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The OR-Fab Mid-Width Front Bumper is for anyone with the 2007 to 2018 JK that's looking for a bumper that's going to add some functionality and some style to the front of your Jeep. This is going to be an easy one out of three wrenches for the installation. We do have to get out the drill, but it's just to enlarge some holes in the plastic of those factory fog lights So, we're still gonna go one out of three wrenches and I'll walk you through the whole process of the installation in just a second. Now, as you can see, this bumper gives the front of the Jeep a drastically different look from the fact that it is a mid-width bumper So, it's gonna be shorter than the factory bumper to the fact that it has this hoop, a couple of recovery points, a winch mount, some light mounts up on top of the hoop really just a ton of features that are gonna make it really different from the factory bumper and we're gonna get into those in a little bit more detail when we have this side by side with that factory JK bumper.Now, right off the bat as far as construction goes, this bumper is going to be really, really well-built, it's a very heavy bumper. Even for a mid-width bumper, this thing weighs what some full-width steel bumpers do. It just has a lot of weight to it, some really thick steel used, some pretty high-quality powder coating that you get out of it. And this is a bumper that's hand-built in the USA, you can see that they did a lot of grinding on all of these welds here to smooth things out. And overall, it gives the bumper a really nice appearance at least in my opinion. But for that additional steel thickness for the fact that it is hand-built in the USA, you are gonna pay a premium for this bumper over some of the other mid-width bumpers on the market. This one coming in right around that $600 mark. If you're looking for a bumper that is really almost overbuilt, very, very heavy duty, this is still gonna be a good choice but again, you're gonna pay a bit of a premium for it. So, like we said, one out of three wrenches for the install. Let's show you how to do it.For this install, we used a 10-millimeter, an 18-millimeter socket as well as a Number 2 Philips socket. We also, used a couple of 3/8 extension and drove all of those with a combination of our 3/8 electric impact and our 3/8 pneumatic ratchet. We also, used a razor knife, a trim removal tool, and a drill with a quarter-inch drill bit.So, the first step in getting your new bumper installed is, of course, removing your factory bumper. Now, our bumpers have been removed and reinstalled a bunch of times and they're actually missing a couple of plastic pieces. So, if your JK is completely stocked, there are a few steps that you're going to start with. There's going to be a splash shield on the bottom of the bumper that goes from the crash bar to the bottom of the bumper. And you can pop that off with a trim removal tool just by removing the plastic clips that hold it in place. Then there's also, going to be a plastic piece up on top of the frame here, a plastic frame cover and you can remove those plastic clips with a Phillips head screwdriver. Once those are gone, your Jeep will look pretty much like ours here and all that's left is to remove the four nuts on either side that hold the bumper to the frame and then, of course, unplug the fog lights. One thing to note about the fog lights is depending on your year of the Jeep. The plug will be a little bit different so the process will be a little bit different there. But just make sure you get them unplugged before you go and remove the bumper from the Jeep.So,, we're gonna go ahead and get all of those nuts loose, get the fog lights unplugged, and get this bumper set to the side.I'll go ahead and unplug our fog light harness. On a 2014, it's just a pinch and pull to get the harness unplugged. With all of our hardware removed and our fog lights unplugged, we can grab the bumper and remove it from the Jeep. The last thing we need to do with our factory bumper before moving onto our new bumper is remove the factory fog lights. And their just held into the bumper with a few Phillips head screws, so we'll get those screws removed and get the fog light housings out.Now we can move on to getting our factory fog lights installed in our new OR-Fab bumper. But in order to do that, OR-Fab provides you with nut and bolt hardware instead of those factory screws and the holes in the fog lights are just a little bit too small. So, we grabbed a drill and a quarter-inch drill bit, we're going to enlarge those holes then we can get the fog light bolted in.Now we can get our fog lights bolted into our new bumper. As you can see, the new larger holes line up nicely and you'll use the included hardware. So, you have a 10-millimeter bolt with a washer on it that'll go through those holes. And then on the back side, you have one of these nuts with little serrated backs on it that are designed to hold themselves from spinning So, you don't have to try and get a wrench