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Hey, guys. So, today, we're checking out the Barricade X-Series Rear Bumper with the black vents, fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers. So, if you're in search of some unique styling to the back end of your Wrangler, as well as some extra protection, this is going to be a great choice to take a look into. Now, starting off, I really like this bumper in the fact that this is going to stand out in comparison to some other standard options for aftermarket rear bumpers. This is going to come with a number of different benefits as far as protection and functionality is concerned, but it definitely stands out as far as the styling goes. Now, on either side, you're going to have two vents. Now, those are going to add some extra styling with that riveted accent. And behind those, you do get accessory light mounting points, so you are able to build off of this bumper and add some accessory lighting if you're looking to do so.Now, this is also going to have some fins down at the bottom, which is going to give it a more diffuser style look. I really like that that takes a more sporty approach in comparison to some of the off-road rear bumpers that we have seen before, so I do like that it definitely stands out. Not to mention this is compatible with the factory hitch, as well as any other aftermarket hitch, so you can use a recovery point there. As you can tell, we don't really have any recovery points on this rear bumper, but the styling and the other functionality I think makes up for it. Now, this is also going to be able to swap over the factory backup sensors if your Jeep is equipped, and it does compensate for the license plate change. So overall, this is a very complete kit.Now, with that being said, this is going to come in at roughly $500 for the kit. And I personally think that that's a pretty good price for what you're getting out of this rear bumper setup. Now, again, you are getting a complete kit, and you also are going to get a unique bumper and a unique look out of this, with a lot of functionality. Now, some more expensive options may just have some added bells and whistles. They may come with recovery points instead of just having a cutout there for the hitch as a recovery point, or they may come with the lighting included, or even those more expensive choices that are going to have an option for a tire carrier. So, if you're not concerned about that, but you're still looking for a uniquely styled, a high-quality, and a very functional rear bumper, then this kit is going to be right up your alley. When it comes to install, it's going to be very easy at a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. You're going to need some very basic hand tools and probably two hours worth of your time to get the job done.So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install were an electric ratchet, a dead blow, a wire tool, a 16-millimeter ratcheting wrench, a 13-millimeter and 10-millimeter open-ended wrench, the provided Allen key, a T40 Torx, a 21, 18, 16, and 8-millimeter socket, and an impact wrench. So, our first step to this install is to remove our spare tire. This is just going to give us some extra room to work with. So, we do have to remove this backup camera cover first. I'm using the T40 Torx that is provided in the JL toolkit to unlock it and pull it off.Next, we can remove our lug nuts. Now, if you have factory lug nuts, you'll be using a 22-millimeter socket. I do not have factory lug nuts, so I'm going to use our key, as well as a 21-millimeter socket. So now that we're underneath the Jeep, we can start to remove some of the trim pieces so we can access the brackets for our bumper. I'm going to start by removing this trim piece here. It's going to be connected by a couple of 8-millimeter screws. I'm going to take an 8-millimeter socket and go ahead and remove those. Once those are out, we'll be able to wiggle out the trim piece and then we'll have access to our brackets. Now, we're gonna remove this bracket completely and also disconnect it at the back of the bumper, but we're going to start with this bracket over here on the frame. I'm going to use a 16-millimeter socket to remove that. There should be two here. Fortunately, one of ours have broken off.Next, we can completely remove this bracket by removing the two 16-millimeter bolts on the outside part of the bumper. I'm going to use that 16-millimeter socket again. Make sure you have a hand on the bracket when you're removing the last bolt. So, next, we can remove the two nuts that are holding on the bumper through these two brackets here. And the bottom one, you may be able to access with that 16-millimeter socket. The top one, however, is going to be a little bit difficult to access because of this body mount. I'm going to use a 16-millimeter ratcheting wrench for the top one, and continue to use my 16-millimeter socket for the bottom one. You're not going to have a lot of wiggle room here, but once you get the bolt cracked, you may be able to push on the bumper and thread the bolt off by hand. Last but not least, on the driver side, what we need to do is disconnect this harness for our license plate light, so I'm actually just going to pull this clip out of the body here, just so I have some better access to it. Then we can pull up on this tab, push down, pull back. All right. And then we'll be able to completely repeat that process on the other side.So, after everything's disconnected, we can just simply remove our bumper. So, before we can install our new bumper, we do have to take off the remaining brackets, as well as the tow hook, because they're not going to be compatible and we need to have the room to work with to mount it up. So, what I'm going to do is remove the two 18-millimeter bolts on the side and the two 18-millimeter bolts down below, and do the same thing on the other side to remove these extra brackets. Now, I'm going to be using an 18-millimeter socket on my impact wrench. And then we can repeat that on the other side. So, the bolts may differ. On this side, I'm going to be using a 21-millimeter socket to remove the two bolts on the side of the frame. Because this