Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, so today I'm here with Deegan 38 front bumper with the KC LED fog lights, fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers. So, adding a front bumper to your Wrangler can add a number of different benefits, it can add utility, as well as style, and this option by Deegan 38 is gonna do a great job at both. So, starting off with those utility benefits. First off, your getting full front end protection with uncompromised approach angles on the side here. You're also getting grille protection, and a couple of other standard features, including recovery points for those sticky situations on the trail, and a winch plate for the same thing. If you ever get into a sticky situation on the trail, you need to pull yourself out, this option is going to do a great job at giving you all of those features that you need to do so. Not only are you going to have that, you're gonna have a couple of added features as well. You have a bunch of light mounting points, you're gonna have two on either side corners of this, two in the middle with those LED KC fog lights included in this package, as well as four light mounting options on top. So, you have a ton of choices with how you want to set this up. Nonetheless, these side lights as well as a skid plate are available to add onto this bumper, so they don't come in the package but they are sold separately. So if you're looking to build off of this, this has the versatility to do so.So, not only is it gonna add all that utility and function, what it's also gonna is add a very tough and badass look to the front end of your Wrangler. It's gonna have this texture black powder coat finish, matching with any other texture black accessories or armor that you already have on your Wrangler. And it's gonna have the riveted accents all over the front bumper, just giving it that tough and aggressive off-road look that you may be looking for for the front end of your JL.So with all that being said, this is going to be pretty fairly priced, right at the average price point for a front bumper like this at roughly $550. And I definitely think that's very fair for what you're getting out of this front bumper. So, those more cost-effective choices are just not gonna have all the bells and whistles that this has. And then on the other hand of that, some more expensive choices just may have more going onto the bumper, and may be designed differently with higher quality materials. But, nonetheless, this is going to get the job done. It's gonna be very durable, it's gonna be able to take a hit. This is gonna be very functional and get you out of any sticky situation on the trail, and it is going to add that tough, aggressive, and off-road look to the front end if your Wrangler that you may be looking for. So, I personally think that $550 is fair, and it's gonna look badass doing it. So, the install is gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter because this does have the KC lights included, there is gonna be a little bit of wiring. However, it is a plug and play wiring harness so it's not too much to handle. So, you're gonna need some basic hand tools and probably two hours worth of your time. So, speaking of that install, let's jump into it now.The tools that I used for my install were a small flathead screwdriver, a large flathead screwdriver, a trim removal tool, a 13-millimeter and a 10-millimeter wrench, the provided Allen keys, a 16-millimeter shallow socket, a 16-millimeter and an 18-millimeter deep impact socket, 16-millimeter, 10-millimeter, and 8-millimeter deep socket, a 5-millimeter Allen socket, an impact wrench, a 1/2-inch drive, and 3/8-inch drive ratchet.So, the first thing we have to do is take off this upper splash shield. You're gonna need a flathead screwdriver to remove the eight pop clips that are holding it in, so we can go ahead and do that. So, you're gonna have two on either side of the frame rail, and then you're gonna have six along the front here. After those are out, we can remove the splash shield. So, after we took off the top trim piece, we need to take off the lower splash guard as well. I'm starting at the front of our lower splash guard. We're gonna remove the clips that are holding in the front, I'm using a trim removal tool to do so. So, after we've removed the front clips, we can remove the two bolts that are holding in the back of our splash guard. So, I'm using an 8-millimeter socket in order to remove that. So, for the second bolt you wanna make sure that you have a hand on your splash guard so it doesn't fall on your face. So, after all the clips and bolts are out it will be completely disconnected and we can take it out of place.So, behind the splash guard there's gonna be a skid plate, we're going to remove the two 16-millimeter bolt on either side using a 16-millimeter socket. So after those two bolts are out, we can slide this up and out of the way. So, for this next step, you don't necessarily have to do this. I'm just going to take off this outer trim piece so you guys can get a better visual on what I'm gonna do next. So, I'm using a flathead screwdriver. Taking this off may actually help you out and give you a little bit more room to work with, so you can do this if you want, but you don't have to. But I am just gonna take out the series of pop clips, just like on the top of our splash guard. So, after those are all out, we can take off this outer trim piece.So this next step, we're gonna take off the two nuts on these outer studs. These studs are connected to our bumper and those nuts are holding it on the frame. There's gonna be two of these on either side of each frame rail, so you're gonna have eight in total. I'm gonna be using an 18-millimeter deep socket in order to remove those. So, I'm gonna do the same thing that we did for the outside on the inside of the frame