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Hey, guys. So, today, I'm here with the Barricade Trail Force HD Full Width Front Bumper with the Winch Combo, fitting all 2018 JL Wranglers. So, this is gonna be the perfect package for the JL owner shopping around for a front bumper and they want full end, front end protection while still adding a number of different benefits, but they also want a winch that's gonna be able to hold up on the trail and help them out for any sticky situation that they may get into on the trail. So, this is gonna offer a number of different benefits, like I said, and I'll go over more in just a little bit, but you are getting that heavy-duty winch with a synthetic line. You're getting some grille protection, underbody protection, some recovery points as well as places to mount up any accessory lighting, so it definitely is a big bonus.Now, you also do get the option to swap over your factory fog lights so you're not sacrificing any of those features that your factory front bumper came with. So, this is gonna run you about $950 and I personally think that that's a great price considering that bumpers and winches separately can range anywhere from $250 all the way up to $1,200. So, for $950, I think that's a great investment. Now, comparing it to other combo options, this is gonna be a pricier option and that's for a number of different reasons. Now, you do have the full front end protection. You have the full width front bumper, so that's gonna be a lot of metal jacking that price up, and then you also have the synthetic line which you will be paying a little bit of a premium for. However, in my personal opinion, it's safer and it's gonna last a longer time than a steel cable would. Now, that doesn't mean that mid width front bumpers, as well as steel cable lines, are bad. If you're looking to get a budget-friendly option that's still gonna hold its own, I definitely think that those are great options to take a look at. But if you're looking for something that's gonna last a long time, if you're looking for a ton of functionality as well as form, I mean, this looks really nice on the front of our JL, I definitely think that this package is worth the price. Now, install is gonna be a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It's nothing you can't get done in your driveway in a couple of hours with a couple of hand tools. So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, a 3/8 inch drive ratchet, a quarter-inch drive ratchet, a couple of extensions, a 17-millimeter open-ended wrench, a 7-millimeter open ended wrench, a flathead screwdriver, and an 18-millimeter deep socket, a 16, 14, and 10-millimeter shallow socket, an 8-millimeter deep socket, a 7-millimeter shallow socket, a 16-millimeter swivel socket, a Phillips head screwdriver, and a pair of pliers. So, the first step in removing our bumper is to remove the pop clips that are holding the upper splash guard in place. I'm just using a flathead screwdriver to do that. You can also use a trim removal tool. So, you're gonna have two on top of that go into the frame rail. You're also going to have six on the back here that it's gonna be holding it to the bumper. And after all of those are out, we can remove our splash guard.So, moving on to the bottom splash guard, we're first gonna remove the two bolts that are holding it in on either side, with an 8-millimeter deep socket. Then we're gonna do the same thing on the other side. So now we have to remove the pop clips that are holding in the front of our bottom splash guard. I'm gonna be using either a trim removal tool or a flathead screwdriver, whichever is easiest, I know that they do differ along the way because of the spacing. So this one's easy to access with a trim removal tool. So now we're gonna remove the back panel on either side of the bumper. You're gonna use a flathead screwdriver to get the pop clips out that are holding it in. So, with a 16-millimeter socket, we're next gonna remove our bottom skid plate here, just the two bolts on the outer sides. I'm just gonna slide up.So now, you can use an 18-millimeter deep socket and a ratchet or an impact wrench if you can squeeze it in here to remove the nuts that are holding on our bumper studs. There's gonna be eight in total, four on each frame horn. So we are on the outer driver's side right now. We're just gonna loosen those. So after all the bolts are out, the last thing that we need to do is unplug the main harness for our two fog lights. So we are just gonna unclip that. So, now we can remove our bumper. So now that we have our factory bumper off and taken apart, I can sit it next to our new Barricade front bumper and you can obviously tell that you're getting a number of different benefits out of this Barricade front bumper that your factory one wasn't giving you. Starting off, you are getting the same length, so this is still gonna be a full width front bumper. You're still getting that protection for your tires. However, I do like how this is angled up so it makes for better approach angles and some more clearance out on the trail, which is something that your stock front bumper is not gonna be able to give you. It's also gonna be a lot more durable, made of five 5/32 inch plated steel with a 2-inch steel Overrider feature that's gonna give you a lot more protection than the plastic factory front bumper will as well as grille protection.Now, it's also gonna have a black two stage textured powder coat finish on it that's gonna resist any rust or corrosion on the metal. It's also gonna resist any surface damage and it's gonna help assist you in getting that off-road and aggressive look that you may be wanting to get out of a front bumper. Now, you're also getting a couple of different other features. You're getting a drop-in winch plate. This is going to also come with a winch. However, the JL does not come with the winch out of the factory, so I can't really do some comparisons there. However, I am going to tell you about that in just a minute. And then you also have two D-ring mounts on the front for recovery. This does come with D-rings and I can tell you that