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Hey guys, today I'm here with the DV8 Off-Road FS-11 Steel Mid Width Front Bumper, fitting all 2018 JL Wranglers. So this is gonna be for the JL owner looking for a sleek and compact as well as affordable front bumper to protect the front end of their JL. So this will be classified as a mid width front bumper, however this will be very short, so it will basically be a stubby front bumper but that will allow a lot of clearance on the outside for larger tires as well as better approach angles off-road. So speaking of that functionality you also are getting a ton of functionality in the design here, you will be getting your grille protection with this bull bar as well as accessory mounting up top. You'll be getting upgraded lighting for extra visibility off-road and a couple of recovery points with the D-rings and a winch plate. So this is gonna be for somebody looking to add all of that functionality and utility to their Wrangler. So at the moment this will be just south of $400 and for this size bumper that is going to be a very affordable price. The other less expensive options will just not come with as many features like the over rider feature here as well as the upgraded lighting or even come with the option to switch over the OEM fog lights onto the bumper, eliminating it overall. So that's definitely a bonus when choosing this front bumper. So on the other hand more expensive options will just come with a couple of more features, so you may have a drop-in winch plate for a little bit of extra protection on your winch, you may have lighter materials to eliminate a little bit of sag in the front end. You're not getting much of that here but that may be a reason why that price does jump a little or you may just get some extra auxiliary lighting with that. So personally I think you are getting a ton of functionality out of this and at this price point I really think you can't beat it. So install is gonna be a pretty easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, there will be a little bit of wiring involved but it's not that difficult so it's nothing you can't get done in your driveway in a couple of hours. So speaking of the install let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install today were an impact wrench, a 3/8-inch drive ratchet, a 19-millimeter and 17-millimeter open-ended wrench, a 5-inch extension, a trim removal tool, a flathead screwdriver, a 19, 18, 17, 16 and 8-millimeter socket. 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 that go into the frame rail, you're also going to have six on the back here that its 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 in it 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. This one is easy to access with a trim removal tool. 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. Just gonna slide up. 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 outer driver 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 going to unclip that. So now we can remove our bumper. So sitting these two side-by-side you can tell that there is a big difference. First off is the size. So with your stock front bumper you are getting that front end tire protection as well as any aftermarket full width or mid with front bumper but with this you do get a stubby front bumper, so you're not getting that front end tire protection, however you are gaining some clearance off-road for larger tires. You're getting better approach angles and better clearance overall for better flex room. So this is gonna be more durable nonetheless with 3/16-inch and quarter inch plated steel. It's gonna have a two-stage black powder coat finish on it to resist any rust or corrosion on the metal as well as give you that aggressive off-road look that you may be looking for. So you also are getting a number of different benefits out of the stubby front bumper instead of the stock front bumper. First off you get this over rider feature, bull bar or stinger, whatever you wanna call it, you do get that on the front here. This is gonna provide some grille protection, some more front end protection than your stock bumper would offer, it's also gusseted on the back for some extra reinforcement if you do end up taking a hit and it is there for styling as well. You're also getting some light mounting tabs up top to mount up any accessory lighting, any accessories overall. So speaking of lighting, you're also getting an upgrade with some fog lights on the front. Now a lot of stubby front bumpers do not offer some upgraded lighting or even the option to switch over your OEM fog lights to your new bumper, but this one does and that's gonna help you out with some more visibility on the trail and on the road. This also will offer a couple of different recovery points as well, you have a winch plate on the top capable of holding a winch with a pulling capacity up to 12,000 pounds as well as two D-ring mounts on the front. Now the D-ring mounts are welded on to the bull bar and this will actually be a modular piece, so you are going to have to bolt that on and I'll show you how to do that in just a minute, but I do like how this is set up, it gives you options on if you want to run your over rider feature at the time and this also comes with a bolt on fairlead that I'll get to in a moment. So this bumper will keep your options open for how you want to style it or what you're using it for. So enough about our bumpers, lets see how this one looks on our Wrangler. So our next step is bolting up our front bumper. So what we're gonna do is rest it up on the frame horns. So as I started to put this on, I did notice that it sits a little bit close to the grille and it is kind of hard to line everything up since you are lining up this front part, the bumper, the brackets to the frame horn. So you are lining up four pieces of metal so what I did was I put on a bolt without the back hardware, so the flat washer and the lock washer. I ditched those for now, I just put a