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Hey, guys. So today, we're checking out the Premium Bolt-On Look Hood Deflector, fitting all 2020 and newer Gladiator JTs. So if you are a fan of hood deflectors, whether that's for the look or the aesthetic or the overall functionality, this one is gonna be a great choice to take a look into. Now, hood deflectors are great for a number of different reasons, whether you're a fan, like I mentioned, of the aesthetic, this one specifically is going to give you a very off-road and more stylish look to the front-end of the Gladiator and is gonna make a nice contrast, especially with brighter pink coats like this option that we have here. Now, on the flip side, these are also going to be pretty functional, providing a lot of protection to the front-end of the hood.Now, a lot of the time, if you are going out on the trail or even just driving around on the street and daily driving your Gladiator, rocks and other debris usually kick up from the road or kick up from the trail and first point of contact is either gonna be the grille and the hood here. Now, the hood on the front can have rock chips over time, and what this is going to do is create a nice barrier while also providing a lot of style making sure that no rock chips are going to get on your hood, nothing is gonna contact your hood. This is going to create a nice barrier there. Now, this is gonna be made of an ABS plastic material, so it will be strong. And in my personal opinion, it is going to be a little bit stronger than some of the other acrylic options that are available on the page, and this is going to have that nice bolt-on look to it.Now, what I will say about the bolt-on look is that you're getting a nice rivet accent up at the top which will match with any other riveted accessories and the satin black look is gonna match with any other matte black or satin black accessories, but this does actually bolt onto the hood over on either side with the top part of the hood latch here. Now, I do personally like that. It gives it a little bit more structural integrity in comparison to other choices that are really only held on by 3M tape. Some other options are held on by a couple of clips. I personally like this one because it's really not going to move as soon as you put it on here. So in comparison to some other choices that may have a different style of attachment, this is going to be very sturdy and it is going to provide you a lot of style for the front-end of your JT.Now, with all that being said, this is going to come in at roughly $150, which is a pretty average price point for a hood deflector. Now, some are going to be a little bit less expensive. However, again, those are usually going to either be made of an acrylic material, as to where this is going to be made of a durable abs plastic. Now, some other choices are also going to be held on by mainly 3M tape. Now, this is going to include a lot of 3M adhesive in the packaging as far as connecting most of the front of the hood deflector is concerned, but, again, over on the side, this is going to be bolted on. So this is really not gonna move in any situation. And I do really like that. It gives you a little bit of peace in mind in comparison to some other choices that may not have that choice.Now, while talking about other options, there are also not going to be a lot of choices that come with the riveted or bolt-on look. So if you are a fan of that, if you are looking for something that's going to give you a matte black or a satin black appearance, give a nice contrast, add some more tougher off-road style, and is not going to budge once you install this on here and is actually going to bolt-on, then this is going to be the choice for you. Now, when it comes to install, I'm gonna give this a pretty easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. You're gonna need a couple of basic hand tools and probably an hour's worth of your time to get the job done. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for this install were an impact wrench to prop the hood width, a 1/4-inch drive ratchet, T45 Torx socket, a 10-millimeter socket, and the provided surface cleaner. So before we head over to the Jeep, we do have to do a little bit of assembly on the table when it comes to our hood deflector. We have to put in the bolts as well as the washers and the little pedestals, which is going to stabilize the deflector and attach it to our hood, essentially. So what I'm going to do is take a T45 Torx. We're gonna take each of these in a plastic washer and we can attach the pencil on the back. Now, these are going to be threaded and all we have to do is really just align that, thread that into place. And we can do that along the top of our deflector here.Now, in the instructions, it does say that you can install these first. However, for a good alignment, I would recommend to just do it on the deflector and then we can stick it to the hood of the Gladiator. Once we get over there, it sometimes can be a little bit tricky to align them, especially since they are going to be attached with 3M tape. Sometimes putting down and pulling up that 3M can damage the 3M and interfere with the adhesion process. So sometimes it's just a little bit easier to put it on the deflector and then we can align everything once we get it over to the Jeep. So what I'm going to do is just start with that T40 Torx...or T45 Torx and we can tighten these up.Next, we can move over to the Jeep since we're done assembling on the table. And our first step over here is to take off the top portion of our hood latch. This is gonna be held on by two 10-millimeter nuts here. And there's two studs that go through the hood and will basically sandwich the deflector once the deflector is on when we reinstall these. So I'm gonna take a 10-millimeter socket and just take off that hardware here. Just be careful because we don't want to drop these since we will be reusing them. Then we can do the same thing for the other side. So what I did at this point was just lowered the hood and propped it up on my impact wrench here. Now, you can prop it up on anything that is sturdy and has a sturdy base so it's not really moving around, but this is gonna give you some better access to your hood in installing the deflector.So our next step here is just to clean the lip of the hood. We wanna make sure that there's no dirt, dust, anything that would adhere or mess up with the adhesion process or mess with the adhesion process should I say. And in the box, you are going to be provided with automotive cleaner, a rag here. I'm just going to clean this up. And this is more or less just an alcohol wipe. I'll make sure that all of this is clean and this is going to dry pretty quickly. I'm just gonna get the wet under the hood here too. And then once that's dry, get them out of our deflector. So at this point, what we can do is take off all of the 3M backing on the back of our deflector. Now, this is going to include the pedestals and also the seals at the bottom. So now we can line up our deflector and place it down onto the hood. Now, what I will say is that you want to align this center screw and you also want to align the ends. So what I am going to do is kind of start with one side and make sure that that is exactly where I want it before sticking one of those pedestals down just because it is a lot of adhesive and it will stick really fast and do a good job at it. So this is not really gonna go anywhere. However, you wanna kind of work carefully when you attach this the first time.Next, what we can do on either side is reattach this top hood latch. I'm gonna take the hood latch and the factory hardware and just thread that back into place. You can do the same thing for the other side. So the kit does come with these little bumpers for the hood. Now, if you do want an elevated look or you find that the deflector is rattling a little bit, which it shouldn't, you can attach these on the back portion here. The bottom is going to have an adhesive that you can essentially just lift the deflector up and put this underneath. What you can do is just take your T45, loosen up the bolt so you can kind of separate the deflector from the pedestal mount and then we can wiggle this inside. So what I did was just loosen up the bolts at the front here. All you can do is just peel this off and wiggle this underneath. These are just gonna act as like a little buffer. Put two on the outer side. You wanna put one in the middle. This part is kind of up to you. Now, if you've loosened these up, just go back and tighten them up with a T45. After everything is tightened up and positioned correctly, then you're all set to go.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.
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