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WJ2 Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier; Pre-Drilled for Backup Sensors; Textured Black (18-23 Jeep Wrangler JL)

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      Video Review & Installation

      Hey, guys. I'm Eric with ExtremeTerrain. In this video, I'm gonna give you my review and installation of this WJ2 rear bumper with tire carrier that's also pre-drilled for backup sensors for all 2018 and later Jeep Wrangler JLs. This WJ2 rear bumper and tire carrier from Westin is gonna be ideal for that Wrangler owner out there who's looking for a serious upgrade and protection and off-road capability as well as providing a rugged solution to carrying an oversized off-road tire. Now, this WJ2 bumper from Westin is packed full of features that are gonna appeal to the serious off-roader. You have these T-shaped cutouts, one on each side, that serve as attachment points for your Hi-Lift jack. You also have these heavy-duty D-ring mounts, one on each side. You have multiple locations to add additional off-road lighting, whether it be rear fog lights or rock lights, pre-drilled for your backup sensors if your Jeep is equipped for those. And the overall design itself is really set up for off-roading. It's a high-clearance bumper that tapers up at the ends that's gonna allow you to achieve better obstacle and terrain clearance with your tires and as well as the wrap-around design that's gonna give you added protection at the rear corners.Now, probably the most common upgrade for Jeep Wrangler owners is to lift their Jeep and put on larger wheels and tires for better off-roading. The benefits there are self-explanatory, but one of the downsides to all that is adding that larger tire on the back adds significant weight to your factory tire carrier. In fact, I've even seen a lot of Jeep owners will add additional accessories on their tire, like an outside trash bag or other types of tools or a Hi-Lift jack, other tools like that that are just gonna add more weight to that tire carrier. Now, with all that added weight on the back of your Jeep, when you go off-roading on extreme trails or down corrugated dirt roads with all that vibration, you could prematurely wear out your factory setup. After all, while it's rugged plastic, it is plastic coming from the factory. This solution from Westin in the WJ2 bumper and tire carrier will solve a lot of those issues. And speaking of weight, there is something to consider with this setup, is that the bumper and tire carry itself does add substantial weight to the rear of your Jeep. After all, this is made from 0.1875 inches thick steel. Now, when I look that up to convert it, that's about one-fifth of an inch. That's pretty thick considering other models that are out there in the market. It's also finished in a nice durable black powder coat to protect against weathering and corrosion, but you are getting a full-width design here that's gonna add lots of protection to the rear end, including, like I said before, the wrap-around design that protects the rear corners of your Jeep.Now, as far as price goes, guys, this tire carrier and bumper comes in right around $1,600. That definitely puts it in the premium category for rear bumper setups, but let's not forget you're getting the tire carrier with it, and it's not the most expensive model out there in the market according to the shopping that I've done, and with that, you are getting a setup that is full of off-road features and benefits that you're gonna get from this kit. So, overall, I think it's a pretty reasonable purchase. Now, as far as the installation goes, I'm giving it a solid two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, nothing overly challenging. However, when you unbox this, you're gonna see that this comes with a ton of hardware. Once you have that all planned out, you are gonna need a substantial set of tools but nothing overly exotic. Overall, I would say give it about a solid four hours to get this installation complete. And when you're mounting the bumper onto the Jeep itself, you're gonna want an extra set of hands to help you securely put it in place and to start a bolt in there to keep it secure to the frame while you're finishing up the rest of the install. So as you'll see in our installation portion of this video, we do put the Jeep up on a lift on a couple of occasions to give you a better angle for the video, but by no means are you gonna need to do that for this install. You could very easily get this job done in your garage or in your driveway at home. So with that said, let's go ahead and do the installation. All right. Guys, the tools I'm gonna use in this installation are an electric impact wrench, a 35-millimeter deep wall socket, a 90-degree air impact wrench, 19, 18, 15, 17, 16, and 13 ratcheting wrenches, a pair of socket wrenches. We're gonna use 21, 19, 18, 17, 15, 13, and 8-millimeter sockets. We're also gonna use a pair of Allen keys as well as the T25 Torx bit, a trim removal tool, the Allen wrench that comes with your bumper and tire carrier. We're also gonna use 19, 18, 16, 13, and 10-millimeter