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Simple installation for anyone.
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Hey, guys. So, today we're checking out the RedRock 4x4 Spare Tire Delete Kit, fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers. So, if you have deleted your spare tire as well as your spare tire carrier or you plan to do so, it can leave the tailgate very unfinished. Now, you're gonna have two vents for your cabin area behind this plate here. And if you don't put a plate over it, it can obviously keep them open to any debris or any water getting inside there and it just looks very unfinished. Now, with this option by RedRock, it's going to completely cover everything up creating a very clean look and a finished look to the tailgate and protect the inside of your tailgate as well. So, this kit is going to come with the plate itself and it's going to be very durable made of a carbon steel material, making sure that it's going to hold up for a pretty long time, and it's going to have a fine-textured black powder coat finish on top. I personally think the fine-textured black powder coat finish gives it a very sleek look. But that's also going to protect that steel underneath from any rust or corrosion.Now, what I would like to mention for you guys out there that are equipped with a factory backup camera, this is not going to come with a mount for that or a mount for the third brake light. Now, if you are not necessarily concerned about that, you're just looking for an affordable option to cover up that cabin area or that vent area after you have deleted the spare tire and the carrier, then this is going to be a great option. Now, there are other options available out there if you are looking to keep the backup camera, however, this is going to be the more affordable choice when it comes to a block off plate for your vent area. Now, with that being said, this is going to come in at roughly $40, making this one of the most affordable options on the page for a spare tire delete kit. Now, in comparison to those other choices, like I said, other options will come with a third brake light mount or a backup camera mount. Those are going to be a little bit more expensive, closer to that $200 range. Again, this is going to come in at roughly $40.I do really like the simplistic feel of this, especially if you are looking for a more affordable choice. Now, other choices may just have some small design differences as well. Some may have different colors for a specific or custom color scheme you may have going on with your Wrangler, and then others will have a vent instead of just a standard block off plate. Now, again, I think if you're looking for something simplistic, straightforward to get the job done at a very affordable price, you really can't beat it here. Now, install is going to be very easy at a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. We're gonna need a couple of basic hand tools to get the job done and probably 15 to 30 minutes worth of your time. So, speaking of that install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, a ratchet, a 13-millimeter, and 22-millimeter socket, 5-inch extension, T-40 Torx, and a trim removal tool.To kick off this install, we do need to take off the backup camera cover, you're gonna need the T-40 Torx and the ratchet out of the JL toolkit and we can just unlock it and pull it off. So, our next step is to remove our spare tire, I'm gonna be using a 22-millimeter socket and I'm also going to be using our lug nut key. If you have the factory lug nuts, you still will be using a 22-millimeter socket, you'll just need a deep socket. So, our next step is to disconnect our wiring harness, but that's gonna be inside our tailgate so we have to open it up and pull off some interior. So, our next step is to take a trim removal or a panel removal tool and we're going to remove this trim piece here. There's a wiring harness underneath here, underneath this trim piece for the backup camera as well as our third brake light. So, what we can do is just start to pry around and just pull it forward. It's held in by a series of clips, so it should come out pretty easily. So, the top one and the middle one need to be removed. Just press down on that tab and pull back. If you're having trouble disconnecting them on the tailgate, you can just pop out this clip and you'll be able to handle it a little bit better.Make sure that red locking tab is up, press down, pull back. And then what we can do, since we're not gonna be using these, is actually put our trim piece back on, we're just gonna pop it in place. Make sure that's secure, then we can close up our tailgate. Our next step is to just pull this grommet out. This is where our wiring harness that we just disconnected runs through. I'm just gonna pull these through the tailgate and now we'll be able to disconnect our carrier. So, around the carrier, you're gonna have eight 13-millimeter bolts, I'm gonna take a 13-millimeter socket and a small extension and remove all of those so we can remove our carrier. So, for our last bolt, you wanna make sure you have a hand on your carrier because after this bolt, it will be completely disconnected. Our last step to this uninstall is just to take out our factory vents. I'm just going to take a trim removal tool or that pry tool that we used for the tailgate. There's two clips up at the top and then it will pop right out.So, with our factory hardware, we can mount up our plate, it really doesn't matter which side you choose, it's gonna be the same on both sides. I'm just gonna line this up with the back of our Jeep and all those threaded holes from our tire carrier. We can use our factory bolts and thread those right in. And I like to get all of them hand threaded first before we take the impact wrench to it. So, our next step is to hold it up. Just make sure that it's adjusted correctly. And then we can take that 13-millimeter socket that we use to remove these bolts and tighten these up. After those are tightened down, then you're all set to go. So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe, and for more videos and products like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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