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Hey, guys. It's Sara with extremeterrain.com. And today we have a review and install of the RedRock 4x4 Max-HD Rear Bumper with LED Fog Lights fitting your '07 through '18 Jeep Wrangler JK. This bumper features a heavy-duty steel plate construction with a nice textured black powder coat finish. This bumper includes two LED fog lights as well as D-rings with reinforced mounts and an integrated hitch. Between the included lighting, the additional recovery points, and the integrated hitch that does sit higher than your factory one, this is a great choice for off-road enthusiasts. So because our hitch does sit higher than the factory one, you can only fit up to a 33-inch tire here. If you're looking to go larger on a stock tire carrier, you will need an extension.Coming in at around $480, this is one of the most budget-friendly options that does include lighting. I'm giving this install a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. The bumper does feature a bolt-up installation but it will require minor wiring modifications in order to run your lighting. You can also purchase a universal wiring harness if you don't wanna tap into your stock wiring. This can be done in approximately two hours. If you'd like to make your wiring even easier, you can definitely pick up a universal wiring harness with a switch. With that said, let's jump right into our install.For this install, we used: A wire stripping and crimping tool, 19-millimeter wrench, 18-millimeter wrench, 3/8ths drive ratchet, a swivel, an extension, a socket set ranging from 21 to 10-millimeter. And some optional but helpful tools include an impact gun and a heat gun.All right. So, the first step in our uninstall is to remove our spare tire to give us better access to the bumper. So grab your 21-millimeter socket and let's get this off our Jeep. Now we can remove the two bolts that hold the side of your bumper on. Now, factory, these should be a 16 but the ones on our truck are a 17. So, let's grab your socket and get these removed. Repeat that process on the other side. So you will need to remove two brackets one on either side of your crash bar that normally bolt right here with two 15-millimeter bolts. Ours have gone missing but if you do still have these you will need to remove them. With all of our bolts removed, let's get our bumper off of our Jeep.All right. So, we will need to remove our factory hitch in order to install our Barricade bumper. One thing to note that on our Jeep we do have an aftermarket exhaust here that deletes the large factory muffler that will sit right up here. Now, if you're not able to get these bolts out because they are so long with your factory muffler in place, you can drop it on either side by removing it from the hangers, or, if it's easier, you can take it off at the clamp that is right behind the axle. But since ours does not have that, grab your 18-millimeter socket and remove the bolts. So, one final note on our uninstall is that if your Jeep has a factory tow hook here, that will also have to come out. Ours did not so now we're ready to get our bumper installed.All right. Now that we have our factory bumper uninstalled from our Jeep, we can put it side by side with our new bumper. Really check out some of the difference. You may have noticed during uninstall that our factory bumper is almost entirely plastic. And that is gonna differ from our new bumper which is constructed out of steel. In addition, the plastic is definitely known to fade over time where our new bumper features a textured black powder coat finish which is going to hold up a whole lot better. In addition, this also comes with D-rings with reinforced mounts as well as two additional light pods for some nice lighting while you're off-roading. Before we get our bumper installed on our Jeep, grab the brackets and we're gonna slide them down the frame rails. Slide your brackets down the frame rails until the bolt holes are exposed through these holes in the frame rail. Repeat that process on the other side.All right. So, since our bumper does come with these lights and it's easier to wire it off the Jeep rather than on, we're gonna do that before we bolt up our bumper. Now, there's lots of different ways to wire these in. The two most popular being to either wire them to your reverse lights, in which case they will come on when your reverse lights come on, or to wire it to a universal harness with a switch and relay and then you have controls from inside your Jeep. I am partial to the switch way that way there's more control of when these lights come on, so I'm gonna show you how to do that.First step is to grab your stripping tool and strip back these wires. Splice our power wires together. If these don't wanna twist together nicely, you can fray the ends here and you should be able to join a little bit better. Once you're satisfied with them twisted together, grab your spade connector get it over the end of your wiring. Grab your crimping tool and crimp this. Grab your stripping tool and strip back the end of the black wire. With the wire stripped back, join them together and twist. Make sure they're joined together nice and tightly. Grab your spade connector and go ahead and crimp this. Once these spade connectors are adequately attached, we must make sure that they're not gonna pull out. Grab your heat gun and heat shrink these. Now we can attach our bumper to our jeep, and you may wanna grab a friend for this one. Reinstall your factory hardware further up on your frame rail. Repeat that process on the other side.Install your longer hardware into the factory hitch location. Grab your 19-millimeter wrench and 18-millimeter socket and tighten these down. Grab your 18-millimeter socket and tighten the hardware at the side of your bumper. Repeat that process on the other side. At this point, we can connect our wiring harness to the wiring that we did earlier. Grab your power wires and connect them. And also connect your ground wires. Make sure you tuck this up and zip tie it out of the way. So, working at the other end of the wiring harness that we ran through the fender and down our frame rail, we're gonna hook it up to the battery and then run our switch into the Jeep. First though, you wanna disconnect the negative terminal on the battery. Disconnect the negative terminal battery by loosening this 10-millimeter nut.With our negative terminal disconnected, remove the nut on the positive terminal so we can hook up our harness. At this point we can hook up our ground wire to the native terminal on the battery and then get it back onto our battery. Tighten this 10-millimeter nut on the negative terminal of your battery. With our wiring harness hooked up to our battery, we can now test our lights. Since they do work, you can route this through the firewall and mount it wherever you'd like inside your Jeep. Make sure you go back over your wiring and just double check that everything is in the proper spot and clean it up if need be. But, with that said, let's finish up our bumper install. At this point, we can get our spare tire back onto our Jeep. Now you can install your D-rings, with the pin out, get it through the bottom part of this hook here, and twist them down. Now we can install our second D-ring.And with that complete, that is gonna do it for the review and install of our RedRock 4x4 Rear Bumper. Remember, for all things Jeep, keep it at extremeterrain.com.
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