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Hey, guys. I'm Eric with Extreme Terrain. In this video, I'm gonna give you my review and installation of the Barricade Slim Fender Flares for all 2007 to 2018 Jeep Wrangler JKs. Now, these fender flares from Barricade are really gonna appeal to the Jeep Wrangler owner out there who's looking for a more affordable way to accommodate larger wheels and tires on their Jeeps. Now, whether it's your personal taste for styling, or whether you're looking to do some more serious off-roading, larger wheels and tires are probably unanimously the most common upgrade that Jeep Wrangler owners do to their Jeeps. Now, Jeep owners are looking for as many options as they can have to upgrade to those larger wheels and tires, and a lot of people put a lift on there, but sometimes these lift kits can get pretty pricey. Now, if you want another option, these slim fender flares will give you a lot more clearance, as you can see, in the comparison to your factory fenders. Now, for you extreme off-roaders, not only will you be able to accommodate a larger wheel and tire, but if you have a tricked-out, lifted suspension kit on your Jeep, you will be able to articulate that suspension more, simply because you're gonna have more clearance between your tire and this fender flare.Now, with these, I've been talking a lot about function, but let's not ignore the style of these fender flares. In fact, the friend of ours who brought this JK in for us to work on, this is a 2010 Jeep, and he said the primary reason he wanted these for his Jeep was to dress up the appearance, because the old plastic fender flares were becoming quite faded. You'll see that in the comparison in this video. And that's a pretty common issue, especially on the older Jeeps, the sun and weathering is gonna just get to those fender flares and give it that kind of grayed-out, washed-out appearance that just makes it look old and tired. As you can see, with these brand new fender flares being nice and black, along with the slimmer design, gives it a more aggressive look, it really dresses up the Jeep and makes it look pretty tough. Now, these fender flares are made from tough carbon steel that Barricade is known for. They're also treated with a two-stage epoxy pre-coating and, of course, finished in a durable thick black powder coat that's gonna protect these fender flares for years to come. With all that said, that quality construction, these fender flares are priced right around $300, which makes it pretty competitive when you're shopping out there, compared to other kits that we sell.Now, as far as the installation goes, guys, I'm giving this a very solid two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. You are gonna need to do some drilling in this, expanding factory holes that are already there, but you're also gonna be creating some new holes. So really, the old adage of "measure twice, cut once" is really gonna apply here. In fact, I would say measure three times and drill once is a good rule of thumb to follow. You don't wanna be putting unnecessary holes into your Jeep. So with that said, I would say budget about three hours of your time. There are several tools we're gonna use for this installation. I'm gonna show you those in a second. So, as far as that goes, let's go ahead and get to our installation.All right, guys. Tools you're gonna see in this installation are a rivnut tool, an electric impact wrench, a pair of trim removal tools, 10-millimeter and 1/4-inch sockets, as well as 5-millimeter and 4-millimeter Allen sockets, a hand socket wrench, an extension, a 13-millimeter crescent wrench, a center punch, a pair of needle-nose pliers, a cutting tool or some other similar type of knife you'll need for this installation, a 25/64 drill bit, and a drill.All right, guys. To begin our uninstall, we're gonna be working on the driver's side of this Jeep here today. We're gonna take off the factory fender flares from the front and the rear. We're gonna show you how to do that. It's gonna be pretty much a simple matter of removing about five or six bolts, and then pulling out some pop clips using a plastic trim removal tool so that we're not damaging the paint on this Jeep. So, let's go ahead and get started.Our first step, guys, is we're gonna have to separate this wiring harness from our factory fender here. So, the easiest way to do that is to twist this up and pull the bulb out like that. Let's pull that out. And then we have to remove this clip up here, to separate the rest of the wiring harness from the fender. And we'll just kind of tuck that up out of the way for now. All right. Now, to remove these bolts under here, we're gonna have five of them, we're gonna use a 10-millimeter socket. This one's kind of recessed up in the hole here, so I separated my socket, and I'm just gonna feed it up there by hand so I can tell that I'm on the bolt. There, now I'm on it. I'm gonna hold it in place and put my gun up on it.Now, these other ones are a little bit easier. They're exposed. All right. Go ahead and grab a plastic trim removal tool and wedge in here. We're gonna start the front, work our way back, kind of around this seam, and we're just gonna pop these out. Need a little bit of extra leverage, pop the short end in there, if it'll go. Now, as I was doing this, guys, you might have seen a piece or two of plastic come flying off. That's from these retaining clips. Not to worry. You're not gonna need these for the install of your brand-new Barricade fender flares. So, just get a tool in there, pop those out. All right. Now, to get our rear fender off here, guys, we got five retaining clips, or retaining pins here that we're gonna pull out, using a trim removal tool. I've already started