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Eric: Hey guys, I'm Eric with ExtremeTerrain. In this video, I'm gonna give you my review and install of this Fishbone Offroad Piranha Front Bumper with Winch Guard for all 1997 to 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJs. You should really be checking this out if you're looking to upgrade to a durable off-road style bumper for the front end of your TJ. Now, what really makes this bumper off-road capable are these two recovery points that are welded onto the bumper that allow you to mount these included D-rings that are rated up to 9,500 pounds each. You also have this winch guard here that rises up a full 8 inches from the top surface of the bumper, and that's gonna provide protection to a winch that you might mount here, as well as the shorter length. This is a full 20 inches shorter than a factory bumper, which is gonna expose more of your tires and allow you to clear obstacles a lot easier.Even with that added clearance that you get with a stubby style bumper, you can still get stuck out there in the mud or other conditions out on the trails. It's nice to have these recovery points, like I said, the kit includes these D-rings that are rated up to 9,500 pounds a piece. And as is out of the box, this bumper will not accommodate a winch. You do have to buy some added hardware like a winch plate. We sell those here at extremeterrain.com. And they basically bolt-on using the same exact mounting points that this bumper does itself. Now, in addition to all those function upgrades that you're gonna get with this bumper, you might just be looking for a styling upgrade as well. Now let's face it. If you're shopping for a front bumper for your TJ, that Jeep is probably at least 15 years old by now. And depending on how hard you're running it out there, your front bumper that you have on there, whether it's a factory bumper or you've already had an aftermarket bumper put on, is probably looking a little beat up and weathered by now. Replacing it with this Fishbone bumper is gonna provide you a nice styling upgrade and freshen up the front end of your Jeep.Now with its heavy-duty steel construction and durable black powder coat that comes in a textured finish, this bumper comes in right around $350. That's pretty competitive considering the functionality and styling upgrades you're gonna be getting. And it's very competitive compared to a lot of other stubby style bumpers out there in the market right now. Now, as far as the installation goes, it's about as easy as it comes, guys. The most challenging thing for you might be loosening your factory bolts if you haven't touched those in a long time. Now we work on this Jeep and all the vehicles in our fleet here at ExtremeTerrain every day. So, a lot of these bolts come in and out relatively easy. And I'm aware that as you're at home watching this video, you're probably thinking yourself, "I'm gonna have a tougher time with mine." So, I definitely recommend getting some penetrating oil or something like that and soaking those bolts down before you go removing them.That being said, this installation is very bolt-up easy. There's no drilling required, and there is fresh hardware that comes included in the kit. I'm giving it a very easy one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. And give yourself about an hour with some basic tools, you should have no problem completing this installation. So with that said, let's go take a look at the tools you're gonna need, then we're gonna show you a clip on how to remove your factory bumper. And then after that, I'll come back and show you how to get your new Fishbone bumper mounted on your Jeep. All right, guys, the tools we're gonna need for this install are an impact wrench, a 19-millimeter socket, and a 10-millimeter socket.Merideth: So, our first step to taking off our factory front bumper is gonna be to remove our sway bar cover. Now you're gonna need a 10-millimeter socket, and we're gonna remove the two bolts on either side that are holding the cover on. So after the two bolts on the front are removed, there are gonna be two on the back. So you can remove those with the same 10-millimeter socket. After those four bolts are removed, we can peel up our sway bar and link cover. So after our sway bar cover is off, we need to remove the two bolts on the top and the one bolt on the bottom of either side of our front bumper. Now, our hardware was replaced, so I'm gonna be using a 19-millimeter socket. However, these should be T55 Torx. So, after the two on top are removed, we can remove the one on the bottom. Then the same thing for the other side. After that last bolt is removed, we can remove the whole front bumper.Eric: All right, guys, now that we have our factory bumper off our TJ, I wanted to put them up here and give you a little side-by-side comparison. Obviously, the differences are huge, both in styling and in