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Hey, guys. So today I'm here with the Deegan 38 Rock Sliders with the LED Rock Lights fitting all 2018 and newer four door JL Wranglers. So your rocker area is one of the most vulnerable places on your Wrangler and you definitely wanna keep it protected while you're off-road. This option by Deegan 38 is gonna be for that JL owner who either is not a fan of the factory sidestep or the factory Rubi rail or they didn't even get a step or a Rubi rail out of the factory and they're looking for something that's aggressive and going to provide a lot of protection to fill up that wheel to wheel space.So speaking of that protection these are gonna be very heavy duty, made of a heavy duty steel material. They have a nice powder coat finish on them, a texture black finish that's going to protect that steel underneath from any rust or corrosion. It's gonna provide you a more aggressive look to the side of your Wrangler and it's also gonna match with any other texture black accessories that you have mounted up to your Wrangler already.So I do really like how these fit and how they were designed. They tuck very tightly up against the rocker providing you that rocker protection to the side body of your Wrangler. They do come out a little bit protecting the upper body of your Wrangler if you were to take any side hits on the trail or even in the parking lot from a door ding and they also provide some underbody protection to that pinch weld. So overall you're getting all around protection.So what I also do like about these is that they are very structurally sound. They have a lot of integrity to the design because they are mounted to the body mount. So since they're mounted to the frame you are adding a little bit of extra strength if you were to take a hit on the trail rather than some other options that may be just mounted to the pinch weld as well as the body. These are going to be able to take a hit a little bit better than those choices.Now what I also do like about these is the fact that they incorporate very functional lighting. So you have a rocker light on the front and the back. It's made by KC HiLiTES, a very reputable brand and it's also gonna be an LED light so it's gonna provide a nice spread, a clear spread and a bright spread to offer you all that extra visibility on the sides of your Wranglers. So if you want to use that as an entry light, if you're just looking for a rock light or you're just overall looking for a little bit of extra visibility I really like how those are integrated into these rock slides because you really don't see it a lot on the market.Now these are not only going to provide all of that protection. These are also gonna provide you with that convenience for easy access to get in and out of your Wrangler. You have a large step here with a dimpled plate which is going to provide you a little bit of extra traction in those wetter days and it's going to give you very easy cab access. As you can tell, this Jeep is lifted and these are definitely gonna help out for whoever is getting in and out of this or even if we were looking to add a roof rack in the future these would provide some really good roof access as well.So with all of that being said, these are gonna be just south of $450 and I think that price is very fair considering what these are bringing to the table. These are going to be overall a very well designed piece. They are very easy to install. They do come with everything that you need in order to wire them up and it's just overall a great package. A lot of other choices either focus on the accessibility to the cab, so getting a step into your Wrangler and using the step as some lighter protection. Those are gonna be some of the lower priced options and then on the other hand you have those more heavy duty options that don't really integrate a step as much and are really focused on that protection. Now with this, this covers all four corners. This is going to provide you with all of those benefits and I think it's set at a pretty affordable price for bringing all of that to the table. And not to mention they look very good while doing it.So install's gonna be a two out of three. I did mention that there was a little bit of wiring. However, it's nothing crazy. This is all plug and play. There is no splicing involved. So it's probably gonna take you about two hours to get the job done with some very basic hand tools. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install were a 1/4 inch drive ratchet, a 11/16 open-ended wrench or you can use any large open-ended wrench, a flathead screwdriver, a Philips head screwdriver, the provided Allen key, an 18 millimeter, 13 millimeter, 12 millimeter and 10 millimeter deep socket and an electric drive.So our first step to this install is mounting up our lights before we mount up our rock sliders. Now you're gonna have two provided lights for either rock slider. You're also gonna have two button head bolts and provided Allen key to thread those bolts in. Let's go ahead and mount up our lights.So you wanna make sure that these little leads of wire go out the hole in the side. Make sure they're accessible when we mount this up. Then you can lay the light over, take your provided button head bolt, thread that into place and we can grab a provided Allen key, thread that in, tighten it down. Wanna make sure that it's centered as possible. All right. Now we can do the same thing on the other side.So after we've installed our lights our next step is to take out the three body bolts that are gonna be holding our rock slider up, so you will need an 18 millimeter socket as well as a wrench and something comfy to lay on. All right. For this one we'll need our wrench. So what you're gonna do with this is just apply pressure. The bolt is just gonna hang there without any pressure so you just need to kind of pull it out while hitting it with your impact. Gonna have to pry on it.So with the help of a friend what we're gonna do next is mount up our rock slider with the body bolts that we just removed. So what I'm gonna do is just snug these each up. We just wanna make sure that we still have enough play where we can attach our pinch weld bolts but we do wanna make sure that this is pretty snug. All right. Then we can move down the line.So once the rock slider is mounted up what you're gonna do is grab your threaded nut plate and we are going to insert it on the other side of the pinch weld. So we're just going to kinda wiggle that trough and once that's through we're gonna take our provided bolt, washer and lock washer, thread that through the pinch