that is a lot more efficient as well as a lot safer than your factory tow hooks.Now, you also are able to keep your factory fog lights. I do like that about this. A lot of other front bumpers will not allow that feature and you are also getting some accessory light mounting points. You're getting four as to where a lot of other standard front bumpers will only give you a two, so that is a bonus there. So, as I can tell, it's nice, it's a high-quality front bumper, so let's go see how it fits. Now, before we mount our bumper up, we do need to swap over our factory fog lights and Barricade does provide you some hardware to do that. So, we're just going to make sure it's oriented in the right way and we can put it in the slot, line it up, and then we can insert our hardware. So, I'm just making sure that everything is threaded on then we can go ahead and tighten it down in just a minute. We can take a 7-millimeter wrench, put that on the nut on the back and then we can tighten all of our screws down. So now we're ready to mount up our front bumper. Now, it will have studs on it so that's gonna help us out a whole bunch because it is pretty heavy.So, if you're having trouble mounting up your bumper, there is a bolt here. It's a 16-millimeter bolt. You can loosen it up with a 16-millimeter socket. You'll be able to wiggle the secondary bracket and you'll be able to get the bumper on. So what we're gonna do at this point, once our bumper mounted up, is attach our hardware. So we're gonna attach the flat washer, lock washer, and nut on the back here. Now, we're just gonna thread everything on and then we can tighten everything down. So, for the inner two, you usually have two studs, at least how that is set up on the stock front bumper. But for this, you have one stud which we're gonna attach that hardware to, just like the outer two studs, and then you'll have a bolt.So now I'm gonna go back with an 18-millimeter deep socket and a small 3-inch extension and just tighten everything down. Now, for the middle studs, you won't need that extension but we're still gonna go back with that 18-millimeter deep socket. So what we can do now is attach our fog light harness. So, I'm on the far side and I'm just gonna feed that down through and plug that into the back here and then we can move over to the other side and plug in our other two connectors. So now I am passing the wire underneath our winch plate. I'm going to pass the wire through here and then the other side, plug in our main harness. Then we can grab our smaller one for fog light and plug that one in.So, after we have our bumper secured down, now we can move on to assembling our winch. We don't really have much to assemble on the table. We just have to attach our solenoid, but I did wanna tell you guys a little bit about this winch. So, this is gonna be a 9,500-pound pulling capacity, 5.5 horsepower, and it's gonna be a 12-volt winch with a synthetic rope. Now, the rule of thumb usually when choosing a pulling capacity for a winch is to a get a pulling capacity that is one and a half times the gross weight of your Wrangler. So, this 9,500-pound pulling capacity is perfect for the armored two-door or anything less or a moderately armored four-door, I would say. So, moving on to your line, this is gonna be a synthetic rope like I mentioned before and I personally like a synthetic rope over a steel cable line for a couple of different reasons.Now, it is gonna require a little bit more maintenance. You are gonna have to take care of it. However, this is a lot easier to handle. You're not having to drag a heavy line up a hill when you need to winch something and it's a lot safer. So this is not gonna store energy under load. If it does snap, it's just gonna fall to the ground. However, with a steel cable line, it will lash back since it does have that energy. So, if you are looking into a steel cable for a budget-friendly option, I would definitely get a damper with this. However, this kind of line is something that I would go with personally just because of the safety aspect. Now, like I said, you do have to maintenance this a little bit more, but this does come with a cover in the package, so you are safe there.Now, you will need a 14-millimeter socket and ratchet as well as a Phillips head screwdriver to go ahead and attach our solenoids so let's do that now. So, you're gonna have three short leads as well as two long leads. This is gonna connect to your battery as well as the negative terminal or the negative lead that's gonna connect to your battery. So we're just gonna put this aside for a second. So we are going to mount this up top and you will have two Phillips head screws on the back that you just have to tighten down so it'll stay in place. We can take our Phillips head screwdriver and just tighten those down. So, after those are tight and our solenoid is safe and secure, now we can take off these top nuts, remove one of the flat washers, and go ahead and start connecting our terminals.So, I'm gonna start with our positive just because that was the first one that I reached. We're gonna attach that, attach our flat washer, and then resecure our nut. Now we can grab our negative. And they do come with little covers that I do like that protect the terminals from any rust or corrosion. Then we can attach our last yellow one. This is basically our actuating terminal. Now, we can go ahead and tighten those down. I'm not gonna tighten them down too much, but we're gonna take a 14-millimeter socket and just snug them up. You don't wanna overtighten because it can destroy the terminal of, so be mindful. Hand tight is okay. You can slide these over.All right, so once those top terminals are finished, we can move on to the bottom one. So you will have a small wire here. This is gonna be your negative. You're also gonna connect this to the bottom as well as the one for your battery. You can also connect it to a bare metal spot on your bumper, on your Jeep, wherever you like. It just needs to be grounded. Then we can attach our flat washer, lock washer, and lastly, our nut and tighten that down with the same 14-millimeter ratchet and socket. After