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Hey, what's up, guys? I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain. And today, I'm here with the RedRock Crawler Stubby Front Bumper with Winch Mount, fitting your 2018 and up Wrangler JL. This is gonna be for the off-roading enthusiast that's looking to upgrade that front bumper to a stronger, more functional, winch-compatible bumper. This is perfect for the rock crawler that is looking for some additional clearance and capability out of their front end. This is a great stubby option to go with that comes at a very affordable price tag.It's made of heavy-duty steel plating so it's gonna add a ton of strength to the front end and that grille guard is gonna add even more protection. This bumper allows the addition of a winch, your factory fog lights, additional lighting up top, and it even has multiple points of recovery on the front, including D-rings. Now, this whole thing is finished off in a textured powder coating, which is gonna add to that aggressive off-road styling. It's also gonna protect your investment from the elements.This whole thing comes complete as a kit with brand new hardware, and it is direct bolt-on. So there's no drilling or modification required to install this. This is gonna be one of your most affordable options on the site when compared to other options of the same design. And at just around $400, I think this is a great option to go with. It looks great. It fits very well. And it even comes with a three-year warranty. Now, as far as the installation goes, I am gonna give this a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter as you can get this thing installed in about two hours just using basic hand tools. Now, with that being said, let's hop into the install.Tools we used for this install: 3/8 ratchet, 3/8 extension, 18-millimeter socket, 17-millimeter socket, 16-millimeter socket, Phillips head screwdriver, 8-millimeter socket, 7-millimeter socket, needle-nose pliers, prying tool, flat-head screwdriver, and a 3/8 drive impact. To begin this installation, we're gonna need to remove our factory bumper. We're gonna begin with the air dam underneath. There's a series of pop clips that we'll have to use a screwdriver or a trim panel removal tool. And there's two screws that we're gonna use an 8-millimeter socket for.All right. So we have eight of these push pins all the way across the bottom. We're gonna just take and pop the center out, and that's gonna release that clip. So once you get the last screw out of the bottom, you're ready to pull the whole shield off.So next, we're gonna take off this metal shield using a 16-millimeter socket. You're gonna have one bolt on either side. After you get the bolts off, you can lift this up and it'll slide right off. So next we're gonna unplug our fog light harness. It's located here on the passenger side frame rail. We're just gonna press this tab in. And then we can disconnect our plug. So after we have our fog light harness unplugged, you're ready to remove the four nuts on both ends of the frame rail. We're gonna use an 18-millimeter socket to do this.So the last thing to disconnect before we pull our bumper off, there's gonna be two push pins, one on either side on the top of the frame rail. We'll need to pop those out with a screwdriver, and then we can pull our bumper off. With everything disconnected, you can remove your stock bumper.So since our new bumper accepts our factory fog lights, we're gonna go ahead and get those out as well as the harness. Now, the fog lights are relatively easy to get out. They're just underneath these plastic end caps. The harness is inside of the bumper so we need to split the bumper apart. First thing we're gonna do is take off this frame cover here. There's just a series of push pins. We're gonna use a flat-head screwdriver to get those out. So we're gonna get underneath of these and pry up this center section, and that's gonna allow us to pull that whole pin out. So we're just gonna go and do that all the way across. Next, we need to remove these plastic end caps. Now, this is just a series of pushpins as well so we're gonna use that same flat-head screwdriver.So now that we have those covers off, the next thing we're gonna do is take our fog lights out. There's gonna be four screws. We're gonna use a 7-millimeter socket to take those out. After that, we're gonna press on the back of this plug, that's gonna disconnect that, we can pull that plug off and pull these out. So last thing we're gonna do is split this bumper open. Now you're gonna have a series of screws all the way around this thing. We're gonna use a 7-millimeter socket to get all those out. So we're gonna start over here.So you're gonna have these three on the end. We're gonna take those out. You're gonna do all of these across [inaudible 00:08:16.804]. Then the last thing we're gonna do is take these eight screws out of the bottom of the bumper. So next thing we're gonna do is split this bumper open. The first thing we're gonna do is get this disconnected right here. So you're gonna use a trim panel removal tool, or a flat-head screwdriver, anything like that. And we just wanna pry these out from the bumper. So we're just gonna get underneath of that and just pry it out of the bumper. Then we're gonna disconnect it from this metal section. Do the