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Merideth: Hey, guys. Today we're checking out the RedRock 4x4 bed side rock rails fitting all 2020 and newer Gladiator JTs. So, departure angles are very important when you take your truck off-road, and this option by RedRock 4x4 will do a great job at protecting the small part of the side bed right behind the bumper that is completely exposed. Now, this will be great if you're taking your gladiator off-road and are looking for all the protection that you can get for the body of your truck.Now, these will completely cover that side area and act as a mini rock slider. So, if you're climbing up an obstacle and end up hitting one of these or the back part of your bed, this will hit and take the impact and slide right off of it. Now, this kit will be very durable, made of a steel tubular construction with a nice textured black powder coat finish on top. It will protect the steel from any rusting, but it will also match very nicely if you have an aftermarket rear bumper or steel fender flares on your gladiator already.Now, what I like about this option is the fact that it will also act as a step. So, you can see that there is a stepping surface here. Now, I would keep in mind that it is pretty narrow, but if you do need help accessing your bed, especially if you have a lift, these are going to get the job done. These will even come with slats in the top of this plate here that are going to prevent any puddling on the rock slider and are also going to assist in a pretty sporty look. I do also like the fact that it's going to come with a very heavy duty reinforced bracket to make sure that these are solid, stay in place, and will take impact very well when you're out on the trail.Now, when it comes to price, this kit is going to come in at roughly $225. And personally, I think, for what you're getting out of the kit, that that is a very good price point. Again, these will be completely reinforced, making these incredibly strong. I do also like the fact that this will double as a sidestep, as where some other choices in the category may not offer any bed accessibility. Not to mention, some other choices may only work with a particular bumper, as to where this will work with the factory and aftermarket rear bumpers, giving you some options when it comes to customizing your Gladiator. Overall, I think, for protecting the integrity of your bed, that's going to be very important, especially if you're taking your Gladiator off-road a lot, so these will 100% get the job done.Now, when it comes to install, I'm gonna give this a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about two hours to get the job done. These are completely bolt-on and it is very straightforward, especially with the right hand tools. Now, the tools that you'll need will include a socket set ranging from 13 millimeters up to 19 millimeters. You're gonna need a 19, 18, and 16-millimeter wrench, a razor blade, and a side cutter or snips.Now, speaking of the install, one of our customers here at ExtremeTerrain has installed this on their JT and is going to walk you through that process step by step. That wraps it up for my review. Let's go ahead and get into the install.Man: So, here's a quick look at the tools needed. An assortment of sockets and wrenches, 13, 15, 16, 18, and 19 would be handy too, but I use the 19 wrench. This is an 18 wrench. This one also fits a 16 millimeter to five-eighths inch wrench, that's 16-millimeter. Of course, I have the wrench itself. And a good, sharp-bladed knife for being able to cut plastic. And then for the trim that goes around the edge of the cut plastic, I found that these tinsnips work the best for it.So, taking a good look underneath the truck. Here at the back frame, you're gonna mount the bracket. There's a bolt here, and notice you can see the threads in there. Bolt here, there's the two upper bolts. The lower bolt will go through this hole, and it'll pass all the way through in order to support the lower part of the bracket. And then the other end will attach to the back of the bumper.See, there's the reflector in the bumper. And just to the outside of that, there are two bolts that you will remove, this bolt, and this bolt. And then there's a bolt over here, it's on a plastic pin, but you'll take it off and this metal brace will come out. Now, there's a plastic brace behind it. So, in addition to, once you take the metal brace out, you wanna take out the plastic brace.And up at the top, there is a pin up here, a plastic pin that you need to cut off in order to remove that plastic brace. All right. So, this is a short socket, hopefully it'll reach a little easier. And the metal support plate should fall out. Okay, there's this little plastic pushpin here in the bottom. Take a screwdriver, slide it here. Great. So, the plastic pushpin. So there is another clip in this plastic. I hope you can see it, it's basically a white clip back up in here that needs to be taken...that