on this one, and it's really pliable and kind of bending for me, so I'm gonna use some needle-nose pliers up in there. I already started it. All right. Now we're gonna pop this out, just like we did with the front fender. Start at the front end here, and we'll just work our way back.All right, guys. Now we have our factory fender flare off of the Jeep. I wanna put it up side by side for a quick comparison of what you're getting. Now, obviously, the visual impact is dramatic. You really are getting a much more stylized fender here with this Barricade unit. It's gonna be more high-clearance. You're getting rid of all this beefy plastic that's there. And the other thing that's really apparent, especially if you have an older Jeep like the one behind me, it's about 10, 11 years old, is this plastic fades, and it fades after a few years, and it's really not a very appealing look, versus the Barricade fender flare is coated in a two-stage black powder coat. It's very durable and a lot more visually appealing. You're also gonna be getting rid of that large halogen side marker light off of your front fender flares, and you're getting the smaller, brighter LED marker light with these new Barricade fender flares. Nice little option there. Other than that, higher clearance, cleaner look, kind of a more aggressive off-road look. I think it's really quite an upgrade. So, let's go ahead and get them installed.All right, guys. So, I have our driver-side front fender flare up here on the table. Go ahead and grab your weatherstripping here. We're just simply gonna peel off the back and get it started, and we're gonna wind it all the way around over top of the holes. Then we're gonna take a smaller drill bit than the hole size, and just kind of drill out where the holes are. But you wanna cover that so it's gonna make a nice tight seal, and that's gonna prevent any metal-to-metal rubbing once we get these mounted up on the Jeep. And as we all know, debris likes to fall between the fender flare and the metal, even with our factory fender flares. Now we're down here. We're just gonna trim it up here a little bit.All right, guys. Now, you're also gonna wanna put a section here, and a little bit over, and we'll trim that up in a second. All right, guys. Now, to clean out these holes of the weatherstripping, I'm just gonna go around with a Philips head screwdriver and poke a starter hole through there, and then I'm gonna take a drill bit, and we're gonna drill that out, so that the bolt can go through nice and cleanly. I'm just kind of feeling with my hand there and just kind of pushing down with my thumb where the hole is. All right. Now, I grabbed a 25/64 drill bit, which is what the instructions for this kit call for, and we're gonna use that a little bit more later when we're actually drilling on the metal of our Jeep. But for right now, it'll clean these out nicely. As you can see, you don't have to spin it real fast, guys, to get this to clean out the hole pretty well. All right. Now that you have the weatherstripping on, and you've cleaned out the holes, go ahead and repeat that process for the rest of your fender flares.Now we're gonna move back to the Jeep, and we're gonna open up some of the factory-drilled holes, using our 25/64 bit, which is what's called for in the instruction manual. All right, guys. Now, we wanna be methodical with the progression of how we're drilling out these holes and inserting the rivnuts, and that's because we're gonna be creating some new holes a little bit later in the installation of this fender flare. So, first, we're gonna start off with these holes across the top. We're gonna expand those out a little bit with this drill bit, get the rivnuts in there. We're gonna put the fender up there, make sure it lines up nicely, and we're gonna just kind of slowly progress, so that way, when it comes to making new holes, we're actually sure that we're putting those in precisely the right location.All right, guys. Now, for this, I'm gonna be using an actual dedicated rivnut tool. There is a rather cost-effective tool that's put in the kit. It's included with this. You can thread these rivnuts on that to get those started. However, using one of these is a lot easier. Now, these are what's called M6 rivnuts. So you make sure you have the right bit up here that's gonna thread in properly. And this is basically gonna thread on there like that, and you want that down nice and snug, because when we pull the handles apart, that's basically just going to pull the nut down closer and tight. And it acts just like a rivet. It's gonna create a ridge on the backside of the metal fender here, and that's gonna hold this, hopefully, tightly in place. So, to make sure that you have the right amount of space in the hole that we just drilled, if it goes in nice and snug like that, now you know. You don't wanna have...you don't wanna be able to wiggle it too much like that, you've made a hole that's too big, because the whole concept here is not only is it gonna pinch, but you also don't want it spinning as we're bolting things on. You want this to stay, you know, tight and not spin in the hole.And as you're pushing this in, make sure it's up tight. You don't want any gap between the tool, like that. You don't want any gap between the fender and the tool. Push it in all the way. All right. With one of these tools, I'm gonna spread the arms out like this, thread this down tight like that, so it's nice and snug. Gonna insert it into the hole, like that, and make sure it's up against the fender tight. You don't want any gap in there. We're gonna basically unthread this. You have it nice and solid in there. You don't want this spinning in place. That's a nice, tight rivnut. All right. Now, we're gonna repeat the