(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
- How to Install Barricade Classic Rear Bumper (87-06 Wrangler YJ/TJ) on your Jeep Wrangler
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This Barricade Classic Rear Bumper is for anyone with a 1987 through 2006 YJ or TJ that's looking for a very simple rear bumper for your Jeep. Now a lot of rear bumpers are going to have a lot more frills and they are going to be a lot more expensive. This again, very, very simple, very clean look and also less expensive because of it. This is gonna be a nice, easy one out of three wrenches to bolt onto your Jeep. Now there is a little bit of optional drilling that you can do on the Jeep if you want to during the installation which, of course, will drive up the installation difficulty, but we'll talk a little bit more about that when we get to the install. So a lot of you are gonna be purchasing a new rear bumper for your Jeep because you want either a little bit of additional functionality and/or a different look to your Jeep and this is going to provide both of those. So this is obviously going to dress up the look of your Jeep. It's going to eliminate those big plastic corner pieces on your factory bumper that a lot of people don't like. It's going to add the functionality of the D-rings here. So you're going to have some recovery points as well as the two-inch receiver in the center there, again, another recovery point. What this bumper doesn't have that some of the more expensive bumpers on the market have are either a built-in bumper mount and tire carrier or at least the option for one or things like reverse lights built into the bumper which, again, will add to the cost. But because this is so simple and so clean, it is gonna be a little bit less expensive than some of the other choices. Now, I really like the look of this bumper. I really liked the function of this bumper. And for the price of right around that $200 mark, I think it's a really good deal. So again, if you're looking for something clean and simple, this is an excellent choice. Like I said, pretty easy one out of three wrenches for the installation. Let me show you how to do it. For this installation, we use a 16, 18, and 19-millimeter socket as well as a 10-millimeter swivel socket. We also use a universal and a couple of adapters and extensions all driven by our three-eighths electric impact. We also used a pry bar to help us remove the corners of the factory bumper. So this is gonna be a pretty easy one out of three wrenches for the installation, and of course, the first step is gonna be uninstalling our factory bumper. Now, as you can see, our factory bumper is installed here in more or less the same way that your factory bumper would be. But we do have a little bit of different hardware here that's holding on our corner pieces and we are gonna be removing that hardware. So we're gonna use a 10-millimeter socket or you would use a Torx bit and we're also going to be missing a couple of pieces of hardware underneath here. So the bumper gets bolted into the bottom of the frame rail. There were some large Torx bolts. Those are missing on our bumper as well. If you have those, that's going to be your first step is removing those bolts. And you are gonna retain them because you're gonna use them in the installation of your new bumper. But again, because we don't have those, we're gonna go ahead and skip that step and move on to removing the corners off of the bumper. And the only reason we're doing that is because it gives us better access to the nuts that are holding the studs of the bumper into this rear crossmember. So we're gonna buzz these two bolts out on the top on this side, jump over to the other side, get our corners removed and that'll give us access to the rest of the hardware. With the bolts removed from the corner, we can pop it off the Jeep. We're just gonna use a pry bar to help it along. Now, remove the two nuts off of the back of these studs of the bumper. That will allow us to remove the bumper from the Jeep. Now, we just have to go to the other side and do the same thing. So, as you can see, we've got the nut off the lower stud for our bumper, but it's a little bit tough sometimes to get a tool on this upper stud. So what we're gonna do is remove the body mountain bolt on the back corner here. That will give us a lot more room to get the tool straight on and get that last nut removed. Now, we can much more easily remove that last nut. With all the nuts removed, we can get the bumper off the Jeep.So, as you can see, with the Barricade bumper side by side with our factory bumper, there are some pretty big differences. Now, just to note, our factory bumper doesn't have this plastic ends back on it. Again, so that would make the bumper a little bit wider but you get the idea. So this factory bumper, while it does have a metal center section here, those corner pieces, they are plastic and this bumper doesn't have a lot of additional extras to it. It's really just a piece of sea [SP] channels steel. Your new bumper is going to have a lot more style to it but also a lot more functionality. And it's not going to have those plastic corners. It's going to have steel ones. So, as far as function goes, you can see that this has these D-ring mounts and this comes with D-rings. Your factory bumper does not. This also has an integrated two-inch receiver for recoveries, where your factory bumper does not. And the fact that it is all metal and powder-coated means it's going to hold up a little bit better to bumps and bruises both on-road and off-road. So the next step is to get these brackets bolted onto the rear crossmember of the Jeep. These came bolted loosely onto our bumper. So we just remove the two bolts in the top of them to get them free of the bumper. So when we're bolting up these brackets, as you can see, there are a total of four holes. Now, you do have holes in the rear crossmember, the factory bumper bolts too for the outside of the bracket. But, for the inside, they are not there from factory. If you're gonna be doing a lot of recovering with this bumper, you'll probably want to drill out the rear crossmember so that you can put bolts in those holes in order to get to the backside of those holes and hold the bolt or the nut. You may also have to lower down the gas tank. So, that is going to add a lot to the installation. We're just going to bolt up those brackets to the outside factory bumper holes. Now, these holes are slotted, so there's some adjustability here. We want to make sure that the bracket is as level as possible. It's gonna make it easiest for us to get our bumper bolted up and also make sure that the bumper is nice and level once it is tightened down. Then we'll hold it like that, and we'll tighten down those nuts. Now, we're ready to get the bumper bolted onto the brackets we just bolted onto the crossmember. Once all of the hardware is strutted by hand, you can tighten it down. If you are looking for a very simple and clean rear bumper for your TJ or YJ that's going to add some functionality over that factory bumper, I would recommend this choice from Barricade, and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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