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Merideth: If you're in search of a functional stubby front bumper to enhance the off-road capabilities of your 2007 to 2018 JK Wrangler, this Barricade Battalion Stubby Front Bumper is one you'll want to check out. Now, the front bumper will be sleek and to the point when it comes to styling, but will offer a decent amount of capability, which is great for the JK owner looking for a no-fuss design. Now, this will integrate everything that you need for the trail, including a winch plate. You have two D-ring mounts on either side, and D-rings for recovery. You have a reinforced overrider hoop for protection, and cut-outs for your OEM fog lights, or aftermarket fog lights. Not to mention this will allow a lot of room on the side for larger wheels and tires if you're looking for as much room as you can get, and of course, the super-wide look that a stubby front bumper warrants.It will also be very tough and able to handle some abuse, made of a steel plate and tube construction, with a solid two-stage black powder coat finish to protect the steel underneath. That's also going to allow a winch with up to a 12,000-pound pulling capacity to be mounted up, giving you a ton of options when it comes time to mount one up and choosing the right one that's for you. This will also save you a couple bucks compared to some of its competitors, coming in at roughly $450. Now, what I like about this choice compared to others on the page is that this will be simple, like I said before, getting the job done. Now, other choices on the page may have integrated LED fog lights, a light bar, a stinger, or a super-small and compact design. That's where this gives you some pretty decent coverage, and has more of a boxier design, which I think works very well. I also like the fact that this will come with fog light cutouts, considering that some stubby front bumpers won't have them, simply just because of their size.Now, choosing the styling does come down to your personal preference in design. But, again, if you don't necessarily need all the extra bells and whistles, and you like a straightforward design with a bunch of function, then this is it. Now, when it comes to install, this will be a complete bolt-on, at a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and it's gonna take you about two hours to get the job done. Now, you'll need some basic hand tools like a ratchet, a socket set ranging from 7 millimeters all the way up to 18 millimeters, the provided Allen wrenches, a flathead, and/or a pop clip removal tool, and a Phillips head screwdriver. Now, speaking of the install, one of our customers here has installed this on their JK, and he's gonna walk you through the process step by step. So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review. Let's go ahead and get into the install.Man: Hey, first step, we're gonna remove the windscreen. We don't have that installed right now because I've done a lot of front-end work, so we're gonna go ahead and skip to the next portion. The next portion is we gotta reach up under here. There's four bolts on each side, right in front of this cone. You're gonna remove those and move on to the next one. So, for this portion, you're gonna need a ratchet and an 18-millimeter deep well to remove the four bolts behind the bumper. I recommend to make this process a lot faster, grab you an impact, little 18-millimeter with an extension, and just bang it out. So, in order to remove the inside bolts, you gotta remove this harness. It pops right out. Slide it out of the way. Yeah, I recommend while you're down here, go ahead and unplug your fog lights. It's a simple squeeze connector. Squeeze it, pull it out, move it out of the way. Do the same on the other side. So, these are a little more difficult to get to, so you may need to use a really long extension on your ratchet. And for leverage, I'm just using a box-end wrench. I'm using the open-end side to break the bolt free. [inaudible 00:04:04]. Broke free. [inaudible 00:04:17]So, to make it a lot easier to get the upper inside nuts off, we're gonna go ahead and remove the upper shroud that covers the, that area. All right. We're gonna use one of these little panel removal tools. You could buy them in a kit or by itself. I just so happened to have one laying around. All right. So, after many attempts to get these things out with the panel tool, we're gonna resort to a quarter-inch drill bit, and drill the center of them out, and they should just pop out real simple. [inaudible 00:04:59] So, there's that. Go ahead and do the other one. [inaudible 00:05:14] Once you drill the centers out, they should just very easily come right out, just like that. These do not need to be