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Hey, guys. So today we're here with the Barricade X-Series Rear Bumper with the Red Inserts, fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wrangler. So if you're in search of a rear bumper that's gonna provide you a lot of styling to the rear end of your Wrangler while also giving you some functionality and a lot of protection, this is going to be a great choice to take a look into. Now, this rear bumper is gonna be made of a steel material, which, of course, is going to provide a lot of protection to the rear end of your JL and it's also going to have a very compact design, which is gonna be great if you're concerned about your departure angles or if you want a bumper that's gonna provide you a lot of clearance while you're out on the trail. So not only is that compact design going to add some functionality benefits, but it's also going to provide a very sporty look, especially with the fin design down at the bottom there and these red inserts.So what I do really like about this rear bumper is those red inserts. You do have a light mounting option right behind the red insert itself, so if you'd like to add some auxiliary lighting in the future, you can, but this is also going to match with any other red color scheme that you have going on, especially with the Rubicon, and it's going to match very well with that Rubicon red. And I personally think that it looks very sharp mounted up to the back of our JL. Now, again, this is also gonna come with a couple of other functionality benefits. You're getting a larger cutout for a larger wheel and tire. You're getting a cutout for a hitch receiver, whether it's factory or aftermarket, so you can use that as a recovery point. You're compensating for the license plate and you're also going to get numerous cutouts for the factory backup sensors if your JL is equipped.Now, with all that being said, this is gonna come in at roughly $500, which puts it as a very average price point for a rear bumper on the page. Now, this isn't going to have all of the bells and whistles that a lot of other options have, but I do really like the fact that this is going to provide a very sporty look and a unique look in comparison to a rear bumper that's going to provide more of a heavy-duty off-road look. Again, this is going to have a very sleek design. You're getting those red inserts and the fin design down at the bottom, which is going to look more of like a diffuser style, which I think is very different and unique. And you're also getting some functionality with this.Now, like I said, this is not gonna come with recovery points, but you can compensate with a hitch if you would like a recovery point in the rear, and then more expensive choices on the page may come with a heavy-duty tire carrier. But if you're not necessarily looking for that or if you are looking for a rear bumper that's going to go well with a tub mount and tire carrier, this is going to be a great choice.So install's going to be a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. We're gonna need some basic hand tools to get the job done and probably two hours 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 pair of pliers, a 16-millimeter ratcheting wrench, a 13-millimeter and 10-millimeter open-ended wrench, a 21, 18, 16, and 8-millimeter socket, the provided Allen key, a T-40 Torx, an electric ratchet, and a dead blow.So our first step to this install is to remove our spare tire. This is just gonna give us some extra room to work with. So we do have to remove this backup camera cover first. I'm using the T-40 Torx that is provided in the JL tool kit to unlock it and pull it off. Next, we're gonna 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 gonna use our key as well as a 21-millimeter socket.So now that we're underneath the Jeep, we're gonna start to remove some of the trim pieces so we can access the brackets for our bumper. I'm gonna start by removing this trim piece here. It's going to be connected by a couple of 8-millimeter screws. I'm gonna 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 gonna start with this bracket over here on the frame. I'm gonna use a 16-millimeter socket to remove that. There should be two here. Unfortunately, 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 gonna 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're gonna 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 gonna use a 16-millimeter ratcheting wrench for the top one and continue to use my 16-millimeter socket for the bottom one.So you're not gonna 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're gonna 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 gonna be compatible and we need to have the room to work with to mount it up. So what I'm gonna 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 gonna be using an 18-millimeter socket and my impact wrench. And then we're gonna repeat that on the other side. So the bolts may differ. On this side, I'm gonna be using a 21-millimeter socket to remove the 2 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 jump into the rest of the install, I wanted to stop down and tell you guys a little bit more about this new Barricade rear bumper and how it compares to our factory rear bumper set up. Now, as you can tell, these are going to be completely different. Our Barricade rear bumper is going to provide a lot more as far as benefits go, as far as protection, and styling. Now, this Barricade rear bumper is going to be a little bit more compact than our factory rear bumper. Our factory one is going to wrap around on the sides, which will give us a little bit of side protection. However, it's still made of a plastic construction. Now, with this new Barricade rear bumper, you're getting a lot of aggressive angular designs with this and you're also getting some angled