(approx) 2 Hours
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Hey, guys. So, today I'm here with the RedRock 4x4 Grille Guard in Stainless Steel fitting all 2018 and up JL Wranglers. So, this is gonna be a perfect mod for the JL owner who wants that front end protection out of their Wrangler, but they don't necessarily want the extra cost or the extra hassle of upgrading their front bumper. This is gonna provide you full front end protection. Now, it isn't gonna give you that width, however, you are gonna get the height out of this. You are getting that full grille protection as well as some protection in the front of your bumper. So, it will be able to stand up to really any front end trouble. It's gonna be made of a stainless steel tubular construction and I do like that because it is gonna be durable but it's also gonna have this nice polish finish on it. So, it's gonna give your Jeep a polished look or a classic look. And I really think that it looks very well with the Sahara trim and all of the detailing on the front bumper as well as on the grille. So, this is gonna be roughly $450 on the page and that's gonna be a little bit more expensive than some of the other options that you may see on there. Now, that is just strictly because this is made of stainless steel. This is gonna be a little bit more pricey than those steel options. And this is gonna provide a lot more coverage to your front grille area. So, other less expensive options on the page, those are going to either be for steel options or they're gonna be for bull bars that will only come up so high, offer that underbody protection but not as much as your grille. I personally think if you're looking for grille protection, if you're looking for just something that is gonna provide you that front end protection to protect your brand new investment of your JL while also adding a very sleek and a very classic look to your Jeep, this is gonna be right up your alley. So, install is gonna be a pretty easy two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. And I would give it a one, however, there is a little bit of cutting if you are looking to keep your lower splash shield as well as your upper splash shield. However, RedRock does provide you all of the templates and all of the necessary information to do your cutting if you choose to. But I personally think without the splash guard, it still gets the job done. You're gonna need a couple of basic hand tools, probably an hour to two hours' worth of your time. So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install are an impact wrench, a trim removal tool, a 5-millimeter Allen key, a flathead screwdriver, 3/8-inch drive ratchet, a 13-millimeter ratcheting wrench, an 18-millimeter open-ended wrench, a 16-millimeter and 18-millimeter shallow socket, an 8-millimeter and 13-millimeter deep socket. 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 on to our front bumper. I'm gonna be using a trim removal tool and go ahead and pop those out. Now, we can just move down the line. So once all your front clips are out, we can take an 8-millimeter socket and remove these 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. 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, first thing we need to do is take off this upper splash shield. We're gonna use a flathead screwdriver to do that. It's gonna be a couple of pop clips, then we can take that off.So, now we can start to install the brackets for our grille guard. Now, we will need to install this nutsert as well as this stud into our frame horn down at the bottom. And this is just going to sit in place to make sure that our bracket that's gonna be holding our grille guard is attached to our frame. So, we need to keep that in place, so we're gonna grab our retainer clip and just thread that on. So, after that's in place, we can grab our passenger side bracket. Now, these are actually going to be labeled as well. And just to hold that there, we can grab our provided hardware. This is going to be the smaller bolt, lock washer, and flat washer and we're gonna thread that into our welded nut plate. After that's snugged up we can grab our nut, flat washer, and lock washer and do the same for our stud. So, our flat washer is first, then our lock washer to put pressure on that nut, and then the nut. And we're gonna snug that up to make sure our bracket is staying in place for the most part. Then, we can do the same on the other side. Now, if you do have the factory metal skid plate underneath here, not the one that bolts up to the front, but the one that comes underneath, you will be using two bolts because this frame horn will be threaded. All right. So, that's gonna hold that in place. We can grab our driver side bracket. Like I said, there will be a stamp on each of the brackets, so you know which side is which. You hold that up, grab our provided bolt and start threading that through. Once that's threaded in, we can do the same thing that we did on the other side, flat washer, lock washer, and then the nut. Now, we're just gonna keep this hand tight. We do need to attach our grille guard, obviously. So, we wanna make sure that we still have enough wiggle room to adjust it so we can just tighten it down at the end. So, after we've installed the bottom brackets, we need to install our stainless steel top brackets. We're gonna be removing this bolt holding on our secondary bracket for our bumper. I'm gonna be using a 16-millimeter socket in order to remove that. Then, we can grab our passenger side stainless steel bracket and install that reusing our factory bolt. Now, these will also be labeled, passenger side and driver side. And we're also going to snug that up, but we're not gonna tighten it up because we do need to adjust it up and down to match our grille guard. So, now we can do the same thing on the other side. So, now with our stainless steel hardware in hand, we can go ahead and mount up our grille guard. We also wanna make sure that the two tabs on our grille guard are in the inside of our lower brackets.So, now that our top brackets are secured to the top of our grille guard, what we can do is attach our bottom brackets with the larger hardware provided. This is gonna be the two flat washers, the lock nut or the lock washer, as well as the nut. So, we're just snugging everything up right now. What we're gonna do at the end is just go back and adjust, make sure everything is sitting in place and then we can tighten everything down. And do the same thing for the other side.So, what we're gonna do now is head underneath the Jeep. We're going to lift our grille guard into place. Now, we did snug these up, so once you lift it, it should generally stay in place. Then, we're gonna grab our 13-millimeter socket as well as a ratchet and go ahead and tighten these bolts down. Then, we can do the same thing for the other side. So, now with our 16-millimeter socket and our ratchet, we can tighten down this upper frame bolt. Now, we did snug this up pretty tight so you may only need a couple ratchets and do the same for the other side. So, now with an 18-millimeter socket and 18-millimeter wrench, we can tighten down our bottom bracket bolts. We can do the same thing on the other side. Now, last but not the least, we can tighten up our stainless steel hardware that's connecting our top bracket to our grille guard. Now, with a 5-millimeter Allen key as well as a 13-millimeter ratcheting wrench or a 13-millimeter socket, we can go ahead and tighten this bolt down. Now, we can do the same thing on the other side. So, after everything is tightened down, we're all set to go. So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe, guys. And for more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Fitment: 2018 2019 2020
RedRock 4x4 J122641-JL
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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