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Hey, what's up guys? I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain, and today I'm here with the Deegan 38 fender flares with LED lighting fitting your '07 to '18 Wrangler JK. These are gonna be for anyone looking to upgrade all four fender flares to a stronger steel set-up for not only a more aggressive appearance, but some functional durability. These things are not only gonna be stronger than stock, but they're gonna be more appealing and they're gonna add some clearance. This is great for when you're running larger tires. These things are built to handle trail rash and debris on those tough trails while keeping the body of your Jeep relatively safer.Now, these come as a complete kit with lights making for a relatively easy install. There is some drilling and wiring required. However, the wiring is plug-and-play and the drilling is pretty straightforward. This is gonna be one of your most affordable options with lighting on the site at around $600 with some of the other kits costing up to twice as much. I think for the construction and durability, you're getting a great deal. As far as install goes, I'm gonna give this a two out of three wrenches since you can install this in around two and a half hours using simple hand tools. Now, with that being said, let's hop into the install.To begin this installation, we're gonna need to first remove our stock fender flare. We're gonna start with this driver one up here. So we have a few 10 millimeter bolts and a couple of pushpins, and then we'll have to disconnect this light, but then we'll be able to pull the fender off with the inner fender liner. And there's gonna be one hidden in this hole back here.So now that we have all the hardware out, the next thing we're gonna have to do before we rip this fender off is disconnect this light. So, you're gonna press in on this little tab and that's gonna release the plug. You can unplug that. Now, it is attached to the fender, so you're gonna need to pull down on that and then pull this little retaining ring out of there. But once that's loose, we're ready to rip this off.So once you get the six bolts out and the wiring harness is disconnected for the marker light, we're gonna go ahead and start with this bottom side and just rip it off the Jeep. So to get these remaining clips out, we're gonna squeeze the tabs on the back side. That's gonna force them inward and then this clip will just pop right out.So now that we have the front uninstalled, we're ready to uninstall the rear. Now, the rear is just a series of pushpins. So we're gonna get all those out and then get that one off as well. So we're gonna start with these back one's here. We're gonna use a trim panel removal tool or clip tool and we just wanna pop those out. You have a little sneaky one up here. Another little sneaky one up here.So once you have all the pop clips removed retaining the inner fender liner, you're ready to pull the fender flare off. Do the same thing that we did for the front. Then you're gonna do the same thing for the other side. Next we're gonna unplug our light. You can just squeeze this tab in there. That's gonna allow you to disconnect the connector.So we have our stock fender flare uninstalled. We're just about ready to install our new Deegan 38 fender flares. However, since I have both of these next to each other, I just wanna do a little comparison and go over some of the features. The first thing I'd like to point out is this stock fender flare is plastic. Now, it's not very strong and it tends to bend and break especially when you rub up against things on the trails and in colder weather, not only that, but because its bulky design, it's not gonna allow for too much tire-to-fender clearance and articulation when you start running larger tires. If you want something that's gonna add a little more protection, you're gonna wanna upgrade to something like this, which is a heavy duty steel fender flare and it has a powder coating. So this is gonna not only protect the side of your Jeep, whether you're kicking up road debris or you're bumping into trees, but it's gonna help it withstand the elements. Now, this is a little smaller than the stock and it's not as wide, so it's gonna give your Jeep an aggressive and sleek look.Now, another nice feature of this kit is it comes with LED lighting. This is not only gonna make for a quick plug-and-play install but you're not gonna have to source light since we're removing that marker light. Another nice feature about those LED lights is it's gonna give you a stylish appearance and it's gonna make it easier to be seen at night. Now, with that being said, we do have some holes to drill and get some Nutserts installed, so let's hop into this install.To get these front fenders installed, we're gonna have to drill some of these holes out so we can install Nutserts. We're gonna drill out six of these holes skipping this hole here and ending up at that back one there. So we're gonna start with this first one. So we're gonna use a 25/64-inch drill bit to drill these six holes out. Next one, we're gonna drill this one out. Now, we're gonna skip this hole and drill this one out. We're gonna drill this one out as well. And then the last one we're gonna drill out for a Nutsert is going to be this one, which is the third hole up from the bottom. So now that we have all six of our holes drilled, we're ready to install our Nutserts. Now, they do provide you with a Nutsert installing tool. And what you're gonna do is place the nut here, and then we'll have the spacer down here, and then we'll thread a Nutsert on, and then we're gonna insert it in the hole. We're gonna use a 13 