up ends. Now, this is going to, again, be a little bit more compact, helping you out with clearance and departure angles while you're out on the trail.Now, what I also really like about this is the fact that it's going to provide a lot more protection than the factory rear bumper made of a heavy-duty steel material. Now, that's gonna hold up to any trail that you take it on, and it's also gonna have a nice textured black powder coat finish on top. Now, that's gonna protect the steel, but that fine texture of black powder coat finish is gonna give it a very sleek look in comparison to the factory plastics. Now, another thing that is very unique to this bumper and that I do personally really like is that you're getting vents on either side. They are gonna have a red finish, which is very similar to that Rubicon red, and I really do think that that adds a lot of extra styling and it's very unique to this bumper.Now, you're also getting some diffuser fins down at the bottom. That's really just going to be for styling, not a whole ton of function there, but it definitely still does look cool. Now, as far as the functionality is concerned, with this rear bumper, you are gonna have a larger cutout than the factory cutout, and that's gonna help out with a larger wheel and tire on the back. When we do upgrade to a larger spare, you will be able to use this bumper and it will be able to accommodate that. Not to mention, you're also getting a cutout down at the bottom for a factory hitch and you're also getting cutouts all around the bumper for your back...factory backup sensors if your JL is equipped. So this isn't gonna come with any recovery points, however, I do like the fact that you're still able to use or mount up a hitch there to use as a recovery point.So really, that's the only similarity that these two have, and we will be relocating the license plate and it does come with some license plate lights so you are keeping that function there. So overall, there is gonna be a big difference between the factory one and this new Barricade option, so what do you say we go ahead and bolt it up? So before we can mount up our bumper, we do need to install our welded nut plate inside our frame rail because we're gonna have two mounting locations down at the bottom, thanks to this. So what we need to do is just slide that in. Now, if it does give you some trouble going into the frame rail, you can just take a dead blow and give it a good tap. I just wanna make sure that it lines up from the bottom. Now we can grab an extra hand and mount up our bumper. So now we can mount our bumper up, lining up our holes on the side, as well as underneath. We're gonna take our factory hardware and thread that in on the side. We're not gonna tighten anything down just yet. Then we're gonna take our provided hardware, which is the bolt, lock washer, and flat washer, and we're gonna thread that through the welded nut plate that we just installed. Now you're gonna repeat the side bolts or the factory bolts on the other side, and then we're gonna tighten everything up. So what we're gonna do now is tighten these up, making sure that our bumper is level. I'm gonna be using a 21-millimeter socket for both the side bolts and our provided hardware and then on the other side I'm gonna be using an 18-millimeter socket for our factory hardware.What we're gonna do now is mount up our license plate using our license plate bolts. Now, these are also the lights. As you can see at the bottom of the bolt, there, there is going to be a small LED to act as your light. Now, what we're gonna do is take the wires, put them through the license plate, and through the back of the plate, then we're gonna take our provided washer, the flat washer, and the provided nut that was installed already on the bolt. We're gonna thread that through and thread that into place. Now, when tightening this down, you wanna make sure that the light portion is facing your license plate. Then we're gonna repeat that same thing for the other side, and then we'll be able to wire our lights into our license plate wiring harness.So I'm just gonna take a 10-millimeter wrench, just give them a good snug just to make sure that they're not moving around. Then we're gonna wire these in. So as you can see on our factory wiring harness, I've already added leads. Now, you can just splice an extra wire into the wiring harness or you could directly splice these lights into the wiring harness. Now, I find it a little bit easier just because you can add a quick disconnect here if you'd like. Now, you can really wire this up however you'd like. What I'm gonna use today is vampire clips. So I'm just going to add one to each of our leads here. And you could also do this directly on the wiring harness. I just recommend adding a lead just because those wires are small and fragile. So once you have one of the wires in there, then you're going to take the negative wires. I'm just gonna take both of them together and wire these in together. I'm gonna put that inside our lead there, inside our clip. Now, once those are both in place, what we're gonna do is just give it a good clamp with a pair of pliers, make sure that that metal post is hitting both of the wires. Clamp it on up. Make sure that it's clipped and secured, and then we're gonna do the same thing for the positive wires.Now, after those are connected, what I would recommend that you do is tie these up and out of the way as well as grab a little bit of electrical tape to make sure that those wires are protected. But after that's finished, now we can add our spare tire. So at this point, what we're gonna do is just mount up our spare tire same way it came off.So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos and products just like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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