reused with the installation of the new bumper. This piece does not go back on. Sell it on eBay, give it to your buddy, whatever you wanna do.Brandon: What are we doing right now?Man: We're gonna grab a flathead, pry up one of these corners, pick it up over the top of the bumper, as far as you can. This just allows removal without uninstalling other pieces. There you go.Brandon: Pull that out.Man: I'm trying. [inaudible 00:06:13] it's not moving. [inaudible 00:06:14] goes. Now that we've got all the space in the world to reach from the top... [inaudible 00:06:29] All right. For the other side, just repeat the same process. Take the two on the outside off, two on the inside, and that'll do it. So, the harness is connected to the inside of the bumper by these clips. Just use a panel removal tool, pop the clips out, and the harness will just float free down here on the bottom. Once everything is done, just grab the bumper by the horns. Comes right off. So, from your stock bumper, you're gonna wanna remove your stock fog lights. They will be reused in the installation of the new bumper. Just gonna need a Phillips screwdriver for now. Take these four screws out, holding the bracket in the back in place. Once the screws are out, the fog light assembly comes out all in one piece. Do the same on the other side.So, to start, we gotta install our fog light brackets, with the supplied 7-millimeter hex head bolts, washers, and nuts. So, the installation of the bracket only requires one of the M4 little bolts and one flat washer. The portion that you're threading into is pre-threaded for you. You won't need to use a lock washer or a nut on this portion. All right. So, we're gonna go ahead, try to do this this way. See what happens here. Again, this is one of those things where the bolts are painted too. So, once you get past the paint, it's a lot easier to thread the nuts on. Another thing. Recommend not tightening all the way because, again, these brackets are adjustable up and down, to center your fog light in the holes. We're gonna go ahead and grab another set, flat washer, M4. Pass it through the back side. Flat washer, lock washer, nut. Start the nut. Oh. See, that one went on all by itself. Perfect. Bracket's pre-installed.I will note, it doesn't give you an orientation for the fog light, but just using common sense, you obviously wanna be able to access the adjustment screw from the bottom of the bumper. If we were to flip it over and run it the other way, you would have to somehow be able to stick a stubby screwdriver inside to adjust your fog light. And based on the orientation of the lettering on the fog light, it would only make sense that it goes one way.All right. So, again, we're gonna do this the same way we did the bracket for this side. I'm gonna do the M4 and the flat washer through the back. We're gonna do flat washer, lock washer, nut. Some of them, again, are gonna be painted, to where the nut will not freely spin on. All right. Again, don't tighten all the way. As you can see, there's all kinds of adjustment to center your fog light in these holes. Same process. M4, flat washer. I don't know if you guys have ever used this type of washer before. I'm a mechanic by trade in the construction industry. But there's a rounded edge and there's a flat side. The flat side goes down, facing the surface that you're mounting to. Some of you might say it doesn't make a difference, but to me, it's one of those mental things. See? And we got lucky with that one. That one was able to run on there freely.All right. So, we've done that portion. Now we can take the M4 and the flat washer, and go back to where we were before, into the pre-threaded holes. Yeah. There you go. Yeah. Go back into those pre-threaded holes. With the long side, you should be able to just do it from up top, so you don't have to struggle with the Allen wrench. Again, we're getting lucky because I've already run threads through these holes, and all the crinkle coat is pretty much gone, so it's not that difficult. So, once you kind of eyeball your fog light, and see where you've got gaps all the way around, kind of eyeball it and center it up if you can, as much as you can before you tighten these down, because this is the bracket... You still have adjustment on the four screws holding the fog light. I'll just go ahead and put the second one in there. Start it. All right. I'm gonna go ahead and torque these down a little bit.Now, with these four still a little loose, you can see there's play in that fog light assembly itself. Now is the time that you wanna kind of adjust it accordingly. It looks like we're not gonna get much out of it, but I'm okay with that. So, with the lock washer in place, you're gonna need to hold the