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Hey, guys. So, today, I'm here with the Barricade Skid Plate for the HD front bumper fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers. So, adding armor to your rig is always a great idea to provide a little bit of extra insurance and protection to your components, especially while you're out on the trail. So, this option by Barricade is for those JL owners with that HD front bumper already installed looking for that extra protection to the components in the front-end undercarriage of their Wrangler. So, this is gonna be perfect for any kick-up on the street or on the trail, protecting the underside of your engine bay, those steering components as well that sway bar disconnect module, and any other components that are mounted up to the undercarriage front there.This is also not only going to provide you with a little bit of extra protection in conjunction with this front bumper, this is also going to provide an overall very finished look. So, sometimes, that front bumper on the JL can look a bit unfinished if it doesn't have a skid plate underneath because the factory frame rails have extensions that hang a little bit lower for that factory skid plate. So, this is gonna do a great job at covering up those frame rails and creating a very clean and very aggressive and off-road look to the front end of your Wrangler.Now, not only is it gonna do all of that, it also is gonna be set at a very affordable price point. So, this is gonna be roughly $75 making this one of your most cost-effective choices for a front skid plate on the page right now. However, it is bumper-specific, so this is only gonna work with this front bumper as to where other options on the page that may be a little bit more expensive are going to work with other aftermarket and even stock options. Now, in comparison to some of those other choices on the page, even though those are gonna be universal, a lot of those options are gonna be a little bit more compact and focused on that sway bar disconnect module instead of the whole undercarriage as you can see here. So, in my personal opinion, I think this is set at a very good price point for what this is. This is gonna be heavy-duty, made of a stainless-steel material, so it will be able to take that hit. It's gonna give you that finished look and that more aggressive look with that textured black finish and it's gonna be set at that very affordable price point, especially when being in addition to a front bumper.Now, install's gonna be a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It is gonna be very easy to install. You don't even have to take the bumper off. All we have to do is put on two brackets and bolt this up to this HD front bumper. So, you're gonna need some basic hand tools and probably an hour's worth of your time. So, speaking of that install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for this install were a quarter-inch drive ratchet, a 13-millimeter open-ended wrench, a 13-millimeter deep socket, a 10-millimeter shallow socket, and the provided Allen key. So, to kick off this install, you're gonna need your skid plate, the two mounting brackets, and all of your hardware staged and then we can head underneath our Wrangler.So, our first step is to install our bracket. Now, you wanna make sure that the two holes on the side are gonna line up with your frame rail. I'm on the driver side right now. And then, this back tab that's going to attach to the back of our skid plate, that's gonna be facing the rear, but the horizontal slot is going to be parallel with your front bumper. So, what I'm gonna do is take our hardware, so it' gonna be the bolt, the two flat washers, the lock washer, and the nut, and I'm just gonna go ahead and secure that into place. I'm gonna start with the top one because that's the harder one to reach. And it is gonna be a little bit easier to install it with the bolt facing out and the bolt head facing in. So, you're gonna insert the bolt. Two flat washers are gonna sandwich those brackets and the frame rail and you're gonna take your lock washer, which is going to put some pressure on that nut, make sure it's not going anywhere, and then the nut. So, because our skid plate is pretty flexible, what I'm gonna do is just tighten this down into place. So, what I'm gonna do now is just take a 13-millimeter wrench, put that on the inside where the bolt head is, and then a 13-millimeter deep socket and just tighten that up to the frame rail. Same thing for the bottom one. Then, we can do the same thing on the other side.So, what we're gonna do now is take our skid plate and line it up with our bumper. Now, that tab at the front is gonna line up with the holes on the bumper and you're gonna have two rivnuts in the two middle holes. So, I'm gonna take our button head hardware with the lock washer and flat washer and just thread those into place so we can get our skid plate stationary so we can secure down the other hardware. So, that front lip on the front of your skid plate is gonna go behind the bumper and you're gonna sandwich the bumper in between the skid plate and your hardware.All right. So, once you have it threaded in, what you can do is grab your provided Allen key and start to thread it in a little bit more just so it's stationary and not gonna fall on you or move around while we're securing the other bolts. All right, so those are pretty snug in place. We'll tighten those down at the end, but now we wanna line everything up so we can get the rest of our hardware in. Now, I'm gonna take the rest of our button head hardware, put that through the bumper and our skid plate and then secure it down with a flat washer, lock washer, and the provided nut. Like I said, we'll tighten those up in just a minute. I wanna get everything attached and then we can go back and tighten everything down.So, while we're over on the passenger side what we can do is take our rear bolt for the back of our skid plate here and attach that to the bracket we just installed. It's going to be the same bolt that the bracket utilized before and then you're gonna have those two flat washers, lock washer, and a nut. All right, so after that's snugged up we can repeat that same process on the other side.So, after everything is attached, what we can do is tighten that down. I'm gonna be using, for the back bolt, a 13-millimeter wrench and a 13-millimeter socket. Now, we can move to the front button head bolts. So, for the bolt head, I'm gonna be using the provided Allen key and for the other side I'm gonna be using a 10-millimeter socket. Now, for the two middle ones, you'll only need that Allen key. I snugged 'em up pretty well, so you might only need a turn or so. After everything's tightened up, then you're all set to go.So, that's gonna wrap it up for my quick 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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