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Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys, I'm Eric with ExtremeTerrain. In this video, I'm gonna give you my review and install of this RedRock 4x4 Attack Stubby Winch Front Bumper, fitting all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. I think this bumper's really going to appeal to the Gladiator owner out there who wants to upgrade their Jeep with all the basic must-haves for off-roading, but they don't wanna break the bank to do it. Now, we talk about must-haves for off-roading, we're really talking about high clearance bumpers, additional off-road lighting, and recovery features. This bumper has all three of those. You have this over-rider bar up top here where you can mount additional offroad lighting, not to mention the installation of this bumper. It's very easy to swap over your factory lighting, regardless of whether you have the halogens or the LED setups. Now, as far as recovery features, you have these heavy-duty D-ring mounts with the included D-rings in this kit, and you have the winch plate here that's built-in that can accommodate up to a 12,000-pound win.Now finally, obviously, the design of this bumper, it's very short. It's at least 20 inches shorter than your factory bumper. That's gonna open up these ends so that you can get your tire up over obstacles on the trail a lot easier, and you're not gonna get snagged or held up. It's made from that thick steel plate with that durable two-stage black powder coat that RedRock 4x4 is known for. As a matter of fact, the construction of this bumper is so solid. It's just as heavy as some of the full-width bumpers that I've been working with here recently at extremeterrain.com.Now, at the start of this video, I mentioned that you're not gonna be breaking the bank to get all these must-haves for off-roading, and that's definitely true. Coming in around $350, you're getting a lot of features and a lot of functionality, plus some aggressive styling with this bumper for that price. Now, as far as the installation goes, we're currently listing it as two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. Figure about two hours of your time to get this job done from start to finish. So all you're really gonna need is some basic hand tools. Let's take a look at what you're gonna need to get this done and go ahead and get this mounted on the Jeep. All right. The tools we're gonna use for this installation include a trim removal tool, you could also use a flat blade screwdriver, electric impact wrench, a swivel socket, 8, 13, 16, and 18-millimeter sockets, and an 18-millimeter crescent wrench.All right, guys, to begin our uninstall of our stock bumper to get ready for our new product, we're gonna remove a couple of pop clips up top here for the splash card that kind of tucks in behind the bumper and in front of the radiator grille. So in order to do that, we're gonna leave it on the ground. And then we're gonna put our truck up on a lift just to give you a better camera shot to show you the rest of the stock removal of this bumper. Okay. Go ahead and grab yourself a trim removal tool. If you don't have one of these, a wide blade flat-head screwdriver will probably work just as well. Just pull up on these pop clips. That's just to allow this piece to separate from the piece that's attached to the Jeep. All right, guys, now we have a series of these lock pins or lock clips on the underside as well. We're gonna remove these.All right, guys, you're gonna have two bolts under here. They're gonna need an 8-millimeter socket to get these out. And make sure you're supporting it with the off hand because once you get this last one out, it's gonna wanna come off. All right, guys, now we're gonna take our skid plate off here. You're gonna have a 16-millimeter bolt, one on each side. All right, guys, you're gonna wanna locate this connector right here. This connects the wiring from the Jeep to the wiring harness that runs the full length of your bumper to both fog lights if you have fog lights on your front bumper, which we do. We'll disconnect that one, that's good for both fog lights.All right, guys, next, we're gonna be going after these bolts here. You've got four on each side or on each frame rail mount. We're gonna take these out using an 18-millimeter socket. I'm gonna leave that one on a couple of threads just to help secure the bumper and keep it on there while we have our Jeep up in the air. All right, guys, now we're doing the two on the inside of the frame rail on the passenger side of the Jeep here. This bottom one might be a little bit difficult for you to see with the camera angle, but we're gonna start on the top one here. Again, this is an 18-mill we're using.All right. Once you get all four of these started, do that in the driver side of your Jeep. All right, guys, once you have all eight nuts removed, including the one we left on there just a couple of threads, just to keep it from falling off on us, go ahead and remove of your bumper. All right, guys, now that we have our factory bumper off our Gladiator, I wanted to lay it out here next to our new RedRock 4x4 stubby bumper, give you a little bit of a side-by-side comparison. As you can see, our new RedRock bumper is quite a bit shorter from side to side than our factory bumper. That's gonna really add to that obstacle clearance and terrain clearance ability for your Jeep when you're out there pushing through the trails. You also have this nice design that's kind of aggressive-looking. You have the over-rider hoop here that gives you additional lighting options and as well as protection for your radiator and grille.You do have the option with this kit that if you don't wanna mount that for whatever reason, you can take that off or not even install it in the first place. There's a separate set of hardware and some cover plates that you can bolt on for just the bumper if that's what the look is that you wanna go for. I don't know why you would buy this kit with that included and not mount