nut on the back of there to tighten up and pull this farther in so we can get a little bit of a better fitment so then we can go back and put all the correct hardware on there because you will need that hardware, we just need to get it fitting correctly before we can go ahead and do that. So we're gonna do that for the rest of them until we can get our back hardware on. So now that I have these two on there, they pulled the bumper in far enough where I can attach the rest of the hardware. I'm gonna start with this bottom one here, that's the flat washer and the lock washer and then attach our nut on the back. Attach that. I'm gonna loosely attach everything at this point and then we can go back and tighten everything down just so we make sure that everything lines up correctly. You can do the same thing for the other side. Now I'm gonna go ahead and tighten all of those down with a 17-millimeter socket and a 17-millimeter wrench. I also am using an extension just to give myself a little bit more room. So now for these two on the end that we originally attached without the flat washer, the lock washer, we're just gonna go back since the bumper is pulled in most of the way and attach those and then tighten those down. Now we can go back on the other side and tighten that side down. So after your bumper is all bolted up and tightened down we can move on to the wiring. Now there are gonna be two wiring harnesses here. They do not provide a plug and play wiring harness but that's okay because the wiring is pretty simple. So what I'm gonna do is connect this positive...these two positives on the lights and these two negatives on the lights to make one wire that will be able to tap into our factory fog light harness in just a second. So what I'm gonna do is cut off the excess here and then we can grab some butt connectors and we can start to connect the two. I would recommend blue butt connectors, right now these are the only option that we have. So after we have both of our fog lights on one wire, what I'm gonna do now is take an extra piece of wire and attach one side to our butt connector and the other side to a quick disconnect male connector. Now we will tap into it the stock wiring harness in just a little bit, I already have a female connector on that, but I will show you how to do that. So what you're gonna do is just cut and strip the wire. These are pretty, pretty long, we don't have a long way to go to get over to our factory wiring harness, so we won't need a lot. So now we can attach our connector. So I would highly recommend quick connectors, this is just gonna make sure that whenever you take off your bumper it's gonna act as a factory wiring harness, you'll be able to quickly disconnect them, take your bumper off for whatever reason and reattach it whenever you need to. So what you're gonna do on the main factory wiring harness is tap a positive wire into the white wire with a red trace and tap a negative wire into the black wire on the harness here. Then I added a female connector on each so we get quick disconnect whenever we wanna take our bumper off. So what we're gonna do now is take our connectors making sure that we're attaching positive with positive, negative with negative and attach those to our quick disconnects. So after they are connected you can go ahead and clean up your wiring, you can zip tie it or clean it up however you like. I am just going to tuck it up in the back here. So our next step is to put the D-rings on. These will come with two three quarter-inch D-rings. That's gonna wrap up my review and install on the DV8 Off-Road FS-11 Steel Mid Width Front Bumper with the LED lighting fitting all 2018 JL Wranglers. For more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Tested for the Trail. Prepare your 2018-2023 JL Jeep Wrangler to tackle rough terrain with the new, high clearance DV8 Offroad FS-11 Steel Mid Width Front Bumper with LED Lights. It’s designed to provide solid protection to your off-road machine with its solid steel construction. It also offers extra utility with its built-in LED lights and D-Rings.
Lights Up the Path. The FS-11 Front Bumper also comes with a pair of powerful front-facing LED lights. They have been added to provide you with improved visibility and safety, especially when you’re driving through trails under low-light to extremely dark conditions. And because the lights utilize LED bulbs, they produce powerful light output without drawing too much power from your Jeep’s battery.
Built for Toughness. DV8 Offroad built the FS-11 for the tough conditions of trail conditions. It’s designed to provide solid protection to your Jeep’s front end while producing additional illumination with its powerful LED lights. This front bumper has been manufactured using industrial-grade 3/16" and 1/4" cold rolled steel .170 wall stinger steel tube. Its durable construction ensures that your Jeep is sufficiently protected against rocks and other large obstacles on the trail. Its LED lights are also protected by durable housings against debris, heat, moisture, and other hard objects to ensure long lasting use.
Bolt-On Installation. DV8 Offroad engineered their Bumper to be a bolt-on replacement for your JL's original stock bumper with some drilling/modifications being required. However, if you use DV8's JK to JL Adapter Bracket Kit (part# J126996-JL/ABJL-01) no additional modifications will be required for a clean straight forward bolt-on install that can be completed in about two hours with just basic hand tools.
One-Year Limited Warranty. DV8 Offroad covers the FS-11 Steel Mid Width Front Bumper with LED Lights with a One-Year limited warranty to be free from defects in material and workmanship from the date of purchase by the original buyer. Some exclusions may apply, please see manufacturer's warranty for details.
Application. The DV8 Offroad LFS-7 Steel Mid Width Front Bumper with LED Lights is designed to fit all 2018-2023 Jeep Wrangler JL models.
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