crescent wrenches, a pair of extensions, a Phillips-head screwdriver, wire stripper and crimper, a rubber mallet, grease gun, and a heat gun.All right. Guys, first step in our installation is to get the spare tire off. Now, most of you out there probably still have your factory shroud that goes on over your backup camera. You are gonna have to remove that first using the torque set that comes with the Jeep. After you do that, you can go ahead and loosen the lug nuts, take them off, and get the tire off the back. We have an aftermarket wheel on our Jeep. So I have an aftermarket socket for that. You're gonna have to find the appropriate one that fits the lugs on your spare tire carrier. All right. Guys, we have the tire off. So go ahead and open your tailgate. What we're gonna do next is remove this plastic panel here so we can get it some wiring harnesses behind it. All right. These are the three wiring harnesses we're gonna disconnect because eventually, when we remove our factory tire carrier from the tailgate, we're gonna pull these back through the hole in the tailgate, and to get at it, you can just pull these out. You just have these little retaining...plastic retaining clips here, makes it easier to kind of get your hands on it and pinch the lock tab and pull them apart. All right. Guys, next, the three wiring harnesses we just disconnected, they come out through the tailgate here, and I just kind of grab this rubber gasket and pull these out. All right. Using a 13-millimeter socket, you've got a total of 8 bolts holding the tire carrier to the tailgate, 4 on each side. All right. We're gonna take these two 13-millimeter bolts out here. All 8 of these are 13-millimeters if I didn't say that earlier. All right. Guys, in the last one, just make sure you don't back it out all the way. If you back it all the way, this thing might fall off the tailgate. So just be slow and careful here. I have that loosened. I'm just gonna take it out manually. All right. With our factory tire carrier here, guys, we're gonna take a T25 Torx bit here and here and back out these bolts. Okay. Guys, with those bolts out, then this whole bracket comes loose out the back, including the housing for your backup camera. All right. Guys, now we're gonna remove the rest of these T25 bolts around here so that we can access the wiring inside. All right. Now, with these T25s backed out, guys, just go ahead and work this out. It's a little snug, and to help yourself out, you may wanna grab a trim removal tool, kind of walk it around the inside there, and it'll pop it loose. All right. Now, we have two T25s right here holding our third brake light in. We're gonna take those out. Once you have that out, you can pull on this and disconnect it. We'll reassemble this later with the Deegan 38 kit. All right. Last step on our disassembly here is to get our backup camera off of the factory housing. To do that, we're gonna remove these three tiny T8 Torx bit screws here, here, and here. All right. Now, we have this all freed up, and we'll end up mounting it on our bumper here in a moment. So, I'm just gonna keep that plugged in, keep all our components together.All right. Guys, next, we're gonna remove this plastic trim piece inside the wheel well. We have three 8-millimeter bolts here we're gonna take out. And so we can remove this bracket here. It's right by the tire. We're gonna take these two 16-millimeter bolts off and then two more back here, but, first, we're gonna start on these. All right. Next, we're gonna go after these two bolts here that are securing the bumper to the frame rail. These are 21-millimeters. I'm gonna take the bottom one all the way out, and I'm just gonna back out the top one just so we can keep the bumper secure in place. And as you do this, guys, as you see, I'm wrenching right here, just be careful not to have your thumb wrapped around here. It's gonna catch on that exhaust pipe might cut you up, sting a little bit. Depending on the condition of your Jeep, you might have to soak this with some PB B'laster or something to help loosen it up. We work on these trucks all the time, so our experience is a little bit different. All right. I just have that backed out, guys. I'm gonna leave it up there for now. All right. And just like we did on the other side, guys, we've got three bolts here that are 8-millimeters. On our truck here, we actually only have two, but you should have three. All right. Guys, once again, you should have 2 bolts right here that are 16-millimeters. Our Jeep only has one left on here. I'm gonna take that out right now. All right. Now, the other end of this metal bracket here we've got 2 more 16-millimeters. We're gonna take those out. And when you do the last one, just make sure you're holding the bracket because it will fall. Now, on this side, guys, because we have the tow hook here, we have two additional bolts on the underside we're gonna have to take out. I'm using an 18. On your Jeep, they may be 21s here or up here, but we have 18s on our Jeep. This one's tight up top. I'm gonna try using a ratchet wrench here. All right. Guys, once you get this backed out, your tow hook will