M4 heads, unfortunately, with the 3-millimeter Allen key, while you tighten the nut. And then, just snug. Again, you got lock washers on there. They're gonna do the work for you. This is probably gonna be the most difficult part of the install. Everything's so small, tiny, but once you get through it, I mean, it's, you know, home stretch from there. So, the next part of the install, we're gonna install the hoop that mounts to the top of the bumper. They supply you with these cool little pre-threaded C-brackets. And as we go through the process, I'll show you how these operate. You're gonna use the M8 bolts and the 7-millimeter, I believe it was. Oh, a 13-millimeter socket and the 6-millimeter Allen key, not 7. So, 6-millimeter Allen key that was supplied.For the C-bracket side, installing the hoop, you're only gonna use the bolt, a flat washer, and a lock washer. The rearmost portion is where you're gonna use the lock washers, nuts, flat washers, so on and so forth. Yeah. But if you got somebody to help, grab two people. You gotta kind of hold it in place to do this. We're gonna pass that through. Your C-bracket only goes one way. The flat side goes to the flat surface of the inside of the bumper. You try to do it this way, for obvious reasons, it's not gonna work. So, flat side. It angles around a bracket that is pre-welded inside. That's the whole purpose of this. Brandon, go ahead and lay it down so we can see exactly what we're talking about here. There you go.So, if you look, they have the plate that mounts to your existing frame. There you go. The C-bracket actually wraps around it. So, the best thing to do is probably just start one of the bolts. You probably have to shimmy around the bar a little bit, okay? Just shimmy that a little. Get it free. There you go. Start one of the bolts on the C-bracket, just to hold it in place. Then you can take your other bolt, line up the C-bracket with your other bolt, and just hand-tighten it for now, because you've got other stuff to install also.So, start with those two and the C-brackets on both sides. It'll get you through the hard part of the installation process fairly quickly. So, on the other side, they're side-specific, also. If you look at the shape of it, this bracket's not gonna work on this side, for obvious reasons, being that you're not gonna be able to camber this enough around. So, there is a left side and a right side. That's pretty self-explanatory once you get to that point. Again, painted bolts, painted bolt holes. You might have a tough time with finger-tightening things. Lift up on this a little. Right there. Yeah. Okay. Do as much as I can to save the hassle of using the Allen key. [inaudible 00:19:24] There's one. And, second one. Angle it back. I'm gonna have to fidget with it a little bit. So, once that's done, we'll go ahead and start the process of installing the front side. It's just through-bolted. So, you're gonna do the same thing. You're gonna do a lock washer, flat washer, right on top, flat washer, and nut on the bottom. Hand tighten. It's in place.Brandon: Can you put those parts [inaudible 00:20:31]Man: Yeah. Yep. So, you got lock washer, round side of flat washer to the head of the bolt, flat side to the surface you're mounting to, and then you're gonna do, pass through, just like that. Flat washer. Nut, on the bottom. And repeat on the other side. Then we'll center everything up and tighten everything down. Thirteen-millimeter socket. I'm using half-inch because, you know, Jeep stuff, but you can use three-eighths. Three-eighths drive. Yeah. Again, these have lock washers, so just snug is good.All right. So, what we're doing is we're going to pre-install the mounting points in the bumper. These are kind of similar to the C-brackets that we installed for the hoop. So, what we're gonna do, they supply you with these. They also supply you with plastic keepers. So, what you'll do is on the top bolt hole, on the inside, you'll pass these brackets through, and you'll place the keepers, to hold the bracket in place. Do that on both sides. You won't be able to get this one in there. You could probably go this way. Probably not, but they do have a cut-out here for that purpose. Go bolt first. Place it in the hole. Place your keeper on. Little spin, but then you can press on them and they'll just kind of hold it. So, yeah. Do that on both sides. All right. This side, because I'm right-handed, we're gonna do the right side first. That's the same install, through the little cut-out bolt first in the hole. This one. Self-explanatory. Same process.This isn't a, you know, OEM installation of an OEM bumper. It's not gonna come pre-tapped and pre-aligned, where you just pop it on, bolt it in, and call it a day. It's an