Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. So, today I'm here with the Barricade Trail Force HD Front Bumper, fitting all 1987 to 2006 YJ and TJ Wranglers. So, adding a front bumper to your Wrangler can add a number of different benefits including utility, as well as protection and strength, and also the overall aesthetics of the front end of your Jeep. So, this Barricade front bumper is going to do just that. It's gonna provide some utility with some recovery points and light mounting options, as well as a winch plate. It's gonna provide that full front end protection with uncompromised approach angles because of these higher-ends, as well as this bull bar up front that's gonna provide you some more protection than the factory front bumper or some other options even on the site will allow. And then you're getting an overall aesthetic upgrade. So, this is going to match very well with the front end of your Wrangler. This is also going to do a great job at creating a more aggressive look than your factory front bumper setup.
So, with all that being said, this is also gonna be very affordable at roughly $300. And in my personal opinion, I think that's a great price for what you're getting out of this front bumper. So, in comparison to some other options, you're usually gonna see a couple of different styles when it comes to designs for front bumpers on the page. So, you're gonna see usually tubular front bumpers. You may see something like this that is a mid-width front bumper, but is also going to have some different bells and whistles. They may have lights or instead of a bull bar, they may have a stinger, but it will come down to your personal preference and what you're looking to get out of your front bumper. And in my personal opinion, I think this is perfect for somebody who's looking for something very affordable, but also wants all those standard and necessary benefits out of an aftermarket front bumper and doesn't need all those bells and whistles. Overall, this is gonna look very sleek, mounted up to the front end of your Wrangler and it's gonna provide you a ton of benefits while doing so.
So, install is gonna be a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It should probably take you about an hour to get the job done with some very basic hand tools. So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. Tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, an open-ended 19-millimeter wrench, a 3/8-inch drive ratchet, a 10-millimeter deep socket, and a 19-millimeter shallow socket. So, our first step to taking off our factory front bumper is gonna be to remove our sway bar cover. Now, you're gonna need a 10-millimeter socket and we're gonna remove the two bolts on either side that are holding the cover on. So, after the two bolts on the front are removed, there are gonna be two on the back so you can remove those with the same 10-millimeter socket. After those four bolts are removed, we can peel up our sway bar end link cover.
So, after our sway bar cover is off, we need to remove the two bolts on the top and the one bolt on the bottom either side of our front bumper. Now, our hardware was replaced, so I'm gonna be using a 19-millimeter socket. However, these should be T55 Torx. So, after the two on top are removed, we can remove the one on the bottom. Then the same thing for the other side. After that last bolt is removed, we can remove the whole front bumper.
So, before we go ahead and install our new Barricade Trail Force HD Front Bumper, I did wanna sit it next to the factory front bumper and tell you guys a little bit more information about this. So, right off the bat, you can tell that this is going to look a lot different than the factory setup. As you can tell, the factory setup is pretty plain. And when switching over to this new front bumper, it's going to allow for a more aggressive look on the front end of your Wrangler. Now, it's not only going to look more aggressive, but it's also going to be a lot more functional than the factory setup. So, you're getting two welded D-ring mounts on the front, perfect for recovery. You're getting a standard winch plate capable of holding a winch with up to a 12,000-pound pulling capacity. And you do have a large bull bar in the front that's gonna give you some grille protection. Now, on top of that bull bar, you're also getting two light mounting tabs. And that's perfect to mount up any extra accessories or any auxiliary lighting.
Now, the one thing that I do really like about this is that it is completely different than the factory setup. You're getting a angled up end, which is going to allow better approach angles off-road and it's also going to allow a larger wheel and tire. Now, with this, you could take off the plastic end caps, but you're getting a fully capable front bumper right here that is also gonna be a lot stronger than the factory setup. So, this is gonna be made of a 5/32-inch steel, which is going to be a little bit thicker than the factory steel. And it's gonna do a lot better at protecting the front end of your Wrangler than your factory front bumper would. Now, it's also gonna have a textured black powder coat finish. And that's just going to add to the aggressive look that you're getting out of this front bumper. But it's also gonna do a great job at protecting the steel underneath from any rust or corrosion. So, enough about these two front bumper side by side, let's go mount up our new one.
So, what we can do is grab our bumper and mount it up onto our frame. It's going to attach in the same spots that our factory front bumper did. So, after the bumper is sitting on the frame and all the holes are basically lined up, what we can do is take our provided hardware and our flat washer, and we can start with the bottom and secure it underneath on the frame. Now, you wanna make sure that you're threading everything in before we tighten it down. So, after that's threaded in all the way, what we can do is move up to the top two mounting points. All right. So, now we can thread in our hardware on the other side. So, after the hardware is in on the other side, what we can do is tighten everything down. I'm gonna be using 19-millimeter socket and a ratchet. So, after the two on the top are tightened down, we can move to our bottom bolt. I'm still using that same 19-millimeter socket. Then after that's tightened down, we can do the same thing on the other side, and then we can attach our D-rings. So, I did have to use a wrench to get it down a little bit, where I could fit my socket into place, then we can just keep tightening it up with a 19-millimeter socket. So, last but not least, we can attach our D-rings by unthreading the pin and then threading it back down.
So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure to like and subscribe. And for more videos and products like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.