functionality with your new Fishbone bumper. Our old factory bumper is pretty bare-bones, not a whole lot to speak for it. They're not bad bumpers. And they're a little bit more stout than some of the later model Wrangler bumpers that we're seeing out there. So, I'm not trying to downplay these too much, but if you're shopping for one of these now on your TJ that's probably at least 15 years old, your bumper from the factory is probably a little beat up, weathered, especially depending on how hard you might do riding it out there on the trails. Now your new bumper from Fishbone is a full 20 inches shorter than your factory bumper, which means it's gonna expose more of your tires so that's gonna make obstacle clearance a lot easier. Plus you also have this winch guard that comes up here and D-ring mounting points all adds to the off-road capability of this bumper. So you're both getting a styling upgrade and a function upgrade with this new Fishbone bumper. So let's go ahead and get it mounted.All right, guys, now the first step to reinstall everything is we're gonna put this cover piece back on that covers our sway bar. Now you might be asking yourself, "Why did we do this as part of the uninstall and then reinstalling it, and it doesn't appear as though we've done anything during this process?" Well, we did wanna do this and point out to you that for your piece that comes off your Jeep, you might still have some plastic here on the end that might require some trimming. We've worked with this Jeep a lot in the past, and we've already trimmed this section here. So you might need to trim some of that plastic away to expose the frame a little bit easier and make mounting your new bumper a little bit easier on your Jeep.All right, guys, just take your cover slide it back into place here. As you can see, that trim section I'm talking about is right here on the frame. So take your 10-millimeter bolts and bring them back in. Grab a 10-mill socket and tighten them up. Do the same thing here on the passenger side. Guys, go ahead and grab your Fishbone bumper. We're just gonna lift it into place and set it on the rails and then start a couple of bolts by hand. And you're probably gonna need to keep a hand on it like this. There's a little bit of front-end weight that's gonna let it sag down like that. So just to hold it up on there. I've got the back ones snugged down a little bit, still a little bit loose so we can line up the other holes. Just don't want the bumper flapping forward and falling off the Jeep. All right. Now we're gonna go ahead and grab the bolts for the underside, one on each side. Go to the other side. Now that we have all six of our bolts started, go ahead and grab a 19-millimeter socket and tighten everything down. The last thing in order to call this installation complete is just to go ahead and mount out our D-rings.All right, guys, that's a wrap on this review and install of this Fishbone Offroad Piranha Front Bumper with Winch Guard in Textured Black for all 1997 to 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJs. And for all things Wrangler, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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|Bumper Type||Mid Width|
|Bumper Winch Mount||Winch Mount|
|Bumper Fog Light Fitment||No Fog Lights|
Bolder Off-Road Set-Up. One of the most straightforward ways to boost your Jeep’s exterior while ensuring bolder off-road protection is to upgrade your stock bumper to the Fishbone Offroad Piranha Front Bumper with Winch Guard. This mid-width front shield comes with a pair of D-rings and features a high-strength, tubular winch guard for added protection.
All-Terrain Toughness. Fishbone Offroad built this Piranha Front Bumper for toughness, quality, and improved visual appeal that fittingly match your TJ’s powerful presence. It is made of high-strength steel with a premium, black powder coating for reinforced corrosion resistance. Moreover, it sports a neat, angular configuration that enhances your Jeep’s distinctive off-roading stance.
Simple, No-Drill Installation. With all the necessary mounting hardware included, this Front Bumper bolts to your Jeep’s body frame. The straightforward installation completes with basic hand tools and light to moderate mechanical skills.
Limited Warranty. This Piranha Front Bumper Fishbone is backed by a 90-day warranty that covers manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship. This warranty does not cover damages caused by off-road use, accidents, misuse, mishandling, or abuse. Please check the full warranty policy for complete details.
Application. This Fishbone Offroad Piranha Front Bumper with Winch Guard is designed to fit 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ models.
Fishbone Offroad FB22048
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(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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