(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, what's up, guys? I'm Ryan from Extreme Terrain and today, I'm here with the DV8 Off-Road LSF-8 Steel Mid Width Front Bumper with LED lighting, fitting your 2018 and up Wrangler JL. This is gonna be for the off-roading enthusiast that is looking for an affordable option that's gonna provide the protection and clearance that they need to tackle those tough trails. This is perfect for the weekend warrior that is looking for an easy bolt-on that's gonna provide them with a lot more functionality than their stock bumper and prefers a mid width over a standard width. Now, this bumper is a high-clearance bumper so it's gonna give you better approach angles on the trails and it's made of heavy-duty steel that's cold rolled and has a very aggressive black powder coating. This bumper accommodates a winch and additional lighting and it also comes with two preinstalled LED fog lights. This bumper comes with everything needed to install and is reasonably priced on the site considering what you're getting. When compared to other options of the same design and construction, I think this is a great option to go with at just around $420. As far as the install goes, I'm gonna give this two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter as you can get this installed in about two hours using basic hand tools. Now, with that being said, let's hop into the install. Tools required for this install: 3/8 drive impact, 1/4-inch drive impact, 3/8 drive ratchet, socket extensions, 19-millimeter socket, 16-millimeter socket, 18-millimeter socket, 8-millimeter socket, 7-millimeter socket, flathead screwdriver, electrical tape, a knife, and if you choose to splice into your factory harness, you'll need wire crimpers, wire strippers, and a test light. So, to begin this installation, obviously, we're gonna have to remove our factory bumper, so the first thing we're gonna do is to go underneath of the Jeep and remove our splash guard. So, you're gonna have eight push pins across the front of this splash shield. What you're gonna do is just take a flathead screwdriver and get in between that center section, pry this one piece out, and then you can pull the whole thing out. So, we're just gonna go across and do that to all of these. So, you're gonna have two recessed holes on the backside of this splash guard. We're gonna use an 8-millimeter socket to take both of those screws out. So, I'm gonna put a hand on it and take that last screw out, but after that, pull this down and off. Then you're gonna have this metal guard here. You're gonna have two 16-millimeter bolts, so we're gonna take those off. Once you take those out, you're gonna smack this up in the air, kind of, and that's gonna release that. So, on the end of these bumpers, these bumpers came with two different covers. These covers are not necessary to remove to take this bumper off, however, for video purposes, I'm gonna remove this cover just so you can see a better idea of what I'm doing to get this bumper off. So, we're gonna use a 7-millimeter socket to remove the bolts that are holding this in. So, all of them are gonna be bolts except for this top one. This top one's gonna be a screw. After that, you can shimmy this cover off. So, then we're gonna disconnect our fog lights harness here, so you're just gonna press this little tab in up here and then we can pull that plug out. After that, we're gonna use an 18-millimeter socket to take these two nuts off on the outside of the frame rail. Then we're gonna do the two nuts on the inside of the frame rail. So, at this point in time, your bumper is not gonna fall off. It's still held in with these two push pins up top. What we're gonna do is just take a flathead screwdriver, do the same thing we did for the other ones, pry up on the center and that is going to allow these to be removed completely. We'll do the same thing for the other one, prying up that center, getting it loose, prying it the rest of the way out. Once you have those last two push pins removed, you're ready to remove your front bumper.So, before we get this new bumper installed from DV8, wanna take a moment just to tell you a little bit about what is made of, what it's gonna do for your Jeep, and how it compares to your stock one. The stock one is made of plastic and aesthetically it's not a bad looking bumper, but if you're looking to ditch the stock one and upgrade to a more aggressive, stronger, and more functional aftermarket option, this DV8 is a great bumper to go with. Like I said, this bumper is made from heavy-duty steel plating. It's a combination of three-sixteenths and quarter-inch steel, so it's a lot stronger than your factory plastic bumper. Not only that, but it's a mid width bumper, so the mid width bumper is shorter and not as wide as your stock bumper. This also has tapered ends. This is going to clear up that area in front of the wheel well, give you better approach angles when you're trying to drive that tire up on an obstacle on the trails. This is also gonna stay nice and tucked into your Jeep, so it's not really gonna get in the way when you're coming down a steep decline and you need some of that room.Now, this has a welded bull bar and it's a double tube which is just gonna add to the strength of it. It also sits up pretty far off of the bumper. It's gonna push all of that brush away that you may encounter on those trails, and it's gonna protect the grille of your brand new JL. Not only that, but this has additional tabs up top so you can mount additional lighting, which is really gonna come in handy when you're driving around on those dark trails. Now, we are ditching the stock bumper with those stock fog lights. However, this bumper comes with built-in LED lights which are gonna be very bright, much brighter than the stock ones. And not only that, it's gonna take away from the assembling