millimeter wrench to hold the nut and a 13 millimeter socket to hold the bolt, and then we're gonna spin that, compress it in there, and then we'll unscrew the tool. So we're gonna hold our wrench still and we're gonna tighten our socket up.Once you get that first one installed, you can install the rest of them. So now that we have all six rivnuts installed, the next thing to do is to test-fit the fender so we can drill any additional holes. So we're gonna use the Allen-headed bolts with a lock washer and a flat washer to install those six in there and then we'll mark our other holes. So now that we have all of our bolts installed, the next thing you do is to lift our fender up and adjust it to where we want it, and then we're gonna tighten these bolts up so we can mark the holes. To tighten these up, we're gonna use a 4 millimeter Allen key. So now that we have our fender in place and snugged up, we can mark our holes.So after you have the fender removed, we're ready to drill some holes. We're gonna do this top hole here and this bottom outside hole with a 25/64 drill bit. So we're gonna use a pilot drill bit to start the hole, same with the bottom one. Once we have our pilot hole, we're gonna use a 25/64 bit to finish that off. So after you drill those two holes, we're gonna go ahead and install our Nutserts. Next we're gonna do a pilot hole in the other two holes. So after you drill the pilot hole for these two holes, we're gonna go through with an 11/32 bit. Now, you're not only gonna need to go through the first section, but you're gonna need to go through the second section as well. So you wanna hold the drill as level as possible.So we have all of our holes drilled and all the Nutserts installed, so we're just about ready to install the fender flare. However, we need to put on our foam tape and install that on the fender so we don't scratch the paint on the Jeep. So we're going to peel this backing and cut sections out that we can stick in between the bolt holes. Now, after you get this foam tape on, you're gonna need to go around and either cut or poke a hole where the bolt holes are. All righty. Then we'll just cut this little section for fun.Now that we have the foam installed, we're ready to place our fender on and start installing hardware. So we have one last little Allen-head bolt to install down here at the bottom of the back side. Next we're gonna install this one. Now, this is gonna be the longest bolt that they give you and you're gonna have a long spacer that we need to put in between these two pieces of metal on the back side. So we're gonna put a flat washer on this bolt, insert that through the fender, the stock fender through the spacer, and then out the other side. And we're gonna put a nut on the back side.Bottom of the hole is gonna be the shorter of the bigger bolts they give you. We're gonna do the same thing, put a washer on that, insert that into the fender, put our spacer in between, and that's gonna go throughout the back side. So after we get all of our hardware in, we're gonna begin to tighten everything up. We're gonna start with the two larger through-bolts. We're gonna use a 5 millimeter Allen key and a 13 millimeter wrench. Gonna put the wrench on the back side and then we'll tighten this whole thing up. Then we'll do our upper bolt. So we're gonna tighten the rest of these bolts using a 4 millimeter Allen.So now that our fender is completely bolted on, the next thing we're gonna do is install our lights. Now, these are relatively easy. All we have to do is take this rubber sleeve off and then we are going to push this into the hole, then we can slide our light back through and then connect it to our harness. So we're gonna do that to all three of those, connect them together, and then we'll plug them into our plug. So once we have all three of those lights pulled through, we're gonna go ahead and connect them into our harness. So then we can plug our new harness into our factory harness and then we can zip-tie this excess up in there.So now that we're all done with the front, we're ready to start on installation on the rear. Now, we still have to drill out some of these holes. We're gonna use that 25/64 bit, install our Rivnuts and then we'll get this installed. So we're gonna start with this one here and drill that out. Next we're gonna skip this hole and do this hole here. Then we're gonna do this one. We're gonna drill these two out. We're gonna skip this hole and drill this one out, and then we're gonna skip this one and drill this bottom one out. So now we can install our Rivnuts using our Rivnut tool.So we have all of our hardware installed. We're just about ready to install this. However, we still have to get this protective foam on. So we're going to start at the bottom and just go around as tight to the edge as we can, stick that on, poke some holes through it, and then we'll get this installed.All right. So once you have that foam on, you're ready to install your fender. I'm gonna go ahead and use our Allen-head hardware with a lock washer and a washer. So we're gonna go around and get all seven of our bolts in. Once we get all of our bolts in, we'll tighten them up with a 4 millimeter Allen. So the last step to finish up the rear, we're gonna install two self-tappers that are supplied in these bottom two holes. We're gonna use a quarter-inch socket on an impact to run those two screws in.So that wraps up my review of the Deegan fender flares with LED lighting. For more videos like this, checks us out at extremeterrain.com.
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Deegan 38 J108780
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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