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Hey. What's up, guys? Ryan here from Extreme Terrain, and today I'm here with the Mopar 3-Piece Rubicon Front Bumper, fitting your 2018 and up Jeep Wrangler JL. Now, if you've purchased a JL that's a lower trim option but you really like the way the Rubicon looks and you're looking for that style protection and functionality, then the Mopar Rubicon front bumper is a great option to go with. That is a full steel bumper, so you're getting that head-on protection and strength that you're not going to get with that factory plastic bumper. This bumper is not only going to give you those aggressive good looks, but it's also going to increase the capability of your Jeep. One of the nice things I like about this bumper is it's fully customizable. It is a three-piece bumper and at its finest, it is a full-width bumper which is going to provide you that flare-to-flare protection. If you're looking for a little more clearance and a little more capability, you can detach these ends, it's going to turn into a stubby bumper, which is really going to come in handy when you're trying to traverse those tough trails. Now, along with that customizability, this has a ton of other features. It has a removable plate up top and in the front, and that's going to allow you to drop in a winch plate, any winch of your choice, and now your fairlead up front that's going to increase your off-roading capability, and that's a really good recovery option to have when you're off-roading.Another nice thing I like about this bumper is it comes with brand new LED lights, just like the Rubicon, and if you have those standard incandescent bulbs, this is going to be huge improvement. Not only does it come with the lights pre-installed, but it comes with its own wiring harness, making this a plug-and-play option directly to that factory harness.Now, of course, with a full steel bumper, we are dealing with rust issues. However, this bumper has been coated in a very nice textured black powder coating, and that's not only going to add to that aggressive styling but it's going to protect your investment from the elements. Now, this bumper is really going to up the look of your Wrangler as well as the functionality and capability.It is a completely bolt-on option. It's going to bolt right onto those factory frame rails, utilizing those factory nuts, and is a very easy to install option. Now, this is coming directly from Mopar, the manufacturer, so you are going to pay a premium price for this, coming in right at around $1,000. However, I think it's well worth the money, not only for the look of the Rubicon, but the fit, styling, and of course, that protection and functionality. You're really getting a great deal, and of course, you know it's going to last a long time.Now, as far as installation goes, I'm going to give this a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter as you can get this installed in about two hours just using basic hand tools. Now with that being said, let's hop into the install.Tools we use for this install: flathead screwdriver, 3/8 drive impact, quarter-inch drive, and 3/8 drive air ratchets, 18-millimeter socket, 16-millimeter socket, 8-millimeter socket, quarter-inch drive extension, 3-inch drive extension. And if you want to take the ends off or that winch plate panel, you need to T45 torques. So the first thing, of course, is to get that front bumper off. So we're going to start with a splash shield underneath. You need a flathead screwdriver and an eight-millimeter socket. We're going to crawl underneath and start within.So we're going to have a series of push pins across the front where the splash shield connects to the bumper. You can use a flathead screwdriver just to pry up on that center section. And that's going to allow you to get that clip out. Next, you're going to have two screws, you're going to have one on each side. We're going to use an eight-millimeter socket to get those screws out. Once you get that last screw out, you're ready to remove your splash shield. Next thing we're going to do is take this end panel off. This is covering our fog lights. This isn't a necessary step, to get this bumper removed, but we're going to remove it so you can get a better look at the nuts that were taken off on the frame rail. So to do this, we're going to use a flathead screwdriver and we're going to take these push pins out. Now, depending on your model, you may have a different bumper end and this might have screws in it that you'll need a seven-millimeter socket for.The next thing we're going to do is unplug our fog light harness at our frame rail on the passenger side. What we're going to do is press this little tab in here on the side of it, and that's going to allow us to disconnect our fog lights. After we do that, we're going to unbolt our bumper. So you're going to have eight nuts, four on each frame rail. We're going to use an 18-millimeter socket to get all those out. So on this side we already have our plastic shield off. So we're just going to go ahead and get these nuts off.So after that, we're going to go back up top, we're going to take these last two push pins out. You're going to have one on top of each frame rail. Same thing. We're going to use a flathead screwdriver to take these out, pry up on the center, that's going to allow you to pull the whole thing out. After that, you're ready to take your bumper off.So before we get started with the installation of this brand new bumper, I want to point out some of the differences and take a moment to talk about some of the features and benefits that you're going to get with this Rubicon bumper. Now, obviously, this is the Rubicon bumper. This is the bumper you get on the Rubicon model, which is the epic off-roading model that you can get your Wrangler in. If you didn't opt out for the Rubicon, but you really like that look, you're in luck because Mopar offers a bumper. Now, of course, we have a Sahara model, just a plain Jane, and we have a plain Jane factory bumper. Now we did opt out for LED lighting package. So we do have LED fog lights, but if you didn't opt out for that, you're going to have those plain incandescent bulbs and this brand new bumper is going to come with some high powered LED lights.One of the things I like about your factory bumper is it is a full-width bumper so you're getting that full-width protection. However, it's made of plastic. So with that being said, you're really