(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey, guys. So today I'm here with the RedRock four-by-four Defender full-width front bumper with a winch mount, fitting all 2018 and up JL Wranglers. So this is gonna be for the JL owner looking for a pretty simplistic bumper that's still gonna add functionality and utility to their rig. So starting off with a couple of those benefits, first off, you have some full front end protection, as well as full grille protection. And I do like how the stinger comes up a little bit higher than some of our other options on the page. But you are still getting this full front end protection wheel-to-wheel with uncompromised approach angles because of the high ends. You're also getting some other standard features, you're getting two light mounting tabs up top on your stinger, you're able to swap over your factory fog lights and you do get a winch mount. Now, this winch mount is not gonna be bolted up right away. This will be sandwiched in between your winch later down the line when you're looking to add one, but I do like that it gives you the option to either run a winch or not. The only thing that I did notice when we were installing this was the fact that it did come in a little bit of contact with our fender flares here. Now, this may be a concern for the Sport as well as the Sahara owners. However, if you do have aftermarket fender flares or you have a Rubicon with that higher fender flare, you should be in the clear, so I definitely would keep that in mind when you are shopping around for bumpers. Nonetheless, as far as price goes, this is gonna be roughly $250, making this a very affordable option on the page. This isn't gonna come with all the bells and whistles. It's not gonna come with recovery points or any additional lighting like some of those more expensive options. However, in my personal opinion, it's gonna be very functional and it's gonna get the job done and it's gonna look very good on the front end of your Wrangler. So install is gonna be a pretty easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It's gonna take you no time at all to get this installed with a couple of basic hand tools. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, 3/8 inch drive ratchet, 1/4 inch drive ratchet, flat-head screwdriver, a 7-millimeter and 14-millimeter open ended wrench, an Allen key, a 5-millimeter Allen Key, a 16-millimeter shallow socket, a 7-millimeter, 8-millimeter, 14-millimeter, 16-millimeter, and 18-millimeter deep socket, a 3-inch extension, and a trim removal tool. So first thing we need to do is take off this upper splash shield. We're gonna use a flat-head screwdriver to do that. It's gonna be a couple of pop clips and then we can take that off. So in order to remove our lower splash guard, we do need to remove all of the clips in the front of the splash guard that are holding it onto our front bumper. I'm gonna be using a trim removal tool and go ahead and pop those out. So once all your front clips are out, we can take an 8-millimeter socket and remove the two screws that are holding on the back of our splash guard. And we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. And after you remove this screw, you should be able to pop out your splash guard. So now what we can do is remove our skid plate here. You're gonna need a 16-millimeter socket, and you can go ahead and take out these two bolts. So after those two bolts that are holding in our skid plate are out, we can move this up and take it out of the way. So what we're gonna do now is remove the nuts that are on the studs on our bumper that is bolted through our frame. I'm gonna take an 18-millimeter deep socket in order to do that. There should be two on the outside, as well as two on the inside of each side of your frame rails. Now we can do the same thing for all of the other sides. So before we go ahead and take our bumper off, we do need to make sure that this wiring harness is disconnected. So all you have to do is depress that clip and slide it out. So after everything is disconnected, we can go ahead and remove our bumper. So after we have the bumper off, we still have to break down our bumper because we do need to transfer over our factory fog lights. Now, I would like to mention for you Sport model owners out there, you will not be able to transfer over your factory fog lights because they do not line up with the bolt pattern on our new bumper. You will have to outsource for a new pair of fog lights. However, we do offer a number of them on our website. Also, for some other models, this may differ. However, this is the Sahara package and it will be generally the same thing when moving over to a different trim, there will just be a couple of differences. So now I'm gonna take a flat-head screwdriver and pop out these series of pop clips holding on our outside trim piece. You can also use a trim removal tool, but I find that this is a lot easier since there are little cutouts on each of your pop clips. Perfect for a flat-head screwdriver. So this is going to expose our fog light. So since we have the OEM LEDs on our JL, we were able to swap over our fog lights. So you're going to need a 7-millimeter socket to get out each fog light. So once we take our stock bumper off, the factory wiring harness for our fog lights will still be inside the bumper. In order to get it out, we need to remove the front plastic cover off of the bumper and remove a couple of pop clips so we can transfer the stock wiring harness over to our new bumper. So there's gonna be a pop clip holding in the back of the harness. That's just gonna be holding in place. You can remove that. Now we can remove our plastic cover. There's going to be a number of 7-millimeter bolts that you have to remove around the bumper. So when you're removing the plastic cover, you need to take the hooks out. So now that we have