same thing on the other side. Now, the bumper is two sections. You're gonna have this center section here and you're gonna have this outside cover. So the tow hooks are poking through it. So we're gonna pull this section out and then we're gonna try to weave it out of there. So we're gonna take these plugs, pull the plugs back through these holes, and then we'll just go across and just disconnect all these areas. So we're just gonna start on one side and work our way across. We'll get this last one out. We'll pull this the rest of the way through. Then we're ready to use it for our new bumper.So we have our bumper on the table. The first thing we're gonna do is get our bumper ready to install these factory fog lights. Now gonna get these little tiny clips. These clips are gonna go around this fog light hole. So we're gonna start with that first. So if you do have a little trouble getting these in, you can always grab a pair of pliers just to help you get these seated. Once you get them over top of the hole, they should click in place. After you get all four of those clips installed, the next thing we're gonna do is put our fog light in. Make sure that your fog lights are facing up. You have letters at the top. Once we get those in, we're gonna take the hardware that they give us, and we're gonna thread those into those little clips. So we're gonna use a Phillip head screwdriver just to get those in and started. So then we're gonna do this same thing for the other side, starting with those little clips.So with our new bumper fully assembled, we're almost ready to install it. But before we do that, I wanna take a moment just to tell you a little bit about what this is made of, what it's gonna do for your Jeep, and how it compares to your stock one. Now, the stock one is made of plastic. So it's gonna give you basic protection. It's also as wide as your Jeep. So if you're an avid rock crawler, such as myself, you want something smaller. It's gonna give you a little more clearance. Now this bumper from RedRock is the crawler stubby. So it is stubby in design, and it's gonna give you a lot more clearance. It's gonna clear up that area in front of the wheel well and allow you to drive that tire up onto obstacles. Now with a stubby bumper, you're not gonna get the full protection of a full-width bumper, but you're gonna get a ton of more clearance.Now, this bumper is made from 1/8-inch thick steel, which makes it a lot stronger than your stock bumper. And this has a nice overrider hoop. This overrider hoop is made of 2-inch tubing, and it's a double overrider hoop. So it's gonna protect your front end from all that brush or anything you may encounter on the trail. Now there's two tabs mounted on this overrider hoop, so they're gonna allow you to mount extra lighting up there, which is really gonna come in handy for those nighttime trail rides. We are getting rid of the stock bumper and the stock fog lights, but our new bumper allows us to install those. So we already have those in, and we're almost ready to go. Now, this bumper, unlike your stock bumper has a winch plate. This winch plate is gonna allow you to run a variety of winches up to 12,000 pounds.This is also a low-rise winch plate. One of the issues with mounting a winch is you're reducing airflow that's moving through your grille. So you're sitting on the trail and you're not really moving much air flow. You have a tendency to overheat. This is gonna sit that a little lower in the bumper, and it's gonna allow plenty of air flow. This whole bumper is finished off in a textured black powder coating. Now this powder coating is going to add corrosion resistance and keep corrosion at bay, but it's also gonna add a very aggressive look and that off-roading styling to your Jeep. Now this bumper is a relatively easy item to install, comes with brand new hardware, and we already pulled our fog light harness out. So with that being said, let's show you how this gets installed and what it looks like on the Jeep.So at this point in time, we are ready to install this bumper. I would recommend grabbing a friend because this is a pretty big item. Also staging that hardware just so it's ready for when we get this thing on. So after you get the bumper on, we're gonna start here at the top. On the inside you're gonna have two studs sticking through, both of those studs. We're gonna get a flat washer, a lock washer, and a nut.Now, while we're up here, we're gonna take a 17-millimeter socket and we're gonna go ahead and tighten this hardware up. We're gonna do the same thing for those outside studs. Flat washer, lock washer, and a nut. And then we'll tighten them up using that same socket. And we'll do the same thing on the other outside. After you have that bumper installed and all the hardware's tightened up, we're gonna take that harness that we pulled out of the stock bumper, and we're gonna put it through the center of this winch plate, and we're gonna plug our fog lights back in. And we're gonna pull our connector off of the frame rail, bring it around to the other side. And then we'll plug that harness back in. After that, you can just take all this excess and zip tie it in a safe place.So, that's gonna wrap up my review and install. For more videos like this, checks us out at extremeterrain.com.
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