(approx) 2 Hours
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Hey, guys. So today I'm here with the RedRock 4x4 Grille Guard in Gloss Black fitting all 2018 and up JL Wranglers. So this is gonna be for the JL owners who are looking for that solid, heavy duty front end protection to protect their brand new JL but they don't want the hassle and the cost of upgrading their front bumper. So this is gonna be a great addition to your factory front bumper, providing you that solid protection that I was just talking about, from any large obstacles, branches, or anything that's gonna happen on the trail or even just in your everyday commute.So this is gonna be a pretty solid build. It fits very nicely and has a ton of support with all of the support brackets and it's also gonna be made of a heavy duty steel tubing with a nice gloss black powder coat finish on it that's gonna protect the steel underneath from any rusting or corrosion. But, overall, I think it gives it a very sleek look on the front end of our JL.So this is gonna be roughly $275, and for a grille guard this is gonna be more expensive. But, like I mentioned previously, when you look at front end projection talking about bumpers, this is gonna be a more affordable option. So compared to other front end protection that doesn't include front bumpers, this is gonna be, like I said, one of the more expensive options but I think it fits very nicely in the price considering you're getting all of this grille protection up top when those other options will just be for bull bars that will only come up to a certain point.So, again, I think this fits very well in the front end of our Wrangler and it's gonna get the job done at a pretty affordable price. So install is gonna be a very light two-out-of-three wrenches on the difficulty meter and the only reason I say that is because if you are looking to keep your factory splash guards, you will have to do a little bit of modification in order to get those back on there. However, this is gonna be pretty simple with some basic hand tools. So speaking of the install, lets jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install were a trim removal tool, an 18-millimeter wrench, a 3/8th-inch drive and a quarter-inch drive ratchet, a 3-inch extension, a 5-millimeter Allen key, an 18-millimeter and 16-millimeter shallow socket, a 3/8th-inch drive 14-millimeter deep socket, a quarter-inch drive 14 millimeter deep socket, an 8-millimeter deep socket, a 7-millimeter deep socket, and an impact wrench.So to kick off this install, we're gonna take off our upper splash guard. Now it's gonna be a series of pop clips. I'm gonna use a flat head screwdriver in order to remove them. So now we're gonna go ahead and remove this bolt that's holding in the upper splash guard. This may depend on your model but you will be using a 7-millimeter socket. Now, we can go ahead and remove this. And then we can work on the splash guard underneath now.So now we can use an 8-millimeter socket and remove the two bolts that are holding in the bottom of our splash guard. You can do the same thing on the other side. There you're gonna use a trim removal tool to remove the pop clips that are holding on your splash guard onto the bumper. So once all of those clips are removed we'll be able to remove our splash guard. Now, using a 16-millimeter socket we're gonna remove the two bolts that are holding on our craft bar underneath. After those bolts are out we can pull it out of the clips and go ahead and remove that.Now, we're gonna take the provided nutsert and insert it in our frame and then we're gonna line it up with the two hexagon bolt holes, sticking the stud through the bottom. Now, again, this is gonna depend on your model. You may have threaded nutserts already here or we're just gonna put this retainer tab on there for the time being so it stays in place. Then we can take our driver side bracket. They will be marked and we can install that on our frame. The same thing for the top, however, you're gonna be using the provided bolt, lock washer, and lock nut. We're taking that down into place then we can use a 14-millimeter socket and go ahead and tighten that down.Now we're gonna snug it up so it doesn't move out of place but we don't want to fully tighten it down just to make sure that we are able to move it around to get our bull bar on. Then we can do the same thing for the stud and our nylon lock nut. I'm gonna be using a 14-millimeter deep socket. All right, now you can do the same thing on the other side.So, on the inner side of our frame rail behind our front bumper, we are gonna remove this pole and install a bracket here so I'm gonna be using a 16-millimeter socket and a small extension to remove that. So with the longer portion of the bracket facing down, we're gonna thread this bolt through and then thread it into our frame rail. Now, we're not going to fully tighten this down yet. We want to make sure that everything lines up with our bull bar but we do want to snug it up so it doesn't move freely.So now with your bull bar supported we can start to mount those up. Now what I'm gonna do is mount it up on our support bars first, so we can hold it in place and attach the bottom. Now, we're gonna be using the supplied button head bolts and the flat washers. Do the same thing on the other side. And that should hold it in place while we line up the bottom. So once you have your bull bar in place we can go ahead and take the provided hardware and bolt that into place. Secure it down. Once you get one lined up the rest should be pretty simple. Now you're gonna use your provided flat washers, lock washers, and nut. And we can secure it down the same way on the other side.So once that's secure we can go back and tighten everything down. So now while holding the bull bar up and supporting it we're gonna tighten down the frame bolts with a 14-millimeter socket. This should hold our frame brackets in place, making sure everything is aligned properly. All right, do the same thing on the other side. So now while we're under here we can tighten down our frame bolt that's holding our support bracket with a 16-millimeter socket. So the 14-millimeter deep socket and a 5-millimeter Allen key for this button head bolt we can go ahead and tighten this down for the support bracket. Do the same thing on the other side. All right, and then we can move to our bracket bolts down at the bottom.So now with an 18-millimeter wrench and 18-millimeter socket, we can tighten down the bolts that are holding on our grille guard to our support brackets. Do the same thing on the other side. So at this point, if you want to reinstall your factory splash guard you are able to do so. However, they will require a little bit of modification. You have to cut them in order to fit with the support bracket up top as well and underneath. However, if you're not looking to do that, you are all set to go.So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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January 30, 2020
JL Grille Guard - Great
It looks great. They have a video to install, it looks easy and it is with that excellent help. Easy fit, front end protection and their cost is outstandingly reasonable.Helpful (0)
December 30, 2019
The grill guard was easy to install. It gives our Jeep Wrangler the ready to get our 4 wheelin on!Helpful (1)
November 27, 2019
I ordered this grill guard on a Tuesday afternoon and it was delivered the next morning. ( caught me by surprise). Easy install, Cut out the skid plate cover to fit the lower brackets and the bumper cover for the vertical brackets between the bumper and Grill. Watching the installation video prior proved to be a good choice.Helpful (3)
November 09, 2019
Love the look, but...