rail. It's gonna be a little bit hard to see, however, there are two studs there and it's going to be the same exact size. Now we can repeat that same process on the other side. So, after you have all of the nuts off of the studs, our last step is just gonna be to disconnect this wiring harness here, this is our main fog light wiring harness. You just have to unplug this, you don't have to disconnect the actual harness from the fog lights in the bumper. So, you're just gonna depress this tab. So, now we can just remove our bumper.So, before we can mount up our bumper, we do have to prep it with our lights. These are gonna be the two 3-inch LED cube lights that you get in the kit, and that they are going to be very bright and also very durable as well. They have a polycarbonate front here that's completely transparent but it will be able to take a hit off-road, which is good since they are mounted up to the middle of the front bumper. And then you have an aluminum outer housing. And this is going to also be very durable, but you're also getting a black powder coat finish on this. And it is going to resist any corrosion on the aluminum. And not to mention, the aluminum is also gonna be great for that heat dispersion to keep the lights cool. So, what we have to do is mount them into our mounts and then we can mount these on the front of our front bumper. So, there is going to be a little U-bracket down at the bottom which will attach to the back of the light. These will also come with U-brackets if you plan on mounting these up anywhere else. However, this is specifically for this 3-inch LED cube light. So, what we're gonna do is just feed this in and bolt it up. So, what we're gonna do is feed this in through the front, make sure that it's sitting properly in our housing. Like I mentioned, you're gonna have this U-bracket back here, so make sure that the wiring is going through the center of that. Then we can line up the holes in the side of our light with our U-bracket, take our provided Allen head bolts with the provided lock washer and thread those into the side of your light. So, these lights will also come with a provided Allen key. I'm just going to thread this in just to keep it in place, we'll tighten it down once the other one is installed. We can flip it over, take that other provided Allen head bolt, thread that in with our provided Allen key, and then we can tighten those down. All right. So, that's one light, and then we can mount up the second. All right. Now we can grab our bumper and mount these into place.So, now that we have our front bumper on the table, what we can do now is mount up our lighting. Now our two 3-inch cube lights are gonna be inserted in the front mounts here, and we're gonna secure it down with our stainless button head hardware. Now, I also have the work lights or the flood lights that are not included in this kit but you can purchase them separately on the table. And what I'm gonna do is just mount those up as well to show you guys the full aesthetic of the front bumper and what these additional fog lights can achieve as far as aesthetics go. So, we're gonna mount everything up and then we'll mount our bumper on our Wrangler.So, like I said, we are going to route this through and insert this through the front. Now, each of these six holes has a threaded...it's a threaded hole on the other side. So, we're going to put that in place, grab our stainless button head hardware, which is our button head bolt, flat washer, and lock washer. Lock washer first and then the flat washer so it puts tension on the bolt, and then we can mount this in place. Wanna make sure that it's flush. Once you get one in, the rest should be pretty easy. Now, with that same Allen key that we used for the light mounting hardware, we're going to tighten that down with the same one. And I do like the stainless hardware on this, it gives it a riveted look, and I think it looks more aggressive overall. And this is gonna match with the lighting hardware on the outside as well as the hardware for the skid plate if you choose to add that. However, we have hardware to fill up these holes as well that are provided in the kit if you don't have the skid plate in the future, it gives it more of a finished and aggressive look. All right. So that one's done, we can move on to the second.So, after our center lights are mounted up, what we can do is move to the outside. Now, you can either mount up your floodlight, this is not gonna be included in the kit, I just would like to mention that, but the back plating is gonna be included in the kit. So, if you don't have the floodlights to go with this bumper you can install this back plating, there is hardware provided. But for the sake of this video, I wanna show you guys the aesthetic with all the lightings on the front. So, I am going to install this. And we also have to install an accent plate which is going to match the accent plate or the mounting hardware that is going to be on those center LED cube lights. So, we can take the same hardware and go ahead and mount those up.So, first thing's first, we're gonna mount up our accent plating. So, this is the same button head hardware with the flat washer and the lock washer going into the threaded holes in the bumper. So, if you want to mount up your back plating at this point you have two rivnuts here, you can use the provided black button head bolts in order to bolt that up. But like I told you guys, I am going to install the floodlights. So, what I'm gonna do is pass that through the front just like we did with our cube lights in the middle. There is gonna be a U-bracket mounted here which I do really like. And then what we can do is take the hardware provided with the light...like I said before, this is sold separately, so I would just be aware of that. And then we can put that through, secure it down the other