(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
$494.99 (each)FREE Shipping Market Price $659.99 You Save 25% ($165.00) Up to 10% off for Military & First Responders! See Details
Add Local Shop Installation
Saved - View your saved items
We're sorry. We couldn't save this product at this time.
Hey, guys. So, today, we're checking out the Deegan 38 Rear Bumper, fitting all 2020 and Newer Gladiator JTs. So, if you're looking for some extra protection, some better utility, and overall, an off-road aesthetic to the back end of your truck, this is going to be a great choice to take a look into. Now, like I said, this is going to provide a lot of protection with a heavy-duty construction. This is going to be made of a steel construction. So, if you are looking for some better protection when you take your truck off-road and something that can handle some abuse off-road, this is definitely going to be it. Now, what I do like even though this does have a more heavy-duty kind of boxy construction is that this is also going to be pretty low profile in the meantime. Now, it's going to be angled up on the side so if you are concerned about departure angles, this is going to be a great choice considering that you're getting a lot of room to work with on the outer ends here while still getting wrap-around protection and maximum protection in the middle. Now, speaking of the trail, this is also going to come with some utility for that as well. We're getting two welded D-ring mounts on either side. So, you are getting recovery out of this rear bumper. So, if you're taking your truck off-road or even need to utilize a recovery point on the street, this rear bumper is going to accommodate that.Now, what I do also like about this rear bumper in comparison to some other options available on the page is the fact that this is going to come with cutouts on either side for auxiliary lighting, and you can really mount up whatever you'd like being able to customize it, and this is really going to be a great choice for anybody who is looking to maximize their rear visibility or wants to add any additional lighting to the back end of their JT. Overall, this is a very inclusive bumper. It's going to come with really everything that you need in order to install it. And it's going to allow all of the factory features to be mounted up, including your hitch plug. You're also going to be able to mount up your factory license plate light so you won't have to find a DIY solution or wire up any additional lighting. And this is also going to come with cutouts for the factory backup sensors and plugs if you don't have those backup sensors. So, overall, I think it's a very inclusive kit and it's going to provide a lot of benefits while also looking very good in the meantime. As far as price is concerned, this is going to come in at roughly $500. And again, with everything that's included in the kit and the quality and the overall function of this bumper, I definitely think that this is worth that price point.Now, in comparison to some other options available on the page, you may just see some heavy-duty rear bumpers set up a little bit differently. They may have a more boxy construction on the outer ends instead of something that is more tailored to a departure angle like this one. They may not come up with additional light mounting options and just kind of keep a basic approach. And then some other more expensive options may just have a couple of extra bells and whistles. They may have points on the bumper where you can use a recovery jack or they may have the lighting included. So, overall, I personally think if you don't need all the extra bells and whistles, you're looking for something that's in the middle, gonna provide some good protection, some good recovery, and also give you an option for mounting up rear lighting on your JT, then this is going to be a great choice. Now, when it comes to install, I'm going to give this a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. Very easy to install. You might need an extra hand in order to get it mounted up, but you don't necessarily need it. You're gonna need a few basic hand tools and probably two hours worth of your time to get the job done. So, speaking of that install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, an 18-millimeter wrench, flat-head screwdriver, pair of snips, an 18-millimeter deep socket, and shallow socket, a 10-millimeter socket, a 3-inch extension, and a Phillips head socket. So, the first step to removing our rear bumper is to remove the license plate. Now, I'm going to use a 10-millimeter socket in order to do that. However, depending on the hardware that you have mounted up for your license plate, your tool may depend. So, using that 10-millimeter socket, I'm just going to remove the two bolts on top. And then once we remove the license plate, that's going to expose two bolts in the middle. Next, with a 16-millimeter socket, we can remove these two bolts that are holding on the center part of our rear bumper. Next, now that we're underneath the truck, what we can do is disconnect our hitch plug wire. So, you just have to depress that clip and pull back. You want to make sure that there's no clip that is secured to the bumper. If so, you are going to need a trim removal tool or a clip removal tool. There may be a Christmas tree clip that holds this to the bumper and also to the frame, you just want to make