come off. The bumper is kind of hanging there, so just kind of keep a hand on it. We still have a bolt on the other side that's loose we're gonna take out now. All right. Guys, last step before we just take the bumper off is we're gonna pull this wiring harness out. This is for our license plate lamps. It might help to get a little screwdriver pull underneath this tab right here. All right. Now, with all our hardware removed and our license plate lamp harness disconnected, you can go ahead and remove the bumper.All right. Guys, now we have our stock bumper off our Jeep. I wanted to set them up here on the stand to do a little side-by-side comparison with our brand-new WJ2 series rear bumper from Westin. Now, as you can see, our stock bumper is pretty bare-bones, no-frills, not much to see here. It's thin metal supporting plastic, and there are no other attachments or really nothing to it. What you get with this new WJ2 series bumper is a lot of thought went into how an off-roader is gonna use this bumper. This steel, I gotta tell you, is some of the thickest steel you're gonna find in a steel bumper. It's almost one-fifth of an inch thick. That's pretty thick. And as you can see, there are a lot of features designed into this bumper with the off-roader in mind, one of which is this little T-shaped cutout right here where you can put in your Hi-Lift jack. It makes a nice mounting point. You got one of those on each side. You also have these really thick, sturdy welded D-ring mounts, one on each side. As you can see, we're gonna eliminate the factory tow hook. We took that off the Jeep. So you're not gonna need that anymore. Now, this particular model is set up for Jeeps with factory backup sensors. We don't have these on the Jeep. I'll show you how the mounting hardware works in just a second. But you do have the set holes as you can see for those factory sensors. You also have additional cutouts, one on each side, for cube lighting, and might be a little hard to see, but down here on the ends, we do have cutouts for rock lighting if you wanna add that as well. So Westin really put a lot of thought into all different kinds of ways that off-roaders might wanna use this bumper. And as well, something else I wanna point out, like I said, the material that Westin uses is very sturdy. It's almost a one-fifth of an inch thick. Now, for all the major brackets, as you'll see during this installation, they use that same thick material, including the big tire carrier piece that you see we have set up here on the floor. Any of the larger pieces are made from that same thick material. Some of the smaller brackets are a little bit thinner. But, overall, you will be adding some weight to the rear of your Jeep, but I think that is gonna really pay off in all the benefits you're gonna get from this new equipment.All right. So we're gonna bring our WJ2 bumper up on the table and turn it around, show you the inside of it and where you're gonna mount your backup sensors and where you can also mount some of the auxiliary lighting if you're choosing to do that. We don't have any today, so we're not gonna be mounting any of that, but I will show you where that goes before we put the bumper on our Jeep. Okay. So we have the bumper up on the table here. Just a couple quick things to point out to you, guys. Where you can mount your cube lighting, there are these welded brackets for bolting that on, and you can see a little bit better here the cutouts for the rock lighting. And I'll demonstrate in a second how they have this hardware that basically pushes in behind your factory backup sensors. We're gonna mount that in a second and demonstrate just how that works for you. We're not gonna do them all. Like I said, we don't have sensors on this Jeep, but I just wanna show you how to do that. The one other thing I'd like to maybe point out is that compared to some other bumpers I've worked with here, maybe one thing, you could maybe call it a criticism, maybe not, is that with all these cutouts and holes and everything, there aren't any dress-up panels to block those in if you're not using them. Some other bumpers out there might have a little panel that you can bolt in to cover up the opening for the cube lighting if you're not using that. On the flip side of that though, a lot of off-roaders might say, "Well, that's just one more place for mud and dirt to collect and get stuck in there," and it makes it harder to clean off the bumper. So, six one, half dozen the other, it may be a criticism for you if, like, the appearance of the bumper is more important to you, but if you lean more towards functionality, it's probably not such a big deal. So, all right, I'm gonna show you how to put this sensor backup plate on.All right. Guys, now to mount this little bracket that's gonna hold our factory backup sensors in place, go ahead and grab a 10-millimeter crescent wrench and also grab the 10-millimeter ratcheting wrench. That'll fit the hardware for this. Basically, this is gonna mount in like that and literally push in the factory sensor and hold it there from behind. Now, the kit also comes with these little foam discs with an adhesive