side with the provided nylon lock nut, and then take the provided Allen key and a 10-millimeter wrench and tighten that down. Now we're ready to mount up our front bumper.So, now we can go ahead and secure our bumper down, and now we have studs on either of the outside frame rails that we're gonna secure down with a flat washer, lock washer, and a nut, and then on the inside we're gonna have a bolt. So, we wanna get everything secured down and all of our hardware in, and then we can go back and tighten it down. But these are going to be 16-millimeter, so we are gonna use a 16-millimeter socket on all of the bumper hardware. Now we can secure the inside of the bumper to the inside of our frame rail using our provided hardware, which is gonna be our bolt, lock washer, and flat washer. And you are gonna have a threaded hole in the bumper that you'll thread this hardware into. All right. Now, we can do the other. So at this point, we're ready to tighten everything down. I'm gonna be using a 16-millimeter socket and my electric drive for the outside bolts, and then we can use a 16-millimeter socket and a hand ratchet for the inside bolts. So, like I said, for the inside bolts we are gonna be using a hand ratchet just because I can't put my electric drive in here, but it is still gonna be that 16-millimeter socket.So, what we're gonna do now after we've mounted our front bumper up is install these filler bolts. Now, these holes down at the bottom of our front bumper are for the Deegan 38 skid plate. And since it doesn't come in the kit, what comes in the kit is a filler bolt, and this is also gonna be the same hardware that that Deegan 38 skid plate will provide. However, since we're not mounting that up right now, it doesn't come in the kit, you have to purchase that separately, we're just gonna install the filler bolts and that's going to complete the whole riveted aesthetic of the front bumper. So, you are going to have a button head bolt, two flat washers, a lock washer, and a nut, and we are just going to mount those up to all eight of those holes. Now, after you have that in, what we can do is tighten that down with a 5-millimeter Allen key and a 13-millimeter wrench, or you could also use the provided Allen key that's in this kit. Then we can do the same thing for the other 7 holes.So, after the bumper is mounted up and finished, what we can do is move on to wiring up our 3-inch LED cube lights in the center of our bumper. Now, you're gonna receive a wiring harness here. This is going to have an in-line fuse, it also will have a switch connected to it, but you're also gonna get an anti-flicker harness in the kit as well just to make sure that the lights aren't flickering because of the lower resistance of the LEDs. So, basically what's gonna happen is these two plugs are going to plug into each other, one is gonna go into our KC lights and the other side is gonna go into our harness, and then we can wire it up to our battery. So, first up, we wanna take our anti-flicker harnesses and connect the block leads to each other and then the red leads to each other, if you have to pull back on this cover, you can. All right. Then after that's connected, we're gonna take the plug side, the male side of our connector and plug that into the back of our KC light. And then what we can do is take the other side and plug that into the other side of the harness. Then we can do the same thing for the other light, black into black, red into red, and then our anti-flicker harness. So, what I did was just take the wiring harness and route it behind the inner fender liner, behind the grille, and we can pull the harness through. So, at the top of the wiring harness is gonna be our switch wires. We're just gonna throw those over for right now, and then get the rest of our wiring for our battery up and connected. All right. So what we can do is just route this over here, put the excess right here next to our battery, throw our switch wires over. I did disconnect our switch but I'll show you how to reattach that in just a minute. Then we can attach our leads to the battery. Now, your yellow lead with your in-line fuse is gonna go to your positive, and then the black lead is going to go to the negative.So, we're gonna start with the positive. I'm using a 10-millimeter socket and my impact just to take off that accessory nut. We can attach our yellow lead, which will be our positive, then re-install that, and then do the same thing for our negative. After that's on, we can tuck these excess wires inside, put our cover back on, and then we can route our switch through the firewall. So, now we can wire our switch through our firewall. Now, what has to happen, on the left side of your brake master cylinder, you're gonna have an access hole to your cab area in the engine bay. So, there is a cover there, I am just gonna pry it off with a flathead screwdriver. And it is gonna be pretty difficult to see, but it's gonna be right on the left side of your brake master cylinder there. So, what you're popping out looks like this. And then what we can do is take our switch wires and route them through, and they should drop right at the left side of your brake pedal or your clutch pedal. So, like I said, on the left side of your brake pedal they should drop down, and we can pull those through. Now you want to attach your switch. So, what we're gonna do is attach the red to the middle, your black to that copper prong, or the brass prong, and then your yellow, which is your power, is gonna be on the outside, opposite to that brass prong. Now, what you can do is mount this up wherever you'd like inside your cab area and you're all set to go.So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install, make sure you like and subscribe. And from videos and products like this, make sure to keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.