side doesn't have a tow hook, we won't have two attachment points at the bottom.So, before we hop into the rest of the install, I do want to stop down and tell you guys a little bit more about this new Barricade rear bumper next to our factory one, show you guys some of the differences and the similarities. Now, obviously, this is going to be a big change from our factory setup. We're getting a lot of styling with this new bumper, and we're also getting a lot of functionality and protection. So, starting off with the actual construction, our factory rear bumper is made of a plastic material. It does fade and get damaged over time, just normal wear and tear, but it does protect the back of the Jeep around the sides, and gives you full coverage. Now, with this new Barricade rear bumper, it's not going to necessarily give you full coverage, but it is going to be heavy-duty, and it's also going to be a lot more compact. Now, the angled-up sides and the compact construction, that's going to help you out with some better clearance while you're out on the trail, and just an overall sleek look.Now, this is going to be made of a heavy-duty steel material instead of the factory plastics, so you can ensure that this is going to be able to take a hit and hold up for a very long time. Now, what I really like about this rear bumper is the fact that it's going to have a fine-texture black powder coat finish on top, a little different than a standard textured black powder coat finish, makes it look very sleek in comparison to some of those other options, as well as just the plain factory plastics. Now, this rear bumper is also gonna come with a couple of other different benefits. You're getting vents on the side for some extra styling. They are going to have a more riveted look, which is definitely going to be a bump up from, again, the factory plastic rear bumper. This is also gonna have a larger cutout for a larger spare tire if you're looking to mount up a larger wheel and tire on the back of your Jeep, and, what is different and very unique about this rear bumper, especially in comparison to a lot of other aftermarket ones, is the fact that this is going to have some diffuser style angles at the bottom. Now, again, that's going to help out with styling, and it's definitely going to set it apart from the rest, and especially your factory rear bumper.Now, this rear bumper by Barricade is also going to be compatible with the factory tow hitch, or any aftermarket tow hitch, so you can use that as a recovery point, considering that this bumper does not really have any. And this is also going to be able to mount up your factory backup sensors if your JL is equipped. And the last thing that I do like about this bumper is the fact that it's going to include a relocation plate for that license plate, so we are going to be switching it up from the back of the bumper to the top of the bumper, but everything is included in the kit to get that done. So, speaking of that, let's get this rear bumper mounted up.So, like I mentioned earlier, we're not gonna have any bottom mounting location on the passenger side of our frame rail, so we are supplied with a bracket in the kit. This just slides into this opening in the frame rail. So, if you're having a little bit of trouble getting it in, what you can do is take a mallet, just give it a little bit of a tap. Make sure that the holes line up at the bottom, and then we can mount up our bumper. So, what we can do at this point is mount up our bumper, and we're going to be reusing the factory hardware, and for our new mount, we're also going to be using the provided hardware.So, once you have all of your bolts started in on either side, what we can do is tighten them up. I'm going to be using that 21-millimeter socket over on the passenger side. Then we can repeat that on the other side. So, what we can do now is install our license plate bracket. Now, you're going to be provided with the Allen head bolts, a flat washer, and a lock washer. We're going to put those down through the bumper in the provided holes on the left-hand side. Then we can take our provided nuts and thread them onto the back there. Now, I'm gonna use my provided Allen key to help get those threaded. So, once they're threaded on, what we can do is tighten them into place. I'm going to use a 13-millimeter wrench and the provided Allen key. All right. So, once that's adjusted and tightened up, what we can do at this point is install our license plate, as well as our license plate lights. So, the license plate lights included in the kit are also going to be the license plate bolts. So, you want to make sure that you take off the nut and the flat washer first on both of those lights. Then what we can do is take one at a time, thread that through the bracket. Then we can thread on the flat washer and the nut, and then thread that on to the back of the license plate bolt.All right. We'll tighten that up in just a second. So, now that those are on there, I'm going to just snug them up with a 10-millimeter wrench, making sure that the LED part is facing down towards the license plate. Then we can splice these together at a quick disconnect, and connect them to our connectors on our license plate wiring harness. That's right behind this part of the bumper. So, I do recommend a quick disconnect just because it is easy. If you ever have to take off your license plate, you can easily quick disconnect it from the wiring harness. And I'm just going to splice both lights together. I'm just striping the wire.So, what we can do now, I'm just going to attach it to the leads that we have. If you would like to do this, all you have to do is just splice a wire and connect it with a butt connector right into the license plate wiring harness, or you could also use just a quick clip or a vampire clip. So, once those are connected, I just would recommend to tie them up and out of the way. But once you're done with that, we can attach our spare tire. What we can do at this point is mount up our spare tire.So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos and products like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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