back. Go ahead and put one of these on. And this is gonna be the side that's gonna push into the back of the sensor. And if we had one of those, I'd show you how that plugs in here, but literally, this goes onto this bracket. Grab this bolt. We have a washer and a matching 10-millimeter nut to go with that. All right. Once I got this in here, guys, it is a little tight here at the corner, so I switched over to another crescent wrench instead of my ratcheting wrench. And all you need to do is be able to tighten it down just a little bit here. And that's all there is to it. All right. So before we put the bumper on, you're gonna wanna grab two of these nut plates. Our Jeep we're only gonna need one, but you're gonna wanna slide them in on the rail here right above these two holes on the bottom. That's gonna give a threaded surface for your bolts to feed into. Now, your kit's gonna come with 8 of these 21-millimeter bolts with locking washers and flat washers, and that's the hardware we're gonna use to get the bumper mounted to the frame rails. Okay. So what we did there is I had a friend help me. This is a pretty heavy bumper, and to kind of finagle it into place, an extra set of hands is definitely worthwhile. And we each had a bolt with us to secure it up in place just finger-tight so the bumper's not gonna fall off. And a nice little easy technique, don't know if you guys noticed, but you can, as you're fitting into place, put your knee up underneath here, and it'll kind of help you line up the holes in the bumper to the bolt holes on the frame rail. So I'm gonna grab the rest of this hardware, and I'm gonna go ahead and tighten this up. All right. Guys, as you can see, this is the bolt I started when we first put the bumper on the frame rails. We got our Jeep up in the air here for a sake of a better shot for you guys. Obviously, this is something you could easily do on the floor of your garage at home. I'll just go ahead and start the rest of these bolts by hand. These ones on the underside are a little tricky because that nut plate is just laying there. But once you get them started, you can go ahead and tighten them up. Okay. On the driver's side, you're gonna have the exact same two in the bottom, two on the side layout. So we're just gonna go ahead and repeat what you just saw on the driver's side.All right. Guys, so before we start putting the tire carrier assembly together, one last thing we're gonna have to do before we bolt on the base plate that goes on the tailgate here obviously is to pry off these vent brackets. All you really need is a trim removal tool to do this. Okay. Next step, go ahead and grab this plate out of the kit, and to mount this on our tailgate, we have eight of these hex-head bolts that use a 5-millimeter Allen key. They also have lock washers and flat washers to go with them. So I'm gonna go ahead and put this up and start a couple of these bolts by hand just to hold it in place. As you can see, these are kind of oval-shaped openings here. So you do have a little bit of room to adjust this if you need to. I'm gonna go ahead and put the rest of them in. And again, use a 5-millimeter Allen key to tighten them down. Okay. As you're unpacking your kit, you're gonna come across a bag that's gonna contain all these bearing components for the hinge pin of our tire carrier. As you can see, there's clearly a smaller set and a larger set. You wanna separate those pieces out. We're first gonna deal with the larger set, which is gonna be on the bottom of the hinge for our tire carrier. So the first thing we're gonna have to do is we're gonna have to seat this sleeve collar inside the hinge area of the tire carrier assembly, and it's gonna be a little snug. We'll probably have to pound it down a little bit. You can either use a metal tap around the edges to secure that in, or in this case, I'm gonna grab a 38-millimeter socket because we have a large socket set here. And that's about the right size that'll fit the diameter here, and we can pound it down in. I'll demonstrate that for you right now. You're gonna see, guys, when you're putting this in there, this is gonna line up when you get it down in there. It's gonna be nice and flush with a little step inside this sleeve. It's a little bit tighter. Once that's nice and flush with that first step, that's where you have it nice and seated in, we can move on to the next step.Okay. Guys, next step is we're gonna have to put some grease on our bearings here. It's highly recommended for long life of your bearing. So I'm just gonna squirt some grease into my gloved hand here. I don't need a whole lot, but get a good amount and go ahead and work it into this groove here so it gets kind of on the inside. Get some around the inside diameter of the bearing, and then make sure you're covering each little bearing as well. And once you got a good coating of grease on there, you can go ahead and seat it inside the sleeve. All right. So go ahead and drop your bearing in there, obviously, the narrower end of that because it's kind of canted down in first. Then grab your metal washer. Put that on top. Then grab this rubber cap and get that