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Merideth: If you're looking for a stylish way to protect the front end and get some additional benefits in the meantime, this Officially Licensed Trail Force HD Front Bumper with the Jeep logo will be a great pick for your 2007 to 2018 JK Wrangler.Now, this will be great if you're missing that off-road look and function and want a front bumper that's gonna bring that to the table, whether you're going off-road all the time or only once in a while or not at all and you just want the look. Now, this is also a good pick if you're a fan of the Jeep branding because who's not, and this is going to be a good way to add it into the mix in a very subtle way.This will feature multiple benefits including good mid-width protection to the front as well as grille protection with the integrated bull bar. Now, recovery is also included here with the two welded D-ring mounts on the front and the included D-rings capable of a pulling capacity of up to 9,500 pounds for those sticky situations. Now you can also be the one to pull your buddies out thanks to the winch plate that's compatible with all winches with a standard bolt pattern and up to a 12,000-pound pulling capacity. Now last but not least, you will be able to swap over your factory fog lights so you don't have to sacrifice them when upgrading. And this will include light mounting tabs up top for the bull bar for any additional lighting.Now, this will be made of a heavy-duty 5/32-inch steel plate construction with a 2 by 0.12-inch tubing up top offering a robust construction. And again, it's going to have the Jeep logo embossed right on the front for that added touch of style. This will also have a premium two-stage black powder coat finish on top, which uses an epoxy pre-coding and high-grade texture black powder coat for optimal protection to the steel underneath. And as mentioned, this will also be completely bolt-on so you don't have to worry about modifying your rig when adding this to your build.Now, this will come in at about $500 and I think that you're definitely getting your money's worth at that price point. That you're getting, including recovery, light mounting choices, protection, and the added style. Now, the embossed Jeep logo on the front is also something that you don't see very often and will allow you to rest assured that the bumper is up to Jeep standard. Install couldn't get any easier for a front bumper at a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter taking you about two hours to get the job done with some pretty basic hand tools. At this point, we can head over to the shop and check out a detailed breakdown of the install process and what it looks like step by step. So that's gonna wrap it up for me. Let's go ahead and get into it.Male Speaker: The tools you'll need for this install are a quarter-inch ratchet, a 3/8 ratchet, a 3/8 extension. I used a 3/8 18-millimeter socket and a quarter-inch seven-millimeter socket, as well as a Phillips head screwdriver, the included Allen key that comes with the bumper, and in my case, we needed to extend the fog light harness so I got some wire and I used some wiring connectors, male and female, to make some lengths. There's not a right or wrong way to do this, so you can do it however you'd like, but this is how we did it.Hey, everybody. Today we're gonna be installing a front bumper on our Wrangler, but before we dive right into that, check out this video that's going to explain the uninstall process and then you can meet me right back here and we'll get started putting the new one on.Merideth: So the first step to taking off our bumper is disconnecting our fog lights and then we can go ahead and get underneath the bumper so we can start dissembling all of that hardware. You will need a 18-millimeter deep socket and a ratchet as well as something comfortable to lay on. So just disconnect the fog lights. All you have to do is push down the tab and we can take that off and set that aside and we're gonna do the same thing for the other one. So you're gonna have four studs with four nuts on either side of your frame rail. We are at the innermost bolts here. You're gonna be using an 18-millimeter deep socket to remove the nuts and I am also using a three-inch extension. This is just gonna help me clear the bumper down here. So, the outer portion will be a lot easier to see.So what we're gonna do now is remove the 18-millimeter nuts that are holding on to the studs on our bumper. You're gonna have two on the outer portion of the frame rail and two on the inner portion. The inner portion's gonna be a little bit hard to see so you will have two here. We're gonna use an 18-millimeter deep socket to remove those. I'm also using a three-inch extension just to clear this bottom portion of the bumper. So, now we're at the innermost driver's side bolt. You will have this vacuum pump here if you have a 2012 to 2018 JK. So I wouldn't recommend the extension, but if you have a 2007 to 2011 JK, you can use that extension to help you out. So, after all the hardware is disconnected, we can take off our front bumper.Male Speaker: So you've got your new bumper unboxed and you notice that there's no fog lights in it. That's because we need to use the fog lights that are in the stock bumper. We're just gonna pull these guys out and transfer 'em over to the new bumper. Now all you need to do to get these out is there are four Phillips head screws in each. That's all that holds it there. So I'm just taking a Phillips head screwdriver. Turn out these four screws. There's one, two, not quite all the way. There it is. Three. And four.Then once you have those out, all you need to do is just set this to the side and we'll transfer it into the other bumper. Then to take the other fog light out on the other side of the bumper, it's just the exact same process. So now we have the new bumper on the table and we're good to start transferring our fog lights over to it. But you're gonna notice if you hold the fog light up to the bracket on the inside that it's higher on one side than the other. That's because we need to install these on one side of the fog light on each side to get the brackets at the same height so we can bolt them in.So to put these on, we're gonna be using some hardware I got here. They're really, really tiny Allen bolts. You can come in close and we'll check out how to get that