sure that it's disconnected from the bumper. Next, we can disconnect the license plate light wiring harness. So, I'm just going to depress that clip and pull back.Now, all we just have to do is press down and pull back. And then what we can do next is take a clip removal tool and just make sure that the wiring harness that's coming out of the bumper is disconnected from the frame. We don't want the frame and the bumper connection because if we pull back on the bumper, it's still going to be connected with this wiring harness. I'm just going to use a clip removal tool and we can disconnect that from the frame. And then our next step is to disconnect the bumper at the frame itself. With the 16-millimeter socket, we can remove the two nuts on either side that are holding the bumper to the frame rail right here. And then we can repeat that on the other side. Now that everything's disconnected, what we can do is completely remove the bumper from the Jeep. So, we're just going to grab the bumper and pull back. Now, if you do have a different trim level, there may be a couple more bolts. You may have two more down here, however, that should basically do it as far as the attachment system from the bumper to the Jeep. Last but not least, we can disconnect our factory tow hook. This is held in by two 21-millimeter bolts. So, I'm going to use a 21-millimeter socket and a 1/2-inch drive ratchet in order to remove those.So, before we hop into the rest of the install, I did want to stop down and tell you guys a little bit more about the rear bumper here, especially in comparison to our factory one, show you some of the similarities and the differences and what benefits that you're going to get out of this Deegan Rear Bumper. So, starting off, this is going to be generally the same size as our factory rear bumper. You are getting that wrap-around protection on the side. However, this is going to be a lot higher clearance, and it's going to be a little bit boxier. So, this will provide a lot better protection while still giving you some good departure angles while you take your JT off-road. Now, speaking of that protection, this is also going to be a lot stronger than the factory rear bumper, which is made out of plastic. This is going to be made out of a steel plate construction. It's also going to have a nice textured black powder-coat finish on top to protect that seal underneath, but also to match with any other heavy-duty accessories and give a more off-road aesthetic to the back of your JT. Now, speaking of off-road, this is also going to come with a couple of different benefits there. This will have two welded D-ring mounts, which will be capable of pulling up to 9,500 pounds. That's going to be a great recovery point while you're out on the trail. The factory one does have a factory tow hook, but I do personally like a D-ring since it is a closed unit in comparison to an open tow hook. It is a little bit safer and a little bit more efficient, and the fact that you get two here is definitely an added bonus.Now, this will also come with two at mounts on either side for accessory lighting. You can mount up cube lighting there or really whatever you'd like to do. This is going to allow you to customize the back of the rear bumper and also get some additional lighting out of the rear end of your Gladiator as to where the factory one just comes with the standard reflectors there. So, that's something that you will be losing in the new bumper, but I think adding auxiliary lighting in the new bumper is definitely a big step up. Now, you will be able to keep some factory features if you do have them, including the hitch plug there. You're also able to swap over the factory license plate lights, so you don't have to wire up anything new and you will be able to keep the factory backups and sensors if your truck is equipped. So, overall, this is a very good rear bumper as far as protection, utility, and the overall functionality is concerned. And I personally think it's going to add a really nice look to the back of the JT. So, what do you say we swap over some of those components and get this thing installed? So, we do have to take out our license plate light housing and the wiring harness, as well as our hitch plug here. So, I'm going to start with the hitch plug. I have a flat-head screwdriver. I'm just going to depress these two tabs on either side and we can just push it out the front.Once both clear the bumper, will just fall right out. Put that to the side. Then we can start by undoing this wiring harness for the license plate lights. So, I am just gonna take a clip removal tool and start popping these out. And we can also unplug these just by pressing down on the clip and pulling back. Then we can put this harness to the side and then we can push the housing out the front. So, if you just pull up on this tab to be able to clear that tab on the side of the light, same with the bottom. All right. And you can do the same thing on the other side. So, again, there's a tab on the top. You can just push the housing forward a little bit and there's a tab on the bottom, a tab on the back. And I just have to get all of these pressed down. So, now that we have our new bumper on the table, what we can do is swap over some of our factory components and install our mounts for our license plate as well as the bumper itself. So, I'm going to start with our hitch plug. Just like the factory