started up here until you have it nice and flush with the sleeve. Okay. Guys, now we have our tire carrier on the table face down. Next is we're gonna mount these rubber bump stops to the back using this bracket out of the kit. You're gonna wanna grab four of these hex-head keys or hex-head bolts and the associated washers and lock nuts that go with them. First, we're gonna mount the blocks to the bracket, and you wanna make sure then the outside that you have this, like, flush mount to the outside as opposed to this side. That's gonna allow you to put the hex-head side in, and as you can see, it fits down flush, or actually below flush. So it's not gonna have any metal-to-metal contact when you're closing the tailgate or closing the tire carrier with your tailgate. So have that down. And then you can flip it over. Add your washers on this side and then your lock nuts. These nuts, you can grab a 10-millimeter wrench and a 5-millimeter Allen key, and then just repeat that for the second one.Okay. Now, we're gonna mount this assembled piece here right in here. You're gonna grab a nut and bolt. These little top hat nuts are 15-millimeter, and these bolts are 13-millimeter. I'm just gonna get it started. Now that I have those started, they're not tightened down. You can see this is adjustable. So if you need more of a gap between the tire carrier and the tailgate of your Jeep, you can just adjust this. So we're gonna start kind of in the middle. All right. Guys, we have the Jeep back up on the lift. It's gonna give you a nice shot from the underside here. I've got our spindle. As you can see, we're gonna be using four bolts to mount it to the backside of the bumper. We're gonna feed it up through. One thing that's very important to note at this point is they use a stronger hardened bolt for this, and you wanna make sure you're grabbing the bolts that say 10.9 on the bolt head, and that's gonna be the proper bolt for this assembly. These also have flat washers and lock washers as well. I'm just gonna get them started. Now, you could do this before you mount the bumper on the Jeep. It might even be a little bit easier, but this process does have an element of trial and error to it because you have to make sure you have proper alignment with the spindle, and there are a couple different ways we can adjust this to get that proper alignment. Before I go ahead and tighten these down, there is a little bit of play here, and that's gonna affect the alignment of the spindle itself and how the tire carrier mounts on it. One way we can adjust this motion here is with this positioning bolt up on the side. That comes in through the side and applies pressure laterally to the base of the spindle, and you can adjust that if you need to. I think the only real way you're gonna know whether or not you're gonna need to make an adjustment is to bring the Jeep back down on the ground and check the alignment of it at that point, and then you have to adjust as needed. So I'm gonna go ahead and tighten down these main bolts. And once you have those tightened up, go ahead and torque them using a torque wrench to the specs in the instruction booklet.All right. Guys, now we're gonna put the tire carrier on our spindle. Now, we're gonna go ahead and pack the bearing pack for the top of the spindle. All right. Guys, the next step here is we're gonna drop this sleeve down in here, and to make sure you have the right orientation, just keep in mind that your bearing is gonna orient like this after we pack with grease, so it has to sit like that. So, we have the right end up here. This one's gonna be a little snug as well just like the bottom one was, and I need a little trick. We're gonna need a 35-millimeter socket to tighten down the big castle nut that's here. That's also the perfect diameter to go over that sleeve I just put in there. So just get that in like that and give it a couple taps and make sure it's nice and flush with the edge down in there, and that's how you get that all set up. Okay. Just like we did for the bottom, get some gloves on and get some grease into your palm, and go ahead and grease up your bearing. Don't be afraid to put too much on there. This is gonna protect the bearing and give you a long service life. Get it really nice and well-greased up. Okay. Then once the bearing is down in there, you take your flat washer, drop it on top. Next, we're gonna cinch that down with our castle nut. All right. Now, your castle nut goes right on top here. I'll get this started. All right. Guys, and as you can see, the whole point of the castle nut is it'll give us a slot to drop this pin in, and that's gonna prevent the castle nut from backing back out as you use the tire carrier, and it pivots on the spindle. I kind of drop that into place like that, and it comes a little set screw just kind of get started like that. And we're gonna use a 5/32 Allen key to tighten down that screw. That'll keep your castle nut from backing out on you, keeping it nice and locked and attached to your bumper. All right. Guys, now you take this cap. This is the last piece to go on. Kind of fit that right here, and pound it in with a mallet.Okay. Next