in there because obviously, there's not gonna be a lot of space to try and do that. So, I'll reach in there and get this started and then we'll use our impact to get them tightened down.Now that we have our factory fog lights bolted in our new OR-Fab bumper, it's time to get the bumper bolted on the Jeep. So, when you have your OR-Fab bumpers side by side with your factory bumper, you can really see just how much shorter it is being a mid-width and what that does is tuck these corners in a little bit for off-roading, say a little bit more clearance and even for bigger tires. If you're running a 37-inch tire on your Jeep, of course, depending on a lot of other factors, sometimes you can have some clearance issues with the corner of your factory bumper and that big tire, with a mid-width bumper, you're not going to have that problem. So, of course, the bumper is shorter, that's the first thing. And it does have a lot of other features built into it that I already mentioned that we can go into just a little bit more detail on.Now, as you can see, it does except your factory fog lights right here and they come out of those factory fog light holes. As we mentioned, it doesn't move them a little bit. So, right here is where they would normally be, they're gonna be to the outside here. So, in that installation, we do show you how you need to do a little bit of modifications to the wiring. But I always like a bumper that will accept your factory fog lights. The wiring is there, the switching is there, you already have the lights. You don't have to purchase anything additional, anything extra, saves you a little bit of money. So, why not purchase a bumper that allows you to use those and this one does just that.Just a little bit inside of those fog lights, you have a couple of D-Ring mounts and this does come with the D-Rings as well. And that's gonna be a great recovery point for you. As you can see on your factory bumper here, you do have a couple of tow hooks. I prefer a D-Ring personally if you're using especially a snatch strap in a recovery where you want there to be a little bit of slack in that line before it gets pulled taut. The loop can sometimes jump off of a hook like this, but with the D-Ring, of course, it's nice and secure you're not going to have that problem. The bumper is also, going to have a winch mount on it which, of course, your factory bumper doesn't have from the factory. And being a plastic bumper even if you wanted to add a winch plate it can be a little bit difficult. So, OR-Fab bumper winch ready right out of the box.So, you have another recovery option there being able to use that winch. And even if you wanted to use something like a snatch block, going to a snatch block on the tree and back to your-D ring here, you're all set up for all of that. You have a hoop right up on top of your OR-Fab bumper whereas you can see on the factory bumper, you don't have anything there. This is gonna add a little bit of style but it's also going to give you two other locations for lights. A little tough for you to see from that angle but there are a couple of light mount tabs right up on top of this bumper. One of the other things that I like about this that some other manufacturers do but not all of them, is there are holes drilled in the tube directly below the light mounts tabs and also a hole in the bottom of the tube here. So, if you get yourself a metal close hanger and you can fish a wire from this hole to here, you don't have any wires on the surface here, you don't have to have any zip ties holding your wiring up out of the way. So, that's a nice clean look. So, as you can see, a bunch of features here that your factory bumper doesn't have or maybe some features like the recovery points that the factory bumper has that OR-Fab just makes a little bit better and a little bit more useful.With the bumper in place, we'll get all of the hardware first started by hand and then go back and tighten it down. The last step in the install is to plug our fog lights back in. But instead of the fog lights being to the inside of the frame rail they're now on the outside. So, we need to create a little bit more length in this wiring harness. So, what we're gonna do is use our trim removal tool to disconnect the wiring from this strap here that holds it to the inside of the frame that gives us a little bit more slack. And then what we'll also, end up doing is pulling these two wires that go to the fog light. Out of the factory loom here, we'll cut some of this tape and we'll pull it back to right about here. Right about where this strap is. That'll allow us to have plenty of length for this to plug in on the passenger's side and then pull the rest of the wire over to the driver's side and plug that light in as well.So,, if you are looking for a really solidly built front bumper and you're willing to pay a bit of a premium for it, I would recommend taking a look at this bumper from OR-Fab and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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