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Hi, guys. So, today, we're checking out the RedRock 4x4 Gladiator Grille with the LED Amber Marker Lights fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers. So, if you're looking for one of the easiest ways to switch up the front end styling of your JL, a grille is always a great place to start and this option by RedRock is going to do just that while also adding some LED lighting in the meantime. Now, this option is going to be great for somebody who is a fan of that angry grille look and is looking for a more aggressive styling for the front end of their JL. As you can see on the top of this grille, it is going to have that angry brow there adding that aggressive look, and we're getting multiple fins that switch it up from the seven-slot styling. Now, this will also have some honeycomb inserts in between, which is not only going to add to that dynamic styling that this grille achieves on the front end of the JL, but it's also going to add a little bit of functionality and protection, so if there's any kick up on the street or on the trail, that's going to provide a little bit of a stopping point for any of that to get to your AC condenser and your radiator. So, again, that's going to provide a little bit of protection there, and, of course, that extra styling. Now, I do like the fact that not only are you getting the fins down here, but you're also getting the fins up top, that's going to add a little bit of additional airflow to all those components behind your grille and also going to add to the aggressive styling that we have going on.Now, what I do like, in particular, about this grille is the fact that there's going to be 5 LED marker lights in the middle. Now, that is going to not only add to the styling of this grille, but it's also going to make you more noticeable on the road to other drivers, just add a more modernized look to the front end of your Jeep. Now, those are going to be in an amber color and they are going to be incredibly bright again, making you a lot more noticeable on the road, not only for styling but for safety as well. Now, with that being said, this is going to come in at roughly $200 and I personally think that that is a very good price point for what you're getting out of this grille. Some other choices that are a little bit more expensive that come with lighting may have LED light bars instead of marker lights like this one, or they just may have a little bit more to their design. Now, on the flip side of that, some of the less expensive choices that you may be taking a look at as well may not include any lighting at all and may just have more of an angry aesthetic like we have going on here just not with the marker lights. So, again, I personally think if you are in search of an aggressive-looking grille, that's not going to be completely over the top and also provide a little bit of functionality with the additional lighting in the meantime, this is going to be a great choice to take a look into.Now, as far as install is concerned, I'm going to give this a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. This will take about an hour to install considering that there is a little bit of wiring that you have to do. It's a little bit more involved than the standard grille because of those marker lights. However, it's very simple wiring, nothing you can't do with a couple of basic hand tools in your driveway, again, in about an hour. So, speaking of that install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install were an electric ratchet, a trim removal tool, pair of snips, pair of pliers, soft trim removal tool, Phillips head screwdriver, a 7-millimeter wrench, a flat-head screwdriver, a 3-inch extension, an 8-millimeter, and a 10-millimeter socket. So the first step to taking off our grill is to pop our hood and take off the six clips that are holding in the upper part of our grille. So, for this, I'm going to use a trim removal tool or a clip removal tool. You could also use a flat-head screwdriver. There's gonna be little cutouts on each of the clips where you can wedge in your tool, pull up on the center, and then completely pop the clip out. After those are removed, what we can do is lift up on either side, there's going to be a little post that's holding the grille into the radiator support up top, and then we can just give it a good pull back. It's going to be held in by retainer clips down at the bottom, all you have to do is just give it a good pull.So, before we hop into the install and putting our grille together so we can get it on our Jeep. I did want to stop down and show you guys a little bit more about this new grille by RedRock, especially next to our factory one, show you some of the similarities and the differences between the two. So, obviously, this is going to be a big upgrade. You're going to get a couple of different benefits from this as far as styling and function are concerned in comparison to our factory grille. And just as a brief overview, this is going to be a very simple grille from the factory. Not really getting any aggressive aesthetic with it. It's just going to have that stock look. Now, what I would like to call out that this grille by RedRock does have as well is the grille inserts or the inserts on the back that is going to provide a little bit of extra protection to your AC condenser and your radiator behind the grille. Now, this again is going to switch it up as far as the styling goes. You're obviously