step is we're gonna mount this tall bracket, which is gonna be the mounting point for our third taillight, and we're also gonna mount this piece right here. And we're gonna sandwich the tire carrier bracket between these two. And to get started, go ahead and grab one of your 19-millimeter sleeved bolts, and what I mean by sleeved is that it's not threaded all the way down. It's got the smooth surface. Go ahead and start, and grab this bracket, put it on. That way we know which hole we need to start down below here for our second bolt. All right. So holding those in place, we're also gonna feed on some flat washers, lock washers, nuts. Do the same thing down below. And we'll go ahead and tighten these down. Okay. Go ahead and grab your wiring for your backup camera and third taillight. This if you remember is our camera wire. We're gonna feed that through here to the front. Just let that hang. I'm gonna let our brake light wire hang up there for now. Go ahead and grab this bracket. And we're gonna need that to come out like this. Now, we're gonna mount our camera lens to the bracket. So we're gonna go over the table. All right. Go ahead and grab your camera bracket and your camera pod. Feed it in through the back like that. Grab these tiny Phillips-head screws out of the kit. Just get them started. Okay. Now, bring our bracket over. We're gonna feed our camera wire through the back here. A little snug, but you can walk it right in like that. Now, go ahead and grab the protective shroud. There's a small Allen key bolt, and you may have to source your own nut. We're not sure if we came with one with this kit, but you're gonna need something for this bolt to thread into underneath to get that started. You have a flat washer and a lock washer there. And it's kind of tight, but you gotta have to feed it up from underneath. Okay. Now, we're gonna secure this stuff in and see we have a lot of play right now. You can adjust this further out tighter in depending on the width of your tire that you're gonna be mounting on here. Go ahead and grab these long 19-millimeter bolts, and we've got flat washers and locking nuts to thread through here. Get that started. And I also have already threaded in here two 19-millimeter set bolts that we can tighten down, and it'll help keep everything tight and keep it from moving. These are also 19-millimeter.All right. Now, we're gonna put together the turnbuckle assembly. That's gonna attach the tire carrier to your tailgate. To do that, we're gonna grab these large Allen key bolts that have washers, lock washers, and nuts, and we're mounting it here. You're gonna have the top one pointing down. We're gonna put the bottom one pointing upward, just so you know. Line it up in there. Let's get that started for now. We'll do the other one. All right. We're gonna go ahead and tighten these down. Again, these are 19-millimeter. So I grabbed a ratcheting wrench, and you can grab the large Allen key that's included in the kit. Okay. Now, to attach the turnbuckles to the tailgate, same thing, top bolt points down, the bottom bolt's gonna end up pointing up. And, again, we'll tighten those down using our Allen key and 19-millimeter ratcheting wrench. All right. Guys, now we have our turnbuckles attached to both our tire carrier and the tailgate. Now, with them set in all the way shortened on the turnbuckles, this is what's probably gonna happen when you go to close your tailgate. It's not gonna go. Those rubber bump stops we installed a little while ago are now hitting against the tailgate. So this is an adjustable system. So, pull this back out. And this middle sleeve part right here is threaded, and you turn that in like this, and that's gonna give you a little extra slack. Let me go ahead and test it again. It was a little tight. It was able to close. I'm just gonna loosen it a little bit more. There you have it. Okay. Go ahead and grab your third brake light as well as the two screws that originally were used to mount this to the factory tire carrier, and go ahead and drop the guide pins in. Then go ahead and reattach your wiring. Go ahead and feed your wiring back through the tailgate, and go ahead and reattach your interior trim panel.Okay. Guys, so I have a few things laid out here. This is one of the last steps to this install, and it's gonna be wiring up the license plate lights for this kit. As you can see, their two separate LEDs have their own wiring, and they have this hardware attached here. And you're gonna wanna take this off first because this is...this and the threading here on the back of the light is all what's gonna help hold your license plate to the license plate bracket that we have here. Now, you're gonna have to fish this through. Now, to wire this to your Jeep, you're gonna have a couple of options. We already have a couple of pigtails with female connectors mounted on our fleet Jeep because we do a lot of this wiring for these videos, and I'm gonna be wiring in these spade or blade connectors here on our wires. If you don't have that obviously on your Jeep, you could grab some connectors like this. I like these. You basically snip the wiring on your