our plastic cover off, it will expose all of the pop clips so you can take your trim removal tool and remove all of those that are holding in the wiring harness. After everything's disconnected, you can feed it through the hole and pull it out. So before we go ahead and install our new front bumper, I did wanna show you guys a couple of benefits that you're getting out of this new RedRock front bumper in comparison to your factory one. So first off, it's gonna be a lot more durable, made of hot rolled steel. It's also going to have a bull bar up on top that's made of two-inch tubular steel, and that's gonna provide you more protection than your plastic factory one. This is also gonna provide you a more off-road look with the two-stage textured black powder coat finish in addition to protecting that steel underneath. So starting off with our bull bar, this is going to provide you a lot more grille protection than your factory would, considering that there's no bull bar at all. This is also going to have two light mounting tabs on top to mount up any additional lighting, and your factory front bumper is not gonna be able to offer you that. You are able to keep your factory fog lights though. You will be able to switch them over. Not to mention, this is going to provide you full front end protection. So you still get the same full width feature. It's not gonna be as stubby, it's not gonna be a mid-width, but you are getting some angled ends out of this for some better approach angles in comparison to your factory front bumper that doesn't really offer you that. So you also are getting a bolt pattern on top for a winch. Now, this does come with a winch plate, however, you won't be able to install it unless you actually install a winch because it will sandwich in between, but it is capable of holding a winch up to a 12,000-pound pulling capacity. And that's perfect if you get yourself into a sticky situation on the trail. Now, enough about these two side by side. Let's go ahead and mount up our new one. So right out of the box, you will have to put your bumper together. That includes your bull bar, the fog lights, as well as your winch plate if you are installing a winch. But we're gonna go ahead and start with our bull bar using our provided hardware. You should have a button head bolt, two flat washers, a lock washer, and a nut, and we're gonna go ahead and secure that down to these three holes on either side of the bumper. So it will make it a little bit easier if you do have a friend or a prop to hold up the bull bar, or if you angle it down on the floor. If you put the bumper down on its face, it will push the bull bar back and it won't line up with the holes. So it is good to have the bumper sitting like this while you're installing your hardware. But once you get a couple of bolts secured and snugged up, then it should stay in place for the rest of them. And now we can do the same thing on the other side. So now with a 14-millimeter deep socket and a 1/4-inch drive ratchet, as well as a 5-millimeter Allen key, we're gonna go ahead and tighten those down. You can also use a 14-millimeter wrench. So now we can install our fog lights. Now I would like to mention that the Sport model fog lights will not fit, you will have to outsource. I did mention that earlier just because the bolt pattern doesn't match up on the Sport version. There is two bolts over here, as well as one in the center on the other side. So this also does not come with provided hardware to secure these down. So what we're gonna do is just grab some hardware that fits through our fog light. You will have to outsource. However, you will be able to find that at a local hardware store, but we're just going to secure it down with the hardware that we have here. I'm just using some button head bolts, as well as a flat washer and a nut. So what I'm gonna do is take a 7-millimeter wrench and an Allen key and just snug those up. Now, it may be different, depending on where you are outsourcing for hardware. And now we can do the same thing on the other side. After everything is assembled on our bumper, now we're ready to install it on our Wrangler. So now that our bumper is on, we can attach our hardware. It's gonna consist of our flat washer, our lock washer, and our nut. So it looks like we're having a little bit of a fitment issue up top because we do have the stock Sahara fender flares on here. So what we're gonna do is just put our nut on after that flat washer. Go ahead and do the same thing for the other side. Tighten that up and then we can add our lock washer once everything's sitting properly. So after you attach the hardware on the other side, I recommend to just tighten this down and bring it in so we can fit our lock washer on our top stud. Then we can tighten it down with a 16-millimeter deep socket, and I recommend an extension so you can clear this skid plate down here. Now we can attach the other side. Like I said before, you might have to tighten it up just a little bit to get that top stud to come through. Now we can do the same exact process for the inside frame rail bolts. So it is very hard to see inside of this bumper because it does hug the body very tightly. I do like that about that. It does have this underbody protection, but it is a little bit hard to see what I'm doing. So what I did was just plugged in the factory fog light harness into the back of the fog lights, same process as unplugging them. And then after that, I just tucked up the wiring in the gusseting. And then what I'm just going to do now is plug in our main harness. After that, after everything is plugged in and tightened down, you are all set to go. So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Guys, make sure you like and subscribe, and for more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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