weld, through the rock slider and into that threaded nut plate. Let me get that snugged up and then we'll grab another bolt and do the same thing for the other side of this pinch weld.So what we can do next is tighten those up with a 10 millimeter socket and then we will break this stem off once it is in place. So once those are good and tight what we can do then is wiggle the stem back and forth and it will break off. All right. Now we can move on to the other holes.So our last step is just to tighten up those body bolts. You're gonna be using that same 18 millimeter socket.So after you're finished up bolting up the driver side you wanna do the same exact process on the passenger side and then we can move on to our wiring. Now this looks like a little bit of mess right now. However, this is the main component or the main wiring harness for all of our wiring for both sides of our rock slider puddle lights. Now you do have a fuse box in here. This is also going to be hooked up to the battery as well as our switch wire and then we're gonna take both of the wiring harnesses for our rock slider puddle lights and bolt them up to our fuse box. So what I'm gonna do right now is just lay this over the engine bay and then we're going to pass our switch wires through and hook up those harnesses.So the black part of the harness is gonna go through our firewall. I am just going to stick this over where it's gonna go through and kind of lay all these wires over in the middle here. Now this fuse box does have two holes on either side. You can mount that up wherever you like. I'm just going to stick that right there for right now. So that green wire is going to be connected to your fuse box. That's gonna be your load. Then you have a white wire and a brown wire. Your brown is gonna be your ground or your negative and then the white is gonna be your power or positive. So we are just going to lay these over here.So on the left side of your master brake cylinder there will be a little trim piece here or a plug. I'm just taking a flathead screwdriver and I'm gonna go ahead and pop that out of place. It's kinda hard to reach. But once this piece is off what we can do is take our switch wire and pass that through and that'll kinda clean up the extra wires that are already in our engine bay right now. So this is gonna come out at the footwell right near your clutch or your brake pedal. So they should come right out at the footwell and we can pull most of that wire through.So after you've pulled these switch wires through I just wanted to show you guys really quick which wires go where on a 12 volt switch. So you're gonna have the green wire that's gonna be your load. That's attached to that fuse box. That's gonna go in the middle. Then you have your power that's gonna go to the outside. And then you have your brown which is the ground and that's gonna go to the brass or the gold prong.So now we can hook up our rock slider wiring harnesses on each of our rock sliders. So what I'm gonna do is take the driver side, this is gonna be the longest wiring harness between the two, and we're going to pass the leads that need to connect to the rear of our rock slider down through behind our inner fender liner and then route them on the side along the body of the Jeep. So this is the side that we need to connect to the bottom. The other side that we'll be connecting to the battery on the other side of the engine bay is going to have two connecting prongs. So we pass this down along the side here, we should see it on the other side near our shock. And we can just pull this all the way through. And then what we can do with this other side is just put that over to the other side of the engine bay for right now, then we can hook up our leads to each of our puddle lights.So down here on our puddle lights we have two leads, a black and a red. We're going to connect the shortest one that's closest to the other side of the wiring harness to the one in the front. And I do like how they have these little protectors on them to make sure that they're weatherproof. All right. Now we can go to the back one. Then what you can do is repeat that on the other side and then we can zip tie these up and out of the way.So first we're gonna start connecting both of our wiring harnesses to our fuse box. Now there is going to be a little cover here that we can pop off and you're gonna have 2 10 amp fuses, wanna pop that cover back on just to waterproof it but you wanna make sure that you connect each of the harness leads, you're gonna have two little connecting prongs and you're going to attach them to either one of these bolts here. So I'm gonna take a Philips head screwdriver and loosen them up just a bit. And what's pretty cool about this, if you wanna attach something else to a fuse and use the same wire or the same switch as that load, you can hook that up to here. That will be on the same circuit.So I am going to take one of these. Connect that there and just tighten that down. Make sure that that has a good, strong connection. However, if you are gonna add something to this, add a 10 amp fuse or whatever amp fuse that it calls for. We can do the same thing for the one harness that's on the driver side. This is gonna be a white wire. So if you have a...I'm sorry, if you have a black or a brown wire, that's gonna be your ground. You wanna make sure that you keep those out here. Then once those are connected to the fuse box you can just put the fuse box to the side wherever is best for you, making sure that that is in a good spot. We're gonna take all of our negative leads then go ahead and attach them to the negative battery terminal.So I have all of our negative leads right here. What I'm gonna do is take a 13 millimeter socket, take off this accessory nut and attach our leads and put that accessory nut back on. Then we're gonna do the same thing for the positive terminal. So I'm gonna take a 12 millimeter socket, take off that accessory nut. And attach that. Put this cover back on and after you're finished, I know this looks like a mess right now, however, it is gonna depend on your personal preference to clean this up. So this kit does come with zip ties. So you will be able to zip tie these extra wires back up here and clean all this up. But after you're finished wiring everything up make sure your lights work and then 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 for more videos and products like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Fitment: 2018 2019 2020 Details
Deegan 38 J130666-JL
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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