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Hey, guys. I'm Eric with Extreme Terrain. In this video, I'm gonna give you my review and install of these RedRock 4x4, 3-Inch Round Side Step Bars in Semi-Gloss Black, for all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. You should really be checking these out if you're looking for a stylish option to help you get in and out of your Jeep Gladiator a lot easier. Now, RedRock designed these round tubes with a 3-inch diameter, which makes them a little bit smaller than some of the other models, or some of the oval-shaped or squared-off running boards that they offer on this site as well. And I think that gives these a little bit sportier look, looks nice on the sport edition Jeeps, and the black finish really goes well with the blacked-out wheels that we have, as well as the blacked-out fenders.Now, another nice aspect of the design of these is the step pads that RedRock designed with squared-off crosshatches in them, that gives you a nice non-slip surface for getting in and out of your Jeep regardless of the conditions that you're in. Now, this model of tubular side steps comes in semi-gloss black, and I think that looks really nice and helps give your Jeep a more finished appearance, especially if it's a sport model like this Gladiator that came from the factor with nothing down here. And I think those look a little bare when they come from the factory that way. This is a nice, more finished look, as well as kind of a sporty appearance, with the small tubular design as well as the curved-in ends.Now, as far as price goes, guys, these come in right around $250. That's very competitive compared to a lot of other tubular side steps that you see out there in the market right now. And as far as the installation goes, I'm giving it a very basic one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, about two hours of your time or less is all you're gonna need, along with some basic hand tools. The only tricky aspect to this is, while it is a bolt-on design that will fit nicely onto your Jeep, the threaded holes on the bottom side of your Jeep, you need to make sure those are nice and cleaned out. Those tend to collect road debris, dirt, or even maybe a little beginning of corrosion in there. You wanna make sure that's nice and cleaned out before you try threading a bolt in there. If you cross the threads, you're gonna make things a lot more difficult during the installation. So with that said, let's take a look at the tools we're gonna use, and go ahead with our installation.All right. The tools we're gonna use for this install, guys, are an electric impact wrench, an extension, a 10-millimeter swivel socket, a 13-millimeter and 17-millimeter deep ball sockets, 10-millimeter and 16-millimeter crescent wrenches.Hey, guys, before we get into our install too far, I wanted to lay the brackets out on the table and just kind of explain something real quick. It might help you orient yourself a little bit better as we move forward with the installation. Now, Jeeps, especially this Gladiator behind me, they have four factory-designed mounting points for running boards or side steps already built in from the factory. Now, if you think about it in terms of the front one closest to the front tire being position one, you're gonna be using positions one, two, and four for the install here. The third position back is not gonna receive any hardware. We're just gonna jump right over that. Now, these brackets are also very simple to figure out where they go. They have stamped letters right on them. I have the passenger side here in front of me, and they're stamped "PF," "PC," and "PR." So, "PF" being passenger front, "PC" being passenger center, and "PR" being passenger rear. That's gonna help you line these up and know exactly which brackets go where. They are side-specific and they're also position-specific, because they are different lengths, for the proportions and dimensions of your truck. So, with that said, let's go ahead and grab some hardware and get these mounted up.All right, guys. Now we're down here underneath the driver's side of the truck, and I'm towards the front. So, go ahead and grab the bracket that's stamped "DF," for driver front, and one of these medium-sized bolts. You're gonna have three different sized bolts in the kit. The fattest ones we'll use later, and then smaller ones we'll also use later, so, the mid-sized we're using right now, and we're gonna bolt that up directly to the truck itself. Again, make sure your threads are clear where you're inserting the bolt. And I'm gonna use a tool, a 13-millimeter socket right now. I'm not gonna tighten it up all the way. I want some adjustability later on when we're kind of lining everything up, but I'm just gonna tighten it up enough to hold it snug. And then we'll move on down the line towards the back tire. All right, guys. Go ahead and grab the bracket marked "DC," for driver's side center. Again, I'm leaving it a little bit loose, just so we can adjust that later on if needed. All right, guys. So, we jumped over position three. We're back here at the rear-most position, the fourth position back. Go ahead and grab your bracket marked "DR."All right. Staying back here at the back position, guys, go ahead and grab the T-shaped bracket that's also stamped "DR." And what we're gonna do is slide it up behind this flange part of the rocker panel. And it's gonna eventually bolt directly this way, into the bracket we just mounted, but for now, we're gonna mount it up to the Jeep first. Go ahead and grab the smallest bolts out of the kit, as well as a washer, and then a washer for the backside. And then, we're gonna use these nylon locking nuts for these bolts as well. All right. I'm gonna leave these loose for now. Like I said, we want some adjustability here when we place our side step on. So, we're gonna now move up to the next position. All right, guys. Now, here at the number two position, go ahead and grab the T-shaped bracket marked "DC." And again, we're gonna use the same small bolts.All right, guys. Now grab the bracket stamped "DF." Slide it behind. All right. Now we're gonna go grab our side step, mount it on here, and make sure that we have proper alignment with all our brackets. All right, guys. Now, go ahead and grab these bolts out of the kit. They're the ones that already have the washer kind of permanently on there, and they're labeled in the kit as well that they are for directly mounting the side steps to the brackets, so you know exactly what hardware I'm referring to. But I wanted to show you, the bottom side of the side step here have these rivnuts pressed into place, and you're gonna threading these bolts directly into these. One thing I wanna warn you about is do not over-torque these. Rivnuts basically use friction on the sides to hold in place. If you over-torque them, they're gonna spin, and you won't be able to tighten the bolts down. So, with that said, let's go ahead and mount this up. I'm gonna put the bolts in the middle bracket first, so we have proper alignment, and then we'll go from there. All right. I'm just gonna start these bolts here by hand in the middle. All right, now we're gonna move to the front brackets.All right. Now we're gonna move to the back and check our alignment there as well. All right, guys. Now that I've repositioned myself back here at the rear-most bracket, it's a good thing we left it loose, because it's not lined up. So I'm just gonna kind of reposition that a little bit. All right. Now that we have all six started, guys, go ahead and tighten them up. You're gonna use a 13-mill socket. All right. Now we're gonna go ahead and tighten up the rest of the brackets, mounting it to the Jeep. All right, guys. Now I'm just gonna start a bolt in here that connects these two mounting brackets together. I'm not gonna tighten it up just yet. We're gonna tighten up the one that's attached to the body of the Gladiator first, but I just wanna make sure we'll be able to get this bolt through. Now, using a 10-millimeter crescent and a 10-millimeter swivel socket, I'm gonna tighten these up.Now, in order to tighten this one up, go ahead and grab a 16-millimeter crescent for the bolt, and then a 17-millimeter socket, you're gonna need for the lock nut. All right. And we're gonna move on down the line, doing the same thing. All right. Now all we have left is to tighten up the bolts that we started at the beginning of this, that bolt directly into the Jeep, and then we should be done on the driver's side. All right, guys. Now, these are the bolts I'm referring to, the ones that bolt directly into the Jeep. We're gonna tighten these up. Again, this is a 13-mill socket. And because of the camera angle, it would be hard for you guys to see it, but go ahead and repeat the same steps for the front and rear brackets, using your 13-mill socket.All right. So now we have everything mounted on the driver's side, go ahead and repeat all those same steps on the passenger side. It's basically identical steps. So, that being said, that wraps up this review and install of these RedRock 4x4 3-Inch Round Tube Side Steps in Semi-Gloss Black, for all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. Now, for all things Gladiator, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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