see when you have your Barricade bumper next to your factory bumper, there aren't a lot of similarities here. The factory bumper is going to have a steel center section with plastic corner ends that a lot of people like to take off just to eliminate that plastic where your Barricade bumper is gonna be steel end to end and that is not where the differences end.
This is going to have a hoop over the top here that has a couple of light mounts. It is a winch-ready bumper, so it essentially has a winch plate built right into the structure of the bumper. It has a couple of recovery points here, your D-ring mounts and it comes with the D-rings. And finally, it also has a couple of auxiliary lights and built right into the bumper where your factory bumper has none of that. So if your factory bumper had a set of factory fog lights mounted on it you could go ahead and use that wiring for these lights. If it doesn't, don't worry, your new bumper is going to come with a wiring harness for those lights.
But again, as far as differences and similarities, there are way more differences than similarities. This bumper is going to add a ton of function and a ton of style over that factory bumper. Before we can get our new bumper installed on the Jeep, we have a little bit of assembly to do. As you can see, we've already put our D-rings on the D-ring mounts, that's pretty self-explanatory, pretty easy to do.
The next thing we're going to be doing is mounting these metal plates and they go right around the fog light holes just like this, and they get bolted in with this stainless hardware. So you have some Allen head cap screws. We've already assembled one of our lock washers and a flat washer on each of them and we're gonna just go ahead and put all of those in place.
Now you will notice that right up here in the top corner of each one of these fog light holes is a whole that is not threaded and that is because you're going to be putting a nut and a washer on that one when we get around to actually installing the fog light. So leave the screw out of that one for now. We'll get to that in just a second but all the other ones we can put bolts in. Now we can jump over to the other side and do the same.
The next thing we're going to do is get our fog lights installed in the bumper. So we have our long bolts with washers and nuts that come with the fog lights. We're going to put the bolt through the light itself with a washer on either side and we can actually get the nuts started as well because the bracket that they're gonna slide onto are not holes, they're slots, so we can just slide this right in place and then get everything tightened down. Of course, we're gonna have two of those, so we'll start with this one over here and then move on to the next one.
Once the light is sitting in place, we can tighten down the hardware. Now that we have the bolt tightened down on the main bracket of the light, we can install this small clip and that goes in the hole that we didn't put a screw in previously. So we're gonna set this clip over top of the hole and over top of the light. And all of that's designed to do is keep the light from pivoting back during normal use whether it's by wind or something pushing it back, so that'll help to secure that.
So we have another one of our screws with its washer set up on it, we're gonna push that in from the front side to match all the other ones. Once that's in place, we'll drop a flat washer over top of that and then a nut. With everything started, we'll tighten it down. Now, it's time to get the bumper lifted onto the Jeep and get the bolts started. And if you're putting the two bolts in the top, we'll put the one in the bottom of the frame rail. We're gonna revolve the hardware a little bit loose and move over to the other side, putting everything in by hand before we torque it all down.
Now that we have all the hardware started by hand, we can tighten it down. Now that the bumper is installed and all the hardware is tightened down, the next thing we have to do is get it all wired up. And as I said before, it comes with a really nice wiring harness that doesn't make this process pretty easy. So the first step is going to be untangling the wiring harness and getting all of the ends laying where they need to lay.
So, of course, we have two ends up here by each of the lights, we're going to have our connections that we're going to make it the battery. And finally, there's a switched leg that we're going to show you how to put through the firewall. So we'll start by doing all of that by popping the hood. So, we'll take the wire tie off of our harness here and get everything spread out. So these are our two weather tight connectors, they're gonna go up toward the front of the Jeep, that's what's gonna get plugged into each of our lights up front there. Send them both down right here and we'll grab them in a second and pull them through.
We have all of our slack up front. Over here by our fuse and our relay, we're gonna have two ring terminals and these are gonna get connected to the battery, but that's going to be our last step in getting this wired up. We're gonna leave all of this sitting right up here by the battery. And then the last leg of the wiring harness is right here and that is our switch. So this can go through the firewall in a variety of different locations. You're more or less going to pick any one of the rubber grommets and either cut a hole in it or remove it in order to slide this through. In fact, they have a little connector here so it's a little smaller than having to send the whole switch through if you choose to do that.
Where are you go through the firewall is really gonna depend on where you want your switch mounted. If you prefer it over to the left of the steering wheel to the right of it, maybe you have a switch panel installed in your Jeep, you're gonna be not using this switch, but you're gonna be using this wiring harness. Again, it really depends on your setup, so we're not gonna show you how to get this done. Again, it's any of these grommets on the firewall that you can shove it through. For our purposes, we're just gonna leave the switch underneath the hood here right up by the battery and we're gonna show you how to get the rest of the wiring harness installed.
So right here again, you have your two legs that go to each of the switches and what you're gonna want to do is run them along the inside of the fender here, keeping them away from anything that's moving, anything that's hot, and then you can tuck them down on either side of the radiator which will send them right out to where they need to be plugged in by the lights. So you'll use a bunch of zip ties where necessary to keep again, everything away from anything that moves, anything that gets hot and route them.
Now, again, because we're just doing this temporarily, we're not gonna spend a ton of time routing the wires but you will want to make sure you do that so that nothing gets rubbed through or burned. So here's our first wire that popped through and we can connect that up to right here the connector on our light. They're just gonna push together then we'll jump over and do the other one on the other side.
Now we're going to make our connections up here at the battery. So again, we have a ring terminal on our black wire and on our red, black to neutral, red to positive. So what we're gonna do is just loosen up the battery clamps and put our terminals under here. That's not the best possible way to do this. Ideally, you would want something that isn't on the terminal just because it can keep you from properly tightening down the terminal, but again, for our purposes, that's how we're gonna handle this.
Once you have your wires tightened down on your battery, you can drop the hood and you're done with this installation. So if you are looking for a budget-friendly front bumper that's gonna add a ton of functionality and a much more aggressive look over that factory bumper, I would recommend this choice from Barricade, and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.