of this bumper. They are relatively easy to wire up and I'll show you how to do that later on in the video. These are flush mounted so they're gonna stay relatively safe when you're encountering obstacles on the trail, and this also has a built-in winch plate. This winch plate is a low-mount winch plate, so it's gonna keep that winch pretty low on the front of your vehicle, providing plenty of airflow to your grille. So, it's not gonna really block too much. This will also allow you to run a variety winches up to 12,000 pounds, which is really gonna come in handy, especially when you're traveling through those trails all by yourself. Now, this comes with D-Rings and welded D-Ring mounts, which is another great recovery point whether you are getting pulled out or you're pulling someone out, and this whole thing is coated with an aggressive black powder coating which is going to protect your investment from the elements. This bumper is designed to be a direct bolt-on. We don't really have any assembly to do, so with that being said, I'm gonna show you how to get this installed and what it looks like on the Jeep. Like I said, this is bumper comes with brand new fog lights. There's two ways that you can wire these up. You can tap into your factory fog light harness which is located right here on your frame rail, or you can use an external switch that you can operate from the inside as well. We've already tapped into our wiring harness and have ends installed, so next thing we're gonna do is just install this bumper. Now, this bumper does fit a little tight as we previously test-fitted it, so you have these secondary brackets on the end of your frame rails. What you wanna do is just take a 16-millimeter socket, loosen these bolts up, they'll swing down out of the way, you can get the bumper installed, and then you can slide these back and on and reinstall those. So, with those brackets out of the way, let's get this bumper installed. So, the next thing we're gonna do is install this bumper. What you wanna do is stage all of that hardware so it's ready for when you get this bumper on. You wanna make sure that these wiring pigtails are out of the way, they're not gonna get pinched in between the frame rail. This bumper is also pretty heavy and a little awkward, so you may wanna grab a friend to help you pick it up. So, for these two outside, you're gonna have studs. Each one of those is gonna get a flat washer, a lock washer, and a nut. Same thing goes for the other side with those outside studs. So, for the inside, this top one is going to get a bolt. We're gonna do a lock washer and a washer on that. And for this inside bottom stud, it's gonna get a washer, lock washer, and a nut. Same thing goes for the other inside. Once you get all that hardware installed, we're gonna tighten all the nuts up with a 19-millimeter socket, and the two bolts up with an 18-millimeter socket. So, now that we have the bumper fully installed, everything's tightened up, the last thing we have to do is wire up these lights. Now DV8 gives you plenty of wire length, which is great. We can reach all the way over to our frame rail and splice in. So, what we're gonna do is we're gonna twist both of these black wires together and both of these red wires together and install a spade end. This spade end, a male end, is gonna fit into our plugs that we've already wired up which are a female end. So, I'll show you how to do that right now.Now, for these connectors, I'm using heat shrink connectors. It's a good idea to use those because these are gonna be out in the elements and you don't want them to get any water inside causing corrosion or any sort of short. So, we're gonna squeeze our terminal on the end of that, then we're gonna do the same thing for the positive side, the red wires. Since these are heat shrink, after you get those on, you can just use a hair dryer or any sort of soldering tool and just heat that up and they'll shrink nice and tight. Then you can route these wires wherever you want inside of your bumper away from everything and then plug those in. So we're gonna plug the red into our positive lead and the black into our negative lead, that way these will power up with our fog lights. Then we'll just hide this wire and zip tie the excess up. So, that's gonna wrap up my review and install. For more videos like this, check us out at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Mid-Width For More Clearance. Make your 2018-2021 Jeep Wrangler JL off-road ready by upgrading the original front bumper to this DV8 Offroad LSF-8 Steel Mid Width Front Bumper with LED Lights. This mid-width bumper provides more tire clearance to tackle the roughest terrain that may include large rocks or logs. This DV8 Offroad LSF-8 Steel Mid Width Front Bumper with LED Lights is ideal for Jeep enthusiasts wanting to light up the trails and protect the front end of their ride.
Durable Construction. Constructed utilizing 3/16" and 1/4" cold rolled steel, this DV8 Offroad LSF-8 Steel Mid Width Front Bumper with LED Lights takes durability to a whole new level. The integrated bull bar incorporates .120 wall tubing to increase the strength level. This bumper is protected by a black powder coat to withstand the elements and resist corrosion for miles to come.
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.
The Steel Mid Width Front Bumper with LED Lights will need to be spliced and wired in to your factory harness.
Application. This DV8 Offroad LSF-8 Steel Mid Width Front Bumper with LED Lights is specifically designed as a replacement front bumper for 2018-2021 Jeep Wrangler JL models.
Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods. What is freight shipping? Your Answers are Right Here!.
Fitment: 2018 2019 2020 2021
DV8 Offroad FBSHTB-08
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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