Review & Install Video
Hey, what's up, guys? Ryan here from ExtremeTerrain, and today I'm here with the RedRock 4x4 Side Armor, fitting your 2018 and up 2-door Wrangler JL. This is gonna be for those of you Jeep owners that are off-roading enthusiasts who like to venture out on those trails, and you're looking for a little extra peace of mind with an affordable, yet durable, set of side armor protection. Now, options of this type of the tubular design can cost anywhere from $170 all the way up to over $500. Now this is a very affordable option comin' in right around $220. Now, these are very easy to install. These are a direct bolt-on, and they come with the brackets pre-welded on. They come with brand new hardware and they use factory mounting points, so there's no drilling or modification required that we need to do to get these on on our Wrangler. I'm gonna them a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, as you can get these installed in about two hours just using basic hand tools.Now, most of us Jeep owners, we are off-roading enthusiasts, and we like to get out there on those trails. This is a great option for any Jeep owner, whether you're lookin' to change up the appearance of your Wrangler or if you're actually lookin' for some protection and functionality. Now, if you're doin' those light to moderate trails, you may not run into an issue that can cause damage to your body. But for those of you that are tackling those tougher trails, maybe doin' some rock crawling, you're gonna want that added peace of mind and that extra protection that these are gonna provide.Now, of course, as Wrangler owners, we are constantly lifting our vehicle, adding bumpers, larger tires. That way, we're givin' ourself some additional ground clearance, ultimately increasing the capability of our Wranglers. And this allows us to tackle those tougher trails and drive over those larger obstacles, and, of course, make our way deeper into those trails.A lot of times, we overlook armor, and that's something that can really give us that confidence, allowing us to make it further into those trails. Now, those factory plastic side steps are gonna handle slight bumps and bruises. However, they're not gonna handle those serious impacts. The Rubi rails are perfect for protecting that rocker panel. However, they're not gonna provide the protection that these are gonna provide.One of the nice things about these is they have a very smooth design. There's not really anything for them to get caught on. They're gonna allow you to pass over an obstacle. Now, as you can see, these extend away from the body, and this is gonna give you plenty of side protection and keep any of those obstacles away. This is great for if you're on the trails or if you're in a parking lot and you're lookin' to deflect those wayward shopping carts or just prevent door dings.Now, these are a tubular design. They're made of 1-3/4-inch tubing. They're fully welded up. These also have a welded in-step pad that has raised ridges, and this is gonna give you a sure footing when you're stepping up in there. These are gonna provide a very functional step. Some of you stock guys, it's not really gonna be that hard to hop up into your Wrangler or reach anything that you may have stored up top. But for those of us that are modified and are taller, this is gonna be a very nice convenience feature. Now, like I said, this is a great way to change up the appearance of their Wrangler, and these are fully coated in a textured black powder coating. It's gonna add to that rugged, aggressive styling of your Wrangler. It's also gonna provide plenty of corrosion protection to these steel steps.Another nice benefit of these is they're gonna provide protection to your body from any debris or anything that you may kick up from your tires, whether you're on the street or on the trails. So, all in all, if you're looking for a very affordable rock slider that's gonna provide the convenience of giving you a step, easy to bolt on, and comes ready to install, then I think that this is a great option to go with. Now, with that being said, let's hop into our install.Tools to use for this install: 3/8 drive impact, 1/4-inch drive ratchet, 10-millimeter wrench, 10-millimeter socket, 13-millimeter socket. All right, guys. so this is a very easy install. Now, one thing I would like to mention. If you do have Rubi rails or factory side steps, you do need to get those off. These are not gonna work in conjunction with those, and they're very easy to uninstall. They're just held on by a few nuts and bolts, and you can use a 13-millimeter and a 10-millimeter socket to get those off.Now, one of the nice things about these is they have brackets preinstalled, so we're workin' on the driver side. As you can see, this little mounting perch right here is gonna be all the way up here, and our back one's gonna be right here, and that side step's gonna be right in the middle. So they're only gonna fit on one side. You've got a 50/50 chance. If it doesn't fit, it goes on the other side. So with that being said, I'm gonna go grab a creeper, grab some hardware, and we'll get this thing installed.So we're gonna lift this side step up and place it on the back side of our pinch weld seam. It would be a good idea to get someone to help you hold this thing while you get it installed, and then we're gonna work on getting our hardware installed. So now that we have the rock sliders up in place, we can start installing the hardware. Now you're gonna have two bolts that are gonna go through your pinch weld and one bolt that goes up through this threaded hole in the body. So for that bolt, we're gonna start with that. It's gonna be the M8 bolt. What you wanna do is put a lock washer against the head of the bolt and then a flat washer. I'm just gonna go ahead and hand thread this up through the body. Now, for our pinch weld, we're gonna use these little M6 bolts that they give us. You wanna put a flat washer on that bolt. You're gonna go through the outside to the inside. On the inside, we're gonna do another flat washer, and then we're gonna do a little nyloc nut. Pinch weld is gonna get two of those bolts, so we're gonna do both of those. And then we'll move up to the front, do that same thing. Same thing goes for the front. We're gonna use that M8 bolt with the lock washer and flat washer, and we're gonna go up through the body. So then we'll do those pinch weld bolts, same thing, those skinny little M6 bolts. And we do a flat washer on the bolt head and another flat washer on the inside and then a little nyloc nut. So we'll get this last one installed, and then we'll go around and tighten everything up.So now that we're ready to tighten these up, what we're gonna do, we're gonna start with this upper top bolt that goes through the floor. Now, these two slide back and forth, so we're gonna make sure to pull it out away towards the vehicle. That way, you can get it up against that pinch weld seam. After you do that, we're gonna take a 13-millimeter socket, and we're gonna go ahead and tighten that bolt up. Now we're gonna tighten up the pinch weld bolts. I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter wrench on the outside, 10-millimeter socket on the inside. Once we do that, we'll go to the back and tighten those up. All right, guys, so now that we have this side completely installed, you can do that same exact process to get the other side installed. However, that is gonna wrap up for my review and install. 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