bracket on. So like I said earlier, when you drop that fog light in there, you can see that this is not high enough. That's where that bracket here is gonna come into play. So we want this sit just about there so that when we drop our fog light in, feet sit correctly, we can get all our bolts in. It's gonna be a lot easier to assemble this outside of the bumper and attach that fog light to the bracket without the fog light already in the bumper. So what I'm gonna end up doing is taking one of these Allen bolts that are supplied in the kit and then a little tiny lock washer. Dropping that on the head and then a large flat washer, just like that.I'm actually going to bring that in through behind the bracket like this. That's gonna let us get to the nut a little bit easier with a socket. So I bring that through just like that. Then I'm taking another flat washer, putting that on top, and then a little tiny seven-millimeter nut. These are really small, so sometimes they might be a little hard to hold to get started, especially if you have bigger hands like me. Put the washer on to get a start. I've only got one side on, I'm not gonna tighten it down all the way, I'm gonna put my other side on first. So I'm doing it exactly the same. I just have a bolt with the lock washer and flat washer coming in from behind.Passing it through. I'm just going with another big flat washer, and another one of those seven-millimeter nuts. I'm gonna snug 'em up with my hands but I'm not gonna tighten 'em down all the way because there is a little bit of adjustment in these guys and we're going to make sure that we can get all those bolt holes lined up before we tighten everything down. I'm going to take this assembly and drop it in and you'll see that our bolt holes line up, if they don't line up quite right, you can move that bracket around. What I'm gonna do to secure this side so we can attach that side is do the same process with a bolt, a lock washer, and flat washer. And I'm gonna pass it around from behind just like on the other side. It might be kind of difficult to find that hole. There it is.And then again I'm using a flat washer, another one of those seven-millimeter nuts. This is going to be pretty tough to get to. Just like that. Make that snug enough with my fingers that it'll hold that fog light in place but I can still move it a little bit if I need to. And we have that one underneath it so I can go ahead, do that same thing with a bolt, a lock washer, and a flat washer. So to get that next bolt in on the bottom, what I ended up doing is taking that little Allen key that's included with the kit and I have that lock washer and the flat washer on the bolt. I'm gonna be really, really careful about this. Surgical precision, bringing this down underneath, holding it on the Allen key, and bringing it through the back through that bolt hole. Just like that. Got it. And I'm putting another flat washer down, and the seven-millimeter nut, just like the one on the top. [inaudible 00:11:44.023]. Okay, there's that. Tighten that down by hand.Now I should be able to move on to the ones on the other side. Luckily for the bolts on the other side, those holes that receive them are threaded. So I can take one of those bolts. Same deal here again, lock washer, flat washer, put it on the end of that Allen key, and I can just drape them down in there and screw them in with the long side of the Allen, just like that. Now in my case, there was some paint on the threads. That doesn't mean you're cross-threading it if it goes in tight, you just gotta clean up those threads with the bolt so as the bolt goes in, it's gonna be scraping the paint off those threads. So if there's a little bit of resistance, that's probably why. We probably are not cross-threading it. If you take your time, it should be just fine getting that in. There's one.Then we're doing the same thing for the one above it, just taking the bolt, lock washer, flat washer, again putting them on the long end of that Allen. Dropping it down in there. Kinda getting it started. There it is. That one has some more resistance. We're gonna flip the Allen key over and use the long side as the handle to get some more leverage to start turning it in. It might take a little while if you have an Allen, it's gonna be a lot of turns, especially because you can't get a socket in there because of the design and the fog lights. Snugging that up. See, this is our last bolt. I'm good to go ahead and tighten that guy all the way down nice and tight and I'm gonna go to the one below it and do the same thing. I can secure everything all the way around because I have all the bolts in and everything is lined up properly.So one of the nice things about tightening something that has a lock washer on the back of it is that I don't actually need to use the Allen to hold the head because the lock washer will compress and hold that bolt nice and still while I tighten the nut down. So I have a seven-millimeter socket and that is quarter-inch drive. I'm reaching down here just to hold the head until it stops spinning. It'll stop spinning once that lock washer compresses, just like that. And then I'm good to just tighten the nut. What I'm gonna do is put it on my quarter-inch ratchet and snug it up just like that. Then I took it back off so it's a little easier to handle. I'm moving up to the top one and doing the same thing. Putting it back on the ratchet, snugging it up, and then we can move on to the two on the other side and do the same thing. Just holding that bolt head till it stops spinning and I'm good to move on with the ratchet and tighten it down.Okay, now that all those are tight, you're good to repeat all these same steps on the other side for the other fog light. Once you got both fog lights in the bumper, then we're gonna take these brackets that are included with the kit. We're gonna pass them behind the flange here that mounts to the flange on the front of the frame rail. Now to do this, I'm just gonna make sure that the bolt side is going up and in like this, I'm gonna hold it and just rotate that nut side down into that hole. I'm gonna do the same thing on the other side, just passing it through, grabbing it by the bolt, spinning it like that. But those bolts are gonna pass through the holes on the frame rail when we mount it. And then we have bolts that come in through the back to be received by those nuts in the