(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
- How to Install Barricade Trail Force HD Front Bumper w/ LED Lights (2018 Wrangler JL) on your Jeep Wrangler
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Hey. What's up, guys? I'm Ryan from Extreme Terrain, and today I'm here with the Barricade Trail Force HD Front Bumper with LED lighting, fitting your 2018 and up Wrangler JL. This is gonna be for the off-roading enthusiast looking to change up the appearance and add some functionality and lighting to their JL, with a winch-compatible bumper. This is a great upgrade for any Jeep owner, especially those of you looking to hit those trails and want that aggressive appearance for a reasonable price. This gonna add strength and utility to your front end and the built-in LED lighting will make a huge difference in low-light visibility, even on the darkest trails. Now, this is gonna be one of your most affordable options on the site at around $400. This comes as a complete kit and is a relatively easy install. And, of course, there are higher-quality options to go with, but they're gonna cost a lot more money. I think for what you're getting and the price, that this is a great option to go with. Now, as far as install goes, I'm gonna give this a one out of three wrenches since you can install this in about two hours using basic hand tools. It requires no drilling or cutting to install and even the wiring is plug and play, making for a straightforward bolt-on. Now, with that being said, let's hop into the install.So, to begin this installation, we're gonna need to take our front bumper off. We're gonna start off with this splash shield underneath. So, first thing we're gonna do, we're gonna use an 8-millimeter socket to remove both of these screws. We're gonna have one on either side. Next, we're gonna remove these eight push pins along the whole front side of this splash shield so we can remove it and then access the bumper bolts. You just pry up on the center just like that and then they'll pull out. These ones are a little trickier. You need a long flathead screwdriver. Get these ones in the middle. Next, we're gonna use a 16-millimeter to remove these two bolts out of this shield. There's one on both sides. After you get both of those bolts out, you're just gonna wanna smack this thing up in the air. It's gonna come off real nice for you.We're gonna remove the bumper by taking the nuts off. You're gonna have four nuts on either side of the frame rail. I'm gonna take this end cover off. It's just a series of push pins. This is just so you can get a better sight at what I'm doing. However, this isn't necessary to remove the actual bumper. So, same thing goes for these push pins. We're just gonna pry up on the center and they'll pop right out. Up here. So, once you have all of these push pins off, and this cover is just gonna come out real nice for you. So, next, we're gonna use an 18-millimeter socket to remove these nuts. So, we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. Like I said, it's not absolutely necessary to take this cover off. I'm just doing that so you can get a better view of what I'm doing.Next, we're gonna disconnect our fog light plug. We're gonna go ahead and just press this tab in and then pull our plug out. So, with everything disconnected underneath, the last thing we're gonna do is remove two push pins from the upper top side of the frame rail. We're gonna use that same flathead screwdriver, pull the center up, and then we can remove our bumper. So then you're gonna grip this bumper up by the tow hooks. We're just gonna go ahead, wiggle it off. So, we're just about ready to install our new Barricade bumper. However, since I have these two next to each other, I wanna go over some of the features of this bumper and compare it to our stock bumper. Now, the stock bumper is great for the aesthetic appearance, however, there's not much strength or functionality to it. It does have lights, it does have tow hooks, but other than that, it's not really gonna handle up to much trail abuse. If you're wanting to upgrade, you're gonna wanna look at something like this. This is a relatively affordable bumper and it's a great bumper to start with. This is made of heavy-duty 5/32 inch steel and it's a little bit shorter than the stock bumper and much stronger. It has tapered ends, so it's gonna clear up that area in front of the wheels and give you much better approach angles for those tough trails. This also has a welded-in, 2-inch Overrider hoop. This is gonna protect your grille from any of that trail debris and brush that you may come across, and it even has tabs on top so you can mount extra LED lighting.Now, this has built-in LED lighting that is very bright, so it's really gonna come in handy for those very dark trails and increase visibility dramatically. Not only that, but you're not gonna have to pull the stock bumper apart to remove those fog lights and that harness. Now, this has a built-in winch plate and it's gonna