factory license plate harness or wiring harness and splice them in to these wires here, but right now for this install, I'm gonna be attaching these connectors here. But before I do that, I gotta put my hardware back on, and before you do any splicing, obviously, you're gonna have to put your hardware back on because you won't get it on over top of those connectors. Just cinch that into the back, and just do it finger-tight for now. And, obviously, once you mount them, make sure that your lights are facing down.Okay. So now that that's done, we're gonna start stripping these wires and splicing them to these connectors. All right. So I've already kind of pulled these wires separated a little bit already. You're gonna wanna do that for both, and then go ahead and grab two of the same color. I got both red ones here. We're gonna end up splicing these together into the same connector. First, we need to strip off some of the covering. I'm just gonna kind of twist them together here a little bit. Crimp that down so they're on there nice and snug. We'll do the same thing for the black and red wire here. Put that in. Crimp it down just on there nice and snug. And the last step here. Just grab a heat gun. These are shrink wrap or heat shrink casings on there. Okay. Now, we have all that assembled. Go ahead and run the wiring behind the bumper. Lay the bracket down, and you're gonna have a pair of bolts like this that are kind of flat-top there and a little squared-off block underneath it. That's what's gonna mount on here. Drops into a square slot so that you don't have to hold any tension on anything up top here. You just simply tighten up these nuts underneath. You can tighten them up finger tight for now, and then we'll tighten them up using a 13-millimeter socket. All right. Guys, using a 13-millimeter socket, just get underneath here and tighten up these nuts. All right. So we have some female connectors already spliced into our license plate wiring line, and I'm gonna put black to black here, red to red, or red to white in this case. Now, obviously, if this was gonna be a permanent installation, you'd probably wanna put some heat shrink wrap around this or electrical tape it up for a more permanent install. There you go. All right. All we got left is just to throw our spare tire on the tire carrier. All right. Guys, so that does it for my review and installation of this WJ2 rear bumper with tire carrier that's also pre-drilled for backup sensors for all 2018 and later Jeep Wrangler JLs. Now, for all things Jeep, keep it right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Heavy-Duty W2J Rear Bumper
      • Built From 0.1875-Inch Steel
      • Features a Textured Black Finish
      • Includes a Tire Carrier
      • Comes Pre-Drilled for Backup Sensors
      • D-Ring Mounts Included
      • Compatible with Cube LED Lights and Rock Lights
      • Has a Rear Step
      • Compatible with Vehicles with or Without Hitches
      • Compatible with Cube LED Lights and Rock Lights
      • Fit All 2018-2023 Jeep Wrangler JL Models


      Rear End Protection and Functionality. Give your Jeep Wrangler JL a brawnier profile by installing this Textured Black WJ2 Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier and Pre-Drilled for Backup Sensors. The rear bumper’s tough construction adds a layer of protection that shields your Jeep’s rear end from trail debris, obstacles, and other hazards. What’s more, the included tire carrier allows you to mount a variety of tires, boosting your vehicle’s utility as a result.

      Rugged Tire Carrier. The tire carrier that’s featured in this kit is built from heavy-duty, 8-gauge steel. It also features tapered roller bearings and 2 turnbuckle helm links for added superior strength. Additionally, it fits vehicles with or without factory hitches, making it a highly versatile upgrade for your Jeep.

      Accommodates Auxiliary Lights. This rear bumper is designed with additional mount points that accept LED cube lights and rock lights. As a result, you won’t have any trouble enhancing your Jeep’s lighting performance.

      Built for Extreme Driving Conditions. The WJ2 Rear Bumper boasts a 0.1875-inch plate steel construction, so it can survive the abuse of extreme off-road driving. What’s more, it comes covered with a textured black powder-coated finish, which further fortifies its structure and protects it from rust and corrosion.

      Installation Requires Moderate Mechanical Expertise. This rear bumper with tire carrier kit comes with several parts and components and will take no more than 4 hours to install. As such, the task must be handled by someone who has moderate mechanical expertise to ensure the procedure goes smoothly.

      Application. The Textured Black WJ2 Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier and Pre-Drilled for Backup Sensors fits all 2018-2023 Jeep Wrangler JL models.



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      What's in the Box

      • (1) Rear Bumper Assembly
      • (1) Tire Carrier Assembly
      • Mounting Hardware
      • Installation Instructions

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