that's on there, we're ready to move to our Wrangler and attach our Fairlead. So now what we can do is take our provided hardware and attach our Fairlead. I do like how this looks, this Hawse Fairlead. It is a billet aluminum and it's definitely gonna be a really nice material for your synthetic line. So we can attach one side, move to the next, then we can go ahead and we can go ahead and tighten those down.So, I'm gonna take a 16-millimeter socket and a 17-millimeter wrench for the back there and tighten that down. All right, and once that's on there, we can attach our winch. So what I'm gonna do first is take our longer leads and kind of get them out of the way. We don't want this to mess us up while we're trying to mount up our winch. The winch is very heavy, so we want as little distraction as possible. We can grab those in just a minute and reroute them to our engine bay. Then you're gonna take your square nuts and insert them into the base of your winch.So, we have the solenoid mounted up to our winch. However, with this front bumper, it's tucked very far into the grille and the bull bar is not as tall as we expected, so what I had to do was take off the solenoid to maneuver it onto the drop-in winch plate. And since that happened, since we are unable to have the solenoid mounted up, we weren't able to access those back Phillips head screws to tighten down the solenoid onto the rails. But what I did do, and it's a really easy solution, is just flip them around and we can tighten them down from the front. So, I'll show you guys that in just a second. So, let's get our winch in here. So we're gonna flip it sideways. As you can tell, when we tried to flip it upwards, the solenoid got in the way. So, I'm making sure that our line is right here. We're gonna pull that through our Fairlead. Gonna open the clutch to free spool it out a little bit just so we know that that's out, put it in the middle, and we can flip our solenoid over and it's gonna be a little bit tight, but we are going to pop that on. We can just take our Phillips head screwdriver and tighten those down. Now we can secure our winch down to our winch plate.So now we're gonna take our supplied hardware for our winch and we can go underneath of our winch plate and secure that down. So, what I'm gonna be using to tighten that down is a 16-millimeter swivel socket and an extension since it is in a strange location. So now we can pop our hood so we can connect our leads. I'm gonna pull our leads up and we're gonna route it over the frame, behind the grille, and up through this little hole here. So you're gonna go behind the fender liner and you'll be able to push that through behind the grille. Because they're such thick wires, they are kinda hard to maneuver. Let's work on our second one.All right, so then we can grab a 10-millimeter socket and we can connect those to our accessory. I'm gonna start with the positive. So remove this cover and we can connect our negative terminal. Now, you can also run these underneath the air box shroud. And you can clean up the wires however you want to, but now that they're connected, we can go ahead and attach our hook. So now you're gonna engage your clutch on free spool. I'm just gonna spool some out. You are gonna have a pin here, a little cotter pin that we're going to remove.We're going to attach our hook to our synth rope. Put that cotter pin back in. Bend that back with some pliers. Once that's bent, we can attach that to our D-ring. So, after you've attached your hook, then you're all set to go. Now, when you're ready for winching, all you have to do is grab your remote. You can pop this rubber piece off, plug your remote in. There will be a small tab on it that you'll be able to line up at the bottom. So, once that's plugged in, you can turn your Jeep on and press in or out, depending on what you need to do.So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Off Road Ready. When tackling tough terrain you will need rugged protection and a way to recover in the event you get yourself stuck. The smart way to go is to install a Barricade Trailforce HD Full Width Front Bumper and Winch Combo Kit on your 2018-2023 JL Jeep Wrangler. The include 9500 lb winch can handle all your recovery needs, while the Trailforce Bumper will protect against road and trail hazards.
Trail Force HD Full Width Front Bumper. Barricade manufactures their Trail Force HD Full Width Front Bumper from 5/32 inch mild steel plating and 2 inch x 0.120 inch tubing for dependable durability. The heavy duty D-Ring mounts are welded on both the inside and the outside for additional strength. Barricade then completes the entire Bumper in a rugged two stage finish, using epoxy pre-coating and a high-grade textured black powder coating. As an added bonus, this Trailforce HD Bumper also features integrated light mounts that allow you to install two fog lights and two auxiliary lights. Lights are not included - sold separately.
Heavy Duty 9500 LB Winch. The included Barricade Winch is driven by a powerful 5.5 HP series-wound 12-volt electric motor. Featuring a rugged 3-stage planetary gear box with a 195.4:1 gear ratio, this Winch provides 9500 lbs of pulling power. Matched with a sliding ring gear clutch and a two-way automatic, in-the-drum braking system, you know you can always rely on this winch to hold your rig. A Hawse fairlead helps to reduce wear and tear on the included 94 foot long Dyneema SK75 Synthetic Rope. This Barricade Winch also includes a wired remote control with a 12 foot lead, allowing you to safely stand clear when in operation.
Simple, Bolt-on Installation. Barricade engineered their Bumper and Winch Combo Kit to be a direct bolt-on upgrade using just basic hand tools. There is no cutting or drilling required for a clean, straight forward installation. With the help of a friend, installation can be completed in about 3 hours.
Application. This Barricade Off-Road Trailforce HD Full Width Front Bumper and 9,500 lb. Winch with Synthetic Rope Combo kit is specifically designed for use on 2018-2023 Jeep Wrangler JL models.Line Pull Speeds
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