getting that brow up top that's going to add a more aggressive look and you're getting the multiple fins and a more angular design, which is going to add a more dynamic look to the front end of the Jeep and completely switch up the styling from your stock grille. Now, this is also going to have those amber led lights, I do particularly like that out of this grille, it adds some different styling. It is going to add a more modernized look as far as the LED lighting is concerned.It's not going to give you a whole ton of performance as far as lighting performance, better visibility, but it definitely is going to add a nice accent to the grille and match with any other marker lights that you already have on your Jeep. And we are going to wire those in in just a second. I'll show you guys how they look. I personally really like the look of the five amber lights up at the top. It just gives it a different kind of feel in comparison to a stock grille or even just an aftermarket grille that doesn't include lights. This is going to be made of an ABS plastic material, and it's going to fit very well on the Jeep behind me. It is going to have a factory feel or a factory fit. But it is also going to be paintable, so if you want to keep it this matte black color for a little bit of a contrast, you can do that. Or if you want to paint it to whatever color scheme that you're looking to match with your JL or your factory paint code, you can do that as well. Now, this is going to include all the wiring that you need and all of the hardware that you need in order to get this installed on your Jeep. We will have to do a little bit of install on the table as far as putting it together, but it does come with all of the retainer clips and all of the hardware necessary to get this installed. It is going to be pretty easy. So, speaking of that, let's go ahead and put this together so we can get it on our JL.So before we get our new grille on the table, we do have to swap over a couple of things. First thing we're going to swap over is this weatherstripping. This is going to have a couple of push pins that are holding it in, and we also need to swap over the seals or the foam padding on the grille, they're only going to be held in by a couple of clips as well. So, I'm going to use a clip removal tool for the foam, just because that is a little bit...it's Christmas tree clip, and it is a little bit harder to remove. And then for the weatherstrip pop clips, I'm going to use a soft trim removal tool. This is just going to preserve the paint and make sure that they don't pop out of that weatherstripping because it is a little bit more flexible. So, I'm going to start with the foam on this side. There's going to be two clips holding it in, and just be careful as you can see, if we've done this a couple of times, the foam can end up ripping so just be mindful of that. So once that is off, we can take our soft trim removal tool, pull up a little bit on the weatherstripping, and just pop that out. It's going to be a very small clip, they're pretty easy to pop out. We're going to just go down the line.Now that that is removed, we can get our factory grille out of the way, put our new grille on the table and we can put it together. So before we move over to the Jeep, we do have to do a little bit of assembly on the table. We're going to have this piece that we have to attach to the front, this is going to allow us to mount our grille at the top with the provided clips and this is where we're going to put our weatherstripping as well. So, I'm going to start with this and then we can do a couple of other things before we head over to the Jeep. You are gonna have provided hardware, you're gonna have a nut flat washers, and you're also going to have some Phillips head bolts that is going to allow us to attach this up top. So, if we just flip this around, this is going to sit in this channel here and there are going to be little alignment pins. So on the front of our grille or on the top of our grille, you're going to see a couple of different holes here. Now, the smaller holes, those are going to be for our hardware, and then the other holes are going to be for our weatherstripping. So, what I'm going to do is just take our provided hardware, line that up, and secure it on the back. I'm going to get all of our hardware on, and then we can tighten it down in just a second. But once you get one on, the rest will kind of fall into place. And if you're unsure of which ones to attach the hardware to, you can just take the weatherstripping, line this up at the top, and align all of the pins and make sure that the hardware is going to go where the pins are not going so that's kind of an easy way to tell. You can also just use it as a reference as well so you don't get confused.This is small hardware so if you need to use your Phillips head screwdriver to help you get them started, I'd recommend to do that. So once all of those are in, we can take that same Phillips head screwdriver and a 7-millimeter wrench, or you could also use a 7-millimeter socket, we're just going to tighten those up. You also want to make sure not to overtighten it because it is plastic, so you don't want to crack the plastic. All right. So, once that is on, what we can do is take our weatherstripping and start to install. Just push those pins through. Then we can take our foam pieces and pop those clips through. Same thing for the other side. So, once those are on, we can add our retainer clips over at the back. These are