Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan with extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper, fitting all 2007 and up JKs. Today we're gonna walk through the installation of this bumper, which, of course, is a very simple one out of three wrenches. As with most other aftermarket front bumpers, this will bolt directly in place of your factory bumper, and you can get this bolted up in about an hour, but we'll talk more about the installation in just a second. We're also going to talk through the construction and a few of the features of this bumper.
Most people are going to upgrade the front bumper on their JK because they want some additional features, some additional protection and/or they want that off-road look, and this bumper is going to provide all of that. This gives you a lot of features, a lot of protection and is really aggressive off-road look, all without completely breaking the bank. There are some bumpers out there that have the same or even fewer features than this bumper has that are even more expensive. I think that this one is very appropriately priced, and you do get a lot for your money.
This bumper is made from 3/16" steel. It's covered in a textured black powder-coat finish. Now, this steel is going to be a little bit stronger and a little bit heavier than even some of the other Barricade products on the market. Because this bumper weighs in at 94 pounds, and by the time you bolt a winch on it, it's going to be even heavier. You may end up with a little bit of front-end sag with this combination. However, anytime you're looking for a front bumper that's built out of a nice, heavy material to give you protection and has a winch mount, that's something you're going to have to deal with that's not specific to this brand.
Up here you have a 7/8" inch steel tab for your D-ring mount that welded directly through the bumper and bolts directly in your frame-rail, giving you a really solid connection, and this does come with the two D-rings as well. I really like D-rings for snap-strap and tow-strap recoveries because you know that the loop of your strap isn't going to pop off of a D-ring like it might off of a tow hook. You can also use these recovery points in conjunction with your winch.
This has a winch mount that will hold up to a 12,000-pound winch without the need for any additional hardware or any additional winch-plates. You can just bolt that winch directly up here, and by using your winch to a snatch-block on a tree and back to your bumper, you can essentially double the pulling power of that winch.
Because this is a mid-width bumper, this will accept your factory fog lights, which is something I really, really like. You already have the fog light housings. They're wired. The switch is in place. It's all factory neat and clean. Why not get a bumper that will accept your factory fog lights? And this one will do that. Simply unbolt the fog lights out of your factory bumper and bolt them into here and you're good to go.
This bumper also has a hoop right up on top here, and it is a little bit different than some of the other hoops out there. It has these dual tubes out on the end, here, which just give it a little bit of a different look and a look that I really like. It also has a unique set of light mount tabs up on top. Usually, you just get two tabs that are spaced, sort of arbitrarily apart for you to mount two pods up on top of. Well, this is going to give you the option to mount pods up on top if you choose to, but it also has a lower tab that's spaced specifically for a 21.5 inch LED light bar.
With a lot of the other mounts out there, because they are spaced sort of arbitrarily if you decide to mount a light bar on there, you'll usually have to mount a piece of steel stock first that you can then put your light bar on. With this, it's set up right out of the box to accept a 21.5 inch light bar, and you can also mount some light pods on this if you choose to mount both. So that's a feature that I really like, and that's also unique to this bumper.
This install is a very simple one out of three wrenches, and you're going to be able to get this bolted up in right around an hour. The first step is, of course, removing that factory front bumper, which you'll do by removing the splash shield if you're still running one, and then the frame cover up on top. After that, you'll just have to remove the fog light sockets from the housing by giving them a 1/4 turn, unclip the fog light wiring harness, and finally, remove the eight nuts that are holding that factory bumper in place, then just giving it a pull to remove it.
After that, you'll want to unbolt the factory fog light housings out of that factory bumper and bolt them into your new bumper. And if you're going to be installing a winch, I would recommend installing that on your new bumper on the ground, because it's a lot easier to get to those winch mounting bolts. Finally, you'll hoist your bumper up onto those frame rails. Use the included hardware to bolt it through the frame rails in the factory locations, and just reattach your factory foglights and you're finished. If you are installing a winch, of course, you'll have to wire that up and any lights that you might want to install, but as far as the bumper itself, again, very easy install, under an hour with some traditional hand tools.
This bumper comes in at right around $500, which I don't think is a bad price for a bumper like this one. You're getting a lot of protection. You're getting a lot of style and you're getting a lot of features, especially off-road ready features that some other bumpers on the market, even at a higher price tag, don't offer. So I think you are getting a lot, packed into a really nice package at a fair price.
So if you're looking to upgrade the factory front bumper on your JK to one that's going to offer some additional style, more protection, and some more off-road features, I think this is an option that is fairly priced and an easy install.
So that's my review of the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper fitting all 2007 and up JKS that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.