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Merideth: Hey, guys. So, today, we're checking out the Barricade HD Drop Side Step Bars fitting all 2018 and newer four-door JL Wranglers. So, if you're looking for an easy way to get in and out of your Wrangler, or get some good side protection for your Jeep and also achieve a very heavy-duty look, then these steps are gonna be right up your alley.This set of drop steps will be great for any Jeep owner, who's looking for better accessibility to their cab area, and will be a great addition if you've lifted your JL. And a stepping surface here will give you a ton of real estate to easily get in and out of the Jeep, and is gonna have some raised cutouts for a little bit of extra traction in those weather days, but also give you a very sporty look.Now, speaking of looks, this is gonna have a hybrid construction, giving you steel tubing and steel plating, offering a very unique look and a very off-road look in the meantime. Not to mention, this will also double as some really good side protection if you do come into any contact with obstacles out on the trail if you take your Jeep off-road, or it's just gonna do a good job at protecting the body of your Jeep from any door dings in the parking lot.Now, speaking of off-road, if you do take your JL out on the trail, I would keep in mind that this does hang a little bit lower than the average side step, but what I really like about this option is that this middle part is very even with the stepping surface, which will give you a similar performance to a rock slider. Some other drop steps will have this middle part cut out, which can potentially get you hung up. So, I personally like that this will give you a lot of function as well as a really good look to your Jeep.Now, getting into the construction, like I mentioned before, this will come with a steel tube and plate construction that will give a really good durability if it does take a hit, and it's gonna have a nice textured black powder coat finish on top, to match any other heavy-duty accessories, but most importantly, protect that steel underneath from any rusting. This will also just come with everything that you need in order to get these installed on your JL, including all of the brackets and all of the hardware.Now, with that being said, these are gonna come in at roughly $400, which I think is a good price for a drop-down step. Now, when comparing it to some other choices on the page, again, I really like the fact that this bottom surface is very even, which will give you those rock sliding capabilities, even though it does hang a little bit lower than the average side step. I personally think that makes this option stand out in comparison to some of those other choices that will have this area open that could potentially get you hung up if you do take your Jeep off-road.Not to mention, it is going to have that hybrid construction of the steel tube and steel plate, giving you a very unique look in comparison to others, which will usually be one or the other. Now, overall, I think if you're looking for a solid side step, some heavy-duty protection, and of course, good look for the side of your JL, then this is gonna be a great choice.Now, when it comes to install, this is gonna be a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about two hours to get both of these side steps mounted up with the correct hand tools. And one of our installers here is gonna show you how to do that step-by-step. Let's go ahead and get into the install.Man: Tools used for today's install, cordless ratchet, cordless impact, 17-millimeter wrench, 10-millimeter wrench, 16-millimeter, 13-millimeter, and 10-millimeter socket, and a short extension. What's up, guys. So, I'm gonna be going over the installation process of our side step bars on our Wrangler JL four-door model. Let's get underneath and get started.All right. So, for this step, we're gonna be working underneath the Jeep on the side here. We're on our passenger side. We have our pinch weld brackets, which we're gonna need to install in order to get the step bar in place. We have our proprietary bracket, it's stamped PC, passenger center. Anything with a P is gonna be the passenger side. Anything with a D will be the driver's side. We have our hardware that was included in the kit. We're gonna get underneath of the Jeep, and I'm gonna show you how to install this.All right. So, now we're underneath of the Jeep and the center on the passenger side. We have our corresponding bracket, stamped PC, passenger center. You're gonna put this just like so, lining up with the pinch weld holes, and the hole on the body. We're gonna take our 13-millimeter bolt. You're gonna make sure that you have your lock washer against the head of the bolt and then a flat washer on the other side. Start it by hand. And then we are going to get our 13-millimeter socket and run it in just enough. We don't want it to be tight, just snug. Just like that.All right. So, now it's time to put our pinch welds in. They're gonna be the smallest of the bolts. It should be 10-millimeter on the head and 10-millimeter on the nut. You're gonna have two washers, and you're gonna wanna have these washers on the outside and also on the inside. We're gonna put those on right now, and just get them installed. All right. So, now it's okay to leave these loose so we can readjust our step bar, but you're gonna repeat this same process all the way around.All right. So, now we're at the front of our vehicle. We're gonna take our pinch weld bracket, stamped PF, passenger front, and that 13-millimeter bolt again. All right. Now, same thing, we're gonna put our pinch weld bolts through, washer on the inside and outside, and then our 10-millimeter locking nut on the back. And just finger-tight.All right. So, now we're at the rear of the vehicle. We have our corresponding bracket, stamped PR, standing for passenger rear. And we're gonna get this mounted. All right. Now with our smallest bolts, again, we're gonna do the same thing with the pinch weld, straight through, washer on either side, and a locknut. And you are gonna repeat this exact same process all the way around the vehicle.So, now it's time to install our step bar. The longer side is going to face the front of the vehicle, and the shorter is going to face the rear of the vehicle. Let's get underneath and bolt it up. All right. So, for installing the step bar to the pinch weld brackets, we're gonna have brackets on the step bar itself. The outside ones, you're gonna want on the inside of the pinch weld brackets like so. And you are just going to mount it like so. What I like to do is rest my knee on it, and then we could put those bolts through.All right, guys. So, with the provided hardware, again, we're gonna get the larger of the knots. It's gonna be 16-millimeter, make sure you have your washer on either end. You're gonna line up your bar, kind of supporting it, you know? You're gonna push that through. You're gonna get your other washer, other side, and again, your 17-millimeter locking nut. And just go until that stops, and same thing with the other one, remember washers on either end. All right. And you're gonna wanna repeat this same process all the way down. All right. We're now at the rear of the vehicle with our 16-millimeter bolts. Remember, washer on either end. And then once you get those snug, you should be able to let go and not worry about this thing falling, finger-tight.We're gonna work on the center now. All right. So, now we're at the center of the Jeep on the last two remaining bolts, the same thing, the 16 millimeters, make sure you have the washers on either edge, put it through, finger-tight. And then now that this is done, we're gonna adjust our bar to where we need it to be, and then tighten everything down.All right. Now, we're gonna tighten this bolt down. It goes directly into the body with our 13-millimeter socket. This is where we're gonna get it really tight. All right. Now that that 13-millimeter body bolt is in and tight on the bracket, now we're gonna focus on the pinch weld bolts. They are both 10-millimeter. We're gonna put our open end on the outside. And we're gonna use a cordless 3/8 with a 10-millimeter. You can certainly just use a normal ratchet. And we're just gonna go ahead and tighten these down. And you're gonna continue this same exact process all the way down. All right. You're gonna get that 14-millimeter for the body bolt. And...all right, 10 millimeters.All right. So, now that we have our step bar in place with the bolts still loose, we adjusted ours to where we want it to be. We're gonna go ahead and tighten those bolts down now. All right. So, now to tighten these bolts down, this locking nut on this end is gonna be a 17-millimeter, and the head of the bolt will be a 16-millimeter. So, we're gonna go and tighten these down now. Same thing for the center, 17-millimeter and 16-millimeter sockets. And finally, the rear vaults. And you're gonna wanna repeat that process all the way around the vehicle on the other side as well.All right, guys. So, that's gonna wrap up this review and install of the Barricade HD Drop Side Step Bars fitting your 2018 and newer Wrangler JL four-door models. And remember, for all things Wrangler, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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