First of all the grill guard arrived damaged in several places. Two different scrapes and one of the mounting plates was bent. I connected with ET's chat online and explained the issue. They offered me five bucks off my next purchase. Yes, you read that right, FIVE DOLLARS. But wait! You'll be even more impressed with ET's customer service when you read their return policy and realize items damaged during freight shipment are NON-RETURNABLE! Yup, read it for yourself. So hopefully you either have mad adaption skills or you like installing damaged goods on your Jeep. Now on to the installation: If you like vandalizing vast quantities of parts on your Jeep and taking on alterations that require welding gear and other stuff you don't have, this is the grill guard for you! The first awesome thing you might encounter, like me, is a hardware bag full of 'some' of the screws/bolts/nuts that you will need, as well as several bolts that have no nuts and don't match any bolts in the diagrams. If you're lucky like me you can make up the difference out of your own fastener collection, or use things that came in the package but aren't in the material list. The directions in the box are worthless, and look like bad, dark, undecipherable 1980's photocopies. BUT WAIT! The good news is there are slightly different directions on ET's website with much clearer photos. These directions are super-vague, leave out really important stuff, and tell you to do INSANE things that are a waste of your time and totally irrelevant to the installation. Other than that, they will provide you with several moments of dark sarcastic humor as you laugh your way through repeated episodes of "What the heck?" to keep from screaming hysterically at your neighbor who stops by to ask how it's going when it is clearly not going well. There are two plates that the directions tell you to drop into the framework and maneuver into place in a way that is absolutely ridiculous unless you have a couple of 12 to 15 inch long fingers with a few extra knuckles. But don't worry, if you screw it up there's no way to recover the plates so you can look forward to those bad boys rattling around in your undercarriage for all eternity. After approximately five hours of real human time (these 3 hour job-finishers are either professional Jeep Paraphernalia Installers or people with energy levels and laser-focus that you, my friend, do not have. You will not finish in 3 hours unless you take major shortcuts and/or skip steps. When you're done you will have mutilated, or left off your Jeep, at least three major parts. Luckily you have an arc welder (you do have a welding rig, right?) to cut slots in the thick metal skid plate that there is no reasonable way to remount otherwise. But at least you only need a good razor knife to trash...uh, "trim" your splashguard and another part between the bumper and the chassis. By eye. Without even a semblance of a way to do it with any accuracy. And if you're off by much it will look like complete garbage. You will, at least once, realize that you have to undo the last half hour's worth of work because you put a bolt on backwards, mostly because the directions give zero guidance in this endeavor. But you know what? If you're willing to go through all that, can live with a box of leftover parts and the purchase of at least one tool you will never use again, it doesn't look bad. Congratulations, you are now prepared to mow down brush and small trees (or invaders from Mars) that you encounter on your adventures. VIVA JEEP!Helpful (5)
October 20, 2019
With 2 of us working on it together took about 2hrs to have it completely installedHelpful (1)
October 18, 2019
Arrived Damage. Looks like damage from a fork lift before it was even shipped. Waiting on the return to be processed. We have changed plans and will be replacing the bumper instead of adding this guard.Helpful (1)
September 23, 2019
Great product. Easy to install DYI. Easy to step up on to get in the Jeep.Helpful (1)
June 08, 2019
Easy install. Looks great on the Jeep! Very happy!Helpful (1)
April 26, 2019
The whole experience has been great. It shipped quickly and arrived fast. Was easy to install, directions were pretty good (the video on the web site made it even easier). I think it makes it look more aggressive. But that may be just me.Helpful (1)
March 20, 2019
I love the way it look on my jeep
I love it I use to have 2010 Jeep I let my self to do the to my 2018 Jeep JL I loving it thank youHelpful (3)
How far does this guard project in front of the front bumper? I am talking about the vertical elements.
The RedRock 4x4 Grille Guard will protect approximately 6" in front of your bumper.
What is the weight?
This will weight approximately 70 pounds.
Will this fit a 2019 rubicon with the factory steel bumper? Thanks
This will work with all 2018 JL models.
How much modification has to be done to the sheilds you take off to install this grille guard? What tools do you need to make the mods?
ill this work with a winch?
It is not winch compatible.
This will work with all 2018 JL models.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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