(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. Today I'm here with the RedRock 4x4 Stubby Front Bumper, fitting all 2018 JL Wranglers. So this is gonna be for the JL owner looking for a sleek and compact yet very affordable front bumper to get an aggressive look on the front end of their Wrangler. So unlike a standard, mid or full width front bumper, this is not gonna have all that tire protection, but it is gonna benefit you by giving you some extra clearance on the side for larger wheels and tires as well as better approach angles while you're on the trail. Now, this is also going to add a ton of functionality with that form by adding some protection up top as well as on the bottom, a couple recovery points with the D-rings and the winch plate, as well as some accessory mounting tabs for whatever you wanna hook up on your Wrangler. So at the moment, this is gonna be one of your most affordable options at roughly $330 on the page right now for a stubby front bumper. So there are gonna be more expensive options that you will see on the page. Those are just gonna have a little bit of in-depth design to them. This is gonna be a more simplistic option and they will come with some extra lighting, some extra LED lighting, or they'll be able to swap over the OEM fog lights onto the bumper and that's not something that we're getting here. However, this is a very simplistic bumper, making it very affordable but it still gets the job done while achieving a very aggressive look. Not to mention, it comes with a 3-year limited warranty to keep a little bit of peace of mind. So install is gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. All you're gonna need is a couple of hand tools and about two hours' worth of your time to get the job done. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install today were a trim removal tool, a 3/8 inch drive ratchet, a 5-inch extension, an 18-millimeter and a 16-millimeter deep socket, a 16-millimeter shallow socket, an 8-millimeter deep socket, a 6-millimeter Allen key, and a flathead screwdriver. So the first step in removing our bumper is to remove the pop clips that are holding the upper splash guard in place. I'm just using a flathead screwdriver to do that. You can also use a trim removal tool. So you're gonna have two on top that go into the frame rail. Also going to have six on the back here that it's gonna be holding it to the bumper. After all of those are out, we can remove our splash guard. So moving on to the bottom splash guard, we're first gonna remove the two bolts that are holding it in on either side with an 8-millimeter deep socket. Then we're gonna do the same thing on the other side. So now we have to remove the pop clips that are holding in the front of our bottom splash guard. I'm gonna be using either a trim removal tool or a flathead screwdriver, whichever is easiest. I know that they do differ along the way because of the spacing. So this one is easy to access with a trim removal tool. So now we're gonna remove the back panel on either side of the bumper. You're gonna use a flathead screwdriver to get the pop clips out that are holding it in. So now you can use an 18-millimeter deep socket and a ratchet or an impact wrench if you can squeeze it in here to remove the nuts that are holding on our bumper studs. There's gonna be eight in total, four on each frame horn. So we are on the outer driver's side right now. We're just gonna loosen those. So after all the bolts are out, the last thing that we need to do is unplug the main harness for our two fog lights. So we are just going to unclip that. So, now we can remove our bumper. So when switching over to the RedRock stubby front bumper, you can obviously tell that we're going down in size with the stubby front bumper compared to the standard or full-width front bumper that comes out of the factory. However, it is gonna be more durable. It's going to be more heavy-duty and protect the front end of your Wrangler a little bit better than your factory can. So this is made of 5/32 inch steel. It has a 2-inch diameter tube OverRider feature that's going to protect your grille as well as protect the front end of your Wrangler and what I do like about this stubby front bumper compared to others on the site is the fact that it has a drop down here for, more or less, a skid plate underneath for some under-body protection. Now, this also has a two-stage black powder coat finish on it. It's a textured finish. It's gonna give you an off-road look as well as prevent any surface damage and prevent any rusting or corrosion on the steel underneath.Now, you also are getting a couple of bonuses out of this front bumper that you really don't get with your factory front bumper. First off, you do get two welded D-ring mounts on the front for recovery which is a lot safer and it's a lot more of an effective method than your factory tow hooks in a sticky situation if you're stuck out on the trail. What I also do really like is that a lot of aftermarket front bumpers do come with winch plates capable of holding up to 12,000 pounds as to which this one will, but this one has more or less a drop-in winch plate so that is going to be a little bit more protective than some other aftermarket options on the site and compared to your stock front bumper, you're not getting that there. So the only thing that you are not getting out of this front bumper that the stock front bumper is going to be able to offer you is the OEM lighting or any additional lighting. Now, some other aftermarket options will either come with upgraded lighting or the option to swap over your OEM fog lights, however, this does not give you that, but it does give you an option to mount up any additional lighting on the OverRider feature with the two accessory mounting tabs.So enough about our stock front bumper. Let's bolt up our new one. So our first step is gonna be to attach our bull bar. Now, the actual front bumper does have a little bit of weight to it so this is just going to help us line everything up on the frame horns in just a minute. So you're gonna grab your button head bolts and we are going to attach the bull bar right on the top of the bumper into the threaded holes. So what I'm gonna do is thread our button head bolt with the flat washer and lock washer into the top of the bumper. Now you will be able to adjust this. So what I'm gonna do is thread all of these in loosely just so we can go back and tighten everything down when everything is in the correct position.You're gonna do the same thing on the other side with the flat washer, lock washer, and your button head bolt. Make sure everything is generally loose because we wanna make sure that everything is in the correct position, all of our lines and contours are lining up. So after everything is threaded in, we can take a 6-millimeter Allen key and a ratchet and tighten all of those down. So this is exactly why I put the bull bar on first so we can use that to line up our studs. Now, you'll have two studs on either side and then we'll also have bolts that we thread into the bumper. But once that is sitting on the frame horns, we can grab our nut, washer, and lock washer, secure that down so we can secure down the other bolts. So now we can attach our flat washer, lock washer, and nut and this is gonna help keep the bumper in place while we thread in everything else. And then at the end, like every time, we will tighten everything down. So I always like to tighten everything down at the end just to make sure everything's on, everything's aligned, and in place to where we want it to sit. So we can do the same thing for the other side. So after those are loosely attached, we can move on to attaching our bolts. So instead of a stud on the outer frame, we will have a bolt and there will be a threaded portion inside of the bumper so you will have to thread that through. There's gonna be a bracket, the frame horn, and then the bumper. So make sure you're threading everything correctly into the bumper and we're going to loosely thread that on and then tighten it down at the end, just like we do always. You also wanna make sure that you're using your flat washer and lock washer for this as well. It is gonna be a tight area. So this is why we wanna keep everything loose. We wanna get everything threaded so we'll be able to move around the bumper to allow that to happen before we go ahead and tighten everything down.So I'm loosening up this bracket just a little bit. This is going to allow the bracket to move back and forth so I can thread everything through. Since this is such a tight space, I just wanna try to make it as easy as possible using a 16-millimeter socket for that and I'll also be using the same 16-millimeter socket to tighten down these bolts as well as the inner stud nuts. So now we're gonna go ahead and tighten everything down now that we have everything threaded in. I'm gonna be using a 16-millimeter socket as well as an extension in order to do that. And then don't forget to tighten down this bracket as well if you did loosen it for fitment. And then we can do the same thing for the other side.And again, if you do need to tighten down this bracket, you can do that now with the same 16-millimeter socket and then we can move to the inner frame horn. Now we're gonna tighten up the inner nuts here. I am using a 16-millimeter deep socket just because there is a thread poking through there and a shallow socket would not give me the best tightness that I need. So all you have left to do is attach your D-rings and you're all set to go. So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install on the RedRock 4x4 Stubby Front Bumper, fitting all 2018 JL Wranglers. For more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Fitment: 2018 2019 2020
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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