it, but you do have that option. Maybe you wanna change it up here and there, that's your choice. And as you'll see here in just a second, we're gonna take these factory halogen lights out of our bumper, and we're gonna mount them up on this new RedRock 4x4 bumper. It's very easy to do that. The brackets that are permanently welded to the backside of the bumper accommodate the factory halogens without any additional changes. If you have the factory LED lights, there are a couple of small brackets included that you'll need to bolt on first. It's very simple. We have the halogen, so we're gonna show you that procedure. So let's go ahead without any further ado, get this mounted on our Gladiator.All right, guys, next step of the install is we have our factory bumper up here on the table. We're gonna remove the wiring harness that powers our factory fog lights. So in order to do that, we're gonna have to remove the metal frame that's behind the plastic. That's only gonna be a couple of bolts and then some plastic pop clips, and we'll be able to remove that wiring harness. No problem. So let's go ahead and get started. All right. We'll go ahead and unplug this. All right. Now we're gonna go after these two bolts right here, guys. You're gonna need a 13-millimeter socket to undo these. All right. Now we'll do the two on the other side here. All right. Now, unplug your other fog light. All right, guys, now with those four bolts out, we can lift out our metal frame. All right. We're gonna move our tow hook out of the way here. Go ahead and grab a trim removal tool if you have one, or a wide flat blade screwdriver will work just as well.All right, guys, now to remove our factory fog lights from the bumper housing, we're gonna use a T15 Torx bit to remove three of these screws. All right, guys, so we've removed our factory bump, we've harvested our factory halogen fog lights off of it, as well as the wiring harness. And we're gonna get ready to transfer all that stuff over before we get it mounted up on the Jeep. So we're gonna go ahead and mount our grille guard tube, and then we'll get our fog lights in and we'll go from there. All right. So next up on the assembly here, we're gonna start out with this grille guard tube and it mounts up here. There are welded brackets on either end of the tube and they have three holes in it that are gonna match up with the holes on the top side of your bumper. So go ahead and grab these hex head bolts, and some washers, and nuts out of the kit. We're gonna eat all that hardware to mount this up. So just put at these bolts kind of pointing downward with a flat washer, then another flat washer, your lock washer, and a nut for the bottom here. I'm gonna go ahead and start them by hand on the other side too before we tighten anything up.All right. Once you have everything started by hand, all six of them, go ahead and grab an 18-millimeter crescent wrench and an 18-millimeter socket, and we'll tighten them down. All right, guys, now, to mount our halogen fog lights, pretty much drop them into place here. As you can see, the brackets mount up. Now, if you had the LED fog lights, you would mount another bracket right here because you're gonna have four places you're gonna bolt down, two on each side. Now you can actually put three of these tiny bolts through on here. The bracket itself is threaded. So all you're gonna need is a flat washer and a lock washer on the bolt itself.We'll just get that started until we get them all started, and then we'll tighten it down. Now, on the outside here, it's not threaded on the bracket. So we're gonna take one of these tiny bolts and slide it through from the bottom. Flat washer, lock washer, and one of these small nuts here. Go ahead and use your small Allen key here to hold the bolt still. And then you're gonna need a 7-millimeter socket to tighten it down. And we'll tighten down these other three using the Allen key.All right. You can go ahead and repeat this procedure for your other light. All right, guys, now at this step, we've assembled what we need to put on the bumper itself. We're gonna go ahead and put it on the frame rails. It might be helpful to have a second set of hands or a helper here at this point. You can lift the bumper yourself, it's kind of heavy, but not too bad. The challenging part is when you're standing in front of it, getting the bolt studs that are welded on the bumper to line up to the frame rails, it's a little bit hard to see if you're standing over it. So I'm just gonna have my friend here hop underneath the Jeep and help me line it up, and then start to bolt just to hold it in place.All right, guys, we're on the passenger side outside of the frame rail. Over here, we're gonna be inserting these bolts. Go ahead and grab a flat washer and lock washer for each one of them. Let's get them started. You can go ahead and use a 16-millimeter socket to tighten them up. All right. Now we're on the inside of our passenger frame rail. Up top here, we already have a washer, lock washer, and a nut on here that we started, just kind of finger-tight. That's when we initially hung the bumper on here. So go ahead and finish it out one below. And just as with the bolts on the other side, you gonna need a 16-mill socket to tighten these up. And working in here tight, you guys might wanna grab a swivel socket as well if you're using a power tool. Make it a little bit easier for you. And then you can repeat this procedure over on the driver side. All right. Now go ahead and grab your factory wiring harness and get it plugged back into your fog lights. All right. Then we can plug the harness into the wiring that leads to the rest of the Jeep. All right. Last touch, guys, just go ahead and throw your D-rings on.All right, guys, that wraps up this look at the RedRock 4x4 Attack Stubby Winch Front Bumper for all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. And, of course, for all things Gladiator, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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