bracket.So, you can go ahead and put these two same brackets on the other side as well. So depending on your application and your vehicle, you may need to extend the foglight harness so that it reaches the wing area of the bumper because that's the new location for the fog lights in the new bumper as opposed to them being dead center in the original bumper. Now in my case, we did need to extend those, so I figured it'd be a great time to show you how you can do that, but make it so that you can put your stock bumper back on and just remove those wiring extensions like nothing ever happened. So what I ended up doing was cutting the fog light plugs off and putting wiring connectors, the male end on the fog light clip here on that side, and then the harness on the vehicle, I put female connectors. Then what I ended up doing was taking some lengths of cable about a foot long and putting a male end on one side and a female on the other and they're made in two different colors so we can keep track of the positive and negative here on those wires. So I'm just gonna slip one male end into the female end on one, just like that, and then onto the other.Now, I have wiring extensions that can just be removed or put on whatever bumper you have. Then I can just take the fog light plug, making sure I line up. So in this case, white and orange is blue for me. I'm just gonna make sure I get that on the white and orange plug just like that. And then yellow is black, so I can just slip that over. Now we have a nice connection and I can take that heat shrink and just kind of slip the wires back in. Might not make it all the way around those wiring connectors but just keeping it kinda loose over them. Give a little bit of protection. Just like that. Looks like you can fit one connector in there. Then you have a nice harness extension. You can do the same thing on the other side so they can reach all the way over to the new fog light position.So now we're ready to put our bumper into place and it's gonna be a lot easier to have something like a stool or maybe a bucket or something that's the right height that you can set the bumper on and kind of creep it towards the car so that you don't need to hold the whole thing while you bolt it on. In this case, I've got this little rolly stool at the correct height and I'm just gonna walk the bumper in and I'm lining up those bolts that are on those brackets into the holes and I can just use those bolts as somewhat of a dhow, get them warped in just like that. I'm gonna pull my stool out underneath once that bolt's in and I can kind of slide that bolt into that hole a little bit further. Work the bumper on home, take a little bit of persuasion. There's one on the inside as well. Just make sure that one's lined up too.Sometimes when you put a bumper on by yourself, you gotta get a little creative with how you hold it on there. In this case, I'm able to hold that top bar with my foot and keep the bumper in place. And now I've got this bolt lined up through the hole on the flange. So I can go ahead and put a big flat washer that's included with the kit over that, one of those big lock washers. And then I can start to turn one of those 18-millimeter nuts that's included as well just to get that bumper secured. And I'm working one side at a time. I'm not gonna put both sides on at the same time. Just gonna get one side in so that the bumper will stay like that and I can move to the other side and put that other bolt in to get the other side secured.So once you got this done on this side, you can go ahead and move to the other side and then we'll put the other three on each flange in. And I've just got one of these 18-millimeter bolts with a lock washer and a flat washer. I'm gonna put it into that bottom hole and gotta be careful not to cross thread, you can feel around with it. Kind of find that receiving nut on the bottom end of that bracket. Once you get that into there, I'm good to take my 18-millimeter socket and my 3/8 ratchet. I'm good to start tightening that guy down. Just like that. And I'm gonna tighten the top one as well. Nice. Now those two are tight. There's two of holes like this that are identical on the other side of this frame rail here.So we're gonna do the same thing and just put a lock washer, a flat washer, and a nut on that bolt the same way. And then you're gonna insert the same bolt that you do here on this side behind that frame rail. It's tough to see, but you're gonna do the exact same thing you did on the outside. And then I have that same bolt assembly for the bottom. Then once you have that guy started by hand, you could do the same thing with that 18-millimeter on your 3/8 ratchet and tighten them both down. And then on the other side of the bumper, there's those three left that you can do as well the exact same way. Now that we've got our bumper nice and secure and all those bolts tight, good to go ahead and plug our fog lights back in.Now we have that nice extension harness. I'm gonna route it up and around the frame rail so it stays hidden and I'm just gonna plug in that connector till I hear it click into place, which would be right there. And you're good to go ahead and do that same thing on the other side. And if your extension harness is a little dangly, you can zip tie it to something just to keep it up out of the way or, you know, hold it down somehow, whichever way you'd like, just to keep it from being seen from the outside and keep it out of the way. Now that we've got our bumper nice and secured and we've got our fog lights attached and plugged in, we're good to move on to arguably the most fun part of any bumper install. And that's gonna be installing these guys right on the front. To do that, I've got that pin out, I'm just slipping it through. Should know how these work, and we're just gonna spin it shut so it's tight and it'll hang down. And you can do that same thing on the other side. And then you're all finished with the install.That was the Officially Licensed Jeep Trail Force HD Front Bumper with Jeep logo for the 2007 to 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK. For all things Wrangler, remember to keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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|Bumper Type||OE Style|
|Bumper Winch Mount||Winch Mount|
|Bumper Fog Light Fitment||Factory|
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