Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com, and this is my review of the Barricade Trail Force HD Front Bumper, fitting all 1987 to 2006 Wranglers.
This bumper will hold up to trail obstacles and bumps and bruises a lot better than your factory bumper will, and it incorporates a lot more features than that factory bumper. It does all of that at a much lower cost than some of the other bumpers on the market, and in my opinion, it looks pretty good.
This bumper is made from 5/32nds-inch steel, and it has a two-inch round bumper hoop right up on top that is a 0.12-inch wall thickness steel. The materials that the bumper is made out of are designed to give a lot of strength, but also to keep weight down. The whole bumper is covered in a textured black powder coat finish that will resist rust and corrosion. It also looks good, and it's designed to match a lot of the factory plastic accents on your Jeep.
As I mentioned before, this bumper has a lot more features built into it than your factory bumper does. This has two D-ring mounts right up front, and this actually comes out of the box with the D-rings, so it's not something you have to buy separately. Your bumper also has a built-in winch plate that'll hold up to a 12,000-pound winch. So when it is time to add a winch or if you already have one, you don't have to worry about buying any additional hardware like a winch plate. Finally, this bumper has two light mount tabs right up on top of the bumper hoop that will allow you to mount your factory fog lights or any other auxiliary lights that are designed to mount with a traditional single post mount.
This bumper is designed to bolt onto your Jeep without the need to drill anything, which makes installation really easy. Before you actually get started installing it on the Jeep, first you'll wanna bolt on any accessories. So if are running a wench, you'll wanna bolt that into place now, and if you're doing any lighting, you might want to install them now. I like to drill a couple of holes in this bumper bar to hide any wiring for lights, but that's up to you.
Once you have the bumper prepared, the next step is to remove your factory front bumper. In order to do that, there are six total bolts that you'll need to remove, two on the top on each frame rail and one on the bottom of each frame. All six of those bolts are large torque-set bolts, so you will need a good set of torque sockets to get that bumper removed. Once the factory bumper is removed, you can slide the new one over the frame rails in much the same way the old one was and that you [inaudible 00:02:22] with all of the new hardware that's included in the kit. The whole installation shouldn't take you more than two hours from start to finish, and aside from the torx bits that I mentioned, you won't need any specialty tools, just a good socket set.
I really like this bumper. It has all of the features I like to see in a front bumper, and in my opinion, it looks really good. Plus, one of the best parts is that it does it all at a lower price than some of the other bumpers on the market that have similar features. Now, if you take a look at the welds on this bumper or maybe the finish, it's possibly not as high-quality as some of those bumpers that cost twice as much as this one does. But depending on your budget and what type of products you like to put on your Jeep, this may be a really good fit.
So if you're looking for a front bumper that's gonna stand up to bumps on the trail and has a lot more features than your factory bumper does, all while looking really good and saving you some money over those top-tier brands, this is a really nice option to take a look at.
So that's my review of the Barricade Trail Force HD Front Bumper, fitting all 1987 to 2006 Wranglers, that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.