also going to be provided in the kit, and these are just going to go on the post here. Just press those on. At this point, we just need to free up our wiring here so I'm gonna grab a pair of snips and cut this zip tie off, free up all that extra wire. So, as you can see, this is kinda laid out to where it's gonna push over to the side. We're going to attach this onto our marker light inside our inner fender well. We're going to have two leads, but we also are going to be provided with two clips in order to tie those in, but what we're going to do first is get our grille installed. So, at this point, while we can do is mount this up with our factory hardware, it's going to be our factory clips. I would like to mention that our wire is going to go into our inner fender well, so we're going to route this first to make sure that it's accessible for when we need it. I'm actually just gonna route this in behind here.This is our inner fender well so we can just pull this down and we'll be able to access that in just a minute, but we want to make sure that this is out of the way so that this attachment point doesn't hit and this isn't interfering with our headlight at all. So, we're going to line up all those retainer clips, line this up at the top, that should kind of snap into place up at the top, and then we can just give it a good push in. So, once those are in, we can take our factory clips. In order to access the wiring harness for our marker light on the side here, we do have to peel back some of our inner fender liners. This is going to consist of a couple of screws, bolts, and clips. Now, I'm going to remove these clips. There's one at the front or the side over here, there's one on the inside, and there's a couple up top. I'm going to remove these two. I'm just going to use a trim removal tool for this. Next one's by the body mount on the inside. You're also going to have two underneath each of these front rivets here. So, I'm going to take my trim removal tool, this may be a little bit difficult to see, they're pushed up against the side here, but they're going to be the same clips or the same style clips at least.All right. So once those are out, we have two 8-millimeter screws and a 10-millimeter bolt. I'm going to start with the two 8-millimeter screws up at the front here. With an 8-millimeter socket, I'm gonna remove those. And then with the 10-millimeter socket, there is a 10-millimeter bolt up at the top of the fender well, maybe a little bit difficult to see, but once you're inside of there, you'll be able to see it. Now, after that's removed, what we can do is start to peel back this liner. And for the time being, we can just tuck it behind our tire. I move the tire out a little bit, make it a little bit easier to access, but then up here is going to be our wiring harness. So, what we can do at this point is identify which wires that we need to use. So, obviously, this black one is going to be our ground, that's kind of a universal color for that ground there. And then the wire for the marker lights, I'm attaching it too for when the running lights are on those amber lights are going to illuminate, that's going to be this white wire with a brown trace. The other wires are responsible for the turn signals, and they have a couple of other duties. So, this one, the white wire with the brown trace, I just took a voltage meter and made sure that this was on while I had the running lights actuated in the Jeep, this is going to be what we're going to attach our power to.So, we are provided with these clips. So the one time the clip is going to be capped off, that's where we're going to insert the wire for our running light or for our grille here. Then we can kind of open it up, it's sometimes helpful to have a flat-head screwdriver here. When the clips are new, it's a little bit hard to open them up. We're going to get that around our running light. It might be helpful to do this after you get it around and it also might be a little bit tricky because you don't have a lot of room to work with under here. So, once that's in there and in its own channel, we can take that wire for the positive, you can put that in the capped channel, and then we can grab a pair of pliers and we're going to crimp down on this metal piece, that's going to put those two on the same circuit. Once that's cut into both wires, we can just clip that shut and it'll stay in place and we can do the same thing for the negative. So once those are both attached, what I would recommend at this point is just to make sure that everything is working. Turn on your running lights and make sure that the grille is working. And then we can take a couple of zip ties, clean this up, and reinstall our inner fender liner. I'm just gonna do my best to tie these up and out of the way, make sure that it's not touching anything that's moving or hot, snip off the excess, and we can reinstall our inner fender liners. So we can fold this back into place, reinstall our clips, our 8-millimeter screws, get those started. Tighten those up with the 8-millimeter socket, then reinstall our 10-millimeter bolt up at the top with our 10-millimeter socket. So once your inner fender liner is back together, all we have yet to do is close up the hood, and then we're all set to go.So, that is going to wrap it up for my review and install, make sure you like and subscribe. For more videos and products just like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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