needs to be taken out.This is the little plastic pin that had to be cut off. Get up in there with a sharp knife, cut off. And now the plastic support piece comes off. Okay, so now that the support pieces are off of the back of the bumper, you can actually apply the...or mount up the bracket. Lining up the hole here, the hole here, and then a bolt that'll go through here.All right. So, going to put this medium size bolts with a lock washer and a flat washer on it. Lining the bracket up to this other hole. Now, you could, at this point, actually go ahead and mount the step onto it. It certainly makes this piece a lot heavier and a little harder to deal with. So, I'm gonna try to mount the...a little later on. Mount the step onto it a little later on.That's the first bolt. The second bolt. You don't want these to go down tight, you'd want them just to be relatively loose until you get everything in place. And hopefully you can see this spacer, it's going to go on the side. It will be the bolt itself, the lock washer, and that'll go through the spacer. [inaudible 00:08:25] the other side, not a lock washer, a flat washer. Here's another flat washer, and then the lock nut on the backside against.I'm not gonna tighten this up at this point. I'm just gonna put it up here till we get everything lined up. There, and it's fairly well in place. All right. Now, we're gonna need to put the step on, but we got to make a determination of how much of the bumper to take away.Okay, the next step then is to line up the step and sliding it back underneath. There, as you can see, that there's not enough, you have to take away some of this plastic in order to slide it back far enough for it to bolt onto the bumper. Okay. Try and do that now. I've marked it here as to my best guess at this point.So, I'll cut that out, and see how well this sharp-bladed knife with a good handle will work. [inaudible 00:09:51] this plastic. By moving up and down, it seems to be cutting pretty easy. It takes a bit of effort, but... The up and down motion makes it work pretty well.Okay. Could be using a Dremel tool, but I understand it just really mars the plastic up, makes kind of a mess. All right. So, got a portion of it cut away. Let's grab the step, and we'll put it up in there and see how this fits. Well, it looks like it needs maybe... It maybe needs to come this way just a hair. There's the bracket.Yep, this gotta move just a bit more. A little more to be able to fit. It's gonna need a little more, cut out a little more. Okay, I think I have finally cut away enough of the bumper here. You can see the notch that I created. It's to trim. This is the original cut. Began here, tapered in and has started going straight back over maybe two-and-a-half inches or so, and then I've notched it out in order for the step bracket to fit through this.If you're going to use some of this trim, it came in the package, that allows you to trim around the cut edge of your plastic. Now would be a good time to put that on. The corners fit together, you can slide them in place. And then, we're going to take it, back it up.Now, in my case, I'm going to reuse the original bolts that were in the back of the bumper, just because they're a little easier to put in because they have an end to them that's a little easier to find the hole and thread them. But you can put in the ones that are provided with the kit. I'm just gonna use the original ones that I took off.Let me just find the hole here. Okay, get that one in. Put the top one in. Not sure why that top bolt's not lining up properly, but you can't see very well up in there, just have to kind of feel around until you find it.Okay, that one is in. The three bolts that mount to the bottom of the bracket, and again, there's a flat washer on both sides. So, now is a good time to move everything around and make sure that it's all aligned even. Okay, there's number two, and number three.Okay. Moving everything around so that it's pretty much lined up and even. You may even want to step outside the truck and take a look at it to see if it's positioned exactly where you want it. It's all a matter of just tightening everything up. Tighten the top one. Got both of them. The socket.All right. So, I've got those behind the bumper all tightened up. I'll be tightening up these three here on the bottom of the bracket. And then the one bolt that went through the frame. And so, I get those all buttoned up, and then show you the results. Okay. So, one last look, and I've got everything all bolted up, including the bracket.So, moving outside. Here is the finished product. Extremely strong. Very strong. Really nice quality product.Merideth: So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and the install of the RedRock 4x4 bedside rock rails fitting all 2020 and newer Gladiator JTs. For more videos and products just like this, remember to keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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