aftermarket bumper. You're gonna have to center it with, you know, these cutouts that they have here. Allows the adjustment factor left and right, and slightly up and down if need be. But this is it. I mean, you grab a helper, and then we're gonna have to kind of get down here and watch what we're doing as we go. You could kind of set it up, and then I would recommend going underneath, to align those bolts that we pre-installed into the top hole of the bracket. Where are you at, Brandon? How you looking?Brandon: I'm a little bit low.Man: Yeah. [inaudible 00:24:13]Brandon: Got it.Man: Yours are in?Brandon: Got one...Man: Mine are...Brandon: Yeah, I got them both.Man: [inaudible 00:24:18] I got one, almost. I'm gonna have to... Okay. I got one. Here we go. So, this is the upper bolt of that little flanged bracket that they have, or the, what do they call it? A nut... It's called something. I can't remember the name of it. Yeah. It's, like, a plate that comes with a, one side has a bolt, one side has a nut. You're gonna feed the top portion of it through the mounting holes on your bumper support. Then you're gonna take your M12 hardware, the flat washer, lock washer, and nut. These are 18-millimeter, just like stock. So, what I'll do, I'll start with the flat washer, stick it on there, lock washer, and hopefully still have enough to thread, at least start the threads on the nut. It doesn't feel like it. You may have to get in here. Reach your hand up behind it, and kind of shimmy it around a bit until it... There it went.Brandon: Oh, I heard it.Man: We got it. Okay. Let's do that again. Flat washer, lock washer, nut. Thread on, hand tight, just to hold it. That's the first one. Just keep in mind you have one directly on the other side of your frame rail. That one's gonna be a little more difficult to reach. So, the upper portion of that flange that they provide you has the bolt welded to it. The bottom portion, which is your bottom mounting holes, is the part that you're gonna have to align the nut to the back of the mounting hole. You're gonna pass through the washer, lock nut, and bolt, and just try to catch the threads. This is kind of difficult to do with one hand, but if you get it, it's very satisfying. So, you've got... Let's see. [inaudible 00:27:03] Again, everything's painted, so it's not gonna be super easy to do. I just started that first one. This second one, let's see if we can get lucky. No. Doesn't feel like it.Brandon: For that one, you're gonna wanna put some paint.Man: You gotta spin this off. [inaudible 00:27:31] Long screwdriver, maybe. So, for this one, I don't know if I'm gonna be able to fit this in here, but I'm gonna try to use a long screwdriver to kind of push that bracket back in place and line the bolt holes up. I don't know if I'm gonna have enough room. Almost got it. I'm just tapping on it and feeling with my finger. So, when it somewhat lines up, so we can try to get it up. So, there's no access on the outside of the bumper over here to reach behind there with anything. The only way you can get through is from, you know, the innermost portion of the bumper. So, what I'll do is I'll just, I guess, begin the tightening process on the bottom, just get everything aligned properly. So, again, 18-millimeter bolts and nuts. Looks like we broke through the paint pretty easy.So, at this point, we're gonna get back underneath, reinstall the clips for the fog light harness, plug the fog lights in, test, make sure that nothing got broken, screwed up in the process, which I don't think it did, but you never know. You got four of these clips. And you can see in this little, like, I guess, it's, like, a undercarriage assembly, the crash bar assembly, something. But there's these four holes. The harness gets tucked inside, up here. Line it up. Push the clips back in. They should be already spaced properly from you uninstalling them. So, shove them back in there. And then you can go ahead and take your pigtails. You might need to look. There's a hole here that you can look through, where you can orientate it properly so it clips in. And that's it on that side. We gotta find our pigtail on this side, which is hiding from me. Oop. Pulled the bolt out. That's never good. Okay. And then, I know you remember this little guy from earlier in the video. It's the same style of little clips, but you just shove them back in the hole. That completes it.Merideth: So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and the install of the Barricade Battalion Stubby Front Bumper, fitting all 2007 to 2018 JK Wranglers. For more videos and products just like this, remember to always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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