(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- How to Install Barricade Trail Force HD Full Width Bumper w/LED Lights on your Jeep Wrangler
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I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this is my review and installation of the Barricade Trail Force HD Full Width Front Bumper with LED Lights fitting all 2007 and up JKs. This is going to be a very simple one out of three wrench installation but we'll talk more about how to get this bolted up to your jeep in a few minutes. We're also gonna go over the construction of this bumper as well as few other features.This bumper is gonna be for those of you who want to upgrade your factory plastic front bumper on your JK to one that's going to provide a lot more protection and also a lot more features. On top of that, this bumper definitely looks a lot tougher than that plastic bumper does. If you're running a set of factory fender flares or even a set of full-width aftermarket flares, I think that a full-width bumper looks really good. However, if you are running a set of narrower flares, you might wanna take a look at the mid-width or stubby front bumpers.Also, if you have a set of 37-inch tires on your jeep, depending on the way your suspension is set up, you may have some clearance issues with this full-width front bumper and your tires. Again, I would suggest looking at a shorter bumper if you're running 37s. This bumper is a really solid, well-built bumper. And something that makes it unique over a lot of the other ones on the market is not only that it is compatible with LED cube lights, but it actually comes with them installed as well as all the wiring to make this a turnkey setup that's really easy to install.This bumper is going to have very similar construction and features to the Barricade Trail Force HD Full Width Bumper that doesn't have the LED lights. With the big difference, of course, being that this one has the LED lights right in the wings. So this is built from 5/32-inch steel and covered in a textured black powder coat finish. A few of the features that I wanna point out starting right up here at the top are this bullbar. This is going to give a little bit of additional protection to your winch but also give you a spot to mount some auxiliary lights.Now, this does come with four LED cubes in it. But if you wanna mount some additional lights, you do have two light mount tabs right up on top. And this bar is predrilled so that you can hide the wire inside of it, making for a very clean installation. As I mentioned, this is a winch-compatible bumper, so right down here you have a winch plate that's ready for any 12,000-pound winch or below. You're gonna be able to bolt that winch right up, attach your flare right here. All you'll need to do is pick up power at the battery and you're good to go. No need to buy any additional hardware or an additional winch plate to get your winch mounted up.To go along with that winch, you do have two D-ring mounts here and here that are welded and bolt directly into the frame horns, giving you a really strong recovery point. Having a winch and the recovery point is a really nice feature because you'll be able to use a snatch block to go to a tree or another vehicle and back to your jeep, essentially doubling the pulling power of your jeep. And not only does this come with the D-ring mounts but this bumper does include two D-rings with it. So again, right out of the box, you have everything you need. You don't have to purchase any additional parts or pieces.The final feature that you'll notice is, of course, the LED lights that we've talked a couple of times now. This comes with four individual cube likes. They come [inaudible 00:03:24] right in the bumper. This installation is very, very easy. Each of those cube lights have four LEDs. And I would describe the light pattern as a spot pattern. So that is going to make it a little bit difficult to drive with these on. You're gonna have to aim them very, very low, which doesn't make them very useful, in order to not blind oncoming traffic. These aren't really a driving light. These are going to be more for off-road use. However, to get them wired up to use them off-road, this does come with a wiring harness that will allow you to plug directly into the back of the lights, pick up power and ground at your battery, and just pull one wire through the firewall and the switch is also included.So you have, again, everything you need to make this a very, very simple installation. If you are a little bit more savvy with automotive wiring, you could do a lot of different customization as far as how you get these lights set up, individual switching for a pair of lights versus the second pair. You can wire these in your factory fog light circuit if you use the relay that's included in the wiring harness. A lot of different things that you can do, however, right out of the box, this is going to be an easy install and everything is gonna work perfectly.I've said it a couple of times now, this installation is going to be very, very simple. I give this a very easy one out of three wrenches. Now, the first step is going to be removing your factory front bumper, which you'll do by removing the splash shield if you still have it installed. And then removing the frame cover and finally unbolting the four nuts that are holding the factory bumper under the frame rails. You'll also want to disconnect your fog lights and your fog light wiring harness from your factory bumper.Once that bumper is out of the way, you can prep your new bumper for installation. Now, this is a big heavy bumper. But if you are going to be installing a winch on this bumper, I would recommend doing it now while the winch is on the ground because it makes it a lot easier to get to the winch mounting hardware. Once it is installed on the Jeep, it's gonna be a little bit more difficult to get to those nuts and bolts. So, even though that makes this a much heavier piece to have to lift up and put on the Jeep, it does make bolting the winch down a lot easier.So once you have your winch bolted onto your bumper as well as the flare LED, you can go ahead and lift the bumper into place. It'll just slide right over the frame horns and you can use to included hardware to bolt it down. After that, it's a simple matter of wiring up the lights, which again, are plug-and-play at the back of the lights and all you need to do is put your wiring harness that's included up to the battery and then through the firewall to run your switch.This installation is a very simple one. However, this is also a very heavy bumper, especially if you attach a winch to it. So, I would recommend having an extra set of hands around. If you don't have a friend to help, an engine hoist is a great option or even a tall set of jack stands to help you maneuver the bumper. As far as tools, all you're going to need is a good set of hand tools and nothing else. Again, you can leave your wiring tools at home because all you need to do is attach at the positive and the negative at the battery for these lights. You don't need to cut or saw or anything.I think that this bumper is appropriately priced for what you get. There's a lot of steel here just in sheer size alone. This is a big bumper. So you would expect it to be more expensive than a smaller stubby bumper. But when you combine the fact that you have a set of four cube LED lights that come with this, the wiring harness that has fuse, relay, switch, and everything you need, this comes with the D-rings, it already has the winch plate built into it - it's really a turnkey setup - I think that this is really fairly priced for everything that you get.So if you like the idea of having full-width protection and full-width look as well as LED lights, a winch plate, and all of the other features that are included in this bumper, I think that this one is an option that installs very easily and is very fairly priced. So that's my review over the Barricade Trail Force HD Full Width Front Bumper with LED Lights fitting all 2007 and up JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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