one, this is just going to pop into place. Just got to give it a good push, pop right in. Then we can pop in our license plate light. Now, we don't need the actual outer housing. We just need the light itself. These are going to be labeled at left and right. So, I'm going to do the left driver side first. Then we can connect the harness on the other side. So, once that's plugged in, what you can do is just clean up some of this excess wire. So, I usually just take some zip ties. These are not included in the kit, but I'd recommend that you do this, especially while you have it on the table, it makes it a little bit easier.Right. Just take a pair of snips, cut off the little tail. And then we can move on to the mounts. So, these mounts are going to sit where the factory studs were originally located, and we're going to have some retainer tabs that we could pop into place. These are essentially just going to hold this in place while we get it lined up with the back of our truck. Now, once those are on there, they should stay in place. And I would like to mention when you are here, what you can also do is install your light if you have one. You can take off this block off plate, you'll need a 5-millimeter Allen key in order to do that. But all you have to do is take off this block off plate and then there is a mount up at the top. Now, the last step that we have to complete is putting in the mounts for our license plate. So, we can just put these little plastic clips through the front and they should pop into place. Now, once those are installed, what we can do is install our bumper on our truck. Now, before we can mount up our bumper, we do need to mount up the supporting bracket on top of our frame rail here. Now, these are going to be labeled passenger and driver side. These are going to sit on top of that frame rail, and we'll be able to bolt it from underneath. Now, the holes are going to be elongated, so we're not going to tighten them completely down. We are going to snug them up, but we want to make sure that this is lining up correctly with our bumper once we place it on.So, I'm going to take the larger provided bolt, two flat washers, a lock washer, and a nut. We can go ahead and secure that down. Do that for the front as well as the back. And you can keep them relatively hand-tight so we have some adjustability, but it's not moving all over the place. We can repeat that process on the other side for the other frame rail, and then we can mount up our bumper. Now, at this point, what we can do is line up our rear bumper and line up those studs that we installed. All right. So, you just want to make sure that those studs go through and that they're not pushed out or pushed backwards. You want to make sure that they're through the frame. And then once they're through the frame, what we can do is secure them down with the provided lock washers, flat washers, and nuts. Now, before you head underneath the bumper, make sure that it's secured on both sides, make sure that you do this on both sides, and then we can connect our supporting bracket. So, what we can do next now that we have both sides secure is secure down our supporting bracket. There's going to be a hole on the inside of this main bumper bracket, and it's going to be right up towards the front. And we're going to take our provided bolt lock washer and flat washer, and put that through the supporting bracket through that hole in the bumper.Now, the bracket may need to be pushed over. This is why we left it pretty loose. Right. Then we can take our welded nut plate and thread that on. And we can do the same thing on the other side. And once that is all in, we can go back and tighten everything down. So, what I'm going to do first is tightened down the studs from the bumper to the frame using an 18-millimeter socket and an 18-millimeter wrench. Next, using a shallow 18-millimeter socket, we can tighten up the bolt and nut on our supporting bracket. And then last but not least, on the frame to the supporting bracket, we can use an 18-millimeter socket. I'm also gonna use a small extension just to clear this part of the frame, and then I'm also going to use an 18-millimeter wrench up top. And then we can repeat that process on the other side. Last but not least, we can take our plugs and plug them in. We'll start with the license plate light plug. Might be difficult to see because it's up in the frame. Once that's clipped in, we can also take the clips that clip into the frame, make sure that they are resecured. Once those are secure, we can take our hitch plug or our tow hitch plug and click that back into place. And then once that's back in place, what we can do is reattach our license plate. So, there will be bolts provided in the kit for your license plate. I'm gonna use those. And we can just tighten those up with a Phillips head screwdriver or a Phillips head bit. This is into plastic, so be careful if you are using an impact. Now, once that's on, we can install our D-rings. Same thing for the other side.So, that is going to wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe for more videos and products just like this, and always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel
Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
|Bumper Winch Mount
|No Winch Mount
|Bumper Fog Light Fitment
|No Fog Lights
Deegan 38 JG3197
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
10 More Questions