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Hey, guys. So today we're checking out the Barricade Rubi Rails in textured black, fitting all 2020 and newer Gladiator JTs. So, if you are a fan of the factory Rubi Rail, you like the form, you like the function and how it looks but you didn't get them right out of the factory or you don't have a Rubicon, this option by Barricade is going to be right up your alley. Now, these are going to provide you a lot of protection to that very vulnerable pinch weld area perfect for the Jeep owner who is looking to go off-road with their Gladiator but wants that protection in that area, again, which is very vulnerable because of that break-over angle.Now, these are going to be made of a steel material, which is going to be very durable, giving you a lot of protection for that rocker area, and they're going to have a nice textured-black powder coat finish on top, which is going to protect that steel underneath from any rust or corrosion, but also giving you a more off-road look and, of course, match with any other textured black accessories that you may already have on your Gladiator. Now, what I do really like about these, in particular, is the fact that they tuck high and tight up to that rocker area, gives it a really clean and fitted look, but it's also going to provide some type of protection, making sure that nothing is going to come in contact with your rocker area. And this is also going to have some underbody protection as well, so you don't necessarily have to worry about just the side, but you don't have to worry about underneath. Now, these are going to really be great for anybody who's doing a lot of off-roading with their Gladiator and is not necessarily concerned about a step getting in and out of the Jeep as far as step accessibility is concerned, or you just, again, like the look of the Rubi Rails and are looking to accomplish that look that the Rubicon has.Now, with all that being said, these are going to come in roughly $350, and I personally think for the construction, the function, and the ease of install, which you'll see in just a second, that that is very well worth the price point. Now, in comparison to some other options, these are going to keep it on the simple side. However, I personally think that the simplicity really shines through here, especially in comparison to the factory ones. Now, of course, with the factory ones, you will be paying that Mopar premium, so if you are looking to save a couple of bucks there, then this is going to be a better option. But in comparison to some other options for side armor for the Gladiator, these, again, are going to keep it simple. Some other choices may have a little bit more into their design. They may be extended a little bit. They may incorporate a step that may be removable or will incorporate a step welded onto the side armor itself or they may stick out a little bit farther or come up a little bit higher. Then there are those expensive options that will incorporate modification to the rocker area itself and may come up a little bit higher. Again, if you're looking for an easy solution for protection to that rocker area that's also not gonna break the bank, then this is going to be right up your alley.So, as far as install is concerned, again, I said it was easy. I'm going to give it a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. You're going to need some very basic hand tools to get the job done and probably an hour's worth of your time. So, speaking of that install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, a 3-inch extension, a 16, 13, and 10-millimeter socket, and a 1/4-inch drive ratchet. So, the first step to installing our Rubi Rails here is first to just make sure that you have the correct side. I am on the passenger side right now, and then what we're going to do is put this up into place. We're going to secure the pinch weld area first pretty loosely, and then we can install our brackets. Now, what I'm going to do is hang in on the pinch weld area and I'm going to secure the middle, and then we can head underneath and I'll show you how to secure the front and the back as well.So, what we can do is just line this up with our pinch weld, and this should hang in place but because of the weight at the front, it's going to kind of bend backwards, and that's why we're going to secure it at the middle first, and then we can move into securing the rest of it down. So, you're going to need the two flat washers and two nylon locknuts. We're just going to thread these on into place, and this is just going to keep it in place so we can secure the rest. So now that it's attached in the middle and hanging on our pinch weld, what we can do is secure the back and the front bracket. I'm going to use the provided flat washers and the nylon locknuts for the pinch weld just like we did in the middle. And then, what we can also do while we're here is attach our bracket. So, the shorter bracket is going to be in the back. We're going to use the longer 13-millimeter bolt for the top for this welded nut on the body here and the 16-millimeter bolt for the actual bottom of the Rubi Rail. Now, this bracket, the elongated slot is going to be on the body, and then the shorter slot is going to be on the Rubi Rail.Now, we're going to loosely install everything, and then we'll go back and tighten it down because there is adjustability with this bracket. We want to make sure that it's fitting as best as possible. Take the shorter 16-millimeter bolt, thread that in, get it where we want it, and then we can do the same thing for the other two brackets. So, again, we've already attached the hardware to the pinch weld for the center bracket. Now we can install our support bracket. So, I'm taking that 13-millimeter bolt, the longer bolt, and that is going to thread into the body. Now, the front two support brackets are going to be the longer of the six brackets that you get out of the box. We can attach the support brackets to the Rubi Rail, then we can head up front and do the same thing.So, again, the front is going to be the same process. So, at this point, now we can tighten our Rubi Rail down. Now, I am supporting it with my knee. That's going to be probably the most helpful when you are doing this by yourself. I'm just supporting in the middle with my knee, and then we can tighten up our brackets and then our pinch weld. So, I'm going to start with the bracket that is on the Rubi Rail side, and I'm going to use a 16-millimeter socket, and then we can switch to a 13-millimeter socket for that top bolt. I'm also going to use a 3-inch extension just to give myself a little bit of room. And then for the pinch weld bolts, we can use a 10-millimeter socket. I'm gonna use a deep socket, and we can just tighten those up. After the front is tightened, we can repeat that same process for the middle and the back bracket. So, after everything is tightened down, you can repeat that same process on the other side.So that is going to wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe for more videos and products just like this, and always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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