allow you to run a variety of winches up to 12,000 pounds. It also has built-in D-rings, so really gonna come in handy for the sticky situations when you need to get pulled out of some mud or some rocks. Now, the whole bumper is finished off in a black powder coating, which is gonna add to the durability and it's gonna allow it for maximum corrosion resistance. Now, with that being said, let's show you how this gets installed.So, next, we're gonna pick our bumper up. You may want to get someone to help you pick it up and then we're gonna slide it on and get our hardware installed. Great, like a glove. So, we have our bumper on and we're just about ready to install our hardware. One thing I would like to point out is your bumper is gonna pass through the frame rail. It's also gonna pass through this other bracket. If you do have issues fitting these bolts through there, you can take a 16-millimeter socket and loosen this bolt off and either bend the bracket in or you can just slide it back, allow that to get on, and then you can put it back on. So, we have our's on, so we're gonna start with these outside studs and we'll use a flat washer on both of them. Then we're gonna put a lock washer, you know, to lock the nut on. And then we're gonna install our nut.So, we're gonna do the same thing on the opposite side, inside of the frame rail. Tithe bottom one is going to be a stud. So we're gonna do a flat washer, a lock washer, and a nut. Now, the top one is going to get a bolt. You're gonna do the same thing. We're gonna put a lock washer and a flat washer on there and then we're gonna insert that bolt. We're gonna do the same thing for the other frame rail, starting with these outside two studs. Now, we're gonna do our inside. And we're putting our bolt into the top, threaded hole. All right, so now that we have all of that in, we can go ahead and tighten everything up. We're going to use an 18-millimeter socket to crank everything down.So, our bumper is on and tight. However, we still have to wire up our fog lights. So, we're gonna open our hood and start by the battery. So, the reason we're starting under the hood is because it's a relatively tight area in here and we're not gonna be able to feed the relay up and through the front grille area. So, I did find an area on this side of the passenger side headlight that we can pass this harness through down and plug our lights in. This spot is going to keep our harness away from any hot and/or moving parts and it'll feed it right down to our bumper. So, once you pull the rest of the harness out through the bottom of the grille, we're gonna go ahead and pass it over the frame rail, keeping one of the short plugs on this side so we can plug this outside light in. So, you're gonna line up your tabs with this little other tab on your light and click that in.So, we're just gonna work our way across and we're gonna save the two longest plugs for our far side. So, the next step we're gonna need to wire our leads to our battery. So, of course, we're gonna wire our black wire to our negative side and our red wire to our positive side. You're gonna need a 13-millimeter wrench to remove these nuts and then we'll get these terminals installed. I'm gonna place our lead on, reinstall our nut, and then tighten that down. I'm gonna do the same thing with our positive side. So, after you get that hooked up to the battery, you're gonna wanna mount this relay somewhere. You can attach it to one of the studs on this fender rail here, or you can zip tie it in a good location. However, after you do that, we're gonna run this switch across the back of this firewall and then we'll run it into the cab. So, we're actually gonna run it under this line right here since this is the best way that I have found to enter the cab since there's not much room to go through the firewall.And then we're gonna go underneath of this gasket. We're actually gonna take this cowl cover off so we can run it underneath of there. Like I said, we're gonna take this cowl cover off. You're gonna have four bolts that you'll need to remove with a T40 Torx. Once you get all four of those bolts off, you can just pull this cover off. So, we're gonna run this wire down underneath of this cowl panel. We're gonna open our door and run this switch to the inside. After you run this wire inside, you can just tuck it inside of this panel right here. And we'll run our wire down and then you're gonna peel this backing off and then just attach it wherever you would like on your dash, like right there.So, after you run your switch inside, you're gonna wanna secure any and all of your wiring, especially the excess and zip tie that up and away and then you'll close your hood. So, that wraps up my review and install. For more videos like this, check us out at extremeterrain.com.
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|Bumper Type||Mid Width|
|Bumper Winch Mount||Winch Mount|
|Bumper Fog Light Fitment||Factory|
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