same procedure for these two holes right here. You can always tighten it down just a little bit of a turn, like that, give it a little extra crimp. All right. Now, we're gonna drill out this hole and install a rivnut here as well.All right, guys. Now, I grabbed a couple of these short bolts out of the kit, and the fender. We're gonna gently hang it up here on a couple of the bolts that we have the rivnuts already started for. And once we hang that in place, I'm gonna take my center punch, and we're gonna punch and mark a couple of spots where we're gonna have to drill some new holes in order to get this to fit properly. And all I'm doing here is just putting these in loosely with my fingers, and it's just to give the fender something to hang on while we work here. All right, guys. Now we kind of have this lined up a little bit, nothing too tight. I'm gonna hold this in place with my left hand, and I have a center punch right here. Give it a couple of taps there, and now we know where to drill this hole to get a rivnut in there.All right. Now, we got these three holes down here towards the bottom trailing edge of the fender. All right. Now, to drill, it'll be a lot easier if we're gonna remove the fender back off, and we'll drill these holes out. All right, guys. For these, took quite a bit of work up here, so I'm gonna start with a smaller bit. This is a 7/32. We're gonna start a hole here, and then we'll move up to our 25/64 bit. We're gonna drill all the way through the inner part of this, just like we did up here, so then, there's gonna be spacers we're gonna put in between here, and run bolts all the way through a little bit later on. All right. For this last hole down here, don't push all the way through to the inner piece of the fender. We're just gonna make a hole on the outer layer. We're gonna put a rivnut in this slot right here. All right. And we're gonna drill this one out, making a hole for another rivnut. All right. Now we just need to expand these factory holes just a little bit, using our 25/64 bit.All right, guys. Now that we have all our rivnuts installed, we're gonna go ahead and put the fender back on, and go ahead and take the small 4-millimeter Allen socket bolts and mate them up with lock washers and flat washers, and we're gonna go ahead and use that hardware to mount up this fender. All right. Now, in your kit, you're gonna have these short bolts, guys. They're unmistakable compared to the longer bolts that are in the kit. Like I said, make sure you got lock washers and flat washers on them. I'm gonna start it by hand, just to get our fender kind of hanging in place.All right, guys. Now we're gonna tighten down these bolts we just hand-threaded in. You're gonna need a 4-millimeter Allen socket for that, or you can use the Allen key that's provided in the kit. Now, one rule of thumb when you're working with rivnuts is you do not wanna over-torque them. If you twist down too hard, you might end up spinning the rivnut in place, in which case it's gonna defeat the whole purpose of having a rivnut in there. So just don't over-torque. And that's why I'm using a hand tool right now instead of some kind of impact tool.All right, guys. Go ahead and grab a long bolt from the kit, along with a flat washer and lock washer, as well as the longer of the two spacer sleeves. I'm gonna use that up here for this top hole. Get that lined up. Then grab one of these serrated top hat nuts. Now, to tighten this up, we're gonna use a 5-millimeter Allen socket and a 13-millimeter crescent wrench for the nut on the back. All right. Now, we're gonna pretty much use the same procedure with the shorter bolt and the shorter sleeve. Once you get that in there, again, 13-millimeter wrench on the backside and 5-millimeter Allen socket here in the front.All right, guys. Now we're gonna install our side marker light. Go ahead and grab one, as well as one of these extension pieces of wiring and some zip ties. I'm just gonna fish this through. It's got this rubber grommet right here. It's a real snug fit. You can kind of back out the light like I just did, bring the light out from the grommet a little bit. Get the grommet in place first, and then push the light in, and it goes in pretty easy. Now, you can't just plug this directly into our factory wiring harness. You have to use this connection. Just the way the connectors are set up. Now we'll use some zip ties to kind of tuck up this wiring up out of the way.All right, guys. Now we're at the driver's side rear fender. What we're gonna do is go ahead and grab that 25/64 bit again. We're gonna slightly enlarge six factory holes back here, and put rivnuts inside of those. All right, guys. Go ahead and load up your rivnut tool. All right. And just as we did at the front, guys, we're gonna go ahead and line up our rear fender here with our rivnuts, and we're gonna start some bolts by hand, and then we'll tighten it up from there. All right. Go ahead and grab your 4-millimeter socket, or your 4-millimeter Allen socket. All right. The last step here, guys, is go ahead and grab two of these self-tapping screws out of the kit. They go in here, and since we didn't have to line them up with any holes, that's why we're doing these dead last. And I'm using a quarter-inch socket on a adapter here for my impact driver.All right, guys. That's a wrap on this review and installation of the Barricade Slim Fender Flares for all 2007 to 2018 Jeep Wrangler JKs. And, of course, for all things Wrangler, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
|Fender Flare Material||Steel|
|Fender Flare Finish||Textured Black|
|Fender Flare Size||Narrow|
|Fender Flare Style||Factory|
|Fender Flare Install Type||Drilling Required|
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