not getting full protection that you would with a steel bumper, and of course, it is going to handle light bumps and bruises, light trails and stuff like that. But if you're looking for something that is a lot more functional, a lot more stronger, and is going to provide a ton of more protection for you, obviously, this is a really good-looking bumper and a great option to go with.Now this one is made of steel, so you're getting a steel option versus a plastic option. And this is a full-width bumper. Now one of the nice things about this being a full-width bumper is it has removable end. So this is a three-piece bumper. You can actually take these ends off and make it into a stubby. That way you give it that really aggressive off-roading serious look. and you'll get additional clearance on the ends as well, giving you better approach angles, that's really going to shorten that, give you room in there to drive your wheels up on any obstacles that you may come across on the trails. Now, just like the Rubicon model, you're getting those red tow hooks. Just like the factory bumper, you're still going to get those, they're pre-installed, comes complete, that's a really nice feature. And this does have LED lighting, and once again, if you didn't have LED lighting, you're going to upgrade with this bumper. That's going to be a lot brighter than this incandescents. If you did have LED lighting, these are going to be just as bright.One of the nice things is this comes completely assembled. So we got it out of the box, this already has the ends on it, it already has the tow hooks in it, already have the lights, and it even comes with its own harness so you don't have to pull this bumper apart. This comes with its own wiring harness, it's already set in place, and it's going to bolt directly onto your frame rails. So we don't really have anything to do with this bumper, like I said, it comes completely assembled, and it's going to reuse all of those nuts that we took out of the frame rail to get this bumper off. So with that being said, let's show you how this gets installed and what it looks like on the Jeep. At this point in time, we're ready to install this bumper. Now, like I said, we're going to be reusing all those factory nuts. And it is steel, not like that plastic factory one, so you might want to grab a friend to help you get this up. I'm going to grip it up by the tow hooks, I'm going to pick it up, slide it right on the frame rails.So now that we have his bumper on, of course, now at this point in time, we're going to start reinstalling those nuts, but I wanted to stop down for a second and talk about one last feature of this bumper. So you're going to have this plate up here and this plate is actually removable. I'm going to remove this plate because then the camera can get a better angle at me getting these nuts on the inside here on this inside studs. Also, this has another function. You can actually remove this plate up top here. That's going to allow you to mount a winch with a winch plate inside of this bumper. You're going to have this plastic section on the front, this actually pulls out, and underneath it's going to reveal where you're going to mount your fairlead. This is a pretty cool option, that's something that you're not going to get with a standard bumper. So you're getting tow hooks, factory fog lights, allows you to put a winch in there, that's going to really increase the capability of your Jeep, especially off-road. So I'm going to slap these panels back on, I'm going to go ahead and take this one off. We're going to use T45 torques to get all of these bolts out, and then we'll start getting this thing bolted down.So like I said, we're going to take this panel off, you're going to have five bolts going all the way around here, three up front, one on each side. Just going to go around and use that T45 torques to get these out. And of course, as you're getting that last one out, you want to put a hand on this. Go ahead and remove this plate. And as you can see, we got these studs in here. We'll go ahead and install those nuts. We're just going to take an 18-millimeter socket on a ratchet and tighten them up. Go ahead over the other side, do that same thing for that inside section.Now, we're going to crawl under Jeep, we're going to get the rest of the nuts installed. So do these two on the outside, tighten them up, and then we'll go over to the other side and do the other two outside, tighten those up as well.Last thing we have to do is plug our fog lights in. So we have our little end right here on the bumper. Doesn't look like it reaches very good. So what we're going to do is just take this off of this frame rail. We're going to peel that off, plug that in, and then we should be all good.So at this point in time, we have this bumper completely installed so you're ready to rock and roll and hit those trails. However, that's going to wrap up my review and install. For more videos and products like this check us out at extremeterrain.com
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Versatile Front Bumper. If you can’t decide between a full-width or stubby front bumper, why not have both? That’s exactly what you’ll get with a Mopar 3-Piece Rubicon Front Bumper. This versatile bumper can turn your Jeep Wrangler into an off-road warrior by removing the bumper ends for a more aggressive off-road look. And for maximum protection, simply attach the ends for a full-width bumper.
Solid Steel Bumpers. Unlike flimsy factory front bumpers, the Mopar 3-Piece Rubicon Front Bumper is made of sturdy and solid steel. It’s suitable for off-road adventures requiring a more substantial protection against impacts. And to ensure a longer lifespan for your bumper, surfaces are coated with a protective layer for maximum rust and corrosion-resistance.
Simple Bolt-On Installation. It’s easy to install the Mopar Modular Bumper. Simply remove the old bumper and bolt-on the Mopar’s stubby bumper using the existing mounting holes. It’s up to you if you wish to attach the ends for a full-width look instead of the stubby look.
Mopar’s Limited Warranty. Mopar warranties the Mopar 3-Piece Rubicon Front Bumper to be free from factory defects including material and workmanship for up to 12 months. The warranty does not extend to incidental and consequential damages.
Application. The Mopar 3-Piece Rubicon Front Bumper fits all 2018-2023 Jeep Wrangler JL models.
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